Top of the Morning, Feb. 13, 2019

Introducing JULIA GREUEL, a junior at the University of Illinois and the next president of Illini Pride, the student organization that supports sports of all sorts.

Friday's UI roundup: Softball takes down 2 ranked foes

HOUSTON — An opening-day doubleheader against ranked opponents offered a huge test for Illinois softball on Friday afternoon.

And the Illini aced it with flying colors.

A pair of home runs and capitalizing on a few opposing errors helped Illinois thrive in its season opener, winning 7-4 over No. 22 Oklahoma State to begin its stay at the five-game Houston Invitational.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 9, 2019

It's not quite as big as, say, State Farm Center, but JESSE NAUMAN's "Illini Room" in the basement of his house in Granville takes up serious space.

"At some point, it became an obsession," the 41-year-old UI grad said of his memorabilia collection. "I'm just about out of room."

UI Women's Gymnastics vs. Michigan State 2019

Illinois vs. Michigan State in a women's gymnastics meet at Huff Hall on UI campus in Champaign on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

Tate | Sensible fixes to save sports

Imagine all the things you'd like to change about sports.

Me too.

Like removing college football from the gender equity equation, and equalizing men and women scholarship numbers without Division I football's monstrous numbers (85).

UI roundup: Kuhn rocks boards at UIC diving invite

CHICAGO — Nearing the end of her final season for Illinois, senior diver Ling Kuhn came away with first-place finishes in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events at Saturday's UIC Diving Invitational.

Kuhn totaled a school-record 341.70 points in her 3-meter win, while also tallying 277.30 to take the 1-meter event.

Asmussen | UI freshman's talents carry her from grandparents' house to BTN

If she realizes her dream and makes it to ESPN as a game analyst or sideline reporter, Taylor Castro should start the thank yous with her grandparents, Illinois alum Richard and Adrienne Kolak.

They are her biggest fans.

"They've always encouraged me," Castro said.

Jock Jams 2019

Jock Jams 2019 at Foellinger Auditorium on UI campus in Urbana on Monday, Jan. 29, 2019. The event benefitted Feed Our Kids, Childhood Leukemia Foundation, Athletes Against Anxiety and Depression and the Luke Tatsu Johnson Foundation.

Saturday's UI roundup: Women's gymnastics picks up first Big Ten win

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women's gymnastics team picked up its first Big Ten victory of the season, winning 195.075-194.950 on Saturday afternoon at Huff Hall behind three of four event victories and also claimed the all-around competition.

Saturday's UI roundup: Men's gymnastics opens with home win

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Illinois women's basketball reversed a recent trend of poor play in the first quarter.

The Illini established an early lead Saturday at Penn State and broke a string of three consecutive games in which they trailed by double digits entering the locker room at halftime.