Centennial slips against Ironmen

NORMAL — Normal Community jumped all over Centennial in the first quarter, and the Ironmen solidified their spot as the Big 12’s best with a 59-31 victory on Friday.

Veteran experience pushes Sages to OVC title

MONTICELLO — Opponents’ game plans typically focus on slowing down Monticello’s two high-scoring juniors, and rightfully so.

Zach Fisher and Noah Freemon take more than half of the Sages’ shots and average 35 points between them.

But for one night — perhaps the biggest night — it was Monticello’s veterans who made the important plays down the stretch.

Class 2A/3A wrestling: Central, M-S, Rantoul athletes make it to final day

CHAMPAIGN — State championship dreams were shattered Friday, but the desire to win was still prevalent among the area’s Class 2A state qualifiers.

All four area quarterfinal participants found themselves in a unique win-win situation at State Farm Center.

A quarterfinal victory would guarantee them a state medal, but a loss didn’t mean the end of the season.

Class 1A wrestling: SJ-O's Kibler eyes crown

CHAMPAIGN — Wesley Kibler hopes his history-making season has one more chapter.

The St. Joseph-Ogden senior — who holds the school record for pins in a season — will try to become the Spartans’ first wrestling state champion Saturday.

SportsTalk 02-20-15

SportsTalk 02-20-15: Play now!

Brian Moline talks to Bill Friedman from the BTN about his segment "The Journey" featuring the Illini This week, Cubs Baseball with Brett Taylor, and has comments from Illini Men's Basketball Coach John Groce on this edition of SportsTalk on WDWS.


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PODCAST: Illini Notebook 2-20-15

PODCAST: Illini Notebook 2-20-15: Play now!

Brian Moline and Brian Barnhart preview the matchup between Illinois and Michigan State this Sunday evening.


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HS State Wrestling Tournament: Class 1A/2A Quarterfinals

Competition heats up as wrestlers try to advance from quarterfinals  in Class 1A/2A at the IHSA State Wrestling tournmanet at State Farm Center in Champaign on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. 

Feb. 23 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 11:00am

Selection Sunday is almost here. What college basketball teams get in, according to our veteran sports writer Bob Asmussen? Which ones get left out?

What does he think of Tim Beckman's program as spring ball gets going in less than three weeks? Can the Illini play in two straight bowl games? What would that mean for the program?

Groce on Cosby: 'I wish him nothing but the best'

CHAMPAIGN — It’s been more than a month since Aaron Cosby took the floor in an Illinois uniform, and it turns out that game on Jan. 18 against Indiana at State Farm Center was his last as an Illini.

Cosby no longer with Illini

The sight of Aaron Cosby dropping to the floor at State Farm Center last month after getting hit in the face against Indiana is the last time Illinois fans would see him in uniform.

Illinois coach John Groce announced on Friday Cosby is no longer with the team.