Grant, Gleason leaving women's team

CHAMPAIGN — Sophomores Jacqui Grant and Taylor Gleason are transferring from the Illinois women’s basketball team, according to coach Matt Bollant, with Grant’s transfer coming as a surprise.

Baseball preview: A visit from South Florida

South Florida baseball at No. 18 Illinois  


Schedule: 4 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. Sunday.

Site: Illinois Field (1,500), Champaign.

Radio: Dave Loane (play-by-play) and Jeff Huth (analysis) will have the call on WDWS 1400-AM.

NJCAA notebook: Students provide good cheer

DANVILLE — The players were having fun on the court. The fans were enjoying themselves in the stands.

It was the perfect combination to start the third day of the 29th NJCAA men’s Division II basketball tournament at Danville Area Community College.

For the third day in a row, area schools on Thursday brought an assortment of students to Mary Miller Gymnasium.

NJCAA roundup: John Wood stuns top seeds

DANVILLE — The No. 1 team coming into the 29th NJCAA Division II men’s basketball tournament won’t be the top team when the event ends.

John Wood Community College, from Quincy, took care of top-seeded Schoolcraft, from Livonia, Mich., 89-66 Thursday night at Danville Area Community College to advance to tonight’s second semifinal.

Jeff Scott at NCAA wrestling tourney

ST. LOUIS — It has been a number of years since Illinois brought 10 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships.

With 10 qualifiers in the NCAA tournament, Illinois has a chance to finish among the nation’s elite programs. However, the Illini had a difficult Thursday evening and have their work cut out for them the rest of the weekend.

Richey: It's UConn vs. the cannots

It’s not nearly as much fun when “chalk” rules the day in filling out a bracket, but it’s hard to get too far removed from the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA women’s tournament.

Really hard.

If any team higher than a 3-seed makes it to the Elite Eight I’ll be surprised. A team higher than a 2-seed in the Final Four will leave me downright flabbergasted.

Borland's courage inspires Monheim

Hear from Coach Tim Beckman Saturday at 9 on WDWS.

CHAMPAIGN — Mason Monheim respected Chris Borland when the two linebackers played at their respective Ohio high schools.

Cobras cruise into Final Four

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. ­— Mike Lindemann didn’t rest.

Much like the Parkland women’s basketball team he coaches didn’t let up Thursday night at the NJCAA Division II tournament. Thirty minutes after the Cobras clinched a spot in Friday night’s Final Four with a 99-71 victory against Chesapeake, Lindemann was scouting the final quarterfinal game of the day.

'Not a good basketball year anywhere' at UI, Easter tells snide legislators

SPRINGFIELD — In hearings before the House and Senate appropriations committees Thursday, outgoing University of Illinois President Robert Easter had to tolerate snide remarks about the UI’s lack of success in basketball this season — particularly since he followed Illinois State President Larry Dietz.

Tate: Biggest challenge is locker room

Distraught Illini Nation has eight months to recover from the last 100 minutes of UI basketball.

It’s enough to make a fellow want to find a hiding place and hibernate ... away from the static.