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Snyder aims to leave mark in final year as Sages QB

MONTICELLO — The slight bead of sweat trickled down the bridge of Braden Snyder's nose on Wednesday morning.

A hit song well before the Monticello senior quarterback was born — Guns N' Roses' "Welcome To the Jungle" — blared through the speakers stationed directly behind him.

Goebel has sights set on full-time job at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN — Jon Goebel plans to apply for the permanent Parkland baseball coaching job.

It's in his competitive nature, after all.

The former Parkland pitching coach and recruiting coordinator was tabbed the Cobras' interim coach on Sunday, replacing Dave Garcia. At least temporarily.

Let's go camping with former Illini and area standouts

Sports editor MATT DANIELS catches up on the 19 former Illini and two former area standouts who find themselves on an NFL roster ahead of the 2018 season:

'We are simply a lot further along in the process this year'

Q: From the standpoint of the whole program, what are the biggest strides you've seen in the last four months?

Support system key for ex-Illini ahead of Wimbledon semifinal

LONDON — The men's tennis coach's office at Atkins Tennis Center became a popular gathering place on Wednesday morning.

"People kept streaming down," Illinois coach Brad Dancer said.

Former Illini Anderson braces for Federer

Ex-Illini will try to keep success going

LONDON — All Brad Dancer can do today is watch.

But if the Illinois men's tennis coach could chime in with a piece of advice for one of his former Illini standouts, he'd offer up the following before Kevin Anderson faces Roger Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

Stay upright.

Four local notes on the national pastime ahead of Independence Day

Independence Day and baseball go well together. It's the national pastime, after all. Before you fire up the grills and watch the sky light up on Wednesday night, sports editor Matt Daniels takes you around the horn with four items:

Go, Cubs, go

Allegretti flexes his leadership

CHAMPAIGN — Running and offensive lineman don't necessarily go hand in hand.

But this aspect is one Nick Allegretti has experienced more of this summer than at any other point in his Illinois football career.

"Our cardio shape right now is better than it is at the end of most summers," said Allegretti, a fifth-year senior and two-year starter for the Illini.

Report: Kane not with Illini this summer

CHAMPAIGN — Not much was known about Samba Kane when he committed to Illinois on March 9.

Other than the fact he stood 7 feet tall and would bring some added size to the Illini men's basketball team when he arrived on campus this summer.

Kane is still listed as being on the Illinois roster, but those summer plans appear to be on hold.

Welcome to the Hall: 20 former Illini to be honored with Henson

Ahead of Friday night's Gala event in Chicago, sports editor MATT DANIELS looks at the other 20 former Illini besides Lou Henson who will be recognized:

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