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No place like home: Four former Illini teeing off at John Deere Classic

Four former Illini tee off today at the John Deere Classic, the only PGA event in Illinois this year. Here's what you need to know before the action gets going in Silvis, courtesy N-G copy editor Joe Vozzelli

Asmussen | Ex-Illini Anderson 'played like a champ'

I sat down to watch a few minutes of Wimbledon on Wednesday morning. And couldn't turn it off.

Former Illini Kevin Anderson played the match of his life against legend Roger Federer. Down two sets in the quarterfinal, Anderson rallied for a stunning five-set victory, 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 in a match that exceeded four hours.

Four local notes on the national pastime ahead of Independence Day

Independence Day and baseball go well together. It's the national pastime, after all. Before you fire up the grills and watch the sky light up on Wednesday night, sports editor Matt Daniels takes you around the horn with four items:

Go, Cubs, go

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: July 1, 2018

On May 14, the United States Supreme Court nullified a 1992 federal law that barred individual states for deciding for themselves whether to allow wagering on athletic events. If the old idiom was accurate, it was a day the University of Illinois's "Father of Athletics" George Huff rolled over in his grave.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: June 24, 2018

Thirty-three years ago today —June 24, 1985— longtime University of Illinois faculty representative Leslie Bryan died at the age of 85. From 1959-68, he represented the university and its faculty in the UI's relationships with the NCAA and the Big Ten, and also chaired UI's Athletic Council, the faculty's voice on issues of academic policy related to student-athletes.

UI at 150: 'What a life-changing moment'

Memory No. 1,281 on our special UI-at-150 website comes from EMILY JAENSON, who last month became the highest-ranking female in all of minor league baseball:

Richey's mock 2018 NBA Draft

But basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY correctly picked the first five picks of last year's NBA draft ... before missing on the final 25. How will he fare tonight? Here are his projected first-round picks before the 6 p.m. event in Brooklyn:

PICK | TEAM | PREV. HT. WT.

1. Deandre Ayton | Suns | Arizona, 7-0, 260

Oakwood's inaugural Wall of Fame class talk of town at meet and greet

OAKWOOD — It was a challenge for Darrin Fletcher to cast his gaze upon the plaque he received Monday evening.

Pictured on it were the former University of Illinois and major league catcher, along with late grandfather Glen, late father Tom and son Casey. The imagery was a token of appreciation for the first family of Oakwood baseball.

Top of the Morning, June 19, 2018

Did you play Little League baseball in Champaign-Urbana?

New Soccer Planet owners familiar with sport's role in community

URBANA — When Soccer Planet opened in 2011, it filled a need for local soccer players.

Champaign-Urbana was one of the last central Illinois towns of its size to add an indoor soccer facility.