UI Gymnasts come through just in time

CHAMPAIGN – Daniel Ribeiro won the pommel horse and Brian Liscovitz won the horizontal bar as No. 3 Illinois beat No. 4 Penn State 345.500-339.800 in a Big Ten men's gymnastics meet Saturday at Huff Hall.

Celebrating Justin Spring Night, the Illini got second-place finishes from Tyler Mizoguchi (pommel horse), Roger Pasek (vault), Chris Lung (parallel bars) and C.J. Padera (horizontal bars). Mizoguchi also finished second in the all-around.

Howell keys softball

TAMPA, Fla. — Hope Howell drove in two runs, leading Illinois to a 6-4 softball victory against South Florida on Friday at the Wilson Tournament.

The Illini (4-2) lost 4-1 to Hofstra in their tournament opener.

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Gymnast Ruggeri honored

PARK RIDGE — Sophomore Paul Ruggeri was named co-Big Ten Gymanst of the Week on Monday after he won the high bar at the Winter Cup Challenge last weekend.

Wrestlers rally past Wildcats

CHAMPAIGN – No. 15 Roger Smith-Bergsrud's last-second takedown lifted him to a 3-1 victory at 165 pounds Friday night against Northwestern's Dominic Marella and helped the ninth-ranked Illinois wrestlers rally for a 22-13 victory against the No. 16 Wildcats.

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Clapp, fellow seniors enjoy home farewell

Ruggeri gives men's gymnastics team lift in win

CHAMPAIGN – An Illinois senior class so happy to have a home pool closed out its return season to the Athletics and Recreation Center in style Saturday.

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Tate: 21 hot button issues

CHAMPAIGN – It's too late for New Year's resolutions, but with inauguration euphoria subsiding, it's time to chime in with 21 ideas whose time has come.

Of course, our jump-shooting new president may find it easier to uplift the economy and bring peace to the Middle East than influencing Jim Delany and all those college presidents to institute a football playoff, but that's a good place to start. Good luck, Barack. Following are thoughts on 21 hot points of the period.