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Illini Year in Review: The Lists

Top male athletes

1. Bren Spillane, baseball. The third-round MLB draft pick was one of three position players nationally to earn consensus (all six) All-American honors.

2. Alex Diab, gymnastics. A national championship on rings for the Glen Ellyn native was Illinois' third on the event and 58th total.

Build it or 'get lapped'

The night before Friday's Hall of Fame Gala in Chicago, heavyweights from Illinois basketball gathered for a Champions Summit.

The message:

"We need to get busy," senior associate athletic director for development Howard Milton said. "You don't get passed in this, you can get lapped in the Big Ten in terms of facilities."

Radio special: Illini in Chicago

A slew of Illini Hall of Famers took part in a special three-hour edition of "Saturday SportsTalk" live from Chicago.

Among the guests who joined Steve Kelly and Loren Tate: Josh Whitman, Lou Henson, Dana Howard, Jim Grabowski, Darrin Fletcher, Dave Downey, Tara Hurless, Kendall Gill, Bruce Douglas, Deron Williams, Nancy Brookhart Cherin and Scott Langley.

Kowalczyk to retire

The man who bridged the gap in leadership for the Illinois athletic department from the time Mike Thomas was fired to the time Josh Whitman was hired will retire from the university.

Paul Kowalczyk will step aside as the Illini's executive senior associate athletic director, effective Aug. 31, following more than 30 years of working in college athletics.

Top of the Morning, May 15, 2018

Our podcast lineup continues to grow at news-gazette.com, with basketball beat writer SCOTT RICHEY the latest to offer his expertise for our listening audience.

He's one of four newsroom veterans who regularly weigh in with unique content at our website.

Rece Davis to host Hall of Fame gala

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois dipped into the national sports media well for its Hall of Fame Gala host for a second straight year, with ESPN personality Rece Davis set to host the June 15 event at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History.

2018 Illinois Marathon: Demessie Makes Women's History

Video of Misiker Demessie finishing the 2018 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon on Saturday, April 28. Demessie placed first among all women and broke the women's course record with a time of 2:38.15.

2018 Illinois Marathon: Photo Finish In Men's Race

Video from the finish to the men's race at the 2018 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon on Saturday, April 28. Both Tesfaalem Mehari and Wilson Chemweno were credited with a time of 2:21.03, resulting in a tie.

2018 Illinois Marathon 5K Highlights

Highlights from the 2018 OSF HealthCare 5K, a kickoff to the 10th Illinois Marathon weekend, with post-event comments from male champion Brennan Guido and women's champion Laura Krasa.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, April 15, 2018

With college sports' late national signing day in the books and decision day for non-jocks coming up on May 1, we asked this week's panel of former Illini: What do you remember most about the time you said 'I do' to the orange and blue?

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