2:50 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

NIU Begins Search For New AD

Credit NIU

Northern Illinois University has announced a national search for the position of associate vice president and director of athletics.
A search firm will be utilized to expedite the search process. NIU President John G. Peters made the announcement May 14.

“After extensive consultation with President-Designate Baker and conversations with NCAA and BCS leaders, we’ve become convinced that it is time to launch a national search for a leader for our intercollegiate athletics program. Northern Illinois University enjoys a great reputation nationally.”

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Rockford Starfires
6:09 am
Mon April 15, 2013

A Team Of Their Own: Women Playing Hardball

Rockford Starfire's new hat, Rockford Peaches vintage cap
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Rockford has a long, proud baseball history:  it’s where sports pioneer Albert Spalding got his start. It’s where every company in town had its own industrial league team. And during World War Two, the most famous women’s professional baseball team drew thousands of fans. Now there’s a new team trying to revive the tradition of women playing hardball.

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Orange Bowl
6:46 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Win Or Lose, Huskies Stand By Their Team

Super-fans Daniel Tamayo and Sara Espinoza at Fatty's in DeKalb
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Northern Illinois University’s football team came up short last night in their first appearance in one of the nation’s top bowl games. The Huskies lost to the Florida State Seminoles 31 to 10 in the Orange Bowl. 

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Orange Bowl-Bound
4:45 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Orange Means A Lot Of Green For NIU

Hy-Vee in Sycamore shows its bowl spirit
Mike Moen WNIJ

Tomorrow’s the big day for NIU football fans. 

Aired 12/31/12

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NIU Bowl-Bound
8:03 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

NIU Huskies To Play In Orange Bowl January 1st


The Northern Illinois University Huskies have been selected to play in one of college football's premier post-season bowl games this year. The Huskies will play the Florida State Seminoles in the Orange Bowl on January 1st.

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3:49 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Cougars Become Cubs In Minor League Baseball Shake-Up

It’s official. The Kane County Cougars are now affiliated with the Chicago Cubs.

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4:24 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Lance Armstrong Says He Won't Fight Doping Charges

Lance Armstrong
Christophe Ena/AP

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong says he won't fight accusations of doping from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency any longer, putting at risk his string of titles and his reputation as one of the world's great cyclists.

Here's part of Armstrong's statement:

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London 2012: The Summer Olympics
6:15 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Indian Athletes Want A Medal And A Government Job

India's Sandeep Sejwal swims his way to gold in the 100-meter men's breaststroke at the 2006 South Asian Games in Sri Lanka. Sejwal, who competed in the Beijing Olympics two years later, has a government job with India's railway that accommodates his heavy training schedule.

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 7:18 pm

For athletes anywhere, just qualifying for the Olympics can be a full-time job. But in India, training full-time is a luxury few can afford. That means many athletes work part-time government jobs. And for some, it can result in a job for life.

In return for putting in an appearance at the office, athletes like shooter Suma Shirur get a monthly salary and time to train.

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6:48 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Pickleball keeps retirees on their toes

Mike Moen

On a sunny afternoon, four residents of the Del Webb retirement community in the northern Illinois village of Huntley are in engaged in a pickleball match. Back and forth they volley using specialized paddles and a wiffle-styled ball. Pickleball is a mix of badminton, tennis and ping pong.

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10:52 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Paterno, Others Slammed In Report For Failing To Protect Sandusky's Victims

In a scathing report that takes to task former head football coach Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials, an independent report from investigators led by former FBI director Louis Freeh says there was a "total disregard for the safety and welfare" of Jerry Sandusky's child victims "by the most senior leaders" at the school.

Read the entire Freeh report here.

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