Man dies after being hit by train near downtown Champaign

An unidentified man said to be in his 50s was killed by a train Saturday evening.

The man was hit about 8:25 p.m. Saturday on the tracks near the intersection of Springfield Avenue and Locust Street, police said. Trains were stopped while police investigated the area of the accident, about 100 yards north of the Springfield Avenue viaduct.

UI roundup: Volleyball rolls

CHAMPAIGN — With 1,989 fans on hand for a Stuff Huff promotion, the Illinois volleyball team proved to be a crowd-pleasing bunch.
A coach-pleasing bunch, too.
“It’s nice to beat somebody 3-0,” coach Don Hardin said after his Illini swept North Carolina 25-21, 25-14, 25-12

UI soccer wins opener

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Chichi Nweke scored in overtime to lift No. 17 Illinois past Missouri 2-1 in a women's soccer season opener Saturday night.

Nweke might be go-to player for soccer team

CHAMPAIGN – With two-year All-American Ella Masar and her 27 career goals no longer around, Illinois women's soccer coach Janet Rayfield has the help-wanted sign up.

Goal scorers need apply.

Zurrer rates preseason honor

Illinois senior defender Emily Zurrer, who recently played for Canada at the Beijing Olympics, was named to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy watch list Tuesday.

Zurrer, a two-time All-American, earned the preseason honor for the second consecutive year.

Ex-Illini Masar, U.S. claim Nordic soccer crown

BORLANGE, Sweden – Ella Masar, a former forward on the Illinois soccer team, scored a pair of goals to lead the U.S. Under-23 national team to a 3-0 win against Germany in the championship match of the Nordic Cup Championship.

The Urbana native scored her first goal in the 34th minute from 12 yards out and added another in the 63rd minute. She also scored the winner against Norway in the semifinals.

Masar earns spot on elite team

CHAMPAIGN – Former Illinois soccer player Ella Masar was named to the U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team that will compete in the Nordic Cup beginning Tuesday in Falun, Sweden.

The Urbana native is one of 18 players on the U.S. roster and one of six returnees who helped the United States to a 4-0 victory against Germany in last year's title match. The Nordic Cup is an eight-team tournament, with the United States joining Switzerland, England and Norway in Group B for round-robin group play. Placement matches between teams in Groups A and B will follow. The U.S. has won nine of the last 11 Nordic Cups.

Eight NCAA tourney qualifiers on UI soccer schedule

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois women's soccer team will face eight opponents in 2008 that qualified for last year's NCAA tournament and five that finished 2007 nationally ranked.

The Illini announced their schedule Friday.

Bizzarri takes second place in NCAA meet

DES MOINES, Iowa – Illinois' Angela Bizzarri saved her best for last.

Bizzarri finished second in the 5,000 meters Friday night at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium, setting a school record and earning All-America honors for the third time as a sophomore.

Illini runners on the move

DES MOINES, Iowa – Illinois junior Gakologelwang Masheto is on track to earn his third All-America accolade.

Masheto advanced in the 400 meters Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium, clocking 46.70 seconds and placing third in his heat.