Roberts rescues streaking Illini

CARBONDALE — Reliever Bryan Roberts helped streaking Illinois escape a ninth-inning jam,  and his teammates responded with three runs in the top of the 10th to pull out a 7-5 nonconference baseball victory against Southern Illinois on Saturday.

Spencer, Murphy advance at nationals

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Illinois sophomore Ashley Spencer and junior Samantha Murphy advanced Friday at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Spencer posted the fastest time in her 400-meter heat and the second fastest overall, clocking a school-record 51.55 seconds. Georgia freshman Shaunae Miller had the best time  in 51.14.

Mori, Wilner shine in defeat

CHAMPAIGN — Senior Yoshi Mori won titles on floor and pommel horse, but seventh-ranked Illinois lost 438.900-436.250 to top-ranked Penn State in men’s gymnastics Saturday night at Huff Hall.

Mike Wilner posted the Illini’s best mark ever (15.900) to claim the rings crown.

In baseball:

Women's track team claims Big Ten title

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.

Weinstein continues record run

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.

Former Illini power rankings: Stricker on top

Perfect 10

Jeff Huth's former Illini power rankings:

1. Steve Stricker
PGA Tour

Illini fans hope world’s No. 13, who turns 46 this month, wins at least one major before he’s done.

2. Deron Williams

Nets point guard became third fastest in league history to reach 5,000 assists (554 games).

Hiltzik, Illini knock off No. 5 Duke tennis team

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.

Pole vaulter Bane reaches fifth-best mark in school history

By The News-Gazette
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.

Yaeger, Falsey set pace on track

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.

Happy Birthday, Coach Henson!

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore

David Zeddies

Illini gymnastics legend David Zeddies celebrates his 46th birthday today.