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Track and Field

UI Roundup: Wells breaks Illini record; pair named All-Americans

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — David Kendziera placed fourth in the 60-meter hurdles and Jonathan Wells broke his own Illinois school record in the heptathlon, as both Illini earned first-team All-America honors at the NCAA indoor track and field championships on Saturday.

Kendizera posted a time of 7.73 seconds in the hurdles finals, while Wells tallied 5,786 points.

UI roundup: Baseball tops defending national champ

CONWAY, S.C. — The Illinois baseball team scored two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to come from behind and beat defending national champion Coastal Carolina 7-6 on Friday.

Illini legends, lists and lore: March 5 in Illini history

In his final home appearance, 44 years ago Sunday — March 5, 1973 — star forward Nick Weatherspoon became Illinois basketball’s then-all-time scoring leader. After the Illini’s 77-76 win versus Northwestern, previous UI scoring champ Dave Scholz presented the record-setting ball to “The Spoon.” Weatherspoon played one final game five days later, scoring 17 additional points against Iowa.

Illini legends, lists & lore: Scott Turner

One of the most underrated athletes in University of Illinois history, Scott Turner celebrates his 45th birthday today. The standout from J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas, lettered from 1991-94, first as a receiver, then as a defensive back. As a starting cornerback his senior season, No. 21 compiled 48 tackles for the ’94 Liberty Bowl champs.

UI Roundup: Illini fight off furious late rally

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Illinois baseball team went up 15-9 going into the bottom of the eighth and hung on for a 15-14 win Friday night against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Pat McInerney (2 for 4) had five RBI to lead the Illini (2-3).


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First Hall of Fame class not perfect, but it's a start

First, the obvious point: Picking the initial class for UI Athletics Hall of Fame is borderline impossible. Or, at least, very tricky.

How do you differentiate between eras? Do you pick based on what they did in college or after they left Illinois? Is a national title worth more than a gold medal?

Tate: A progress report for Illini spring sports teams

We now look back on nearly two years since Illini athletics pulled off a remarkable accomplishment.

All four of the men’s spring sports won Big Ten championships in 2015.

Illinois will induct 28 into Hall of Fame

CHAMPAIGN — The inaugural Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame class is loaded with familiar names, 28 of the greatest in Illini history from players to coaches. The 2017 class was announced Thursday morning, rounding out the group that was started last year with All-American linebacker Dick Butkus.

Illini legends, lists and lore: On this date in Fighting Illini history (Feb. 19)

Thirty-four years ago today, Illinois’ men’s basketball team defeated Michigan State 69-61, as Derek Harper went 11 of 11 from the field and scored 27 points.

Harper’s backcourt teammate Bruce Douglas established a single-season record for steals, pick-pocketing the Spartans three times.

Other memorable Illini events on this date in history:

UI roundup: Softball moves to 4-0 to begin season

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico — For the fifth time in program history, the Illinois softball team started a season with four consecutive victories.

The Illini, who defeated North Carolina 13-0 in five innings and Georgia Tech 4-2 on Saturday at the Puerto Rico D1 Tournament, last accomplished the feat in 2014.