Stricker gets Masters advice

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Steve Stricker wouldn’t mind if Tiger Woods returned the favor, only it’s not that easy.

Woods is back to No. 1 in the world, a return to the top that received a boost last month at Doral when Stricker worked with him for nearly an hour on the putting green.

Monday's highlights: Chalifoux paces Central soccer

In baseball
■ Urbana 14, Kankakee 4.
Michael Thompson drove in five runs and Brian Summers had three hits, three runs and two RBI for the Tigers in a road victory.

MJ's early Top 10: Go Sparty!

Beat writer and AP poll voter Marcus Jackson’s way-too-early Top 10 for 2013-14

Memory Lane: On the brink of a title


This week: With the NCAA title being decided tonight, no better time to remember when Illinois was on the brink of glory.

Date: April 4, 2005

Headline: Visions of beauty

Toledo's Pedon to replace Miller

A week after Brandon Miller left the Illinois program to become an assistant coach at Butler, John Groce has turned to Toledo assistant coach Ryan Pedon to replace Miller as Illinois’ special assistant to the head coach.

Dudek ends waiting game

Wait and possibly pick up other offers.

Commit and end the recruiting process.

Mike Dudek chose the latter option, and in doing so, became the third Illinois football commit in the Class of 2014.

Illinois had offered a scholarship to the speedy wide receiver from Neuqua Valley (Ill.) High School in early March.

Five girls' track & field teams to watch, courtesy Fred Kroner


What the Tigers lack in quantity (16 squad members), they make up for in talent.

Senior Nicole Choquette will be one of the headliners.

Groce Q&A: 'I hope it motivates them'

Nine days after his first Illinois team’s season came to an end with a gut-wrenching loss to Miami in the NCAA tournament’s round of 32, John Groce removes his blue sport coat and plops down on the oversized navy leather chair ­— complete with an orange block I logo stitched in the headrest — at his desk in his office at the Ubben Basketball Complex and contemplates his seemingly endless to-do

Baseball ends Hoosiers' 18-game run

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — In his first college start, Ryan Castellanos took down mighty Indiana on Sunday.

The freshman pitched six solid innings as the Illini beat No. 16 Indiana 3-2 to avoid a sweep while snapping the Hoosiers’ NCAA-leading 18-game winning streak.

Tyler Jay and Bryan Roberts combined for three innings of scoreless relief.

81st N-G All-State POY: Jabari Parker

CHICAGO — Walk through the rotating doors outside Gate 4 at the United Center.

Take the elevator to the third floor.

Make an immediate left.

One quarter of the plush ballroom is full of circular tables bunched together, replete with white tablecloths and chairs pushed tightly together surrounding the tables.