Illinois will induct 28 into Hall of Fame

CHAMPAIGN — The inaugural Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame class is loaded with familiar names, 28 of the greatest in Illini history from players to coaches. The 2017 class was announced Thursday morning, rounding out the group that was started last year with All-American linebacker Dick Butkus.

UI roundup: Baseball eases past season-opening foe

BEAUMONT, Texas — The Illinois baseball team wasted no time making its mark on the 2017 season.

The Illini exploded for five runs in the first inning — nine in the first three frames — to cruise past Lamar 10-2 on Friday.

UI roundup: Ngai, Jacobson lead gymnasts

LAS VEGAS — Brandon Ngai and Johnny Jacobson placed first in their respective preliminaries Thursday for Illinois men’s gymnastics at the Winter Cup Challenge.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Michelle Bartsch-Hackley

Happy birthday today to one of Illinois volleyball’s premier all-time players, Michelle Bartsch-Hackley.

UI roundup: Softball moves to 4-0 to begin season

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico — For the fifth time in program history, the Illinois softball team started a season with four consecutive victories.

The Illini, who defeated North Carolina 13-0 in five innings and Georgia Tech 4-2 on Saturday at the Puerto Rico D1 Tournament, last accomplished the feat in 2014.

Thomas hired at Cleveland State

CLEVELAND — Cleveland State has hired Mike Thomas as its new athletic director.

UI roundup: Women's gymnasts set mark

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s gymnastics team set a high-water mark for the season in its victory against Minnesota on Saturday, 196.025-193.375.

Lizzy LeDuc tied a program record with a 9.95 on beam. The Illini’s team score of 49.275 on beam was the seventh-best mark in school history.

UI roundup: Tennis team wins thriller

URBANA — Trailing 3-1 to Duke, the 17th-ranked Illini men’s tennis team won the final three singles matches to pull out a 4-3 win over the Blue Devils at Atkins Tennis Center on Friday.

Olympic sports in full swing for Illini this weekend

Illinois men’s tennis isn’t the only Olympic sports team in action this weekend for the Illini:

UI Roundup: Beasley's career day not enough

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Freshman Brandi Beasley scored a career-high 28 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Illinois women’s basketball team fell to Penn State on Sunday, 82-66.

Beasley added seven rebounds and five assists, but was plagued by seven turnovers.