Remote control: Memorial Stadium crowds entertained from down the street

CHAMPAIGN — When Illinois kicks off its football season Saturday against Murray State, the bulk of the action will be taking place inside Memorial Stadium.

Thousands of fans will cheer touchdown passes by Wes Lunt and big hits from Dawuane Smoot — then look high above the south end zone at the state-of-the-art scoreboard to catch a replay.

UI roundup: Pieters, Detry win Euro events

FARSO, Denmark (AP) — Former Illini Thomas Pieters improved his chances of earning a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup by winning the Made in Denmark tournament on Sunday to claim his third European title.

Prep preview, week of Aug. 29

Each Monday, prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis will take a look at five area events to circle on the calendar:

Ex-area athletes in pro baseball update (Aug. 29)

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UI football coaching debuts since 1913

Lovie Smith will soon become the 14th coach in the last century to make his debut at Illinois. The former NFL coach can be found roaming the Memorial Stadium sidelines for the first time Saturday, when Murray State visits. Here’s how the previous 13 fared in their Orange and Blue coaching debuts:

Parkland volleyball drops 61-match win streak

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — The 2014 NJCAA Division II national championship match. That was the last time Parkland volleyball had lost. Before Sunday.

After collecting their fourth win in four tries earlier in the day at the Battle of the Dells, the Cobras fell 27-25, 25-22, 26-28, 21-25, 15-12 to D-I Indian Hills (Iowa) to conclude a 61-match win streak.

Opponent glance: Racers' unique system aids coaches

MURRAY, Ky. — When the Murray State football team runs on the Memorial Stadium turf Saturday afternoon to play Illinois, you will notice a “G” insignia on the shoulder pads.

What’s it mean? Green Bay? Ginormous? Groovy? No, no and no.

The G is for “GUTS: Guys You Trust to Serve.” And not everybody gets one of the logos.

UI soccer falls against Saint Louis

ST. LOUIS — Shaney Sakamoto tallied a penalty kick goal less than four minutes into Sunday’s women’s soccer match, sending Saint Louis to a 1-0 win over visiting Illinois.

The Illini (2-2-0) were outshot 16-9, including 5-3 in attempts on net. None of the team’s shots were recorded in the opening 45 minutes.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Aug. 28, 2016

With LOVIE SMITH set to make his orange-and-blue debut in six days, we asked 10 familiar faces to tell us about one of their Illini firsts.

PBL football wins rivalry game with GCMS

PAXTON — For the first time since 2012, Paxton-Buckley-Loda gained bragging rights over its Ford County rival as the Panthers defeated Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 21-14 on Saturday.

“A win always feels good,” PBL coach Jeff Graham said. “I”m proud of our kids, the coaches and just the whole community. It’s just a total PBL effort.”