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Peoples picks Notre Dame

DANVILLE — Schlarman point guard Anaya Peoples wanted it to be clear that her college decision was hers.

She wasn’t making it based on her parents’ influence, even though they’d broken down school after school with her and made meticulous notes on many of the 40 schools that offered her a scholarship.

2017 Prep football schedules

Apollo
Mahomet-Seymour

Aug. 25 vs. Washington 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 1 at Charleston 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 vs. Mascoutah 7 p.m.
Sept. 15 at Taylorville 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 vs. Mattoon 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 at Effingham 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 vs. Mt. Zion 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 vs. Lincoln 7 p.m.
Oct. 20 at Macomb 7 p.m.

Start football trip planning now

Get your team gear, cowbells and umbrellas ready. The IHSA released the 2017 football schedules Thursday, so it’s time to start planning your Friday nights (and occasional Saturday). Staff writer Scott Richey went ahead and plotted out a nine-week road trip for the ardent prep football fans:

UI AD participating in hockey press conference

CHICAGO — Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman will be one of six people to appear 4 p.m. Friday in a press conference in support of college hockey at the United Center before the 2017 NHL Draft begins at 6 p.m.

A "special announcement" will be made at that time, but no further details were provided for the event hosted by the NHL and NHLPA.

Marcus Jackson/About Town: It's been a lifelong UI thing

CHAMPAIGN — One of Lee Zerrusen's first memories is watching his dad, Dan, go nuts in their Teutopolis home when Andy Kaufmann drilled a desperation buzzer-beating shot to stun Iowa in 1993.

"My dad jumped up and knocked out the ceiling," recalled Zerrusen, who wasn't even 5 at the time. "From that young age, all things Fighting Illini have just been ingrained in me."

Top 50 teams in 2017: No. 39, Arkansas

Our countdown continues ...

No. 39: Arkansas

Coach: Bret Bielema

2016 record: 7-6

Projected 2017 record: 8-4

Circle the date: Oct. 14 at Alabama

Bowl trip: TaxSlayer

Top 50 most important Illini: No. 39, Carmoni Green, WR

Our countdown continues ...

No. 39: Carmoni Green, WR

Richey's mock NBA Draft

The first pick in tonight's is a lock — Markelle Fultz to the 76ers — leaving basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY to take his best shot at the rest of the first round:

1. 76ers select Markelle Fultz

The skinny: 6-4, 195 pounds College: Washington

PODCAST: SportsTalk 6-21-17

PODCAST: SportsTalk 6-21-17: Play now!

Scott Beatty and Marcus Jackson talk with Derek Piper of scout.com.

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PODCAST: Little League Baseball: Plumbers and Pipefitters vs Morgan Memorial Home 6-21-17

PODCAST: Little League Baseball: Plumbers and Pipefitters vs Morgan Memorial Home 6-21-17: Play now!

Tim Ditman and Evan Conn bring you quarterfinal CU Kiwanis Little League action between Plumbers and Pipefitters and Morgan Memorial Home from Yankee Ridge.

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