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Tate: Thomas building momentum for Hall

It’s crunch time already.

Mike Thomas has less than two months before he meets with the UI Board of Trustees to announce funding plans for the Assembly Hall.

At that point, 80 percent of the funding must be in place. So we can be relatively certain that a major naming-rights corporation has stepped forward.

Here are aspects rattling my brain:

MJ: An early look

Illinois’ season ended a week ago today, so it’s time to look ahead. Eight players are leaving, so there’s plenty of uncertainty.
We asked beat writer Marcus Jackson for an early outlook on next season — from returning players to the schedule and more.

HQ forecast: UI women 69, Kansas State 65

Sneak peek:

UI women at Kansas State, 4 p.m. today

Lineups
Illinois (19-13)

STARTERS
Pos.    Name    Yr.    Ht.    PPG
G     Alexis Smith    So.     5-9     6.5

Beckman wants Chicago practice 'every year'

CHICAGO — Tim Beckman didn’t take his first Illinois football team off campus for a spring practice in Chicago.

Friday's highlights: Jimson-Miller speeds to finale

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.

In softball

Johnson blanks Oakland

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.

UI women excited for shot at history

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.

Mike Thomas at Soldier Field

It's a busy weekend for Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas.

On Thursday, he provided updates on renovation plans at the Assembly Hall. Read about it here.

Shaw, Langford, Djimde leaving Illini

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.

36th All-Area Girls' Basketball Coach of Year: STM's Chris Mennig

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).