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DECATUR, IL. (WAND-TV) -- Less than 24 hours after the Illini saw Ayo Dosunmu drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the NBA draft, power forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili earned a summer league invitation to play with the Denver Nuggets. 

The Georgian native averaged 14.5 minutes per game last season, shooting 54.5% from the field. He averaged 2.7 rebounds per game and 5.1 points per game. 

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DECATUR, IL. (WAND-TV) -- Following the craziness that came with 2021 MLB trade deadline, the Los Angeles Angels announced the promotion of Glenwood product and central Illinois baseball star Reid Detmers.

The left-handed pitcher was promoted just a short time ago to triple-A, joining the Salt Lake Bees in Utah. Following a fantastic start in which Detmers went six scoreless innings while striking out nine, he was promoted Friday afternoon to the big leagues.

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DECATUR, IL. (WAND-TV) -- Illini Expert Mark Tupper joins WAND Sports Anchor Evan Abramson for another edition of Tupper's Take. 

In this week's edition, Mark Tupper discusses how former Illini basketball star Ayo Dosunmu will succeed with the Chicago Bulls, and if it was the best situation for Dosunmu, who fell into the second round of the NBA draft Thursday night.

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DECATUR, IL. (WAND-TV) -- Illini Expert Mark Tupper joins WAND Sports Anchor Evan Abramson for another edition of Tupper's Take. 

In this week's edition, Mark Tupper discusses how the coming demise of the Big 12 college athletic conference will affect the Big Ten. 

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DECATUR, IL. (WAND-TV) -- It doesn't matter whether it's a wiffle ball tournament, sand volleyball tournament, or a local golf outing. The community of Decatur knows how to come together to support important causes. 

Throughout the day Friday, people came out to Red Tail Run Golf Course to take part in the Miles Chevrolet Service Department's Support Local Golf Outing. More >>

INDIANAPOLIS, IN. (WAND-TV) -- As Head Coach Bret Bielema kicked off his era of football at Big Ten media day, fans and media were introduced to a wiser and older man than the Big Ten met years ago. 

With that increase in wisdom, also came the news that the Illini football program would be one of a few programs in the country to have its players and coaches fully vaccinated by the time the season kicks off in just a couple months. More >>

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DECATUR, IL. (WAND-TV) -- After a couple of years of disappointing seasons, Eastern Illinois Head Coach Adam Cushing believes his third season will be one to remember.

After starting double-digit freshmen in previous seasons, experience will be something Cushing will have plenty of on his roster. More >>

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DECATUR, IL. (WAND-TV) -- Illini Expert Mark Tupper joins WAND Sports Anchor Evan Abramson for another edition of Tupper's Take. 

In this week's edition, Mark Tupper discusses how fans of the Illini have witnessed the most historic day in Illinois sports in the last 50 years. More >>

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND-TV) -- Members of the Illini football team got together Friday morning on the campus of the University of Illinois to take part in Lift For Life. 

Since the chapter's creation in 2011, the group has raised over $130,000 to battle rare diseases that have a impact on people's lives.  More >>

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DECATUR, IL. (WAND-TV) -- Timbuktu hosted the Chris Oberheim Memorial sand volleyball tournament Saturday morning to raise money for Officer Chris Oberheim's family. 

However, money raised from Saturday's tournament and silent auction will also be going to the Peacemaker Project 703, a project started by Amber Oberheim after Officer Oberheim's passing. More >>

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MAROA, Ill. (WAND-TV) -- Just a month and some change after high school track championships ended in the state of Illinois, and Maroa-Forsyth football got back to work in an effort to prepare for the upcoming football season. More >>

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DECATUR, IL. (WAND-TV) -- Illini Expert Mark Tupper joins WAND Sports Anchor Evan Abramson for another edition of Tupper's Take. 

In this week's edition, Mark Tupper discusses how the Illini's men's and women's golf teams will finally have a home to host tournaments and events. More >>

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DECATUR, IL. (WAND-TV) -- Illinois Head Coach Bret Bielema is a fantastic recruiter. 

He's shown it everywhere he's been at at all different levels. Here at Illinois though, he's getting some extra help from a place that you wouldn't expect.  More >>

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SPRINGFIELD, IL. (WAND-TV) -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver and former Sacred Heart-Griffin star Malik Turner returned to Springfield Saturday morning to host two camps for children ages 7-14. 

Partnered with players and coaches from SHG, along with fellow NFL and former SHG star, Denver Bronco Albert Okwuegbunam, Turner brought "Compete with Leek" to central Illinois for what he hopes will be the first of many camps.  More >>

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DECATUR, IL. (WAND-TV) -- The Illini made their third assistant coach hire Friday as Illinois Head Coach Brad Underwood brought Tim Anderson onto his coaching staff. 

Anderson will start with the Illini July 25 as he will go from training athletes for the NBA Draft to training the Illini for Big Ten action. More >>

MACON, Ill. (WAND) -- It was a perfect night for the 41st Herald & Review 100.

And the race saw a familiar face win it. Oakwood's Bobby Native won his third Herald & Review 100 on Thursday night. More >>

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DECATUR, IL. (WAND-TV) -- On this edition of Tupper's Take, Illini expert Mark Tupper joins WAND Sports Evan Abramson to discuss the latest in Illini sports.

With the 2021-22 college football season less than eight weeks away, the Illini will prepare in the coming weeks for their first game of the season against Nebraska, a team that is considered the favorite to win at the moment.  More >>

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DECATUR, IL. (WAND-TV) -- As life starts to return to normalcy, families across central Illinois are looking for new ways to celebrate holidays now that activities are opening up across the area. 

One such activity that families are being attracted to is putt putt golf, and at Overlook Adventure in Decatur, families spent the day having fun during this Independence Day. More >>

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DECATUR, IL. (WAND-TV) -- Pickle ball has been growing in the United States. Now, it's growing in central Illinois, especially in Decatur. 

At the Decatur Athletic Club, people can come play pickle ball without even having to be a member of the gym.  More >>