Asmussen: Fictitious Hall of Fame a blast

I love sports. 

And I love movies/TV.

Thanks to Kirk Buchner, both my worlds collide. In a good way.

The Canadian-based Buchner is the owner/creator of the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame.

“It is a labor of love,” Buchner said.

Former Illini racing past her competition

Tatyana McFadden added to her sterling list of achievements Monday in Boston. Here’s what the 25-year-old former Illinois student has accomplished during the last five years: 



2 people unaccounted for after apparent NYC gas explosion

COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Firefighters on Friday used high-powered water towers to extinguish pockets of fire at the site of an apparent gas explosion in Manhattan's trendy East Village as authorities reported that two people were still unaccounted for.

U.S. finds racist, profit-driven practices in Ferguson

JIM SALTER, Associated Press
ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press

Hoop it up: Big Ten on the rise?

Each week, staff writer Bob Asmussen offers his views on the game Gus Johnson and Dick Vitale love to shout about:

Team of the Week


Updated: Transcript of the 2015 State of the Union

Final transcript, provided by the White House, of President Obama's State of the Union address.

   THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: 


Text of GOP response to State of the Union address

Text of GOP response to the State of the Union address, delivered Tuesday night by Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, as provided by the office of the Senate majority leader:

Local mosque denounces Paris terrorist attack

URBANA — The Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center has issued a condemnation of the recent terrorist attack that killed 12 people, including eight journalists and two police officers, at a French satirical publication.

UI pressing UIC's presidential library bid

CHICAGO — Top University of Illinois officials have reiterated their support for a bid to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library at the UI Chicago campus, amid concerns from Washington about leadership transitions at the school.

Rep. Davis gets 3rd committee seat

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has received a third committee assignment in the new 114th Congress that begins its work Jan. 3.

In addition to serving on the House Agriculture Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Davis will have a seat on the House Administration Committee.