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: 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).

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?

UI awarded NCAA gymnastics, tennis championships

CHAMPAIGN — Justin Spring won his first national championship at then Assembly Hall in 2004, claiming the high bar title.

“It was an indescribable feeling,” Spring said. “You were able to perform on the biggest stage in front of your closest friends.”

UI Roundup: Youngsters star for Illini men's tennis

URBANA — On a team dominated by inexperience, there will be ups and downs.

Look no further than the Illini men’s tennis team, which is led by six freshmen and sits at 11-9, including 4-2 in the Big Ten, after Saturday’s 6-1 home win against Iowa.

For the third straight year, Illini find themselves shy of title

CHAMPAIGN — All the injuries the Illinois men’s gymnastics team has suffered this season have hurt.

Quite literally, in most senses.

Yet the sting of Friday night’s second-place showing during the team portion of the Big Ten championships at State Farm Center will linger.

For quite some time.

UI Men's Gymnastics: Big Ten Championships

Illinois competes in the Big Ten mens gymnastics championships at State Farm Center in Champaign on Friday, April 7, 2017.

Host Illini look to end title drought

CHAMPAIGN — The feeling didn’t sit well with Justin Spring in 2015. Nor last year, either.

The seventh-year Illinois men’s gymnastics coach experienced the thrill of winning a Big Ten title in his first three seasons leading his alma mater, where he played an integral role in helping Illinois win a 2004 Big Ten championship in his own college career.

PODCAST:Sports Talk 04-06-17

PODCAST:Sports Talk 04-06-17: Play now!

Tonight's guests: News Gazette journalist Marcus Jackson, Champaign Central basketball coach Jeff Finke, Illinois golf head coach Mike Small, and Illinois men's gymnastics head coach Justin Spring


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