An advocacy group for college athletes is calling for an outside investigation into former player Simon Cvijanovic’s accusations of abuse by Illini football Coach Tim Beckman.
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Steve Kelly and Loren Tate host the Tuesday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Illinois second baseman Reid Roper.
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Each school year, we extend invitations to the best and brightest high school student-athletes for Picture Days at The News-Gazette. Each school year, we're amazed by the response.
Phone messages and text messages sent to Tim Beckman by The News-Gazette in the past two days in an attempt to reach Beckman while allegations swirl around the Illinois football coach's program have not been returned.
Former Illini Simon Cvijanovic stirred up social media and brought national attention to the Illinois football program with his allegations against Tim Beckman's program. What was Cvijanovic like as a player? Why did he do this? What are those within the UI athletic deparment saying? How is this affecting recruiting? Nothing is off limits in beat writer Matt Daniels' weekly chat.
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Two area schools that hope to stay in contention for a Big 12 Conference title renew their annual baseball series this week. Centennial (22-5) will play at Central (25-3) on Tuesday, with a 4:30 p.m. first pitch at McKinley Field. The rivalry resumes under the lights at Centennial on Thursday, with a 6:30 p.m. start.