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Scott Beatty is in for Steve Kelly on this Friday’s Sports Talk. After the latest in sports news, he discusses Cubs’ possible future with Jason Goch, of Illinois Radio Network & Yahoo Sports Radio. Steve Kelly joins in from Michigan to share some perspectives on Illini Football.
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MIAMI — A five-year commitment. That’s what stuck with Channise Lewis when she was down to her final two schools — Illinois and Purdue — on Monday might as she made her final decision to commit for college basketball.
What’s going on?
That’s been the most-asked question on the University of Illinois campus since 2009 when President B. Joseph White and Chancellor Richard Herman, faced with a 98-55 negative vote by the Faculty Senate, took turns stepping down after forced resignations by most members of the UI Board of Trustees.
Duck for cover.
MIAMI — Guard depth went from a position of need to one of strength for Matt Bollant’s Illinois women’s basketball team with the addition of three backcourt players in the Class of 2016.
It’s accurate to say that Thomas C. “Tommy” Stewart had a personal and positive impact on more Champaign youngsters than nearly anyone. During his 31 years of coaching football at Champaign High School and Central High, the former Illini star was a consistent standard for honesty and integrity.
Julie Cox’s original Saturday afternoon plans called for trekking over to Memorial Stadium to see the Illinois football team mix it up with Western Michigan in the former’s final nonconference tuneup ahead of Big Ten play. She didn’t make it.
“I’ve got plenty more of those I can go to,” Cox said.
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.
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.