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>>Illini At Home This Weekend

The Illinois Fighting Illini host Western Michigan on Saturday afternoon in Champaign.  The Illini are coming off a 17-14 victory over then-18th-ranked Arizona State last weekend to improve to a perfect 3-and-0 on the season.  They also have wins over Arkansas State and South Dakota State.

>>Packers Renew Rivalry With Bears

(Chicago, IL)  --  The NFL's oldest rivalry will be renewed when the Packers battle the Bears in Chicago.  The defending Super Bowl champion Packers moved to 2-and-0 with a 30-23 win over the Panthers last week.  Aaron Rodgers threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns for the Packers, who overcame a 13-0 deficit.  The Bears dropped to 1-and-1 with a 30-13 loss to the Saints.  Green Bay beat Chicago, 21-14, in last year's NFC Championship Game.  The Packers have been victorious in 14 of their last 19 games at Soldier Field.

>>Rams Host Ravens Sunday

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Rams will try to avoid an 0-and-3 start Sunday when they host the Baltimore Ravens.  St. Louis has dropped a pair of games to NFC East foes, losing to the Eagles in Week One and the Giants this past Monday night.  The Rams hope to have running back Steven Jackson back.  He's been out with a quadriceps injury.  Sunday's game is a sellout and will be on local television.

>>Chase Shifts To Loudon

(Loudon, NH)  --  The Chase shifts to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon for the Sylvania 300 on Sunday.  Race one is in the books, as the Chase for the Sprint Cup began last Monday in Illinois.  Kevin Harvick holds down the top spot, but it was Tony Stewart who prevailed at Chicagoland Speedway for his 40th career Sprint Cup title.  Last year, New Hampshire Motor Speedway was the first event in the Chase.  Clint Bowyer opened the 10-race classic by winning for the first time in 88 races.  The pole sitter has captured this race four times, including two of the past five years.

>>White House To Host '85 Bears

(Chicago, IL)  --  It took 26 years, but the Super Bowl-winning 1985 Chicago Bears will finally get their turn to be honored at the White House.  Comcast Sports Chicago reports the team has been offered the opportunity to meet with President Obama on October 7th to celebrate its Super Bowl 20 victory over the New England Patriots.  A national tragedy overshadowed Chicago's win at the time, when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in mid-flight, killing all crew members aboard.  Most team members and many of the staff are expected to attend, but a final list has not yet been confirmed.

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