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Illini top Georgetown in opener

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Scoring runs in six of the nine innings helped the Illinois baseball team cruise to an 11-3 season-opening win Friday over Georgetown.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 13, 2019

Introducing JULIA GREUEL, a junior at the University of Illinois and the next president of Illini Pride, the student organization that supports sports of all sorts.

Saturday's UI roundup: No. 8 Tar Heels edge out Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Alex Brown nearly completed the rally Illinois men's tennis desperately needed Saturday night to pick up its second ranked win of the still-young dual season.

The sophomore just couldn't quite close the door.

Friday's UI roundup: Softball takes down 2 ranked foes

HOUSTON — An opening-day doubleheader against ranked opponents offered a huge test for Illinois softball on Friday afternoon.

And the Illini aced it with flying colors.

A pair of home runs and capitalizing on a few opposing errors helped Illinois thrive in its season opener, winning 7-4 over No. 22 Oklahoma State to begin its stay at the five-game Houston Invitational.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 9, 2019

It's not quite as big as, say, State Farm Center, but JESSE NAUMAN's "Illini Room" in the basement of his house in Granville takes up serious space.

"At some point, it became an obsession," the 41-year-old UI grad said of his memorabilia collection. "I'm just about out of room."

Tate | Sensible fixes to save sports

Imagine all the things you'd like to change about sports.

Me too.

Like removing college football from the gender equity equation, and equalizing men and women scholarship numbers without Division I football's monstrous numbers (85).

UI men's tennis warming up against Duke

Hear more from Dancer 10:30 a.m. Saturday on WDWS.

CHAMPAIGN — Playing outside at the NCAA Championships is the ultimate end game for Illinois men's tennis.

That possible trip to Orlando, Fla., would happen in late May, when warm weather is on everyone's minds.

Jock Jams 2019

Jock Jams 2019 at Foellinger Auditorium on UI campus in Urbana on Monday, Jan. 29, 2019. The event benefitted Feed Our Kids, Childhood Leukemia Foundation, Athletes Against Anxiety and Depression and the Luke Tatsu Johnson Foundation.

Looking back at the area's best sports moments of 2018

With 2018 coming to a close today, The News-Gazette sports staff spotlights the top 10 stories that defined the last 12 months of area athletics:

Hype building toward future

CHAMPAIGN — The 2019 Illinois baseball recruiting class is the last one for coach Dan Hartleb that came without the benefit of the Susan and Clint Atkins Baseball Training Center. The eight players Illinois signed Wednesday, plus three more Hartleb said he couldn't yet talk about, all picked the Illini without knowing a major facility upgrade was on the way.

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