Illini Preview: 'They'll put pressure on you'

Illinois guards Malcolm Hill and Jalen Coleman-Lands discuss the challenge presented by Saturday's game against VCU in Miami while touching on the benefits and just what went right in the losing streak-snapping win against North Carolina State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Finke updates his recruitment

The Champaign Central boys' basketball team is off to a solid start.

Ranked No. 1 in our latest News-Gazette boys' basketball poll, the Maroons (3-1) will try to keep their early success going when they host Normal Community at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night at Combes Gym in Champaign.

Parkland trustee: Eliminate athletics to shore up budget

What should Parkland do? Submit a Letter to the Editor here

CHAMPAIGN — For years, Donna Giertz has been trying to convince her fellow board members that the smartest solution to Parkland College's financial ills is to eliminate athletics.

Top of the morning, Dec. 2, 2016

Normally, bobbleheads don't look a lot like their subjects. But they got Gene Honda's right.

"I think the likeness is pretty spot on," said Phil Sklar, co-founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. "I remember Gene saying something to the effect, 'It looks great, except it looks too much like me.' "

Thursday's highlights: Urbana remains perfect

In girls’ basketball

Urbana 87, Rantoul 68. Junior Arieal Scott scored a game-high 37 points for the Tigers (5-0), who continued their winning ways by overpowering the visiting Eagles (3-3) after recovering from a seven-point first-half deficit.

HS Girls Basketball: SJO vs. Danville

Danville vs. St. Joseph-Ogden in a prep basketball game at St. Joseph-Ogden High School in St. Joseph on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.

N-G All-Area Boys' Cross-Country: 2016 teams

All-Area first team

Brian Butcher    Sr.    Mahomet-Seymour

Riley Fortune    Jr.    Mahomet-Seymour

Logan Hall    Jr.    Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond

All-Area Boys' XC Coach of the Year: M-S' Neal Garrison

Why he’s Coach of the Year: By qualifying for Saturday’s Nike Cross Nationals, Garrison’s Bulldogs cemented themselves as one of the top area teams in history. The Bulldogs finished with six all-staters and finished three seconds away from having all seven of their runners earn medals at the state meet.

Walmer, teammates benefit from big expectations

MAHOMET — It was a feeling Andrew Walmer never wanted to experience again.

The Mahomet-Seymour cross-country runner finished a spectacular race three years ago — his freshman year — at the state meet. It came seemingly out of nowhere, but his teammates around him were disappointed.

Bob Asmussen's Huddle Up (Week 14, 2016)

Each week, college football writer — and AP Top 25 and Heisman Trophy voter — Bob Asmussen breaks down the sport he loves: