Delic's dream not over yet

NEW YORK – Former Illini Amer Delic remained alive at the U.S. Open qualifier tournament, defeating Spain's Marcel Granollers-Pujol 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 on Thursday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

UI soccer picked No. 2

PARK RIDGE – Illinois soccer coach Janet Rayfield is expecting big things in the program's 10th season.

Big Ten coaches are high on the Illini, too.

Return to campus results in role reversal

Sixteen years ago, Janet Rayfield took a call from a fellow North Carolina graduate offering an assistant coach's job.

In June, the head coach of the Illinois women's soccer team placed the very same call to her former boss.

Masar, Weeks help squad pass first test

CHAMPAIGN – Coach Janet Rayfield's No. 13 Illinois women's soccer team wanted to see how it measured up heading into the regular season.

Mission accomplished.

Arnold closes on strong note

BRISBANE, Australia –Illinois senior Marcus Arnold had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Big Ten men's basketball team completed its foreign tour with a 145-69 win against the South District Spartans. The output marked the highest-scoring game by a Big Ten touring team.

Rayfield's squad ready for tests

CHAMPAIGN – The 10th season of Illinois women's soccer features the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge and regular season matches against eight 2005 NCAA tournament qualifiers.

"Our 2006 schedule is indicative of where we are taking this program. The strength and caliber of our opponents continue to rise right along with the expectations that we have for ourselves and for the program," Illini coach Janet Rayfield said Tuesday.

Ella Masar's Brazilian Diary

"I woke to hear a slight knocking on our door this morning and quickly realized as I glanced at the alarm clock that it was 7:45 am. Now usually I would roll back over and fall back asleep, instead the worst feeling of panic rushed over my body.

Flood-prone field changing into wetlands

ST. JOSEPH – A former corn and beans field on the west edge of St. Joseph is being turned into a restored wetlands area that may some day attract marsh-loving creatures like blue-winged teal and great blue herons.

Bruce Stikkers, a resource conservationist at the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District, has been leading workers in the transformation that he predicts will become a natural attraction and living laboratory for local students.

Ella Masar's Brazilian diary

Ella Masar and her Illinois women's soccer teammates are in Brazil on an offseason trip. Here's the latest from the Urbana native:

Who's that Illini?

A winner of the Dike Eddleman Athlete of the Year Award, I'm considered the best goalkeeper in UI history, owning nearly every major record in the book. I was a first-team All-American by several publications and ended by career in 2004.