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Soccer squad moves up in poll

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois moved up three spots to No. 19 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll released Tuesday after a pair of Big Ten shutout wins against Indiana and Purdue.

Kroner: Freshman sensations having big impact

Call them the Fab Four. Or, the Freshman Phenoms.

Whatever the designation, in a year when numerous ninth-graders have made an immediate impact on varsity squads, four from the area are competing well beyond their years.

Urbana Uni High’s Arielle Summitt is the No. 1 runner on the state’s top-ranked Class 1A girls’ cross-country team.

Loren Tate: How about a quick start?

If you missed him, you would have cherished Illini Cirilo McSween.

He was an early-1950s quarter-miler whose style was to charge from behind in the stretch. The Panamanian lifted fans off their seats with his sterling finishes and broad smile. Before his death in 2008, his life story as a civil rights advocate and businessman was even more uplifting.

HS Soccer: Urbana vs. Central

Urbana vs. Central in a prep soccer match at Urbana high school on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

SportsTalk 9-23-14

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Steve and Brian have coverage of the day's sports news, great guests, and insightful analysis.  Tonight, Marcus Jackson breaks down the Coleman decision and the gang talks with Nebraska radio man Greg Sharpe.

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Sept. 26 Nebraska chat

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 1:00pm

College football writer Matt Daniels will chat live from the great state of Nebraska on Friday ahead of the Illini kicking off Big Ten play Saturday night in Lincoln. Why hasn't Illinois started out stronger in games? How's recruiting? Will Geronimo Allison play? What's he think about Jalen Coleman committing? Anything is fair game in his weekly give and take.

Updated: Coleman-Lands commits to Illinois

In recent weeks, other names were more talked about and at the forefront of the minds of those who follow Illinois basketball closely: Jalen Brunson, Jawun Evans, Elijah Thomas. They were getting the most play on social media, and constant tidbits of information seemed to be the norm from those players and their camps.

Sept. 24 college hoops chat

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 2:00pm

What's the latest with Illinois basketball recruiting? How's the current team looking with practice beginning next week? Ask Marcus Jackson during his weekly basketball chat.

MJ's minute: Sept. 23, 2014

Beat writer Marcus Jackson weighs in on Jalen Coleman's commitment to Illinois - and how much momentum it gives John Groce's program.