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WONC’s Sports Department provides you with coverage of North Central College football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and softball games, as well as in-depth analysis of North Central athletics, Chicago sports, and national sports on From the Upper Deck and Strictly Sports. Be sure to follow WONC Sports on Twitter, and catch special coverage of North Central athletics on WONC’s Instagram during each game broadcast.

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A Season of Change for Cardinal Baseball

by Sam Corbett   Back on May 12th, Jack Oberli swung right over the top of a fastball from Illinois Wesleyan’s Luke Costello. In an instant, North Central was eliminated from the conference tournament, ending their season. A 7-5 loss to the Titans was the program’s second loss of the ...

Bruner's Beat

Bruner’s Beat: Joel Embiid and the NBA’s 65-Game Rule

by Evan Bruner   Reigning MVP Joel Embiid finds himself in a precarious position. He’s averaging 35.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. In a career that has been filled with incredible performances and top-to-bottom seasons, this campaign is perhaps his best work of all. Yet, Embiid is now a long ...

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Bruner’s Beat: Patrick Mahomes vs. Josh Allen Isn’t A Rivalry…Yet

by Evan Bruner   As the Kansas City Chiefs dispatched the Buffalo Bills 27-24 in the Divisional Round, the scene looked all too familiar. Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City walked out of the stadium smiling and celebrating while the Bills players were quiet, even shocked, entering the locker room.  The latest ...

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Bruner’s Beat: The Chicago Bears’ Justin Fields Situation

The Chicago Bears once again find themselves facing a franchise-altering decision. For the second straight season, the team holds the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Last year, the team opted to trade back from the position to acquire additional assets, including wide receiver D.J. Moore and the eventual top ...

Morgan Piontek

Guenther Steiner Out at Haas F1

The Formula One offseason never ceases to bring its surprises. From new team names to the yearly silly season, fans are staying entertained even while cars aren’t out on track. In the latest breaking news of 2024, the Haas F1 team principal, Guenther Steiner, has been let go effective immediately. ...

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Bruner’s Beat: Adam Silver and the NBA’s Inaugural In-season Tournament

by Evan Bruner There may not be a more thankless profession than commissioner of a professional sports league. Between fans, players, and owners, it’s impossible to please everyone. As a result, commissioners are almost treated as politicians, posited as the culprit of every problem, the punchline of every joke.  No ...

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Bruner’s Beat: Does Firing Frank Reich Fix the Panthers?

by Evan Bruner   The short-lived Frank Reich era In Carolina came to an end last Monday following a disastrous 1-10 start. For Panthers fans, these 11 games have felt like an eternity, but in reality, it’s the earliest head coach firing in nearly 50 years. For reference, Urban Meyer got ...

Andy Jachim

What the Taylor Hall and Corey Perry Absences Mean for the Hawks

by Andy Jachim The Hawks’ recent struggles (with the exception of a super exciting OT win against the Leafs last Friday) have come with some sour news from a pair of veterans in the forward group. Taylor Hall is expected to undergo surgery on his right ACL and will miss ...

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Bruner’s Beat: The Los Angeles Chargers Are a Modern Day Tragedy

by Evan Bruner The Los Angeles Chargers fell to the Detroit Lions in a 41-38 thriller Sunday afternoon. The hotly-contested game featured two of the league’s premier offenses and culminated in a made field goal as time expired to give the Lions the win.  To the average fan, the game ...

Andy Jachim

Hiring of Counsell Should Be a Sign of Big Things To Come for Cubs

by Andy Jachim Holy. Cow. It’s been half a week since this earth-shattering news, yet it still doesn’t feel real. Craig Counsell is set to manage OUR Chicago Cubs for the next five seasons, at the very least. What a job done here by Jed, Carter, and the rest of ...

Morgan Piontek

F1’s Sergio Perez: Sink Or Swim?

by Morgan Piontek Sergio Perez has been surrounded by rumors about his future with Red Bull Racing. Joining the team in 2021, he’s had many great performances. Still, his sudden drop in performance means the team may be rethinking his current contract for the 2024 season or exploring options for ...

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Bruner’s Beat: Francis Ngannou Bet on Himself and Won Big

by Evan Bruner   “Bet on yourself” has become a common phrase in 21st-century athletics. In a time when athletes in both team and individual sports act more as their own entities than pawns bound to their respective teams or organizations, it’s become increasingly common to challenge the status quo ...

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Bruner’s Beat: What Tyson Bagent’s Win Means For Justin Fields and the Bears

by Evan Bruner In the first start of his NFL career, quarterback Tyson Bagent led the Chicago Bears to their second win of the season, throttling the Las Vegas Raiders 30-12.The game was a departure from the type of football that’s become associated with the Matt Eberflus regime. Execution on both sides of the ...

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Bruner’s Beat: The Patriots Are A Mess, and It’s (Mostly) Bill Belichick’s Fault

by Evan Bruner For 20 years, the New England Patriots were untouchable, the gold standard for all North American Sports teams. An organization that had experienced little success went on a historic run to kick off the 21st century. Listing every single feat accomplished by New England during this stretch would ...

Andy Jachim

What Can We Expect From Bedard and The Hawks?

By: Andy Jachim After one of the most exciting and emotional offseasons in franchise history, the Blackhawks are ready to roll in the 2023-24 season. They stunned Pittsburgh on the road on opening night, off three unanswered goals in the third period. Not only were the vibes high after the ...

Sam Fretto

Are The Bulls Trapped In Mediocrity?

By: Sam Fretto The NBA season tips off in about two weeks, and the Chicago Bulls will start off the year at home against the OKC Thunder on October 25th. The roster heads into the 2023 campaign with a very similar makeup to last year. What can you expect? The ...

Hayden Krzyzanowski

What’s Up With The Chicago (Dumpster) Fire?

By: Hayden Krzyzanowski The Chicago Fire are another struggling Chicago sports franchise with too many issues to be solved over the course of a single season. Owned by Joe Mansueto, a Chicagoland businessman, the Fire haven’t had any success in the last 6-7 years. They reached the playoffs in 2017 ...

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Bruner’s Beat: What’s Wrong With Joe Burrow?

by Evan Bruner Following his breakout 2019 campaign at LSU, Joe Burrow could seemingly do no wrong. His stellar on-field play, paired with an imperturbable personality, has made him a fan favorite and one of the faces of the NFL. Despite it only being his fourth season in the NFL, Burrow ...

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Bruner’s Beat: The Problem with Justin Fields

by Evan Bruner   This was never the plan for Justin Fields. The 2021-first round pick was supposed to mark the end of the Chicago Bears’ quarterback woes. Instead, he is contributing to the growing narrative that the franchise is incapable of developing quarterbacks. Through three weeks, Fields has struggled, ...

Sam Fretto

Dame to the Bucks: What This Means For the Bulls and the NBA

By: Sam Fretto In a blockbuster 3-team trade, longtime Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard will be blazing a new trail with the Milwaukee Bucks. The official trade: Bucks Receive: Trail Blazers Receive: Suns Receive: Damian Lillard earlier in the summer had requested a trade from the Portland Trail Blazers ...

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