CHAMPAIGN — Illinois football defensive ends Dawuane Smoot and Carroll Phillips saw their collegiate careers end Saturday, but they’re still being recognized for their contributions to the Illini.
CHAMPAIGN — Seven Illini athletics programs claimed perfect Graduation Success Rate scores, as part of Tuesday’s GSR and Federal Graduation Rate reports released by the NCAA.
Illinois earned an overall GSR of 87, one point better than the record-tying national average for all Division I student-athletes.
ST. LOUIS — Illinois wrestlers Zane Richards (133 pounds), Zac Brunson (174), Brock Ervin (149) and Emery Parker (184) won titles on Saturday at the Kaufman Brand Open.
NEW YORK — Former Illini wrestler B.J. Futrell claimed the gold medal in the 65-kilogram (143 pounds) weight class on Friday night at the Bill Farrell Open, defeating former Ohio State wrestler Hunter Stieber 12-10.
Following what seems to have been an interminable campaign, Election Day 2016 is now just two days away. Though current University of Illinois football player Gimel President’s name certainly fits today’s theme, he’s not included on this list of former Fighting Illini athletes whose surname matches a former American commander in chief:
■ Rich “John Quincy” Adams, basketball (1975-78)
CHAMPAIGN — He told jokes. And stories. Lots and lots of stories.
On the eighth floor of the building he once dominated, Dick Butkus held court Thursday afternoon.
The iconic linebacker is the first member of Illinois’ newly announced Athletics Hall of Fame.
“I’m greatly humbled,” Butkus said at Memorial Stadium. “This is where it really started.”
Illinois football hitting the home stretch. The fall high school sports season hitting a postseason fever pitch. Illini basketball getting underway. Dick Butkus the inaugural member of the Illinois athletics Hall of Fame. And plenty of local interest in the World Series what with the Chicago Cubs making it for the first time in seven decades. Busy days ahead for The News-Gazette sports staff.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois won the serve battle on Friday night against Indiana, with freshman defensive specialist Caroline Welsh serving five aces for the No. 22 Illini. Illinois came out on top in passing, too.
Sophomore setter Jordyn Poulter finished with 35 assists and got double-digit swings from all five of her attackers.
PEORIA — Denise Branch took 15th place Friday at the Bradley Pink Classic, leading Illinois women’s cross-country to 10th place in the 31-team competition.
Branch’s personal-best 6-kilometer time of 21 minutes, 18.9 seconds led the Illini, who also received top-50 showings from Amanda Fox (32nd in 21:45.0) and Audrey Blazek (41st in 21:52.0).
EUGENE, Ore. — Katie Stadick recorded a team-high 11 kills, leading Illinois to a 25-11, 25-18, 25-18 volleyball victory against St. Mary’s (Calif.) on Saturday night. In an earlier match, Ali Bastianelli’s five kills and nine blocks helped Illinois snap a four-match losing streak, as it defeated Belmont 25-9, 25-16, 25-23.