Football

Football

Tate: Good, bad and ugly in recent events

OK, it’s grudging, but give Louisville its due.

The Cardinals, having lifted themselves into the prestigious Atlantic Coast Conference, own three NCAA basketball titles, most recently in 2013, and a four-year football record of 40-12.

Tom Jurich, ranking high among the nation’s premier athletic directors, has made the Louisville program strong across the board.

PODCAST: Sports Talk 04-07-16

PODCAST: Sports Talk 04-07-16: Play now!

News Gazette Sports Editor Matt Daniels joins Steve for the show. After the latest in sports news, they discuss Illini football with radio analyst Martin O'Donnell.

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What's up with Dudek?

The news out of Tuesday evening's Illinois football spring practice didn't sound good.

Mikey Dudek had suffered another knee injury.

New Illinois coach Lovie Smith was vague on details, but almost a year to the day Dudek saw his 2015 season end before it started with a torn ACL, the thought of him sustaining his second knee injury in 12 months doesn't sit well.

Cain is able to produce

CHAMPAIGN — He finished 11th in the Big Ten in receptions per game. Impressive work for a first-year freshman.

But you won’t hear Dez Cain bragging about his 53-catch season last fall that also produced 492 yards and a touchdown. He wanted to do more.

“Last year, to me, wasn’t the best,” Cain said. “I’m just trying to get better. I expect a lot from myself.”

April 7 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 2:00pm

Spring football is fully underway for new coach Lovie Smith. How are the Illini looking? What's the latest with Mikey Dudek's injury? What is Leron Black's future with the Illini? How about Jaylon Tate and Kendrick Nunn? Anything is fair game in sports editor Matt Daniels' weekly chat, which gets going at 2 p.m. on Thursday. As always, feel free to submit questions ahead of time.

Smith mum on Dudek injury

CHAMPAIGN ­— The first two practices of the spring, Illinois had star receiver Mikey Dudek on the field. But not on Tuesday.

“He missed practice (Tuesday) with a knee injury,” Illinois coach Lovie Smith said.

Smith didn’t elaborate.

PODCAST: SportsTalk 04-05-16

PODCAST: SportsTalk 04-05-16: Play now!

Steve Kelly and Loren Tate host the Tuesday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Mark Tupper.

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UI roundup: Two Illini get shot at Olympic Trials

CHAMPAIGN — Two Illinois swimmers will have the opportunity to compete at the Canadian Olympic Trials this week.

Samantha Stratford and Megan Vuong will represent the Illini at the meet, which starts today and runs through Sunday. Stratford, a native of Cambridge, Ontario, has qualified in the 100-meter butterfly, 200 individual medley and 400 individual medley.

Tate: Are pieces in place for improved 'D'?

Counting down from the top, new Illini coaches Lovie Smith, Hardy Nickerson and Tim McGarigle combine for unmatched history in linebacking.

PODCAST: News Gazette Sports Page 04-04-16

PODCAST: News Gazette Sports Page 04-04-16: Play now!

Join our News Gazette sports writers as they discuss the latest in local sports. Tonight's guest: Dee Brown

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