Northwest Herald sports copy editor Kevin Murphy picks his top sporting events to watch on TV this weekend with a spotlight on local graduates:
Track and field: IAAC Diamond League at Brussels, 1 p.m. Sunday, NBC
Spoiler alert: This race was Friday but airs on NBC for the first time Sunday. Jacobs graduate Evan Jager competed in the 5,000-meter run. Jager finished eighth, but in a personal-best time of 13:02.40. Jager, the American record holder in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, competed in a stacked field that included fellow Americans, Bernard Lagat and Galen Rupp.
College football: Cincinnati at Illinois, 11 a.m. Saturday, ESPN2
Oh, so close.
Richmond-Burton graduate Tim Clary almost had his first touchdown as a member of the Illini in their win over Southern Illinois last weekend.
Southern Illinois safety D.J. Cameron intentionally tripped the tight end a few yards from the end zone. No penalty was called, but Clary fell down just shy of the end zone on a 33-yard reception.
Clary is a walk-on who played at Division III Dubuque last season.
“It’s funny looking back with Tim’s career because if you ask the majority of the guys, including myself, you don’t even really know when Tim kind of showed up and was on the team,” Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase told the Champaign News-Gazette. “One day he was there, and then all of a sudden, we got to spring and used more tight ends and fullbacks, and he started making plays.”
Missouri State at Iowa, 11 a.m. Saturday, BTN
This is not the way Johnsburg graduate C.J. Fiedorowicz wanted to start his senior season. The tight end scored a touchdown, but the Hawkeyes lost to Northern Illinois. Can Iowa rebound against Missouri State?
Indiana State at Purdue, 11 a.m. Saturday, BTN
Robert Tonyan Jr. threw a late touchdown pass for Indiana State, which got thumped against Indiana last week. It was his first touchdown pass of his college career for the McHenry East graduate.
Although Tonyan probably won’t see much playing time, Purdue looked terrible against Cincinnati, so don’t rule out playing time just yet.
College football: Austin Peay at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, CSN
Crystal Lake South graduate Jake Bernstein is a member of the offensive line for the Commodores, who lost a crazy game to Ole Miss last week. Bernstein is listed on the depth chart as the starter, or the backup.
Pro football: Cincinnati at Bears, noon Sunday, CBS
Da Bears. The NFL is back, in case you didn’t notice. Jay Cutler might not throw seven touchdown passes like Denver’s Peyton Manning did, but it will be fun to watch Cutler operate under first-year head coach Marc Trestman.
SET THE DVR
U.S. Open, women’s championship, at New York, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, CBS
World No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 2 Victoria Azarenka will meet at the last major of the year. Williams won this year’s French Open, while Azarenka took the Australian Open. Who will blink first?
CATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS LATER
Boston at N.Y. Yankees, noon Sunday, TBS
Check ESPNews later because, first, there is NFL action Sunday and, second, these games are like five hours long.
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