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Illini lifts spirits

Illinois players and coaches returned home from State College, Pa., in the wee hours Wednesday. Later in the day, they visited an Urbana hospital to spread good cheer.

Here are the pictures.

 

Chat with Kroner (and listen to him, too) Thursday!

Ask Fred Kroner who's going to win Friday's boys' basketball showdown, Central or Centennial, by clicking here. Our prep sports coordinator is holding his weeklyk chat at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Grill him about anything: the state rankings, this weekend's wrestling, etc.

Kroner: Centennial girls' team a class act

CHAMPAIGN – Girls in the Class of 2013 hadn't yet scored a point for Centennial High School before varsity coach Susan Thomas was impressed.

Fact is, the girls hadn't even entered high school when Thomas recognized she would soon have a special group.

Whose early departure hurts most?

Martez Wilson? Mikel Leshoure? Some else? Vote here

5 o'clock shadow

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Leshoure taking a run at his NFL dream

CHAMPAIGN – The decision has been made. Mikel Leshoure is entering the NFL draft. He said so Tuesday.

"I believe I have accomplished everything I can at the college level and want to go after my dream: playing in the NFL," Leshoure said.

UI grade: D

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Talor Battle, Penn State. The diminutive guard can't graduate soon enough. The Big Ten's top scorer finished with 26 points, including a couple of ridiculously long three-pointers.

Tate: Another tough loss for vulnerable Illini

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – School record 64.7-percent shooting in Illinois' first three Big Ten games hid a truckload of shortcomings.

And the dump-truck unloaded them all on an eerie, snow-packed Tuesday night at Penn State's partially-filled Bryce Jordan Center.

Illini hanging heads after letdown

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – As Penn State students rushed the floor late Tuesday night, the public address announcer asked them to reconsider.

"Fans, please stay off the court," he pleaded.

Whitmer transferring to junior college

Chance for playing time brings change