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.

Top of the Morning, April 4, 2017

Mike Haile made like UI athletic director Josh Whitman to introduce SCOTT BEATTY as host of "SportsTalk" on WDWS 1400-AM on Monday.

Haile, general manager of WDWS, WHMS and WKIO, subbed "#WeWillRadio" for Whitman's "#WeWillWin" hashtag he has used to introduce new UI coaches.

April 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

What's next for Brad Underwood, Nancy Fahey and Lovie Smith and their respective programs? How are the spring sports faring at Illinois? What about in the local high school ranks? When is the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon again? Sports editor Matt Daniels will answer any and all questions during his 2 p.m. chat on Thursday.

UI roundup: Illini finish fourth at regional

CHAMPAIGN — Hosting the NCAA regional at State Farm Center, the Illinois women’s gymnastics team finished fourth Saturday and will not advance to the NCAA Championships.

Illinois was tied for second place heading into the final rotation, but its score of 48.700 wasn’t enough to stay in the top two to qualify for nationals.

NCAA Women's Gymnastics Regional

NCAA Women's Gymnastics Regional, Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the State Farm Center in Champaign.