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Radio special: Illini in Chicago

A slew of Illini Hall of Famers took part in a special three-hour edition of "Saturday SportsTalk" live from Chicago.

Among the guests who joined Steve Kelly and Loren Tate: Josh Whitman, Lou Henson, Dana Howard, Jim Grabowski, Darrin Fletcher, Dave Downey, Tara Hurless, Kendall Gill, Bruce Douglas, Deron Williams, Nancy Brookhart Cherin and Scott Langley.

Howard 'having a ball' ahead of induction

CHICAGO — Dana Howard has a busy Hall of Fame year. Beside his Illinois honor, the superstar linebacker is entering the College Football Hall of Fame in December.

UI's Illinois, Eichelberger fields could see upgrades

CHAMPAIGN — Facility upgrades at Illinois Field were a persistent topic of conversation this spring as Dan Hartleb's Illini jumped back into the Top 25 in March and the top quarter of the Big Ten by the end of the season.

Kowalczyk to retire

The man who bridged the gap in leadership for the Illinois athletic department from the time Mike Thomas was fired to the time Josh Whitman was hired will retire from the university.

Paul Kowalczyk will step aside as the Illini's executive senior associate athletic director, effective Aug. 31, following more than 30 years of working in college athletics.

Future Illini's slam stuns Spartans

ATHENS — The tears flowed.

The hugs followed.

Just not in a manner the St. Joseph-Ogden softball envisioned happening Monday afternoon at the Athens Sports Complex.

Top of the Morning, May 15, 2018

Our podcast lineup continues to grow at news-gazette.com, with basketball beat writer SCOTT RICHEY the latest to offer his expertise for our listening audience.

He's one of four newsroom veterans who regularly weigh in with unique content at our website.

Sunday's UI roundup: Wells claims Big Ten high jump title

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — What a weekend it was for Jonathan Wells.

The Illinois redshirt junior capped it off by winning the men's high jump title during the final day of the Big Ten track and field outdoor championships on Sunday at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex in Bloomington, Ind.

Illini freshmen shine on NCAA stage

LUBBOCK, Texas — Stepping into the NCAA tournament for the first time can often be daunting.

The freshmen on the Illinois women's tennis proved to be the exception.

Illini rally late to keep NCAA hopes alive

MADISON, Wis. — Earlier in the week, Tyra Perry laid it simply: It's a Big Ten tournament title or bust for her Illinois softball team as the Illini seek a third straight berth into a NCAA regional.

Asmussen | On the bubble, Illini must go big or go home

The Big Ten has done its share of damage in the NCAA softball tournament. Michigan has been there 25 times, including the last 23 in a row. The Wolverines took the national title in 2005.

Nebraska has gone 24 times; Iowa and Northwestern have each earned 16 bids. Minnesota and Penn State have been invited 12 and 10 times, respectively.