Loren Tate: Welcome, Illini freshmen

Consider yourself lucky. When you begin classes Monday, you’ll be part of a diverse class of nearly 7,000 new students weaned from roughly 33,000 applicants.

Everybody around you is double-smart, the middle 50 percent of freshmen in
engineering averaging 31-34 (out of 36) on the ACT and upward of 92 percent in class rank.

Anderson bows out in quarters

TORONTO — After defeating two consecutive seeded foes in the Rogers Cup, former Illini Kevin Anderson could not complete the trifecta. He fell to the tournament’s No. 7 seed, Grigor Dimitrov, 7-5, 5-7, 6-7 (8-6) in a quarterfinal matchup Friday.

FINE DINING: All UI athletes benefit from NCAA rule

CHAMPAIGN — The swanky Colonnades Club at Memorial Stadium hosts 1,000-plus Illinois football fans on Saturdays in the fall.

In the offseason, the calendar is crammed with wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and private parties.

Illinois Year in Review: Part III

Best Events
1. Kevin Hambly’s intense speech to his Illini volleyball team after it lost the first two sets to visiting Michigan on Nov. 6. With its postseason hopes seemingly evaporating, Illinois responded and dug deep to pull out a 3-2 win in the season-turning match.

Illinois Year in Review: Memorable moments

July 2013
Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase marries high school sweetheart Morgan in Kansas City, Mo., and has three Illini teammates serve as groomsmen.

August 2013

Illinois Year in Review: Part I

Top Male Athletes
1. Jesse Delgado, wrestling. Back-to-back national champion at 125 pounds first to do so in Illini history at that weight class. Best news? He still has a year of eligibility left.

Illinois Year in Review: Part II

Best Moments
1. National champions don’t happen every year, but with Jesse Delgado winning one in wrestling and Jordan Valdez doing the same in men’s gymnastics, Illini could brag about those two accomplishments.

Illinois Year in Review: Making the grade

Why a B: No repeat trip to NCAA tournament, but a solid Big Ten showing.
High point: Beating Indiana 2-1 April 26 at home to end Hoosiers’ 10-game conference winning streak.
Low point: Losing twice to Michigan State in three-day span at the Big Ten tournament, costing them an NCAA berth.
 Big Ten finish: Third

Anderson earns date against Murray

LONDON — Former Illini Kevin Anderson advanced to Wimbledon’s fourth round Friday, toppling Italy’s Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.

No. 20 Anderson faced his toughest test of the tournament thus far in No. 16 Fognini. After dropping one set between his first two matches, Anderson faced a 2-1 deficit midway through his bout against Fognini.

Four tennis players rate All-America honors

SKILLMAN, N.J. — Illinois’ Farris Gosea, Ross Guignon, Jared Hiltzik and Tim Kopinski were named to the ITA All-America teams Thursday.

The Illini had a national-high four players selected on the men’s side.

California, Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and UCLA each had three men on the team.

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