Asmussen | Hockey in C-U sounds cooler than ice

Hockey is cool. Literally and figuratively.

Carrie Busey principal named new CEO of Stephens Family YMCA

CHAMPAIGN — In his new job, Jeff Scott will still be working with kids.

Just a lot more of them. And covering a wider range of ages.

The eight-year principal at Champaign's Carrie Busey Elementary School is the new president and CEO at the Stephens Family YMCA, it was announced Tuesday.

Top of the Morning, June 2, 2018

If you're an NHL team, you'd be wise to hire 2007 University of Illinois graduate NICK ZOMBOLAS.

His first hockey job — a nine-year run in the front office of the Chicago Blackhawks — allowed him to hoist the Stanley Cup three times (one of which is shown above).

Jim Dey | Baseball's physics guru provides 'seamless' analysis

Incoming calls have slowed to a trickle, but last Friday, University of Illinois Professor Emeritus Alan Nathan was talking by phone to reporters "virtually all day."

He said he's "not complaining." Indeed, Nathan accepts it as part of the responsibility that comes with being the "Unofficial Physicist of Major League Baseball."

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: May 20, 2018

In 1946, when the University of Chicago eliminated its varsity football program and withdrew its membership from the Western Conference (now known as the Big Ten), Michigan State University President John Hannah began his petition for the Spartans to take Chicago’s place as the league’s 10th member.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: May 6, 2018

Third-year Illiniois football coach Lovie Smith celebrates his 60th birthday this Tuesday.

Smith played college football at the University of Tulsa for coach John Cooper, then immediately began his coaching career at his prep alma mater, Big Sandy High School in Dallardsville, Texas.

Asmussen | 'Cousin' Steve seeks first Kentucky Derby win

I'm a bit heavy to be a jockey, but horse racing is in my blood.

My late father routinely played the ponies at our local race track. I heard stories about him winning enough on a daily double to add central air conditioning and other household items.

I have more ties to the Sport of Kings.

Or is that boxing? I get those two mixed up.

Urbana Grand Prix putting mettle to the pedals

URBANA — Although Sunday's forecast calls for rain, the eighth annual Urbana Grand Prix bicycle race will still go on.

"The only thing is if it's tornado stuff," said race director Mark Swartzendruber. "That would put things off."

Davis says he'll advocate for federal funding for Illinois Terminal expansion

CHAMPAIGN — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis is on board with the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District's plan to expand its Illinois Terminal facility in downtown Champaign, a project that also could lead to a privately developed hotel, conference center and sports arena.

Asmussen | The Marvelous 'Illini Marv'

I first heard from Marv Furman about 25 years ago. One of my articles about his beloved Illini caught Marv's attention and he called me out the blue.

It wasn't a short talk. They never are with Marv.

He told me his background at Illinois, how he came to school in Champaign from Brooklyn after the war. He told me about his connection to the late Harry Combes.