Three UI soccer matches to watch

The Illinois soccer team has to move on in 2016 without all-time scoring leader Jannelle Flaws in that familiar No. 3 jersey, but UI coach Janet Rayfield is counting on a senior-laden, veteran team to do just that.

With the release of the 2016 schedule Thursday, staff writer SCOTT RICHEY breaks down three matches to look forward to:

Illini legends, lists and lore: Ex-Illini in WWII

On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember 53 men who not only earned varsity letters as University of Illinois athletes, but who, most significantly, also served in action during World War II:

Alex Agase, FB/WR
Ralph Bassey, FB
Frank Bauman, FB
Paul Behan, TF
Joseph Buscemi, FB
Tony Butkovich, FB
Lyle Button, FB
Arthur Dufelmeier, FB
Dwight Eddleman, FB/BK/TF

Asmussen: Hood could help 'sleeping giant' in C-U

Illinois athletics kept The News-Gazette headline writers busy throughout the week. Court decisions, student-athlete reinstatements, criminal charges dropped. There was a new story every day.

On Page 2 of Saturday’s sports section, a smaller headline read “Hood receives promotion.” Not as splashy but every bit as important.

Hood named deputy AD

CHAMPAIGN – Warren Hood was instrumental in the renovations at Memorial Stadium. The longtime DIA administrator also took control of the State Farm Center project when Tom Michael left the University of Illinois to become athletic director at Eastern Illinois.

Illini roundup: Volleyball recruiting recognized

Kevin Hambly’s eighth recruiting class as Illinois head coach is also his seventh ranked in the Top 30 by

Chancellor OKs mascot search

What'd be your choice for mascot? Tell us with a Letter to the Editor here

URBANA — Nine years after the retirement of Chief Illiniwek, the University of Illinois is launching a process to choose a “first-ever” athletic mascot.

Tate: Q&A with Josh Whitman

Money, money, money! Some describe the NCAA as the sports version of Monopoly.

Illinois now officially lists its athletic budget at $110 million, this year incorporating State Farm Center operating costs and debt service into what had previously been accepted as a number somewhere over $80 million.

School pays $625,000 between Beckman, ex-UI athletes

CHAMPAIGN — With two more payouts totaling $625,000, University of Illinois athletics is closing the door on an expensive year of accusations, investigations and coaching shake-ups.

The UI announced Tuesday it had reached settlements in two cases:

Illini legends, lists and lore: UI baseball's top Big Ten seasons

One year ago this week, the Fighting Illini baseball team swept a weekend series at home against Purdue. In Game 1, Illinois struck with five runs in the first and cruised to a 10-5 victory before a crowd of 2,843. Junior Ryan Nagle, who finished a triple short of the cycle, went 3 for 5 with three runs, a home run and two RBI.

Sycamores topple Illini baseball

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — This was the one that got away — literally.

After Illinois rallied to tie the game at 4 in the eighth inning, Indiana State scored the winning run on a dropped third strike with two outs in the ninth in a 5-4 baseball victory Tuesday.