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Cardinal enjoying twilight of his career

For now, Cardinal is pondering his future. A tall coffee cup sits in front of him. He's wearing dark blue Mavericks sweats. He rubs his fingers across his unshaven chin and offers an idea about his future plans that might surprise.

"We own a farm about 40 minutes outside of Indy," says Cardinal, who turns 34 in May. "When it's all said and done, I think that's where we'll retire."

Game 18: UI women at Penn State

Prediction: PENN STATE 69, ILLINOIS 59

This is the Illini's toughest defensive task of the Big Ten season. Penn State leads the league in scoring and is on a roll. If the Nittany Lions win today, they'll be off to their best Big Ten start since going 7-0 to start the 2004-05 season. The good news: Illinois leads the Big Ten in three-point percentage defense (25 percent), so it is well-equipped to handle Lucas, Gray and the rest of the Penn State bombers. (News-Gazette prediction record: 12-4).

Leshoure's Draft Diary

This is definitely a dream of mine since I was a little boy. Before I even picked up football and started actually playing. Growing up, and still now, I've always been a Dallas Cowboys fan.

I'm going to go in there with the mentality I had making the adjustment from high school to college. I'm going to get better every day at practice. Whatever accomplishments and records God blesses me with, I'll be thankful for.

Tate: That was tough to watch

MADISON, Wis. – At its best, basketball is a game of flowing grace and athleticism.

At its worst, it is disjointed, lacking order and rhythm.

Saturday highlights: Chargers top state-ranked team

In boys' basketball

Centennial 64, Springfield Southeast 57. JOSH PIPER scored 22 points and Centennial knocked off Class 3A's ninth-ranked team. The Chargers (11-6), who led 18-7 after one period, got 16 points apiece from LAWRENCE KINNEY and CORVON BUTLER.

Ceader leads Westville to win

DANVILLE – Taylor Ceader showed it's not how many. It's when.

The Westville senior hadn't made a field goal the entire game Saturday in quarterfinal action of the 31st girls' Vermilion County Tournament at Palmer Arena. With 1:08 left, her basket created a 38-38 tie.

Hot start carries Buffaloes into semis

DANVILLE – Georgetown-Ridge Farm had the hottest first-quarter start of any team Saturday in the quarterfinals of the 94th Vermilion County boys' basketball tournament at Palmer Arena.

The Buffaloes hit seven of their first nine shots, building an 11-0 lead and never trailing while overpowering Hoopeston Area 55-43.

Gymnasts top No. 2 Michigan

CHICAGO – The No. 4 Illinois men's gymnastics team won five of six events to capture the season-opening Windy City Invitational for the second straight year.

The Illini scored 355.400 points to defeat defending national champion and No. 2 Michigan (346.100), which placed second in the six-team meet.

UI-Wisconsin notes: Richmond sits

For the first time in his collegiate career, Illinois freshman Jereme Richmond didn't play. According to a team spokesperson, Richmond missed practice Thursday and Friday while tending to a personal family matter at home in Waukegan.

Richmond didn't travel to Madison with the team but arrived at the team hotel Friday evening. His parents, Bill and Kim Richmond, sat behind the Illinois bench with the other players' families.

It's gut-check time for Illini

MADISON, Wis. – When the Big Ten schedule was released in August, the current stretch of games figured to be one of the toughest for Illinois. After a 76-66 loss to No. 20 Wisconsin on Saturday, the road looks even more daunting.

"It's going to show what kind of team we are, this week coming up," senior Demetri McCamey said.