Pet of 'Extreme Makeover' family runs away

The Nathan Montgomery family pet, Samson, is on the run, according to Becky Rowe, general manager of Hendrick House in Urbana, where the father of Nathan Montgomery works.

Illinois blanks Illinois State in soccer

CHAMPAIGN — The 17th-ranked Illinois soccer team opened its regular season in dominating fashion Friday night.

The Illini bolted out of the gates with a pair of goals in the first five minutes, then turned to their trademark lockdown defense in a 4-0 victory against the Redbirds.

Game on for UI soccer

The Illini women's soccer team opens at 7 p.m. Friday with a No. 17 ranking and its eyes on a seventh straight trip to the NCAA tournament. Staff writer Jeff Huth's five things you need to know about Janet Rayfield's squad heading into its 2009 debut against Illinois State at the Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium:


UI soccer squad edges Cincinnati

CHAMPAIGN — Junior forward Christina Sahly scored a goal in the 68th minute, giving Illinois a 1-0 victory against Cincinnati in an exhibition match Friday.

Soccer ranked and ready

Janet Rayfield's Illini kick off the season with an exhibition soccer match against Cincinnati at 4 p.m. Friday.

Soccer team 17th in poll

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois soccer team was ranked 17th by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in its preseason poll Tuesday.

Power Poll: Deron is No. 1

Which former Illini is the best at his current sport?

1. Deron Williams, NBA — Utah Jazz star and Olympic gold medalist among top couple point guards in the league

Ella Masar update

Former Illinois and Urbana star Ella Masar is recovering from an injury, but she's still enjoying her first season in professional soccer.

2009-10 Krannert schedule

Highlights of the upcoming 2009-10 season at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, read Sunday's The News-Gazette and go to, where the schedule and details (including on the third Biennial Guitar Festival) will be up in mid-June.

Tickets go on sale July 16 at 10 a.m. Orders are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Waiting lists will be formed for sold-out performances.

UI to open vs. Illinois State

For the first time since 2005, Illinois and Illinois State will play in soccer.

The Redbirds will open their season with a 7 p.m. match in Champaign on Aug. 21. The Illini lead the all-time series 5-2-1, including a 3-0 win in the last meeting in 2005.