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Jaguars nab Illini lineman Smoot

The guy signing Dawuane Smoot's NFL paychecks knows all about the Illinois defensive lineman. Smoot was picked by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round Friday at the NFL draft. He was the 68th overall selection.

Jaguars nab Illini lineman Smoot
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Sunday Conversation: Aleks Vukic


Illinois only boasts one men's tennis player as an individual NCAA champion — Amer Delic accomplished the feat in 2003. This year's Illini team, however, has Aleks Vukic, a junior who just might go on a deep run in May at the NCAA tournament.

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College basketball extra: Tim Finke starts another AAU season


Tim Finke had options this spring for his AAU landing spot. Teams from Illinois, Missouri and Indiana were interested.


Groce's Akron job will save UI some dough

Groce's Akron job will save UI some dough

The former basketball coach's contract said his buyout would be offset by the salary from subsequent jobs. To the UI's good fortune, he found one in less than a month, saving it about $700,000.

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Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:15pm

Tate: Martinez has sights set on world championship


"The world championships are in Paris, France (in August)," said Illinois wrestler Isaiah Martinez, a native Californian. "If I prepare and stay focused, I believe I can represent the United States and win the world title."

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:06pm

UI roundup: Women's tennis moves on to Big Ten semis

UI roundup: Women's tennis moves on to Big Ten semis

Rain forced the Big Ten women's tennis tournament inside at Atkins Tennis Center on Friday, but there was no dampening Illinois' spirits after its win over Maryland.

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:09pm

UI target Dosunmu thriving in second EYBL stint


Ayo Dosunmu vaulted into the national conversation in the 2018 basketball class last April, playing up an age group for Mac Irvin Fire on the Nike EYBL circuit.

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 8:33pm

Underwood: 'We've got to be the option' for in-state athletes

Underwood: 'We've got to be the option' for in-state athletes

Edwardsville guard Mark Smith is Illinois' Mr. Basketball winner, a four-star recruit and one of the fastest-rising prospects in the 2017 class, and headed to Illinois after considering both Michigan State and Duke, while, lest it be forgotten, Kentucky was also in the mix.

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 8:36pm

Former Comet, Redbird Lee lifting his football profile

Former Comet, Redbird Lee lifting his football profile

Cameron Lee has gone from not taking an official college recruiting visit to hearing from 29 of the 32 NFL teams in the past few months. He visited Halas Hall, the Chicago Bears' headquarters in Lake Forest.

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 6:52pm

Underwood: 'He makes his teammates better'

Illinois coach Brad Underwood discusses signing Class of 2017 four-star prospect Mark Smith. The 6-foot-5 guard out of Edwardsville was the Illinois Mr. Basketball winner and 2017 News-Gazette All-State Player of the Year.

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    2017 Football Schedule

    Sep. 2, vs. Ball State
    Sep. 9, vs. Western Kentucky
    Sep. 15, at South Florida
    Sep. 29, vs Nebraska
    Oct. 7, at Iowa
    Oct. 14, vs Rutgers
    Oct. 21, at Minnesota
    Oct. 28, vs Wisconsin
    Nov. 4, at Purdue
    Nov. 11, vs. Indiana
    Nov. 18, at Ohio State
    Nov. 25, vs Northwestern


    Basketball Schedule

    Oct. 30 Illinois vs. Washington U,(exh.), W 82-75
    Nov. 4 Illinois vs. Lewis, (exh.), 7 p.m. W 95-51
    Nov. 11 Illinois vs. South East Missouri State, 8 p.m. W 81-62
    Nov. 13 Illinois vs. Northern Kentucky, 5 p.m. W 79-64
    Nov. 15 Illinois vs. McKendree, 7 p.m. W 112-65
    Nov. 18 Illinois vs. Detroit, 7 p.m. W 89-69
    Nov. 21 Illinois vs. Winthrop, 7 p.m. L 84-80
    Nov. 24 Illinois vs. West Virginia, 1:30 p.m.* L 57-89
    Nov. 25 Illinois vs. Florida St or Temple, 11:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. L 72-61
    Nov. 29 Illinois vs. North Carolina State, 8 p.m. W 87-74
    Dec. 3 Illinois vs. VCU, 2 p.m. W 64-46
    Dec. 6 Illinois vs. IUPUI, 7 p.m. W 85-77
    Dec. 10 Illinois vs. Central Michigan, 2 p.m. W 92-73
    Dec. 17 Illinois vs. BYU, 8:30 p.m.^ W 75-73
    Dec. 21 Illinois vs. Missouri, 6 p.m. W 75-66
    Dec. 27 Illinois at Maryland, 4 p.m. L 59-84
    Jan. 1 Illinois vs. Ohio State, 6 p.m. W 75-70
    Jan. 7 Illinois at Indiana, 4 p.m. L 80-96
    Jan. 11 Illinois vs. Michigan, 8 p.m. W 85-69
    Jan. 14 Illinois vs. Maryland, 5 p.m. L 56-62
    Jan. 17 Illinois at Purdue, 6 p.m. L 68-91
    Jan. 21 Illinois at Michigan, 1:15 p.m. L 57-66
    Jan. 25 Illinois vs. Iowa, 8 p.m. W 76-64
    Jan. 28 Illinois at Penn State, 3:30 p.m. L 67-71
    Jan. 31 Illinois vs. Wisconsin, 8 p.m. L 43-57
    Feb. 4 Illinois vs. Minnesota, 3 p.m. L 59-68
    Feb. 7 Illinois at Northwestern, 7 p.m. W 68-61
    Feb. 11 Illinois vs. Penn State, 1 p.m. L 70-83
    Feb. 18 Illinois at Iowa, 1 p.m. W 70-66
    Feb. 21 Illinois vs. Northwestern, 7 p.m. W 66-50
    Feb. 26 Illinois at Nebraska, 6:30 p.m. W 73-57
    Mar. 1 Illinois vs. Michigan State, W 73-70
    Mar. 4 Illinois at Rutgers, L 59-62
    Mar. 9 Michigan vs Illinois, L 75-55
    Mar. 14 Illinois vs Valparaiso, W 82-57
    Mar. 20 Illinois vs Boise State, W 71-56
    Mar. 22 Central Florida vs Illinois, L 68-58
    *at Brooklyn
    +at Miami
    ^at Chicago
    #at St. Louis