UI roundup: Illini volleyball remains unbeaten

CHAMPAIGN — In a matchup of top-10 foes, Saturday night belonged to the Illinois volleyball team.

The eighth-ranked Illini won the first two sets over No. 10 Creighton, and while the Blue Jays were able to force a fourth set, that's as far as Saturday's match at Huff Hall went.

Pieters in contention at PGA Championship

Playing roughly three hours from where he honed his golf game at the University of Illinois, Thomas Pieters heads into the weekend at the PGA Championship in a good spot.

The 27-year-old former Illini is currently tied for fourth at the fourth major of the year, compiling a 7-under 133 through the first two rounds at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 4, 2018

Eight days after his wife strolled into the clubhouse at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club with news of her hole-in-one, JERRY GORMAN did the same thing Thursday in Champaign.

"As I was walking in, I'm thinking, 'Am I going to have to take a polygraph test?'" Jerry said. "It's got to be very odd. For it to occur eight days within each other ... crazy."

Former Uni High standout, current Illini wins first Twin City title

CHAMPAIGN — Varun Chopra never got too high or too low Sunday at the Twin City golf tournament.

Perhaps the most emotion he showed during an unseasonably wet and chilly final two rounds at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club was during his second time through the par-3 16th. His lengthy birdie putt from the fringe traveled mere inches to the left of the cup.

Likas | Close-knit siblings thriving on separate stages

CHAMPAIGN — Sanjiv Chopra's face lights up when he discusses his two children.

He and his wife Archana have plenty of reason to smile when chatting about their son Varun and daughter Mira. Not only are the two strong in their academics and willing to engage just about anyone in conversation, but they also are on a path to becoming Division I siblings.

Ex-Storm star sinks hole-in-one at Twin City

CHAMPAIGN — Conditions were pleasant for Saturday's first round of the Twin City golf tournament at Champaign Country Club.

Sunny skies.

Temperature in the low- to mid-70s.

Only a slight breeze for wind.

Q&A: Six-time Twin City Golf winner Tim Hoss Jr. talks this year's tourney

Hoss is back for his 24th appearance in the Twin City Tournament, which tees off today at Champaign Country Club and concludes Sunday at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club in Champaign. N-G sports copy editor JOE VOZZELLI caught up with the six-time winner:

What do you remember most about last year's title?

Top of the Morning, July 20, 2018

DAVE REVSINE, the Voice of Big Ten Network, is hosting Tuesday's Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

Revsine, a former ESPN announcer, has been with BTN since its inception in 2007. He was the first one to speak on the channel:

UI athletics gets $1 million donation

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois athletics announced another seven-figure donation Tuesday, as the Bielfeldt Foundation has committed $1 million to provide updates to the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building and to help fund construction of the Football Performance Center.

Small makes major move

HIGHLAND PARK — Illinois men’s golf coach Mike Small continues to turn heads at the Champions Tour’s Constellation Senior Players Championship.