EUGENE, Ore. — Katie Stadick recorded a team-high 11 kills, leading Illinois to a 25-11, 25-18, 25-18 volleyball victory against St. Mary’s (Calif.) on Saturday night. In an earlier match, Ali Bastianelli’s five kills and nine blocks helped Illinois snap a four-match losing streak, as it defeated Belmont 25-9, 25-16, 25-23.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Illinois graduate student Tatyana McFadden placed second Friday in the T-54 women’s 100-meter final at the Paralympics.
McFadden finished in 16.13 seconds to take the silver medal, crossing the line just behind China’s Wenjun Liu (16.00). Current Illini Hannah McFadden just missed the race’s podium, placing fourth in 16.34.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Illinois graduate student Kelsey LeFevour placed seventh Thursday in the T53 women’s 100-meter dash at the Paralympics. She completed the race in 17.31 seconds.
Also in track and field, UI grad student Tatyana McFadden (third, 16.52) and current Illini Hannah McFadden (fourth, 16.55) advanced to the T54 100 finals Thursday.
The 2016 Paralympics started Wednesday and will continue through Sept. 18 in Rio. A look at athletes with local ties:
Dylan Alcott Tennis
Former UI student will represent Australia
Brian Bell Men’s basketball
Former UI student will play for United States
As a longtime defensive specialist, new Illinois football coach Lovie Smith would love to see his team throw a shutout in Saturday’s season opener against Murray State. However, in Illinois history, that’s only happened three times over the last 50 years in opening games.
Let’s be honest. When I arrived here 50 years ago, I was a jock. And wet behind the ears.
My job for the previous decade in Hammond, Ind., from 1955 to 1966, was covering high school sports.
“You mean,” asked 23-year-old Sonny in the Hammond interview, “all I have to do is go to football games and write about them? Sounds good to me.”
When Mary Pat (Travnik) Connelly was a girl, basketball was considered a “boys’ sport.” “We even played with a men’s basketball,” she said. “We were just happy that the girls’ game was being acknowledged.”
With all that’s happened, you might have expected North Carolina’s Tar Heels to enter Memorial Stadium Sept. 10 with their tail between their legs.
You know, repentant and embarrassed after multiple inquiries into 18 years of the most egregious academic fraud known to the NCAA.
CHAMPAIGN — Retweet. Like. Share.
All new actions for coaching staffs and athletic departments to utilize as of midnight Monday. That’s when the new NCAA bylaw officially went into effect, allowing head coaches, assistants, recruiting coordinators or, really, any athletic department staff member to retweet a recruit’s tweet, like a photo on Instagram or share a post off Facebook.