Riley claims event title

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Andrew Riley, who on Friday posted an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 7.69 seconds in the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles, won the event Saturday in 7.53 — the second-best time in the NCAA this season — at the Tyson Invitational. Teammate Cody Wisslead (8.04) finished seventh.

Softball swept at season-opening tourney

MIAMI — The weather is warm in Florida, but the Illinois softball team's bats haven't warmed up yet.

The Illini dropped a 4-1 decision to Massachusetts in Friday's season opener, then fell 8-3 to No. 25 Louisville later in the day at the Florida International Combat Classic.

Jess Perkins (run scored) and Nikki Simpson (RBI) tallied Illinois' lone hits in the opener.

More recruits on the way

The University of Illinois announced more signings Thursday of prep recruits:



Kylie Johnson Kankakee

Outfielder hit .675, with a .710 on-base percentage, and stole 76 bases last spring

Remeny Perez Tustin (Calif.)

Infielder/outfielder hit .375 last summer for a travel ball team that placed third in nation

Pawloski fuels soccer rout

BATON ROUGE, La. — Megan Pawloski scored a pair of goals to lead the Illinois soccer team in a 5-0 rout of Oregon on Sunday, ending the LSU tournament on a positive note heading into Big Ten play next weekend.

Senior Jackie Guerra scored her first career goal, and Julie Ewing and Vanessa DiBernardo also connected for the 20th-ranked Illini.

Illini Year In Review

Top male athletes

1. Mikel Leshoure, football. After roaring through 2010 season, junior All-America running back headed to NFL's Lions.

Tate: Guenther a super sidekick for Big Ten commish

The relationship of two compatriots might not be over — Ron Guenther might serve in some capacity for the Big Ten — but for now commissioner Jim Delany loses his closest ally when the Illini athletic director steps down June 30.

Whether it was the Big Ten Network, favorable bowl agreements, expansion that brought in Nebraska, or any number of major initiatives, Guenther has been "Robin" to Delany's "Batman." They always thought along similar lines. And during their lengthy terms, Delany has grown into the most prominent administrator in collegiate sports.

Big Ten track teams have Illinois flavor

PARK RIDGE — Five members of the Illinois men's track and field team, including hurdles champions Andrew Riley and Cody Wisslead, were named to the All-Big Ten Outdoor first team.

The conference announced its award winners Wednesday.

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Illinois senior Danielle Zymkowitz and sophomore Jessica Davis were named first-team All-Big Ten in softball today, the Big Ten announced. Zymkowitz also was a Sportsmanship Honoree.

Softball left out of NCAA tourney

Three Big Ten teams selected — including fourth-place Penn State — ahead of Illini

Women's track sitting in sixth

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Seniors Kelly Washington (heptathlon) and Chantelle Groenewoud (3,000-meter steeplechase) each finished second Saturday, while 12 of their Illinois teammates qualified for today's event finals at the rain-soaked Big Ten Outdoor Championships in Iowa City, Iowa.

With 26 team points, Illinois was tied for sixth place with Michigan State.