Ram advances at Australian Open

MELBOURNE — Former Illini Rajeev Ram and playing partner Raven Klaasen advanced in the Australian Open men’s doubles draw on Thursday with a first-round victory.

Ram and Klaasen, seeded sixth in the tournament, defeated Aliaksandr Bury and Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 7-5.

The victorious duo will take on Marcus Daniell and Marcelo Demoliner in the second round.

Tate: Let's talk about what athletic types won't

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?

The UI at 150: A Special Project

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One-hundred-and-fifty years ago next month, in the soggy fields between the train station in Champaign and the courthouse in Urbana, a Big Ten university was born — Illinois Industrial U, which opened with an all-male enrollment of 50 and operated out of a single structure.

Whitman recalls wild first 10 months as UI AD

Josh Whitman didn’t have ‘Become Illinois athletic director’ as one of his 2016 New Year’s resolutions.


He was still employed at Washington University in St. Louis, serving as athletic director at the Division III school.

Illini legends, lists and lore: 1947 Rose Bowl's 70th anniversary

Seventy years ago Sunday, the University of Illinois played in its first football bowl game: the 1947 Rose Bowl.

PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 12-31-16

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Michael Kiser and Loren Tate host the Saturday edition of Sports Talk. they talk with Mike Pearson, UI Women's Basketball Coach Matt Bollant, Jess Settles, and Adam Rittenberg.


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Top 10 East Central Illinois sports moments of 2016

Let’s be clear: The Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series in 108 years was one of the top sports stories of 2016 — No. 1 on The Associated Press’ list. But what about memorable moments to come out of East Central Illinois in a calendar year that will close once the clock hits midnight Saturday? Here are our 10 selections:

#TheMJs, Dec. 16, 2016

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) provides a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



UI roundup: Stricker, friend finish second

NAPLES, Fla. — Harris English and Matt Kuchar won the Franklin Templeton Shootout on Saturday, holding off Wisconsin friends Steve Stricker, a former Illini, and Jerry Kelly by 1 stroke.

English and Kuchar also won in 2013 in their first start together and finished second the last two years.

UI roundup: Stricker, playing partner in mix

NAPLES, Fla. — Harris English and Matt Kuchar shot a 6-under-par 66 in modified alternate-shot play Friday to take the second-round lead at the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

English and Kuchar were at 21 under at Tiburon after opening with a 57 on Thursday in the scramble round. They won in 2013 in their first start together and finished second the last two years.