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U of I Announces Athletic Hall of Fame Class

U.S. News

The University of Illinois is announcing its first Athletic Hall of Fame class that includes legendary football coach and Chicago Bears' owner George Halas, baseball Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau and Harold "Red" Grange, the football star whose fame in the early 20th century rivaled that of Babe Ruth.

Why It Matters That NASCAR Banned the Confederate Flag


In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the NBA players who are pushing back against the idea of restarting the season. They also discuss how college football players are banding together to demand changes at their schools. And Clinton Yates of the Undefeated joins for a conversation about NASCAR banning the Confederate flag. Hang Up and Listen's weekly Elias Bowies: Joel's Elias Bowie: It's past time that the University of Texas honor the great Julius Whittier. Josh's Elias Bowie: Why have the Chicago White Sox been so slow to support the Black Lives Matter movement?

Coliseum, Rose Bowl and Inglewood NFL stadium apply to stage World Cup games

Los Angeles Times

Three Southern California stadiums have submitted paperwork to stage World Cup games in 2026 should the united bid of the U.S., Mexico and Canada to host the tournament win approval from FIFA. The Coliseum, the new NFL stadium set at Hollywood Park and Pasadena's Rose Bowl, site of the 1994 World Cup final, are among the venues that have applied to the United Bid Committee, which will pare that to a shortlist of prospect host cities later this month. Forty other cities in 25 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, three Mexican states and five Canadian provinces also have expressed interest in staging World Cup games. Twenty to 25 cities will be included in the final bid submitted to FIFA. Other U.S. stadiums that have submitted bids include the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., Chicago's Soldier Field, the Raiders' proposed stadium in Las Vegas, Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara and the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Feature and TV films

Los Angeles Times

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 TCM Tue. 7 p.m. Mean Streets 1973 Cinemax Sun. 6 a.m. Batman Begins 2005 AMC Sun. Throw Momma From the Train 1987 EPIX Sun. Die Hard 1988 IFC Sun. I Know What You Did Last Summer 1997 Starz Tue. Gone in 60 Seconds 2000 CMT Wed. 8 p.m., Thur. Total Recall 1990 Encore Thur. 2 a.m. A Fish Called Wanda 1988 Encore Thur. 2 p.m., 9 p.m. The World Is Not Enough 1999 EPIX Sat. 4 p.m. Look Who's Talking 1989 OVA Sun. Die Hard With a Vengeance 1995 IFC Thur. Oil-platform workers, including an estranged couple, and a Navy SEAL make a startling deep-sea discovery. A clueless politician falls in love with a waitress whose erratic behavior is caused by a nail stuck in her head. After glimpsing his future, an ambitious politician battles the agents of Fate itself to be with the woman he loves. To help a friend, a suburban baby sitter drives into downtown Chicago with her two charges and a neighbor. Two teenage baby sitters and a group of children spend a wild night ...

Caps latest Presidents' Trophy champs to go poof in playoffs

U.S. News

Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals became the latest in a long line of NHL teams to discover regular-season dominance doesn't translate into playoff prominence. The Caps went from Presidents' Trophy winners in April to poof in May after being eliminated in Game 6 of their second-round playoff series to Pittsburgh. "It's just kind of setting in right now that it's over," Capitals forward Jay Beagle said, following the 4-3 overtime loss on Tuesday night. The Cup was our goal all year and unfortunately we didn't (make it)." Since 2000, when the St. Louis Blues went from first in the standings to one-and-done in the playoffs, only four teams that finished the regular season with the best record have gone on to win the Stanley Cup: Chicago in 2013, Detroit in 2008 and '02, and Colorado in 2001.