By Joseph Phillips, Crusader Sports Editor The fifth ranked Illinois Fighting Illini improved to 19-6 on the season with a 74-69 victory over Big Ten rival Wisconsin on Saturday, February 27, on the road. The Fighting Illini was without their top player Ayo Dosunmu, who missed his second straight game with...
By Homero De la Fuente and Jason Hanna, CNN Maia Chaka will make history when the new National Football League season starts this year. The NFL said Friday it has added Chaka to its roster of game officials for 2021, making her the league's first Black woman named to the position. Chaka,...
By Wayne Sterling, CNN Broadcasting pioneer and former NFL Pro Bowl cornerback Irv Cross died Sunday morning in Minnesota, the Philadelphia Eagles announced on the team's website. He was 81. Cross was the first African American sports analyst on national television when he worked for CBS Sports as an NFL analyst and commentator from...
By Joseph Phillips, Crusader Sports Editor Now ranked fifth in the nation, the Fighting Illini improved to 16-5 on the season with a 94-63 blowout victory over the University of Minnesota on Saturday, February 20, at home. The Fighting Illini outscored the Golden Gophers 48-33 at halftime and 46-30 to close...
By Joseph Phillips, Crusader Sports Editor The Chicago Bulls earned their thirteenth win of the season with a 122-114 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, February 20, at the United Center. The Bulls were led by guard Zach LaVine, who finished with 38 points on 15-of-20 shooting from the field. "I...
By Joseph Phillips, Crusader Sports Editor In spite of three prominent quarterback names falling off the market via trade, the Chicago Bears remain in the hunt for a franchise quarterback. During the team's end of the season press conference, the league's charter franchise said they would look to address the quarterback...
The West Side Leadership Academy Varsity Football team is holding a fundraiser for new uniforms. The community is invited to contribute through the fundraising site, givebutter.com where 99.5% of the proceeds go directly to the purchase of the uniforms. So far, the fundraiser has more than 130 supporters, and 30%...
By Patrice Nkrumah If you’ve ever watched a Blackhawks game, you know Patrick Kane can give the prettiest passes in the game that lead to a goal. Which is called an assist. Well now, the entire Blackhawks organization is giving an assist to Black businesses on the city’s West Side...
By Jacob Lev, CNN Former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, best known for defeating Muhammad Ali in 1978, has died at the age 67, according to a statement from his publicist. Spinks lost his five-year battle with prostate and other cancers on Friday evening. "At the time of his passing his wife...
By Joseph Phillips, Crusader Sports Editor Known as the home run king for breaking Babe Ruth's record, Henry Louis Aaron, also known as "Hammerin" Hank Aaron, died on Friday, January 22, at the age of 86. Aaron was born on February 5, 1934 and was an American professional baseball player, right...