Whitman: All bets should be off on collegiate sports


SPRINGFIELD — Speaking to a House subcommittee Wednesday on behalf of 12 of the state’s 13 NCAA Division I schools — all except Chicago State — University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman said he opposed any bill that would allow sports betting on collegiate athletics in Illinois.

Nowlin helps Illinois women's golf secure first NCAA finals berth

EAST LANSING, Mich. —Tristyn Nowlin started her Illinois career firing a 4-under 67 in the opening round of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship on Sept. 12, 2016. That mark has stood as the Illini junior's best ever score since and through nearly 30 tournaments.

Illini women's golf has quite the story to tell — and it's not done yet.

URBANA — Four NCAA trophies sit on a table in the middle of the atrium at the Demirjian Indoor Golf Practice Facility.

All four mark the accomplishments of the Illinois men's golf team in the past decade, including a national runner-up finish in 2013 and third-place results in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: May 5, 2019

Last weekend, coach Mike Small's Illini golf squad won its fifth consecutive Big Ten men's championship, edging runner-up Purdue by five strokes. A third-round 278, four strokes less than the Boilermakers, clinched Illinois' 10th title in the last 11 years.

Saturday's UI roundup: Title shots upcoming for tennis teams

LINCOLN, Neb. — Back-to-back sweeps have the Illinois women's tennis team in the Big Ten conference finals for the first time since 2011.

The Illini's 4-0 semifinal victory over Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon set up a championship match at noon today against top-seeded Michigan. The Wolverines won the regular season matchup 4-3 on April 7 in Urbana.

Local product coming into his own at right time for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Varun Chopra has spent a lot of nights at Illinois golf's practice facility. It's the time of day he prefers, particularly in the winter, to work on his game at the Demirjian Indoor Practice Facility.

Chopra finds plenty of motivation in the solitary nature of those practices.

Illini tennis teams advance to semifinals at Big Ten tournament

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A slow start in doubles created a deficit for the Illinois men's tennis team to overcome.

But the Illini found a way to pass their first test at the Big Ten championships, rallying for a 4-2 victory against Purdue on Friday afternoon.

Illinois, the No. 2 seed, will meet No. 3 seed Penn State in today's semifinals at 1 p.m.

Sunday's UI roundup: Women's golf takes runner-up at Big Tens

MAINEVILLE, Ohio — An excellent final round was needed for the Illinois women's golf team to emerge a conference title at Sunday's Big Ten Championship.

And, with a three-stroke lead in the pocket after heavy rain washed out Saturday's second round, the Illini were able to shave four strokes off their first-round team score.

They just weren't alone in accomplishing the feat.

Saturday's UI roundup: Illini edge by Nittany Lions

CHAMPAIGN — A five-run first inning got the Illinois baseball team going much faster Saturday afternoon than the team had one night earlier.

For all intents and purposes, though, the result ended up the same: with an Illini victory.

Friday's UI roundup: Illini softball left out in cold in series opener

URBANA — What a difference a few days made for the Illinois softball team.

A favorable wind direction — and warm weather — greeted the Illini on Wednesday afternoon. Illinois cashed in for 13 runs in a 13-4 home drubbing of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.