Sports

Donating sky high for Illini

Mike Thomas and Rick Darnell have plenty of reasons to thank Illinois athletic department donors.

Twenty-eight million of them. And counting.

As the fiscal year draws to a close on June 30, Illinois has already set a record for donations.

As of Thursday, the total was at $28,123,205.

That will buy a lot of basketballs, athletic tape and sports drinks.


Illini jumping into summer

CHAMPAIGN — When the Illinois basketball team gets together this week to go through four days of Navy SEAL training, John Groce expects the process to go much smoother than it did the same time a year ago when his Illini went through it for the first time.


Introducing: '14 All-Area Baseball Player of the Year

For the first time in the 25 years The News-Gazette has selected an All-Area Baseball Player of the Year, a sophomore earned the honor.

Joe Aeilts isn’t your typical sophomore, though.

The Central third baseman and cleanup hitter produced a .512 average this year to go along with a team-high 43 RBI while setting single-season records with 63 hits and 10 triples.


Saturday SportsTalk 6-21-14

Saturday SportsTalk 6-21-14: Play now!

Steve and Loren are live at Attie's Bar & Grill at Stone Creek talking all things sports on downstate's longest running sports show. Today's guests include John Groce, Matt Bollant, and Mike Thomas.

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Asmussen's Top 50: No. 50 Illinois

Bob Asmussen counts down his top 50 college football teams this upcoming season.

No. 50: Illinois

Coach: Tim Beckman

2013 Record: 4-8

Projected 2014 record: 7-5

Circle the date: Sept. 13 at Washington


50 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most important Illini

No. 50: Clayton Fejedelem, DB


Two-a-days college football countdown

Best of ... Illini
No. 50: Clayton Fejedelem, DB


Sages volleyball drops down in class

NORMAL — Area schools experienced some of the ups and downs of sports this week.

Not all of the movement was equal.


Little League: Home Run Derby 2014

The Home Run Derby held at Eisner Park in Champaign on Friday, June 20, 2014.


SportsTalk 6-20-14

SportsTalk 6-20-14: Play now!

Brian Moline and The News-Gazette's Matt Daniels have coverage of the day's sports news, great guests, and insightful analysis. Today's show includes Illini Football player Joe Spencer on Lift for Life.

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