Sports Talk 07-07-15: Play now!
Scott Beatty, Tim Ditman and Loren Tate host the Tuesday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Brad Dancer and Katie Hultin.
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CHAMPAIGN — Members of the Illinois men’s tennis team won’t find themselves in London on Monday.
Unlike in late May when the Illini made a trip to Paris and Roland Garros to watch former Illini Kevin Anderson in action at the French Open.
Instead, coach Brad Dancer’s group will gather around computers, tablets, smartphones or televisions to see Anderson at noon (CDT) Monday.
We rate all 19 Illinois athletic teams from the 2014-15 school year:
Why an A: Set the bar high for future seasons with 50 wins and first NCAA regional title.
Last year’s grade: B
High point: Beating Wright State to sweep NCAA regional and reach super regional.
Tom Michael left for Eastern Illinois and the chance to run his own athletic department after two-plus decades at Illinois, first as a basketball player for Lou Henson and later as an administrator.
Top Male Athletes
1. Isaiah Martinez, wrestling. Only 10 wrestlers win a national title each year. Those who go undefeated doing so are a much smaller group, which Martinez joined in March.
2. Tyler Jay, baseball. The Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and No. 6 overall draft pick of the Minnesota Twins was one of the most dominant closers in the nation this spring.
LONDON — Twice, Serena Williams stood two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd.
Twice, Williams was oh, so close to the end of her bid for a fourth consecutive major title — and for the third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam.
About this time of the year, the University of Illinois typically names its male and female athletes of the year.
On the men’s side of the ledger, the recipients date back to 1940 when football and baseball star Bill Hapac received the initial honor.
Urbana gymnast Nancy Thies was the first female honoree in 1977.
WACO, Texas — For the first time since 2007, the Illinois men’s tennis program has a quarterfinalist in the NCAA singles tournament.
Jared Hiltzik accomplished the feat Friday by defeating University of Texas’ Lloyd Glasspool 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3. The junior is the first Illini to advance this far in the event since Kevin Anderson in 2007.
WACO, Texas — The tennis season continues for Illinois’ Jared Hiltzik, but teammate Farris Gosea’s collegiate career is over.
Hiltzik defeated Duke’s Raphael Hemmeler 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday at the NCAA Singles Championships and advanced to the round of 32.
Gosea lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to Notre Dame’s Quentin Monaghan.