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Recruiting expert Jeremy Werner joins our chat lineup.

Asmussen: 5-7 bowl teams

There will be 35 bowl games after the 2010 season, which means 70 spots to fill. Out of 120 schools. By rule, they are all supposed to have at least a .500 record. And only one of the six required wins can be against a I-AA school (that rule cost Kansas State a bowl bid in 2009). But what if just 68 schools meet the requirements? Bowl games won't be canceled, so the folks in charge of determining eligibility for the NCAA need to come up with a plan.

How good is Deron?

Deron Williams is enjoying a history-making run in the NBA playoffs. Does that make him a better former Illini pro than PGA star Steve Stricker?

3 questions for Jerry Kill

How do you feel about playing Illinois?

I think it will be a tremendous challenge. We understand, being in the state of Illinois, the type of athletes Illinois has and what they do. I do think it's a great game for the state. We look forward to it. We appreciate them giving us that opportunity.

Centennial soccer turns on offense

URBANA – Defense has been an anchor all season for the Centennial girls' soccer team, but it was offense that came to the rescue Thursday in a match against rival Urbana.

Despite yielding a season-high number of goals, the Chargers prevailed 7-3 for their sixth victory in a row. Centennial (13-2, 7-1 Big 12) entered with 10 shutout wins.

Czerwinski, Nevolo rate league honors

PARK RIDGE — Illinois senior tennis player Marek Czerwinski and sophomore Dennis Nevolo were named to the All-Big Ten team announced Thursday by the conference office.
It was the first honor for Czerwinski and the second for Nevolo.

For Romshek, results have been a breeze

GIBSON CITY – It wasn't the presence of a sub-.500 opponent that prompted Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley softball coach Chad Augspurger to issue a warning to his players Thursday afternoon.

Tate: Why stop with a marathon? Bring running back to campus

In my growing-up days, Leo Johnson's track stars drew crowds for high-octane meets at Memorial Stadium. Nobody jogged. There weren't even any varsity sports for young women. If one of our Monticello gals was seen pounding the streets and country roads in the 1940-50s era, she would at the very least been stopped for questioning. Guys played ball. They didn't jog.

Urbana Vs. Centennial girls soccer 4/29/2010

 Centennial varsity girl's soccer  vs. Urbana at Urbana High School on Thursday, April 29, 2010. 

Salt Fork vs Oakwood baseball 04/10

Salt Fork and Oakwood High School at Oakwood Park Wednesday April 28, 2010.