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Two top 25 wins in 10 days. Hard to believe Illinois lost at home to Florida Atlantic just more than a month ago. The Illini have made some serious strides in the new year, and Tuesday night's upset of No. 9 Michigan State is the latest statement by Brad Underwood's team.

Recruiting focus turns for Illini

The final evaluation period of the 2017-18 recruiting calendar is complete. Lists will be cut. Official visits will be scheduled. The next phase of the recruiting process is right around the corner.

Meyer near top early at U.S. Open

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Former Illini Dylan Meyer, playing as a professional for the first time, is off to a solid start at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.

After 8 holes, Meyer was sitting 1 stroke back in a tie for third place. After a bogey on No. 18 — his ninth hole of the day — the former Illini sits in a tie for eighth at 1 over par.

Four-star athlete picks Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Lovie Smith has a major building block to build his 2019 recruiting class on during the next 11 months. Illinois picked up its first prospect in the 2019 class Saturday afternoon with a commitment from four-star athlete Marquez Beason during a visit to campus.

Setting the Twitter standard

Our 2017 Illinois Year in Review was expansive. Exhaustive. All-encompassing. Choose your own adjective. Leading it was a question-and-answer session about the Illini, including the must follow Illinois coach on Twitter.

UPDATE: Pieters 13th; Stricker 43rd at Masters

UPDATE:

Steve Stricker has finished his opening round at the Masters at 3 over. Stricker's back nine consisted of eight consecutive pars before he bogeyed the par-4 18th.

Stricker will be back on the course Friday at 8:39 a.m., while Pieters resumes play at 11:57 a.m.

 

UPDATE:

Top 50 Illini football players of 2016: No. 48, Austin Roberts

No. 48: Austin Roberts, LB

Rietz discusses Tate, Black cases

State's Attorney Julia Rietz joined WDWS host Jim Turpin on Friday morning to discuss the cases of two Illinois basketball players. Listen to the podcasts by clicking the links below.

Spring practices moved to afternoons

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois football team on Monday announced that its spring practices will be held in the afternoons, not early mornings as previously indicated.

Weekday practices were slated to begin at 6 a.m.

Starting with Tuesday's practice, all weekday practices will begin at 5 p.m., except on Fridays, which will start at 4:30.

Tate: Lack of balance (still) here to stay

It is sad to see what has happened to the Chicago Bears. They appear inept in the extreme.

But they did it to themselves. They had a fair chance to acquire talent via an equalizing draft.

That’s the difference between the NFL and college football. For decades past and decades to come, the best prep athletes tend to congregate at a select few universities.

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