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Ball State players reach for the trophy after defeating Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference championship NCAA college football game, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Detroit.

Last week in sports: 12/14 through 12/20

By Kyle Mathas | December 21, 2020

DeKALB — Whether it is NCAA Football conference championship games or the College Football Playoff, this has been a jam packed week of sports.   Mid-American Conference Football The Mid-American Conference held its championship game Friday....

Huskie Stadium Aug. 12,  from the East entrance.

Hammock excited about NIU Football’s incoming recruiting class

By James Krause | December 19, 2020

DeKALB — The NIU football team had 22 high school players sign letters of intent to join the program on National Signing Day Wednesday.  Just days following a loss that ended NIU’s shortened season at 0-6, Head Coach Thomas Hammock said he felt...

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs for a touchdown as Miami Dolphins free safety Eric Rowe (21) attempt to tackle, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Last week in the word of sports: 12/7 through 12/13

By Kyle Mathas | December 14, 2020

DeKALB — Whether it was the University of Florida being upset, Liangelo Ball getting waived by the Detroit Pistons or Auburn University Head Coach Gus Malzahn getting fired, this week has been jam-packed with sporting news.  NBA The NBA returned...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 file photo, Houston Rockets Russell Westbrook (0) goes up for a shot as Oklahoma City Thunders Nerlens Noel, right, defends during the second half of an NBA first-round playoff basketball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Houston Rockets have traded Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for John Wall and a future lottery-protected. first-round pick. 
Both teams announced the trade Wednesday night, Dec. 2, 2020.

Last week in the world of sports: 11/30 through 12/6

By Kyle Mathas | December 7, 2020

DeKALB — Whether it is multiple top-25 college basketball upsets, the Huskies women’s basketball team winning two games straight or all of sport cancellations due to COVID-19, this week gave us a lot of entertainment in sports.    NCAA...

NCAA cancels all sporting events for 2019-20 school year

Men’s basketball adds Pittsburgh to non-conference schedule

By Northern Star Staff | December 1, 2020

DeKALB — The men’s basketball’s game against DePaul University will not be played due to COVID-19 concerns. To make up for the missed game, the Huskies will travel 6 p.m. Saturday to the University of Pittsburgh. DePaul University paused all...

Vanderbilts Sarah Fuller, right, kicks off as Ryan McCord (27) holds to start the second half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. With the kick, Fuller became the first female to play in a Southeastern Conference football game. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Last week in the world of sports: 11/23 through 11/29

By Kyle Mathas | November 30, 2020

DeKALB — With the Lions firing their coach, the NBA fan base waiting on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s free agency decision, and the college basketball season beginning, there has been a lot of sports news this past week.    NFL News The Detroit...

Northern Illinois receiver Tyrice Richie gets past Central Michigan defensive lineman Amir Siddiq during an NCAA college football game Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, in DeKalb, Ill.

Last week in sports 11/16 through 11/22

By Kyle Mathas and Jarrett Huff | November 24, 2020

DeKALB — With the NBA Draft, NBA offseason trades, and an eventful week of football, there's a lot to unpack over the last week. Here’s an update on last week in sports.    NBA Draft The NBA Draft took place Wednesday, and the University...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, LaMelo Ball of the Illawarra Hawks brings the ball up during a game against the Sydney Kings in the Australian Basketball League in Sydney. LaMelo Ball is expected to be one of the top picks in the NBA Draft, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020.

Looking at some of the top prospects from the 2020 NBA Draft

By Kyle Mathas | November 18, 2020

DeKALB — Tonight is the 2020 NBA Draft and some of the best players from the college and international level are waiting for their name to be called, including NIU’s Eugene German. Here is a look at some of the top players in the draft.   Anthony...

The Arizona Cardinals celebrate after their game winning touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 32-20.

Last week in sports 11/9 through 11/15

By Kyle Mathas | November 17, 2020

DeKALB — Whether it was more than five college football games being canceled, Dustin Johnson winning the Masters, or the Arizona Cardinals winning at the last second, this week in sports was eventful.     NCAA Football In college football,...

FILE — In this Nov. 10, 2020 file photo, Ohio Bobcats wide receiver Isiah Cox (6) runs the ball past Akron Zips linebacker Julian Richardson (7) during an NCAA football game in Athens, Ohio. An NCAA official voiced concern, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, over sports betting on the performance of individual student athletes, and suggested that gambling regulators consider restrictions on such wagers to protect the integrity of the games.

First Mid-American Conference football game canceled

By Northern Star Staff | November 15, 2020

DeKALB — The Mid-American Conference has canceled its first game of the season Sunday due to COVID-19 related issues. The game scheduled for Tuesday between the Ohio University Bobcats and the Miami University–Ohio RedHawks was canceled after the...

Chase Elliott holds up the season championship trophy as he celebrates with his race crew in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix Raceway, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Avondale, Ariz.

Last week in the world of sports: 11/2 through 11/8

By Kyle Mathas | November 9, 2020

DeKALB — Whether it was Notre Dame defeating Clemson, NIU losing to the University at Buffalo or the Boston Red Sox rehiring Alex Cora, this week has been an eventful week for sports.   NCAA  There were many major college football games...

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner celebrates after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas.

A recap of everything athletics from the last week of October

By Kyle Mathas | November 2, 2020

DeKALB —- Whether it was the only remaining undefeated Big 12 team defeated, the Chicago Bears losing in overtime, or the White Sox hiring a new manager, this week in sports had no shortage of action.  With the Mid-American Conference football season...