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CHICAGO — Tim Beckman didn’t take his first Illinois football team off campus for a spring practice in Chicago.
UI women at Kansas State, 4 p.m. today
Pos. Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Alexis Smith So. 5-9 6.5
In track & field
■ At Texas Relays. Danville senior Alexus Jimson-Miller advanced to today’s final in the 100-meter hurdles. On Friday, she ran the seventh-fastest qualifying time (14.36 seconds) in her first outdoor race of the season. Jimson-Miller holds the Danville school record in the event at 14.17, which she set as a junior.
CHAMPAIGN — Senior Kevin Johnson made quick work of Oakland in Illinois’ 4-0 nonconference baseball victory Friday at Illinois Field.
Johnson needed 79 pitches to post his third career complete-game shutout in a contest that took 1 hour, 43 minutes, the UI’s shortest game of the season.
MANHATTAN, Kan. — History is beckoning the Illinois women’s basketball team.
No group in the program’s history has advanced beyond the quarterfinals of a national postseason tournament.
The current Illini can change that today with a victory against Kansas State.
CHAMPAIGN — Three Illinois players with eligibility remaining — Mike Shaw, Devin Langford and Ibby Djimde — will not return to the program for the 2013-14 season.
The moves will free up three scholarships for Illinois.
Guided St. Thomas More to a runner-up finish in the Class 2A state tournament. The 32 wins — including 16 in a row — were two of 55 school records (for a season or game) the team set or tied. Among the others: points per game (67.0), field goal accuracy (47.2) and turnovers forced (26.5 per game).
PHILO — It was in the spring of 2007.
An email was received from a concerned News-Gazette reader. She wanted the sports department to know about this hotshot basketball player.
“You’ll be writing about her,” the writer predicted.
She was extolling the virtues of a fifth-grade girl who attended St. Thomas School in Philo.