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■ Kankakee 5-0, Rantoul 1-10. Sam Hall and Brad Graybill finished with two hits apiece for Rantoul in the first game. In the second game, Josh Frerichs allowed three hits in a shutout. Graybill doubled and added three RBI.

Best of Fred, No. 16: Truly inspirational

Retiring executive sports editor FRED KRONER has seen a lot in his 34 years at The News-Gazette. Each Sunday until his last day, he’ll share his most memorable stories:

Perspective is an interesting thing. My mother used to say, “One person’s junk is another person’s treasure.”

Big first inning, clutch pitching spur baseball

CHAMPAIGN — The latest additions to the ongoing facelift at Illinois Field this week were outfield wall graphics noting Illinois’ NCAA tournament appearances in left-center and Big Ten titles in right.

Spring game notebook: Brown suffers ACL tear

CHAMPAIGN — Dre Brown wasn’t buying into talk of him having secured the backup running back job prior to Saturday’s spring game.

“I keep an even keel,” Brown said earlier this week. “I try to stay where I’m at. I try not to hear all the hype and keep getting better every day.”

Tate: Injuries put fear into spring game

First, let me acknowledge ... I had reservations, in light of ailments that kept 15 Illini on the sidelines, about the advisability of conducting a spring football game Saturday.

Sunday Conversation: Mike Lindemann

Mike Lindemann is a busy guy. Really busy. He is co-owner of Champaign’s Body N’ Sole Sports (35 years). He is the coach of the highly successful Parkland women’s basketball team (assistant for five years, head coach the last two.) He is a married (Liz) father of three (Laura, Allie and Rachel).

UI roundup: Danielson, Illini out in front after two rounds

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Illinois shot rounds of 12-under and 20-under par Saturday to take a 17-stroke lead into today’s final round of The Boilermaker Invitational at Kampen Course.

Charlie Danielson’s rounds of 67 and 65 have him in first at 12-under par heading into the final round.

Consistent slugging keys streaking softball

CHAMPAIGN — There has never been a collection of hitters in the UI softball program like the group wearing the Orange and Blue uniforms this spring.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Lee Sentman

On Apr. 19, 1930, hurdler Lee Sentman set a world record in the 120-yard hurdles, competing at the Kansas Relays.

2015 Fighting Illini Spring Game

2015 Fighting Illini Spring Game, Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Memorial Stadium. The Orange Team defeated the White Team 44-41.