Track and Field
Rod Lovett’s position on the UI track and field coaching staff was eliminated in August 1989, shortly after he had signed a year’s lease locally on an apartment. He accepted a part-time position at Parkland College to help pay the bills. “It was a stopgap,” Lovett said.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Bring on Ohio State. Again.
The Illinois men’s tennis team will get a chance to win its second Big Ten tournament title in the past three seasons at 11 a.m. Sunday against the heralded Buckeyes after the second-seeded Illini blanked sixth-seeded Michigan 4-0 on Saturday in the semifinals.
URBANA — Brandi Needham scattered five hits in six innings, leading Illinois to a 10-2 Big Ten softball victory Friday against fourth-ranked Michigan at Eichelberger Field.
Brittany Sanchez went 3 for 4 with three RBI for the Illini, who received two hits and three RBI from Jess Perkins.
Tatyana McFadden was returning to her hotel in Boston when she heard a loud noise.
“We could hear something, but we had no idea what it was so we just kept pushing,” she said.
Hours earlier, the then-University of Illinois student had won the women’s wheelchair division of the world’s oldest continuous — and best-known — marathon.
URBANA — The Illinois volleyball team defeated Kentucky during a four-set spring practice match Saturday.
The Illini won 25-22, 25-20, 20-25 and 25-20 at Kenney Gym. The match took place there because of renovation work at Huff Hall.
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Drasen Johnson turned in another solid effort on the mound, leading Illinois to a 6-3 Big Ten baseball victory against Penn State on Friday night.
Johnson, who struck out six, allowed nine hits and one earned run in 61/3 innings.
MINNEAPOLIS — The No. 11 Illinois women’s gymnastics team earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships on Saturday night by placing second at the Minneapolis Regional.
With a score of 196.600, the Illini edged No. 14 Minnesota by 0.25 point for the runner-up spot. No. 2 Oklahoma won with a 197.725.
URBANA — Tim Kopinski and Blake Bazarnik won in singles and doubles to lead No. 11 Illinois to a 6-1 victory against Michigan State on Friday in men’s tennis at Atkins Tennis Center.
The Illini (15-7) remained unbeaten at home at 8-0 and improved to 4-2 in the Big Ten after capturing their 12th doubles point of the season.
CHAMPAIGN — The result of the March 28 men’s tennis match between Illinois and Penn State was overturned by the Big Ten Conference on Wednesday.
The Nittany Lions filed a protest about the lineup the Illini used in the match at No. 1 and No. 2 singles.
The league’s protest committee agreed with Penn State, awarding the No. 2 singles point to the Nittany Lions.