Soccer

Soccer

‘I just immediately accepted it’

CHAMPAIGN — Meredith Johnson-Monfort was worried.

Her chance to impress college soccer coaches was done after breaking her lateral tibial plateau in the Presidents Cup national title game with her club team, Illinois Fire Juniors, in Auburndale, Fla., on July 16.

Sept. 22 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 2:00pm

Will the bye week make a difference for Illinois football when it returns to action Sept. 29 against Nebraska? Is that a winnable game given the Cornhuskers' struggles? On the high school side, which teams and players are the ones to watch with postseason play approaching? Anything is fair game in sports editor Matt Daniels' weekly chat, which gets going at 2 p.m. on Friday.

Tate: You haven't heard the last of me just yet

Elephants have the right idea.

When their time comes, they shuffle off to their designated area — no matter the distance — and pass quietly from the scene. There's a certain dignity about it.

I'm not yet ready for that, for sure, but I mistakenly thought I could do Douglas MacArthur's "old soldier" bit and let 51-year-old Tatelines fade unnoticed from the writing scene.

Weekly Planner: Illini soccer begins Big Ten play

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Cardinals at Cubs,1:20 p.m., Friday

Sept. 8 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 2:00pm

It might be just the first full week of September, but The News-Gazette sports staff is knee deep in Illinois and area high school athletics. What teams have stood out through the first few weeks? Which developing storylines might be of the most importance as the fall seasons progress? Who are the early breakout players?

NOW: Monday Morning QBs

What'd you think of the Ball State game? Still bummed about the war chant decision? Excited to see Kevin Hambly back in Huff Hall?

Loren Tate and Jim Turpin kick off another season of 'Monday Morning Quarterbacks' at 9 a.m. today on WDWS 1400-AM.

Tom Kacich: 'War chant' rooted in theme song of 1950s cartoon

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That so-called "war chant" that has so many Illinois sports fans emotional is time-honored, but perhaps not in the way you think.

BTN turns 10

Today, the Big Ten Network celebrates its 10th anniversary. In this week's podcast, 'Tatelines: Unedited,' Dave Revsine tells of the moment when Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany gave the project the green light.

Whitman explains 'war chant' decision in open letter

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman released an open letter Monday afternoon defending the decision to end the "war chant" at all athletic events.

UI students were first informed of the decision at Thursday’s Illini soccer match, when an athletics official told a group who were playing it to stop.

The full text of the letter is below.