Illinois-Missouri tickets on sale

ST. LOUIS, Mo. –Tickets for the Sept. 1 Illinois-Missouri football game went on sale at 10 a.m today.

Individual tickets are available as well as group and special VIP packages.

UI coach Small shares PGA lead

SUNRIVER, Ore. – Ryan Benzel and Illini golf coach Mike Small shared a 1-stroke lead after the second round of the PGA Professional National Championship on Friday.

Benzel, an assistant pro at Seattle Golf Club, shot a 5-under 66 on the par-71 Meadows Golf Course at Sunriver Resort, for a 6-under 137 total. Small shot a second-round 4-under 67.

Illinois tips hat to pair

CHAMPAIGN – Men's tennis star Kevin Anderson and track standout Yvonne Mensah on Wednesday were named the 2006-07 Dike Eddleman winners as best male and female athletes at the University of Illinois.

Mensah's honor is the sixth for the women's track program in the past seven years. Anderson is the third tennis player to win the honor on the men's side, joining Oliver Freelove (1999) and Amer Delic (2003).

Track teams earn at-large bids

CHAMPAIGN – Three individuals and one relay from the Illinois track and field teams received at-large invitations Tuesday to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Anderson, Rowe stay alive at tourney

ATHENS, Ga. – Defending NCAA doubles champions Kevin Anderson and Ryan Rowe of Illinois advanced to the round of 16, defeating 23rd-ranked Dan Buikema and Mathieu Thibaudeau of Alabama, 7-6 (3), 7-5 on Thursday.

Anderson and Rowe, seeded 5-8, struggled early returning serves, but the Illini duo rebounded.

Pomeroy in running for gymnastics award

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois gymnast Cara Pomeroy was recognized last weekend as one of six finalists for the American Award during the NCAA Championship Awards Banquet in Salt Lake City.

The award, presented annually by American Athletic, Inc., honors the senior female gymnast who has best demonstrated her competitive, leadership, academic and community skills throughout her collegiate career.

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Haagensen, Illini cash in

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Illinois gymnasts Wes Haagensen, Chris Silcox, Tyler Yamauchi and Chad Wiest earned All-America honors in individual event finals during the final day of the NCAA Championships on Saturday.

The four Illini extended Illinois' streak to eight years with at least one national honor.

Stankiewicz, rally lift Illini

EVANSTON – Illinois needed a late rally to complete its doubleheader sweep of Northwestern on Saturday.

All the Illini needed in the opener was Mike Stankiewicz.

Haagensen vaults Illini to team finals

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The eighth-ranked Illinois men's gymnastics team thought it was due for a breakout performance.

It picked a good time to deliver.