Groce takes wait-and-see approach with Paul

CHAMPAIGN — For the first time during his tenure at Illinois, men’s basketball coach John Groce is dealing with an off-the-court issue involving one of his players.

Early Tuesday, sophomore forward Darius Paul, 20, was arrested by University of Illinois police after they said he ran from
them and admitted to drinking alcohol.

Softball team drops two

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois fell behind before it batted in each game and dropped a Big Ten Conference softball doubleheader to Northwestern on Tuesday at Eichelberger Field. The Wildcats posted 6-3 and 9-0 wins.

Loren Tate: Tests on tap for baseball

Dan Hartleb’s pitching-strong Illini are building momentum for four of the season’s most significant baseball challenges: a 6:30 p.m. makeup date with Missouri on Wednesday at Busch Stadium and three weekend home dates against Indiana, 11-1 in the Big Ten and ranked 13th nationally by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Central vs Centennial Baseball 2014

Champaign Central takes on Champaign Centennial in baseball action at McKinley Field in Champaign on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. 

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UPDATED: UI basketball player Paul arrested

CHAMPAIGN — A University of Illinois basketball player charged with resisting a police officer and underage drinking is due back in court next month.

Darius Paul, 20, who listed an address in the 0-100 block of East Healey Street, Champaign, was arrested about 3:20 a.m. Tuesday by UI police after they say he ran from them.

MJ's Minute: Darius Paul

College basketball writer Marcus Jackson talks about Darius Paul's arrest early Tuesday morning and the potential consequences going forward.

Marcus Jackson

Illinois, Nebraska set for primetime

Illinois has had multiple Big Ten road games end under the lights throughout the years.

They'll have at least two during the 2014 season that will start at night.

The Big Ten opener at Nebraska is slated for an 8 p.m. kickoff on Sept. 27, it was announced on Tuesday. The game will be televised on Big Ten Network.

Latest victory gives McFadden joy

BOSTON — Tatyana McFadden celebrated her 25th birthday in style Monday.

McFadden, a former University of Illinois student, won the women’s wheelchair race for the second consecutive year. She was timed in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 6 seconds.  

She pulled into the lead near the halfway mark but had company the remainder of the race.

Crawford receives MVP award

Junior guard Ivory Crawford was named Illinois women’s basketball MVP at the team’s postseason banquet Monday night.

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