Area roundup: Charges filed in death of ex-Swarm

CHICAGO — Murder charges were filed against a Chicago man in the shooting death of a former Champaign Swarm player.

Scott taking aim at Twin City repeat


CHAMPAIGN — For a long time, golfer Jay Scott was on the outside looking in at the Twin City Championship, which begins its 88th year today at Urbana Country Club.

UI hoops recruit glance: Courtney Ramey

Today’s recruiting spotlight: Missouri guard Courtney Ramey

Why he’s a fit at Illinois
John Groce signed Te’Jon Lucas out of the 2016 class and is going hard after Trent Frazier in 2017. After missing on point guards for three years, the Class of 2018 has some good prospects, with Ramey near the top of the list.

Tate: #WeWillWin may take time in football

#WeWillWin caught on. It’s a snappy slogan, the new Josh-Lovie mantra that Illini Nation has hooked onto.

But listen carefully and you’ll catch onto more caution in the air as the games get closer and the media closes in.

“We have a ways to go. Our seniors give us hope.” ­— Lovie Smith

Meet Lovie Smith's Illini

We asked beat writer Matt Daniels for a breakdown of Lovie Smith’s first Illinois squad (* — projected starter). Here goes:

Top 50 College Football Teams of 2016: No. 6, Michigan

Coach: Jim Harbaugh

2015 record: 10-3

Projected 2016 record: 11-1

Circle the date: Nov. 26 at Ohio State

Bowl trip: Cotton

Top of the morning, July 29, 2016

Gordon Voit, new sports director at WAND, has been back in the area since late April. Earlier this week, the former Daily Illini columnist and UI alum got a heavy dose of Illinois football when he covered the Big Ten kickoff event in Chicago.

UI roundup: Stricker in hunt after first round

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — A drab year for Jimmy Walker took a turn for the worse two weeks ago at the British Open, when he stayed in what was dubbed the “frat house” at Royal Troon with Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson.

Walker was the only one to miss the cut.

UI hoops recruit glance: Tim Finke

Champaign Central guard Tim Finke

Why he’s a fit at Illinois

Let’s count the reasons. The 2018 target is a C-U native, an Illini legacy (times two) and, basketballwise, a dynamic two-way player on the wing who is one of the area’s most highly recruited players in recent memory.

2017 NBA draft comparison