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Illini, Nike agree to extension

All 21 Illinois athletic teams will still see the Nike swoosh on their uniforms, apparel, gear, shoes and specificed equipment and accessories for the next decade.

Illinois extended its partnership with the Beaverton, Ore., company on Tuesday through the 2025-26 school year.

Flaws, Red Stars join forces

BALTIMORE — Two of the top scorers in Illinois soccer history have been reunited. Jannelle Flaws was selected by the Chicago Red Stars with the 33rd overall pick in the NWSL College Draft on Friday and will join former Illini midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo on the league runners-up next season.

Tate: UI lucky to have AD search leader

Is silence an indication the UI is fumbling another ball? Is the search for an athletic director languishing? Isn’t it time we heard something?

No, no and no. In fact, the quest for a successor to Mike Thomas is in good hands ... the strong hands of former Cal-Davis fullback and long-time UI faculty rep Matt Wheeler.

AD search: Rick George's stance hasn't changed

As Illinois searches for an athletic director ahead of the Jan. 21 trustees meeting, Rick George provided a reminder that he’s not in the mix.

One more glance: Top 2015 stories

What moments, games, athletes and possibly even more scandal will capture our attention in 2016? Before any can come to fruition, The News-Gazette sports staff looks back at the top 10 stories from the year that was:

UI decides on firm for AD search

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois will pay a search firm $140,000 to help with its athletic director search, the UI announced Wednesday.

The firm, Korn Ferry, is the world’s largest executive search firm, and has helped higher athletic administrators and head coaches at Michigan, Oregon, Texas and Virginia.

Judge removes some defendants in former soccer player's suit against UI

URBANA — Former Illini soccer player Casey Conine's lawsuit alleging University of Illinois officials mishandled treatment of her concussions is still ongoing, but without the high-profile defendants.

Tate: Momentum could fuel UI volleyball upset

Four Illini men’s teams captured runaway Big Ten championships and more last spring.

The UI women haven’t been keeping pace. But they could make a big splash tonight in Des Moines, Iowa. That’s where the university’s pre-eminent female squad, having reached volleyball’s Sweet 16, will try to pull a shocker against Big Ten champion Minnesota.

AD search chief a familiar face for UI athletics

URBANA — The chairman of the search committee that will recommend candidates for University of Illinois athletic director is no stranger to sports.

Professor Matthew Wheeler, named to head the panel last week, has served on the UI Athletic Board since 1998.

Tate: Waiting game burns UI in AD search

Speed is no longer needed in the search for an athletic director.

That’s because University of Illinois leaders made a mistake (imagine that!).

If the board of trustees, in cahoots with an interim chancellor (Barbara Wilson) and a first-year president, felt so strongly that Illinois needed a new direction, they should have dropped the ax on