Rece Davis to host Hall of Fame gala

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois dipped into the national sports media well for its Hall of Fame Gala host for a second straight year, with ESPN personality Rece Davis set to host the June 15 event at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History.

Colin's Best Of The Bunch: April 23, 2018

Preps coordinator Colin Likas breaks down the local high school sports scene while providing plaudits for athletes from Danville, Oakwood, Tuscola, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin and more.

Illinois' national title hopes dashed

CHICAGO — Either way, the men's gymnastics season was going to end on Saturday night for Illinois.

It just didn't conclude with a national title the Illini so desperately wanted to leave UIC Pavilion with.

Balthazor finishes 13th overall

ST. LOUIS — A 13th-place finish in the all-around competition wasn't what she wanted.

But, Rae Balthazor still left Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis with something to smile about.

Balthazor's 9.900 during Friday's floor exercises at the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships was the eighth-best mark overall and earned the Illinois sophomore second-team All-America honors.

Illini advance, finals up next

CHICAGO — All Illinois men's gymnastics wanted was another shot at Oklahoma.

Well, here they go.

The Illini compiled a score of 408.824, placing second during Friday night's qualifying session of the NCAA championships to advance to tonight's six-team finals at the UIC Pavilion.

Balthazor heads to nationals

While the Illinois men's gymnastics team takes part in an NCAA championship meet beginning today, Rae Balthazor simultaneously will represent the Illini in the national women's gymnastics event.

Illini gymnast Baker keeps bright outlook despite hardships

CHAMPAIGN — Taking a quick glance at Bobby Baker generates plenty of questions about the Illinois senior gymnast.

What's up with the bevy of tattoos on his right arm, which include a wolf, a compass and an anchor? Most relate to "lessons I've learned throughout life and college."

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, April 15, 2018

With college sports' late national signing day in the books and decision day for non-jocks coming up on May 1, we asked this week's panel of former Illini: What do you remember most about the time you said 'I do' to the orange and blue?

Diab three peats for Illini men's gymnastics

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — To say Alex Diab crossed into familiar territory Saturday night would be an understatement.

Illini earn first league title since 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Justin Spring didn't know exactly how the Illinois men's gymnastics team he coaches would celebrate Friday night.

But the Illini would celebrate.

Winning a Big Ten title merits a reason to let loose for a bit.