UI athlete gets court supervision for reduced charge in false police report

URBANA — A University of Illinois softball player who lied about being mugged as an apparent attention-seeking device has been sentenced to two years of court supervision.

If Stephanie Abello, 19, successfully completes the period with no further troubles, she will escape a conviction for the misdemeanor obstructing justice offense to which she pleaded guilty on Monday.

Tate: Big Ten TV success envy of college world

Due to a series of hopefully nonrecurring problems, the UI athletic department was splashing red ink when Josh Whitman took the reins in early March.

Tate: Whitman's good calls behind the scenes as well

Does anyone still believe the once-popular speculation that Josh Whitman, who’ll turn 38 on Aug. 5, was too young for the complex job as UI athletic director?

So far, if you’ll allow a film comparison, he’s been the administrative equivalent of Robert Redford in “The Natural.” He was born for this job.

UI roundup: Spencer on another award watch list

CHAMPAIGN — Fresh off leading the fifth annual Lift for Life, Illinois football center Joe Spencer was named to the Wuerffel Trophy watch list Wednesday.

Area sluggers predict 2016 Home Run Derby

With Monday’s Major League Baseball Home Run Derby taking place in San Diego, we asked several area sluggers for their predictions before the annual festivities:

2016 Illinois Year in Review

Each Month's Top Moment

Former Illini point guard Dee Brown begins his new job as special assistant to then-athletic director Mike Thomas, putting a familiar face at the front of the DIA.

2016 Illinois Year in Review: Program Grades

Men’s golf: A
Why an A: Mike Small’s squad is still in search of that elusive national title, but the Illini reaffirmed this spring that they’ve got a premier powerhouse program.

Last year’s grade: A

UI athete gets court supervision for damaging menorah

URBANA — A University of Illinois softball player who admitted she damaged a religious symbol on campus last winter has been sentenced to a year of court supervision.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Michael Hoomanawanui

Former Fighting Illini star Michael Hoomanawanui marked his 28th birthday Monday. The former All-Stater from Bloomington Central Catholic High School lettered at Illinois from 2006-09.

Sunday Conversation: Sarah Baumgartner

A member of the first varsity softball team in the history of Illinois athletics, Sarah Baumgartner has risen from walk-on to scholarship athlete to her new position as the deputy director of athletics at Big Ten opponent Rutgers.