Chip's Corner

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    Potpourri—Stanford University is eliminating 11 varsity sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the 11 sports eliminated were men’s wrestling and volleyball —Dartmouth College has eliminated both the men’s and women’s golf teams, and closed the Dartmouth Golf Course—The Cubs-White Sox had their first exhibition game of the season Sunday night on national TV with the White Sox beating the Cubs 7-3.
 
    Six Illini make Steele Publication List— Blake Hayes, Illini senior punter, was named to third team Preseason All-American by Phil Steele, who publishes one of the most six popular college football preseason magazines. The reigning Big Ten Punter of the Year Award was Steele’s first team preseason All-Big Ten first team selection. Other Illini who received preseason honors were Jake Hansen-Linebacker-Second Team All-Big Ten; Doug Kramer-Center-Third Team All-Big Ten; Alex Palczewski-OL-Third Team All-Big Ten; Kendrick Green-DL-Fourth Team All-Big Ten; Mike Elfier-Linebacker-Fourth Team All-Big Ten—GO ILLINI!
 
    Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk could be a sleeper for Illini basketball— “We only had three days with him in practice—I think it was three days. He has a very high skill level, and a very, very high  IQ,” Illini staffer Geoff Alexander said last August. “He knows how to play; he’s played the international game which is free-flowing and did a lot of things we do. He can play a few different positions. He gives some flexibility in that area. Just his ability to think is really, really impressive.” The Belgium is 6-8, 225, looked good in the three games he played as a freshman for the Illini before suffering a serious foot injury which ended his season. “This summer and what we are doing right now is actually really good for him – just re-acclimating his body and getting his timing and everything back. We’re excited about him (redshirt freshman),” concluded Coach Brad Underwood. STAY WITH BOSMANS!  
 
    Big Ten coaches vote to return to  court—As of this past Monday (July 20), basketball players can begin coaches-led summer workouts, as each school in the Big Ten can adjust to the workouts individually. All team-organized activities cannot exceed eight hours in a given week and coaches will be limited to four hours of on-court instruction per week, with these activities lasting as long as eight weeks. “Bodies by Fletch” program (weights, strength, mobility) is open to Illini small groups. Great to see players-coaches together again. OS-KEE-WOW-WOW!
 
    Jon Rahm wins at Jack’s Place—Rahm (-9) started the day with a four stroke lead, built it to eight strokes and finished winning by three over Ryan Palmer (-6), after being penalized two strokes on No. 15 for his ball moving at address. Rahm, by winning the Memorial Tournament, moved into the No. 1 slot in the World Golf Rankings. The 25-year-old Spaniard won for the first time since 2018 on the PGA Tour, but has been near the top in almost every tournament this year. By winning at Jack’s Place, Rahm will be one of the favorites to win the first major of the year (PGA). Rahm also becomes only the second Spanish player (Sevie Ballesteros) to be No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings. CONGRATS FROM THE  CORNER TO JON!
 
    Austin Dillon outruns Reddick to win the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500—Austin Dillon held a hard-charging field off three times in the final laps to earn his first NASCAR Cup Series win of 2020 at the Texas Motor Speedway. It was a 1-2 finish for Richard Childress Racing team with teammate Tyler Reddick finishing a mere .140 seconds behind. Dillon now has an automatic berth in the playoffs with the Texas win. Joey Logano finished third, Kyle Busch was fourth, and Kevin Harvick ran fifth. Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Aric Almirola rounded out the top 10. YA DA MAN AUSTIN!