Joe Vozzelli

Joe Vozzelli

No place like home: Four former Illini teeing off at John Deere Classic

Four former Illini tee off today at the John Deere Classic, the only PGA event in Illinois this year. Here's what you need to know before the action gets going in Silvis, courtesy N-G copy editor Joe Vozzelli

Meinhart delivers late to come up with third title

SAVOY — From the tee box, Derek Meinhart stared off at the 18th green.

He painted a picture in his head.

The crack of the pitching wedge striking the ball. The high-arching shot thumping down on the green within striking distance of the hole.

Five-time UI Open winner eyes first win as father

SAVOY — On the eve of Saturday's start to the UI Open, Tim Hoss Jr. couldn't help but smile.

Hoss had a passenger in the golf cart for 17 holes on Friday afternoon — his 3-year-old son, TJ. Of course, not all of that time was spent sitting down, as the rambunctious toddler got a kick out of playing in the sand-filled bunkers dotting the University of Illinois Orange Course.

Q&A: Two-time UI Open winner Derek Meinhart talks this year's tourney

Derek Meinhart is a two-timer winner of the UI Open, including last year. The Eastern Illinois graduate is the vice president of Innovative Staff Solutions, an employment agency in his native Mattoon. News-Gazette copy editor JOE VOZZELLI caught up with Meinhart ahead of this weekend's event at the University of Illinois Orange Course:

Staying alive: Illini stave off elimination against Indiana with walk-off victory

OMAHA, Neb. — The Illinois baseball team's stay in Omaha, Neb., will last at least another 24 hours.