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Illini legends, lists and lore: Taylor Mason

Taylor Mason, a 1978 Illini football letter winner, capitalized on an unfortunate knee injury his junior season to launch his now-35-year career as a comedian, musician and entertainer.

A walk-on middle guard from Ottawa High School, he played alongside such Illinois defensive stalwarts as John Sullivan, Jerry Ramshaw and Dennis Flynn. 

UI roundup: Women's basketball overcomes sluggish shooting

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Illinois had missed 20 straight shots at one point in the first half of Saturday’s game at Purdue and shot just 15.8 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.

The Illini’s deficit at that juncture? Just eight points. And coach Matt Bollant didn’t feel too bad about that.

State wrestling preview: Central's Klein forced to withdraw

CHAMPAIGN — Brandon Klein expected his wrestling career to end on a Saturday.

He was right, but it just wasn’t the week he expected.

A two-time state qualifier for Champaign Central, the 195-pound senior has withdrawn from this weekend’s Class 2A competition.

Tate: Men's track and field team worth getting to know

Beginning last Thursday, when John Groce’s basketball team defeated Michigan in overtime, Illini sports teams won 16 events through Monday’s success in the Big Ten Golf Match Play Championships.

Duchene suspended

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ starting pitchers dominated the opening weekend of games, accumulating a combined 0.34 ERA in 261/3 innings with 25 strikeouts to go with just three walks and eight hits.

UI roundup: Wrestlers earn finals spot

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ wrestling team, the fifth-ranked squad in W.I.N. Magazine’s Tournament Power Index, defeated Kent State 38-0 in the regional round of the NWCA National Duals on Sunday and advanced to next weekend’s finals in Iowa City, Iowa.

Tate: Digging into numbers unearths unfair setup

A “level playing field” was always a myth.

It became even more so last month when the Power-5 conferences voted to allow athletic scholarships up to “cost of attendance,” resulting in additional stipends for full-scholarship athletes at numbers varying, within the Big Ten, from about $1,900 at Purdue to around $5,700 at Penn State.

What’s fair about that?

PODCAST: Jim Heffernan 2-8-15

PODCAST: Jim Heffernan 2-8-15: Play now!

Brian Moline talks with the Illini wrestling coach after a 20-15 win over #11 Wisconsin.

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PODCAST: Jeff Koepke 2-8-15

PODCAST: Jeff Koepke 2-8-15: Play now!

Brian Moline talks with the Illini 197 pounder after a 4-3 upset win over #10 Timmy McCall of Wisconsin.

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Illini roundup: Tennis team suffers first loss

CHAMPAIGN — The eighth-ranked Illinois men’s tennis team suffered its first loss of the season, falling 4-3 on Friday night to 11th-ranked Duke. Aleks Vukic, Tim Kopinski and Jared Hiltzik won singles matches for the Illini (3-1), who lost the doubles point to Duke.

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