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Friday, October 28, 2016 - 11:30am

Illinois football hitting the home stretch. The fall high school sports season hitting a postseason fever pitch. Illini basketball getting underway. Dick Butkus the inaugural member of the Illinois athletics Hall of Fame. And plenty of local interest in the World Series what with the Chicago Cubs making it for the first time in seven decades. Busy days ahead for The News-Gazette sports staff.

UI roundup: Volleyball can't slow down Purdue

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois came out on the winning side of a five-set match in September at Purdue. Faced with another slugfest against the Boilermakers on Saturday, the No. 22 Illini couldn’t keep up the high level of execution they showed early as No. 24 Purdue rallied for a 14-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-16, 25-11 victory.

PODCAST: Sports Talk 10-21-16

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Scott Beatty is in for Steve Kelly on this Friday’s Sports Talk. After the latest in sports news, he discusses Cubs’ possible future with Jason Goch, of Illinois Radio Network & Yahoo Sports Radio. Steve Kelly joins in from Michigan to share some perspectives on Illini Football.


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UI women's soccer stumbles in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — Jaycie Johnson and Haley Hanson each scored in span of 14 minutes, 14 seconds during Thursday’s second half, lifting Nebraska past Illinois women’s soccer 2-0.

The Illini (5-10-1, 2-5-1 Big Ten) mustered just four shots, all in the second half, and none of them were on net.

UI roundup: Soccer stuns 19th-ranked Michigan

CHAMPAIGN — Katie Murray, Reagan Robishaw and Kara Marbury each scored Thursday, lifting Illinois women's soccer to a stunning 3-0 home win against No. 19 Michigan.

Murray’s goal late in the first half came after strikes from Robishaw and Marbury within the game's first 10 minutes. Keeper Claire Wheatley earned an eight-save shutout for the Illini (4-9-1, 1-4-1 Big Ten).

UI Soccer vs. Michigan 2016

Illinois vs. Michigan in a Big 10 soccer match at illinois Soccer Field  on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016.

UI Indiana Women's Soccer

University of Illinois Women's Soccer vs Indiana, Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Illinois Soccer Stadium. 

UI roundup: McFadden nets gold at Paralympics

RIO DE JANEIRO — Illinois graduate student Tatyana McFadden picked up a gold medal Sunday at the Paralympics, posting the fastest time in the T-54 women’s 400 meters. McFadden finished in 53.30 seconds, while current Illini Hannah McFadden took seventh in 56.20.

Additionally, current Illini Chelsea McClammer scored a silver medal when she clocked 55.13 in the T-53 women’s 400 final.

UI roundup: McFadden earns silver medal

RIO DE JANEIRO — Illinois graduate student Tatyana McFadden placed second Friday in the T-54 women’s 100-meter final at the Paralympics.

McFadden finished in 16.13 seconds to take the silver medal, crossing the line just behind China’s Wenjun Liu (16.00). Current Illini Hannah McFadden just missed the race’s podium, placing fourth in 16.34.

Soccer drops fourth consecutive match

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Illinois soccer outshot Texas A&M 10-9 on Sunday, but the host Aggies were the only ones to find the net in a 2-0 victory. Haley Pounds and Emily Bates scored against the Illini (2-4-0), who dropped their fourth consecutive match.