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Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 30-year-old Savoy resident Amanda McGrory, a professional athlete and a graduate student, teaching assistant and research assistant at the University of Illinois, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.
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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Illinois wrestlers Isaiah Martinez, Brooks Black and Emery Parker each won titles on Saturday at the Northern Iowa Open.
Teammates Zac Brunson, Brock Ervin, Dylan Duncan (unattached) and Travis Piotrowski (unattached) each placed second in their respective weight classes.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois football defensive ends Dawuane Smoot and Carroll Phillips saw their collegiate careers end Saturday, but they’re still being recognized for their contributions to the Illini.
Yes, Illini men’s basketball fans, last season’s team didn’t measure up to your expectations. It’s true that an overall record of 15-19 and a Big Ten mark of 5-13 was understandably disappointing. But what would you expect to result from a brutal string of injuries that caused Tracy Abrams and six other Illini players to miss a total of 101 games? Wait until next year, sighed the fandom.
Following what seems to have been an interminable campaign, Election Day 2016 is now just two days away. Though current University of Illinois football player Gimel President’s name certainly fits today’s theme, he’s not included on this list of former Fighting Illini athletes whose surname matches a former American commander in chief:
■ Rich “John Quincy” Adams, basketball (1975-78)
She's won 17 medals at the Paralympic Games, another 15 at the World Championships and at next week's New York Marathon, Tatyana McFadden will be looking to sweep the four major marathons (Boston, London, Chicago, New York) for the fourth straight year. She's been a guest on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show and has visited the White House more times than she can remember.
Dick Butkus is a part of the first Illinois athletics Hall of Fame class. But who else might join the legendary Illinois linebacker in the inaugural class? Here are our top 10 choices:
CHAMPAIGN — He told jokes. And stories. Lots and lots of stories.
On the eighth floor of the building he once dominated, Dick Butkus held court Thursday afternoon.
The iconic linebacker is the first member of Illinois’ newly announced Athletics Hall of Fame.
“I’m greatly humbled,” Butkus said at Memorial Stadium. “This is where it really started.”
RIO DE JANEIRO — Former Illini Dylan Alcott moved a step closer to a Paralympics gold medal Monday, defeating Lucas Sithole 2-0 in a quad singles men’s tennis semifinal match. Alcott, representing Australia, will take on Great Britain’s Andy Lapthorne in the final.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Illinois graduate student Tatyana McFadden picked up a gold medal Sunday at the Paralympics, posting the fastest time in the T-54 women’s 400 meters. McFadden finished in 53.30 seconds, while current Illini Hannah McFadden took seventh in 56.20.
Additionally, current Illini Chelsea McClammer scored a silver medal when she clocked 55.13 in the T-53 women’s 400 final.