GENEVA, Ohio — Illinois coach Tonja Buford-Bailey first heard the chatter after her team finished second at last May’s Big Ten outdoor meet.
“They said second place was not good enough, that they only wanted to win,” Buford-Bailey said. “They’ve been talking a long time. This new generation likes to talk a lot, likes to get on Twitter and say what they’re going to do.
CHAMPAIGN — Alina Weinstein set a new school record in the all-around Saturday, and No. 21 Illinois needed every fraction of a point the senior could muster to defeat Iowa, 195.975-195.875 in Big Ten women’s gymnastics at Huff Hall.
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1. Steve Stricker
Illini fans hope world’s No. 13, who turns 46 this month, wins at least one major before he’s done.
2. Deron Williams
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URBANA — The No. 25 Illinois men’s tennis team handed No. 5 Duke its first loss of the season, 4-3, Friday night at Atkins Tennis Center.
The dual meet came down to No. 2 singles, with Illini freshman Jared Hiltzik outbattling Fred Saba 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3.
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Illinois pole vaulter Matthew Bane won his second title of the year Saturday, setting the fifth-highest mark in program history at the Indiana Relays track and field meet.
The Illini junior cleared a personal-best 17 feet, 8 1/2 inches.
Senior Ryan Lynn (800 meters invitational) also won an event title for Illinois.
CHAMPAIGN — Courtney Yaeger claimed the 3,000 meters in a personal-best 9 minutes, 39.04 seconds, leading Illinois’ women’s track and field team to the title Saturday at the Illini Classic. Yaeger’s time narrowly missed being one of the top 10 in school history.
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Illini gymnastics legend David Zeddies celebrates his 46th birthday today.
CHAMPAIGN — Defending NCAA champion C.J. Maestas will miss the 2013 season due to a triceps injury, Illinois men’s gymnastics coach Justin Spring announced Monday.
The injury occurred during practice as the 2012 still rings titlist was training in floor exercise.
CHAMPAIGN — Justin Spring’s reigning national champion gymnastics team was ranked No. 1 in the preseason GymInfo Coaches poll, which was released Sunday.
Illinois received six of 15 first-place votes.