Matt Daniels

Matt Daniels

Move-in date for new football facility set for late July

CHAMPAIGN — Before Illinois football holds its first practice on Aug. 2, they'll get the chance to enjoy the new amenities offered at the newest athletic facility on the UI campus.

Whitman: No United Center game this season

CHAMPAIGN — The first five regular season games Illinois men’s basketball played at the United Center drew an average of 14,448 fans.

Roundtree recovering in Chicago

CHAMPAIGN — The phone call was one Josh Whitman never wanted to receive.

So when the Illinois athletic director first heard word of Bobby Roundtree suffering a severe spinal injury in a swimming accident last month, it nearly floored him.

Edwards joins Illinois women's basketball roster

CHAMPAIGN — Taylor Edwards already had a decorated basketball career before she focused solely on softball in college.

Illini hoops adds Belgian forward Bosmans-Verdonk

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois men’s basketball roster is nearly complete.

Illini football looking near and far

The 2019 season opener for Illinois is 82 days away (Aug. 31 against Akron). The start of the early signing period for the Class of 2020 is 191 days away (Dec. 18). Here's how each Big Ten program stands on the recruiting trail at the moment, courtesy Sports Editor MATT DANIELS:

TEAMS TO BEAT

OHIO STATE

Taking stock among some of the state's best and brightest hoopsters

The Illinois men's basketball roster for the 2019-2020 season got even more of an international flair on Saturday with Belgium forward Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk committing to the Illini. But Brad Underwood and his coaching staff still have their eye on in-state talent.

IHSA memo outlines mock district format

Districts will come to high school football in Illinois with the 2021 season.

But that doesn't mean the Illinois High School Association isn't already looking at the different possibilities.

In fact, the IHSA staff created a draft of what a mock district model would look like for the 2019 season, in a copy obtained by News-Gazette Media.

Summer play in full swing for Illinois tennis

CHAMPAIGN — Pro tennis tournaments have happened in the past during the summer months on the University of Illinois campus.

They're at it again this summer as the first of three such tournaments started on Monday with qualifying at the Fletcher Financial Open, a USTA Pro Circuit event held at Atkins Tennis Center and the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex.

'Winning a championship is awesome'

Sports editor MATT DANIELS caught up with the local talent that helped the Illinois club baseball team bring home a national title:

Matt Davis did what any normal college student who just won a national championship would do.

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