Booker hits for cycle in softball victory

ARLINGTON, Texas — Left fielder Alex Booker became the first Illini softball player to hit for the cycle, leading Illinois to a 9-1 victory against Creighton on Sunday.

Illinois (11-3) concluded the UTA Hilton Invitational with a 4-2 victory against Texas-Arlington.

Women's gymnasts take title

NORMAL — Amber See won the vault Friday night with a perfect 10.000, helping the Illinois women’s gymnastics team to the State of Illinois Classic, held at Illinois State’s Horton Field House.

The Illini finished at 195.825 to beat Illinois-Chicago (194.300), Northern Illinois (193.625) and Illinois State (193.200).

Men's tennis bounces back at national indoor

HOUSTON — Illinois’ men’s tennis team bounced back Saturday at the ITA National Indoor Championships, defeating Pepperdine 4-0 in the consolation bracket.

The 22nd-ranked and 10th-seeded Illini were led by Brian Page, Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon.

Tennis team surprises Texas A&M

URBANA — Eighth-ranked Texas A&M won the doubles point, but 22nd-ranked Illinois roared back with four singles victories Friday night at Atkins Tennis Center.

Wrestlers lose tough decision

CHAMPAIGN — A season-high crowd of 811 spectators at Huff Hall left disappointed after the Illinois wrestling team lost 22-13 to seventh-ranked Nebraska on Saturday.

The Illini (7-6, 1-5 Big Ten) trailed 6-0 after the first two matches and never led against the Cornhuskers, who prevailed in six of the 10 matches.

Sunday Conversation: Compliance director Ryan Squire

Ryan Squire hears what some might consider mundane questions. On a daily basis. But they’re important in his job. Vital, in fact. The compliance director for the Illinois athletic department keeps coaches afloat of recruiting rules, athletes’ eligibility and the ever-evolving transfers that seem to dominate college athletics now.

Track teams win home meet

CHAMPAIGN — Brandon Stryganek and David Kendziera each won two events to lead the Illinois men’s track and field team to the title of the Illini Classic at the UI Armory.

The Illini had 13 top-three finishers and scored 227.50 points to win the seven-team meet by 125 points.

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UI to host '17 NCAA women's gymnastics regional

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois will host the NCAA women's regional gymnastics competitions in 2017, according to an NCAA announcement today.

Women's gymnastics regionals will be at the State Farm Center in 2017, according to the NCAA.

In 2018 the university will host the Division I men's gymnastics championships at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, it was also announced.

Illinois in line to host NCAA events

INDIANAPOLIS — The University of Illinois is in the running to host another NCAA championship tournament in men’s and women’s tennis.

The NCAA announced Wednesday that the UI is among eight finalists for Division I tennis championship sites during 2015-18. The UI hosted the tennis championships last spring for the first time.