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In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Mid-American Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher speaks during an NCAA college football news conference in Cleveland. The Mid-American Conference announced Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, that it will have a 6-game football season, meaning all 10 major conferences will play this fall.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

MAC volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer to be played in spring

By Jarrett Huff | October 12, 2020

DeKALB — The Mid-American Conference announced Monday in a news release that four fall sports will be played starting in the 2021 Spring semester. The four sports, volleyball, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, join MAC football, which starts...

View of the East side of Huskie Stadium Sept. 24, 2019 in DeKalb.

NIU, Mid-American Conference tackle issues of playing in a pandemic

By James Krause | September 25, 2020

DeKALB — The Huskies football team can make plans to see their Mid-American Conference rivals on the field this fall, as the conference voted unanimously Friday for football to return in November. Head Football Coach Thomas Hammock said there was...

Former NIU baseball Head Coach Walt Owens.

Remembering Walt Owens: Coach, teacher, mentor

By James Krause | September 24, 2020

Walt Owens, or “Coach O”, wore many hats in his 87 years of life before he died Sunday. Owens played Negro League baseball under a pseudonym while also attending Western Michigan University. Owens was a high school teacher to Motown legends in...

In this Aug. 10, 2020 file photo, Gov. J.B. Pritzker responds to questions during news conference in Chicago. Illinois tweaked how business owners seeking recreational marijuana licenses can apply following complaints that the process favored politically connected and rich applicants over minorities and veterans who were supposed to benefit. Pritzker, a first-term Democrat, was expected to discuss the changes at a Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, news conference.

Pritzker extends online sportsbook gambling registration

By Wes Sanderson | September 22, 2020

DeKALB — Bettors who have failed to register online for various Illinois sportsbooks are not out of luck yet, due to Governor J.B. Pritzker’s extension of his executive order on online registration for sportsbook gambling. Joe Orstrowski, of 670...

NIU hall of famer Walt Owens dies at 87

By Northern Star Staff | September 21, 2020

DeKALB — NIU hall of famer Walt Owens died Sunday. Coach “O” was 87 years old. Owens was the baseball coach from 1976 to 1982, winning 133 games. He was also an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team from 1973 to 1978. He was an NIU...

A COVID-19 awareness sign Sept. 2, posted in view of Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.

3 sports teams under quarantine

By James Krause | September 18, 2020

DeKALB — The NIU football, men’s basketball and men’s golf teams are under quarantine after each had members of the program test positive for COVID-19, the NIU Athletic Department announced Friday. The positive results came during weekly surveillance...

NIU athletics director speaks into a microphone during a press event.

NIU Athletics addresses cancellation of fall sports

By Jarrett Huff | August 8, 2020

DeKALB — NIU Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier and Football Head Coach Thomas Hammock addressed the media Saturday in a Zoom conference call regarding the Mid-American Conference’s decision to cancel the fall sports season. Frazier and NIU...

MAC cancels 2020 college football season

MAC cancels 2020 college football season

By Jarrett Huff | August 8, 2020

DeKALB — The Mid-American Conference has canceled its 2020 college football season Saturday, joining a growing number of conferences making similar decisions. The MAC has become the first Football Bowl Subdivision to cancel its season according to...

Marlins COVID-19 outbreak leads to first canceled MLB game

Marlins’ COVID-19 outbreak leads to first canceled MLB game

By Justin Kelley | July 27, 2020

DeKALB — Just one week into the MLB season and the league has already canceled a game due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Ken Rosthenal, of the Athletic, announced that the Miami Marlins had nine new cases of coronavirus on Monday. Before the recent outbreak,...

Mid-American Conference postpones start of fall athletic season

Mid-American Conference postpones start of fall athletic season

By Jarrett Huff | July 16, 2020

DeKALB — COVID-19’s effect on the Mid-American Conference’s fall sports season has grown with the announcement of several sports’ seasons being postponed, according to an article on the MAC’s website. The announcement affects field hockey,...

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. Excitement about treating the new coronavirus with malaria drugs is raising hopes, but the evidence that they may help is thin.

NIU gymnastics cancels summer camp

By Northern Star Staff | July 16, 2020

DeKalb — NIU gymnastics announced the cancelation of its annual summer camp Thursday afternoon. The team broke the news on its Instagram account, referencing the current COVID-19 pandemic as the cause for cancellation. "Due...

Senior forward Noah McCarty waits for play to resume March 6, during NIUs loss to Ball State University at the Convocation Center.

Former Huskie Noah McCarty headed overseas to play basketball in Spain

By James Krause | July 15, 2020

DeKALB — Former NIU men’s basketball player Noah McCarty will continue his career in Spain, signing a contract with Club Baloncesto Benicarló of the LEB Plata. McCarty’s signing was announced Tuesday by NIU Athletics, with McCarty commenting...