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Verlander gets World Series win, Astros lead Phillies 3-2

Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander celebrates the last out in the fifth inning in Game 5 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, in Philadelphia. PHILADELPHIA — Justin Verlander beamed like a first-time big leaguer, and the Houston Astros feted the 244-game winner like a…

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No. 14 Illinois to hosts Michigan State

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has been the surprise of the year in the Big Ten after seizing control of the BigTenWestandwinningsix straight games. The No. 14 Illini (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) start November against one of the league’s shock disappointments when Michigan State (3-5, 1-4) visits Saturday. The two programs are trending in opposite…

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Hailee Belsher signs with LLCC to pursue volleyball

MORRISONVILLE — The MHS senior surrounded by the essential pieces that have made her volleyball journey possible. Front row, from left, Emilee Belsher, Hailee Belsher and Danielle Smith. In back, Melissa Davidson, John Komnick and Kimberly Denny. Lucas Domonousky Breeze-Courier Sports Editor MORRISONVILLE — Tuesday, November 1 was signing day for Lincolnwood Lancer Hailee Belsher.…

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Sectional Champs? Check. Taylorville rolls over Mascoutah

CENTRALIA — After the two set victory over Mascoutah, the Taylorville Tornado varsity volleyball team poses with the Sectional Championship trophy. Team members are, in front from left, Clair Hadley, Olivia Woodward, Alayna Vincent, Jessi Wright, Sam Logue, Sophie Mizeur, Sami Breckenridge and Aubrey Kietzman. In backHead Coach Kim Peabody, Rean Ward, Elle Richards, Addison…

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Panthers will face Fairfield Mules in playoffs Saturday

(PANA) — Senior quarterback Max Lynch, number 6, center, highly praises his offensive linemen for their protection as his key to success. That includes being flanked by two of those linemen, number 68, 6-1, 250-pound senior Cole Nolan and number 76, 6-3, 240-pound senior Brant Bowker, during the playing of the National Anthem on Friday…

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UEFA revamps women’s national team soccer to end mismatches

GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer GENEVA (AP) — After a slew of mismatched, double-digit wins in qualifying for the Women’s European Championship, UEFA on Thursday announced a more balanced system with three tiers of national teams ahead of Euro 2025 and the 2027 Women’s World Cup. A 14-0 win for Denmark over Georgia edged Spain’s…

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Cubs’ Hoyer planning more ‘intelligent spending’ this winter

CHICAGO (AP) — Jed Hoyer was encouraged by how the Chicago Cubs finished the year. What that means going forward, well, that remains to be seen. Speaking for the first time since Chicago completed its second straight losing season, Hoyer talked Monday about building on the team’s 40-31 finish. But the Cubs’ president of baseball…

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Bears acquire WR Chase Claypool from Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Wide receiver Chase Claypool is heading to the Chicago Bears. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Pittsburgh Steelers have traded Claypool to Chicago for a second- round pick in the 2023 draft. The person spoke to the A P on condition of anonymity because the deal was not…

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Taylorville To Play In Sectional Final

CENTRALIA — Taylorville outside hitter, Addison Tarr (#16), goes up for the kill while her teammates Olivia Woodward (#7), Sophie Mizeur (#18), Sam Logue (#14), Elle Richards (#10) and Robyn Odugbesan (#17) stand at the ready. The Tornadoes played against the Marion Wildcats in the sectional semifinal match on Halloween night 2022 in Centralia. The…

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