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After sitting out season, Starks is ready to lead the Illini

Big things can come in small packages. Just ask Tracy Abrams. The fearless three-year starting point guard for the Illini has been an impact player despite his underwhelming build. Abrams, who is generously listed at 6-foot-2 (believe me, I’d be surprised if he’s even 6-foot-0), has earned the reputation of being one the better guards in the Big Ten. Just as Abrams was about to enter this season as Illinois ...

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Groce, Illinois, enter Year 3 with high expectations

 ILLINOIS BASKETBALL 2014-15 DEPARTURES: Joseph Bertrand, Jon Ekey RETURNING: Tracy Abrams (out for season), Rayvonte Rice, Nnanna Egwu, Kendrick Nunn, Malcolm Hill, Jaylon Tate, Maverick Morgan, Austin Colbert, Mike LaTulip NEWCOMERS: Ahmad Starks, Aaron Cosby, Leron Black, Michael Finke Illinois basketball head coach John Groce graduated from Taylor University about 20 years ago with a degree that had not ...

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Shannon Scott Q & A

If you don't know who Shannon Scott is, he's that pesky, relentless defender on Ohio State that isn't Aaron Craft . Scott is entering his senior season with the Buckeyes and has already made consecutive Big Ten All-Defensive teams. With the aforementioned Craft now in the NBA, Scott finally has the chance to lead Ohio State as a starting point guard. I had the chance to sit down with the scrappy defender at ...

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Two Wisconsin forwards headline the All-Big Ten Preseason Team

Wisconsin is going to be very good this year according to the Big Ten media. The Badgers were voted as the best team in the preseason and also feature two members on the preseason All-Big Ten team. A year after reaching the Final Four and losing only one starter, this isn't much of a surprise. Frank Kaminsky was voted as the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year after coming on strong late last season. Teamm ...

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The complexity that is Pau Gasol’s twitter handle

Pau Gasol signed a 3-year, $22 million deal with Bulls this summer, and the love fest in Chicago has already commenced. Gasol is the big, seven foot presence the Bulls have been missing for years. Most importantly, Carlos Boozer will be screaming “Gimme Dat!” and “And One!” in another uniform. Gasol is off to a solid start, averaging 10.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3 blocks per game in the preseason. He’s a s ...

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Three players poised to make “the leap” in the 2014-2015 NBA season

There’s a lot of questions going around about the NBA season this time of the year. Other than predicting an NBA champion, the biggest question mark is—who’s gonna make the leap this year? Last season we saw the likes of Goran Dragic, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, and Kyle Lowry jump into the NBA forefront. But there was no bigger breakout than from super-duper-star Anthony Davis (as I, and others anticipa ...

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Three names to know for the 2014-2015 NBA Season

It's October, which means the NBA season is just a few weeks away. This offseason saw crazy moves across the league and a huge shift in power, none bigger than LeBron James rejoining the Cavs. Everyone will have their eyes on LeBron and other superstars this season, but here are a few low key players you should keep your eyes on: Gorgui Dieng For anyone who didn't follow the Minnesota Timberwolves last seas ...

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The NIU Quarterback Carousel….

NIU's offense lines up against Presbyterian's defense on Thursday night (photo take by Gabe Salgado/Chi City Sports).   Who knew that Jordan Lynch's legacy with the Northern Illinois Huskies would make it so difficult for head coach Rod Carey to choose the teams next quarterback. Matt McIntosh, Drew Hare and Anthony Maddie continue to fight to be the next full-time starting quarterback for NIU Football ...

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The Post Jordan Lynch Era Has Begun At NIU

NIU quarterbacks Matt McIntosh, Anthony Maddie and Drew Hare warm up before the game (photo taken by Gabe Salgado/Chi City Sports)   DE KALB- The Northern Illinois Huskies began both the 2014 season, and the post Jordan Lynch era, Thursday night with a 55-3 victory over Presbyterian College from the FCS. For weeks everyone was wondering who the starting quarterback would be on opening night. NIU head c ...

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Northern Illinois Still Undecided On Starting Quarterback Position

NIU will open the 2014 season at Huskie Stadium (pictured) against FCS school Presbyterian on August 28th (photo taken by Gabe Salgado/Chi City Sports).   DE KALB- With just 10 days remaining until the opening kick off of the season, the Northern Illinois Huskies are still trying to put things together on the football field. The team has been undergoing some position battles in training camp over the l ...

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