Plays of the Game - Iowa

It's the "it could've been worse" edition of the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World WOW plays of the game blog.

JCL got things going...

A decent showing from Mav...

And a nice second half spark from DJ (with bonus Finke!)

See you next time.




LIVE! Iowa

That's it for the Super Bowl Sunday edition of the LIVE! Report. Illinois managed to cut its second half deficit in half to 10, but could get no closer as No. 5 Iowa won 77-65. With the loss, Illinois' search for that elusive Big Ten winning streak continues. 

Feb. 8 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 11:00am

What was it like to be with the Illinois football staff on signing day? How did Bill Cubit and the Illini fare? Is the school about to name an AD? For the answers to these and other questions, check in with our veteran reporter, who is deep int his third decade covering Illini sports.

PODCAST: Illinois versus Iowa pregame 2-7-16

PODCAST: Illinois versus Iowa pregame 2-7-16: Play now!

Steve Kelly, Loren Tate, and Jerry Hester get you ready for the Illini taking on Iowa in men's basketball.


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Game of the Week Video: Central tops Centennial in second showdown

The Centennial gym was wired for the second crosstown meeting between the Chargers and the Maroons. Central's 56-42 win was heated throughout in a packed arena, especially after Centennial star Quin Nottingham picked up three fouls in the first four minutes.

Striking gold: L things about Super Bowl L

In honor of the Super Bowl's 50th anniversary, staff writer Paul Wood unearthed 50 nuggets about the big game


Behind the scenes on National Signing Day

CHAMPAIGN — It is looser, to be sure. Bordering on fun.

By design.

“I want it to be relaxed,” Illinois coach Bill Cubit says. “I want guys to enjoy being in here, do different things. There could be so much tension.”

On college football’s version of Election Day, it seems like a toga party is about to break out. With Chad Wells playing “Bluto.”

Getting Personal: Casey Ludwig

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 31-year-old Champaign resident Casey Ludwig, the assistant director of programs and assistant director of Roger Ebert's Film Festival at the University of Illinois College of Media, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Sunday Conversation: Paul Klee

In his six seasons covering Illinois men’s basketball for The News-Gazette, Paul Klee attended a total of four NCAA tournament games. Today, Klee will cover his second Super Bowl in his third full season as the Denver sports columnist for The Gazette of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Saturday's highlights: PBL boys take second in tourney

In boys’ basketball

Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament
■ South Newton (Ind.) 46, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 38. Paxton-Buckley-Loda had to settle for second place in the Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament.