UPDATED: Lunt among former Illini to sign with NFL teams

ROCHESTER — In the middle of the 2017 NFL Draft's seventh round Saturday, Wes Lunt’s phone started “blowing up.”

Multiple teams wanted to sign for the former Illinois quarterback to a free-agent contract. Ultimately,

Lunt and his California-based agent, Carter Chow, decided to go with the Minnesota Vikings.

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Friday prep highlights: Fitton’s no-hitter sparks Panthers

PAXTON — Luke Fitton didn’t need much offensive support on Friday.

The Paxton-Buckley-Loda baseball team delivered six hits en route to a 6-0 Sangamon Valley Conference home win against Dwight, but Fitton did the rest.

Fitton struck out 11 while throwing a no-hitter as PBL (18-2) won its third straight game. Kaleb Denault went 2 for 2 with two RBI to lead the Panthers’ offense.

Hall, Migut speed to event victories

ST. JOSEPH — Despite running in a field loaded with some of the best distance runners in the area, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond junior Logan Hall knew he’d run by himself for most of Friday’s 1,600-meter race at the Spartan Classic.

So he decided he’d run the entire race by himself.

Tate: Martinez has sights set on world championship

"I was never unbeatable in high school or younger," reflected Isaiah Martinez.

But having defeated Penn State's Vincenzo Joseph twice before, and with two NCAA wrestling trophies on his mantel, it had to come as a shock when Joseph pinned him in the 165-pound NCAA final on March 18.

Boys' track and field honor roll (through April 28)

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College basketball beat writer Scott Richey is in Indianapolis for this weekend's EYBL event that includes a host of Illini targets.

Among the games — and players — Richey plans to keep an eye on:


8:30 a.m. — Meanstreets vs. Renaissance (Tim Finke)

Jaguars nab Illini lineman Smoot

PHILADELPHIA — The guy signing Dawuane Smoot's NFL paychecks knows all about the Illinois defensive lineman.

Smoot was picked by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round Friday at the NFL draft. He was the 68th overall selection.

The Jaguars are owned by Champaign billionaire Shad Khan.

UI roundup: Women's tennis moves on to Big Ten semis

URBANA — Rain forced the Big Ten women's tennis tournament inside at Atkins Tennis Center on Friday, but there was no dampening Illinois' spirits after its win over Maryland.

The Illini took down the No. 47 Terrapins 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.