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Charlie Weis has two goals: Lose weight, regain rep

DALLAS — Charlie Weis is saving his own life again. A 58-year-old man whose weight-related physical trials are well-known, Weis’ latest battle against his diet-and-exercise demons has been raging for nearly six months. The controversial former Notre Dame coach, now preparing for his third season …


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Lincoln-Way West going the extra mile


After suffering a heartbreaking overtimes loss to Joliet Catholic in a Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game last season, Lincoln-Way West has put in extra work in the offseason to complete it’s state title run. read more...

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Book reveals college football hasn’t changed in more than century


Our utter fascination with college football is hardly new. Since its beginning, we have been so obsessed that we’ve overlooked rampant commercialism, the trampling of academic standards and deplorable violence.

It was as true in the 1890s as it is today. Just ask Big Ten …

Penn State close to naming AD

Penn State is on the verge of naming a new athletic director.

One name that has surfaced in the search is Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips. But if Phillips is going anywhere, that was news to multiple Northwestern sources on Friday.

Penn State’s outgoing athletic …

Shawn Afryl, ex-Illini football player, died working out with team


Former University of Illinois player Shawn Afryl, 22, died Monday evening during a workout with teammates at Winona State University in Minnesota. Afryl, a Skokie native and graduate of Niles West, died at the Winona State football stadium, according to a release from the school. …

NIU still unsure who will replace QB Jordan Lynch


The biggest question heading into the season for Northern Illinois is so obvious that coach Rod Carey didn’t even wait to be asked Monday at the Huskies’ media day in Chicago. “Let’s get the quarterback thing out on the table right now,” Carey said in …

NCAA president Mark Emmert makes $1.7M to players’ 0


RICK TELANDER: Well, what new things do we know about the NCAA today? That it is a monster with so many probes, fingers and tails that it barely can control itself.

Frank Kaminsky back for more fun at Wisconsin


MADISON, Wis. — Three months later, there’s a part of Wisconsin 7-footer Frank Kaminsky that still burns over the Badgers’ ­74-73 loss to Kentucky in the Final Four. “I still believe we were the better team in that game,” Kaminsky said. “It just didn’t turn …

New College Football Playoff championship trophy unveiled


IRVING, Texas — A rising gold football-shaped trophy will be the prize for the national champion in the new College Football Playoff. College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock unveiled the more than 2-foot-high trophy Monday. Made from 24-karat gold, bronze and stainless steel, the …

Illinois basketball considering Peoria during renovation

One of the places Illinois appears to be considering when its men’s basketball team won’t have a home court to play on late next year is Peoria’s Carver Arena.

2 U of Miami players charged with sexual battery on helpless victim


The University of Miami reacted swiftly Tuesday after sexual battery charges were brought against two of its football players, immediately dismissing both from the Hurricanes team and suspending them as students.

Will Mahone no longer enrolled at Notre Dame after arrest

Wide receiver Will Mahone is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame, a university spokesperson confirmed Monday.

According to the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office public documents, Mahone was arrested for disorderly conduct, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, intimidation and vandalism last month in Ohio. …

Nick Zeisloft transfers to Indiana from Illinois State

Indiana coach Tom Crean says the Hoosiers have added to their roster 6-4 guard Nick Zeisloft, who is transferring from Illinois State after earning his degree in finance.

Freshmen carrying heavy load for Northwestern basketball


Northwestern’s basketball freshmen shouldn’t get used to watching assistant coach Brian James haul a laundry basket up a few flights of stairs. Armon Gates, another assistant, wheeling players’ suitcases up and down hallways? That’s a one-time deal, too. And on most days, burgeoning center Alex …

Notre Dame, Georgia football to play in 2017, 2019


Notre Dame hasn’t faced a Southeastern Conference team during the regular season since 2005. That will change in 2017. The Irish said Wednesday they will play a home-and-home series against Georgia. The teams will play Sept. 9, 2017, in South Bend, Indiana, and Sept. 21, …

Vanderbilt tops Virginia for first College World Series title


OMAHA, Neb. — John Norwood’s home run in the top of the eighth inning gave Vanderbilt the lead, and the Commodores beat Virginia 3-2 on Wednesday night for their first national championship.

Norwood turned on Nick Howard’s 97 mph fastball and sent it into the …

Wisconsin coach on ‘quality teams,’ omits Illinois, Northwestern football


MADISON, Wis. — Gary Andersen sat in his office and laid out the reasons the Big Ten’s newly formed West division deserves to be looked upon with the same respect being accorded the football-power-filled East, which boasts Ohio State, Penn State and both Michigan schools. …