Detry prepares for Palmer Cup

Illini golfer Thomas Detry and his European teammates will begin play against Team USA on Thursday at the Palmer Cup in Surrey, England.

The Palmer Cup is a Ryder Cup-style event that features collegiate players from the U.S. and Europe.

Eggleston, Bloch-Jones honored

CHAMPAIGN — Men’s gymnast Chandler Eggleston, a two-time All-American and Big Ten floor exercise champion, and women’s track and field standout Kandie Bloch-Jones, the Big Ten indoor high jump champion, were named Newcomers of the Year on Tuesday by the University of Illinois’ Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Bob Asmussen: I hope IHSA fields my call

The biggest school in the state hosts a baseball super-sectional today.

Softball, too.

“I think any time you have young people on your field and they are exposed to your university that’s a positive,” Illinois baseball coach Dan Hartleb said, “not only for your university, but for the community.”

But is that enough? Not even close.

Nebraska takes series opener

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Illinois baseball team isn’t in a tie for second anymore in the Big Ten.

The Illini are now in sole possession of third place after falling 2-1 against Nebraska in the series opener Thursday night.

That’s important when it comes to seeding purposes at the Big Ten tournament, which starts Wednesday in Omaha, Neb.

Fletcher continues torrid run

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Casey Fletcher continued his hot hitting, going 2 for 4 with two RBI, to lead Illinois to a 4-1 victory against Iowa on Friday in the opener of their Big Ten baseball series.

Adam Walton had two hits and an RBI for the Illini (28-17, 14-5 Big Ten), who received an RBI from David Kerian.

Michigan on tap for UI softball

EVANSTON — Illinois’ softball team won its first game at the Big Ten tournament in 10 years Thursday. The Illini’s reward for their 6-0 victory against Iowa: a game against top-seeded Michigan at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Illinois scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning, including a leadoff home run by freshman Nicole Evans, against the Hawkeyes.

Fred Kroner: Big Ten softball primer

Tourney time

Executive sports editor Fred Kroner’s thoughts on the Big Ten softball tourney, which starts Thursday at Northwestern. The ninth-seeded Illini face eighth-seeded Iowa in a 4:30 p.m. game, the day’s third of four contests:

One guarantee

Golfers near top at Big Ten tourney

FRENCH LICK, Ind. — Brian Campbell and Charlie Danielson have been a part of Illinois’ five consecutive titles at the Big Ten men’s golf tournament.

Campbell, Danielson and the rest of their Illini teammates would like to make it six in a row.

NCAA suspends Sullivan

URBANA — Illini softball head coach Terri Sullivan was unsuccessful in her appeal to get her two-game suspension reduced or overturned.
The school’s 15th-year head coach faced a mandatory two-game suspension from the NCAA based on contact with an umpire at last weekend’s home finale against Michigan.

Illini, Buckeyes to square off

EAST LANSING, Mich.  — Bring on Ohio State. Again.

The Illinois men’s tennis team will get a chance to win its second Big Ten tournament title in the past three seasons at 11 a.m. Sunday against the heralded Buckeyes after the second-seeded Illini blanked sixth-seeded Michigan 4-0 on Saturday in the semifinals.

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