OTTAWA — The particular ride and the particular amusement park aren't the important details.
They are details that, nonetheless, changed the life of Brent Thomas.
The 42-year-old from Ottawa, husband to Karen and father of two teenage daughters, will compete in the half-marathon Saturday as part of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon weekend.
CHAMPAIGN — Aaron Heumann thought his first and only time running the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon would take place in 2013.
Tatyana McFadden had already dominated the Boston Marathon course the last four years in the women's wheelchair race.
The Illinois graduate student, though, couldn't make it five straight wins at one of the most prestigious marathons on Monday morning.
Mike Haile made like UI athletic director Josh Whitman to introduce SCOTT BEATTY as host of "SportsTalk" on WDWS 1400-AM on Monday.
Haile, general manager of WDWS, WHMS and WKIO, subbed "#WeWillRadio" for Whitman's "#WeWillWin" hashtag he has used to introduce new UI coaches.
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Steve Kelly is joined by Matt Daniels for his final Sports Talk this Friday, with guest David Schuster of 670 The Score and a few farewells from the listeners.
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URBANA — Illinois athletes maintained an overall grade point average of 3.16 last fall, and by some measures have graduation rates comparable to the broader student body, according to data supplied to the campus Academic Senate.
CHAMPAIGN — The inaugural Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame class is loaded with familiar names, 28 of the greatest in Illini history from players to coaches. The 2017 class was announced Thursday morning, rounding out the group that was started last year with All-American linebacker Dick Butkus.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Alex Wittinger recorded a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double for Illinois women’s basketball on Thursday, but No. 3 Maryland still eased to an 84-59 win.
Ali Andrews netted 14 points off the bench for the Illini (8-17, 3-9 Big Ten), while Jaelyne Kirkpatrick added 13 and Brandi Beasley had 10.
CLEVELAND — Cleveland State has hired Mike Thomas as its new athletic director.
Nick Saban used the word “great” four times in his first sentence about Clemson at the college football national championship pregame press conference in Tampa.
But wouldn’t you rather have heard what the Alabama football coach confided with his staff as they began breaking down film in search of Clemson’s weaknesses in their staff meeting?