Wednesday Sports Update

Wednesday Sports Update

The Illinois High School Association announced yesterday All winter sports are temporarily on hold in Illinois.  The IHSA made the move after Governor Pritzker announced yesterday that all youth indoor sports should be delayed as part of his COVID-19 restrictions.  As a result, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls bowling and boys swimming will not begin to play as scheduled until next year.  The IHSA board will still meet tomorrow to continue plotting out potential paths for high school sports through the remainder of the school year.

The Cubs announced yesterday that Theo Epstein will depart the organization and his role as president of baseball operations on Friday.  General manager Jed Hoyer will replace him as the head of baseball operations.  Both Epstein and Hoyer joined the Cubs prior to the 2012 season.  They helped guide the franchise to the 2016 World Series championship, ending the team’s 108-year title drought.  Since 2015, the Cubs have reached the playoffs five times, winning three National League Central titles and reaching the NL Championship Series three times.

The Northern Illinois Huskies hit the road for the first time in this six-game regular season when they travel to Muncie, Indiana to take on Division rival Ball State tonight in the annual Battle for the Bronze Stalk


The injury to Bears quarterback Nick Foles isn’t as bad as originally thought.  Foles hurt his hip and glute when he was slammed to the turf and was carted off the field late in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s loss to the Vikings.  Head coach Matt Nagy told reporters yesterday that he doesn’t expect Foles to be placed on injured reserve since the injury wasn’t as severe as initially suspected.  Foles and fellow quarterback Mitch Trubisky now are both dealing with injuries. Trubisky has missed the last two games after hurting his right shoulder in the November 1st loss to the Saints.

 The Bulls are getting ready for tonight’s NBA Draft.  Chicago currently has the fourth pick.  The Minnesota Timberwolves hold the first pick, with the Warriors at two and Charlotte at three. The draft is being held virtually this year at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.

The NFL Pro Bowl is going virtual.  The Pro Bowl will be played on EA Sports’ Madden NFL 21, instead of on the field at the new home of Las Vegas Raiders.  Voting for the Pro Bowl officially began on Tuesday.  Players that play in the Super Bowl that don’t normally take part in the Pro Bowl will now be involved virtually.  The actual Pro Bowl was canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.