Wednesday Sports Update

Wednesday Sports Update

Yesterday Afternoon, Northern Illinois’s Darius Beane’s pullup jumper with one second left in regulation helped give NIU a 67-65 victory over Akron and their first victory in the MAC conference this season at the Convocation Center in Dekalb.  The Huskies will be back on the road on Saturday to face Ball State in Muncie Indiana. 

 

Tonight Northwestern travels to Columbus to face number 21 Ohio State Buckeyes in a Big Ten Matchup. The Wildcats record is 6-4 so far this season.

 

Notre Dame is on the road later this afternoon when they take on the 18th ranked Virginia Cavaliers. The Fighting Irish are 3-7 and looking for their first win in the ACC.

 

The scheduled game tonight between the Illini at Nebraska was postponed due to positive results in the Cornhuskers basketball program. 

 

The NHL is back and the Chicago Blackhawks open the season tonight on the road against the defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning.  In the pandemic-shortened season, Chicago has been realigned into a new-look Central Division with Tampa Bay, Detroit, Florida, Columbus, Carolina, Dallas and Nashville.  The Blackhawks are awarding head coach Jeremy Colliton with a two-year contract extension.  Colliton is in his third season with Chicago.

 The NBA and union are agreeing to additional COVID-19 protocols after the recent spike in cases.  For the next two weeks, players must remain home at all times except for team-related activities and essential functions.  Players must also wear a mask on the bench at all times.

 

The Bears are bringing back both  general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy for the 2021 season.  Chicago will need to find a replacement for defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, who announced he is retiring.  Pace and Nagy are being retained after two disappointing seasons of 8-and-8 records. The Bears went 12-and-4 in the 2018 season.

 

The Masters is planning to host limited fans at this year’s event.  The tournament announced Tuesday it’s preparing to have a limited number of fans if it can be done safely.  Health and safety policies will be put in place to protect everyone in attendance.  The tournament runs April 8th through 11th.

 

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is guest hosting Jeopardy!  Rodgers won “Celebrity Jeopardy!” back in 2015 and earned 50-thousand-dollars for the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund.  He is one of a list of guest hosts to substitute after Trebek’s death in November.