URBANA — Third time was the charm for the Illinois women’s tennis team Sunday, as the Illini captured their first win against a ranked opponent in three tries this season with a 6-1 thumping of No. 24 Indiana.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Kevin Duchene tossed seven shutout innings Friday, leading Illinois baseball to a 1-0 win against Ball State.
Duchene, who allowed five hits, struck out nine and issued no walks to earn the victory in his first start of the season. Nick Blackburn and Tyler Jay pitched two perfect innings to secure the first shutout of the season for the Illini (7-0-1).
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Illinois had missed 20 straight shots at one point in the first half of Saturday’s game at Purdue and shot just 15.8 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.
The Illini’s deficit at that juncture? Just eight points. And coach Matt Bollant didn’t feel too bad about that.
Beginning last Thursday, when John Groce’s basketball team defeated Michigan in overtime, Illini sports teams won 16 events through Monday’s success in the Big Ten Golf Match Play Championships.
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CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ wrestling team, the fifth-ranked squad in W.I.N. Magazine’s Tournament Power Index, defeated Kent State 38-0 in the regional round of the NWCA National Duals on Sunday and advanced to next weekend’s finals in Iowa City, Iowa.
BEAUMONT, Texas — Illinois recorded 15 hits in a dominating 8-1 performance over Lamar on Saturday in the Lamar Cardinal Classic to remain perfect on the season.
Reid Roper led the charge with three hits, three RBI and one run. Will Krug finished with three hits as well.
Roper and Krug were among nine Illini to record a hit.
BEAUMONT, Texas — Needing a run in the top of the ninth inning, the Illinois baseball team came through.
And did so again in the 10th inning to rally for a 5-1 season-opening win against New Mexico State on Friday in the first day of the Lamar Cardinal Classic.
A “level playing field” was always a myth.
It became even more so last month when the Power-5 conferences voted to allow athletic scholarships up to “cost of attendance,” resulting in additional stipends for full-scholarship athletes at numbers varying, within the Big Ten, from about $1,900 at Purdue to around $5,700 at Penn State.
What’s fair about that?