PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 04-29-17

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Michael Kiser and Loren Tate host the Saturday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Brad Sturdy. 


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

URBANA — 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.

The Illini took down the No. 47 Terrapins 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

Illini men's golf ready for first step

BALTIMORE — As usual, the rest of the conference sees Illinois as the team to beat in the Big Ten men's golf tournament. Just the way coach Mike Small likes it.

PODCAST: Sports Talk 4-26-17

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In an extended broadcast, Scott Beatty and Marcus Jackson talk with Sahadev Sharma of, they listen to Illinois head golf coach Mike Small and to Illini golfer Dylan Meyer, and they go live to Edwardsville where Michael Kiser and Scott Richey bring you Mark Smith's live decision to commit to the University of Illinois men's basketball team.


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UI roundup: Spencer, Evans among those feted

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois athletics held its Oskee Awards event Monday night, with Joe Spencer and Nicole Evans receiving Big Ten Medal of Honor recognition.

Spencer, a former Illini football center, and Evans, an Illini softball outfielder, were recognized for their excellence on and off the field as seniors.

UI Roundup: Softball's 10-game win streak snapped

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Illinois softball team lost for the first time since April 2 Sunday, dropping a 14-0 decision to Nebraska in five innings.

Arcola graduate Taylor Edwards took the loss for Illinois, allowing four runs and walking three in one inning of work. Illinois (34-11, 12-3 Big Ten) allowed six runs apiece in the second and fourth innings.

UI roundup: Men's gymnasts place third in nation

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Season-best scores in the vault and still rings Saturday lifted the Illinois men’s gymnastics team to third place in the NCAA Championships.

The Illini totaled 422.10 points, finishing behind Oklahoma (431.95) and Ohio State (423.70).

Illini legends, lists and lore: Late-round NFL standouts

According to the National Football League's official website, five Fighting Illini players have a good chance to be chosen when the league conducts its annual draft this coming Thursday through Saturday.

UI roundup: Men's gymnasts advance to NCAA Championships final

WEST POINT, N.Y. — A season-best result at the NCAA Championships can never be a bad thing.

That was true for the Illinois men’s gymnastics team Friday, as it opened the national finals by placing second in its six-team section and advancing to Saturday’s team finals.

April 20 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 2:00pm

The regular signing period is well underway. What moves might Brad Underwood make to round out his first Illinois roster? Can Illinois softball keep rolling in the Big Ten? Will Illinois baseball build off its Big Ten series victory against Northwestern? Which high school spring sport teams have shown the most so far?