From lowest low to highest high

CHAMPAIGN — On Aug. 30, 1998, Dennis Millage got the telephone call no father ever wants to get.

His 21-year-old daughter, Nichole, had lost part of her left leg in a boating accident at Clinton Lake.

"It was one of the saddest days of my life," said Dennis Millage, who now lives in Bourbonnais.

UI women's rowers prepare for major event

Having never been an athlete before, University of Illinois senior Lizzie Diamond had a chance encounter on Quad Day during the start of her freshman year that changed the course of her collegiate lifestyle.

“I was walking around and someone at the rowing table said, ‘Hey, you, you should come try this out,’ ” Diamond recalled.

Sunday Conversation: Mike Lindemann

Mike Lindemann is a busy guy. Really busy. He is co-owner of Champaign’s Body N’ Sole Sports (35 years). He is the coach of the highly successful Parkland women’s basketball team (assistant for five years, head coach the last two.) He is a married (Liz) father of three (Laura, Allie and Rachel).

Illini legends, lists and lore: Assistant basketball coaches

Dustin Ford, Paris Parham and Jamall Walker are all in their third season as assistant coaches to Illini basketball head coach John Groce.

It’s a nice stretch of service for the Illini trio, but they have a long way to go to catch up with nine other assistants who logged eight or more years as assistant coaches at Illinois.

UI Paralympic training facility

University of Illinois wheelchair track coach Adam Bleakney talks about the training facility on Oak Street in Champaign.

Penn State can go bowling again

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State is back in the bowl business.
The NCAA on Monday lifted the on-field sanctions placed on the Penn State football team for the Jerry Sandusky scandal, including immediately eliminating the postseason ban that had two more seasons left and restoring scholarships next season.

Sunday Conversation: Fred Wakefield

The pride of Tuscola is six years removed from his NFL playing days, during which he spent eight seasons with the Cardinals and Raiders. But the former Illini defensive lineman still follows the game — at all levels. Staff writer Bob Asmussen visited with the almost-36-year-old at his Champaign home:

Sunday Conversation: Alan M. Nathan

Were you always interested in physics when you were a kid?

Tate: Different types of agony for Cards', Cubs' fans

Here’s the difference. North and South Koreans don’t live together. The Japanese and Chinese are separated by water. But in central Illinois, while they’re poles apart, Cub and Cardinal disciples are intertwined, intermarried and inescapable.

As devoted adversaries, both suffer. Just for different reasons.

Asmussen: Trooper's action still being recognized

Brian Scott wasn’t looking for attention. Or for glory. He was just doing his job.

What else would you expect from the former Illinois offensive lineman?

Doing his job meant helping save the life of an Illinois student.