Anderson advances, Ram bows out

LONDON — Twice, Serena Williams stood two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd.

Twice, Williams was oh, so close to the end of her bid for a fourth consecutive major title — and for the third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam.

Langley still atop tourney

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Jhonattan Vegas hasn’t had much success since winning his second PGA Tour event as a rookie in 2011. The Greenbrier Classic could give him that needed boost.

Vegas shot a 5-under-par 65 to tie former Illini Scott Langley for the lead after the second round Friday. They were at 9-under 131 on the Old White TPC course in West Virginia.

Decision day for five-star guard

Five-star point guard Alterique Gilbert, an Illinois target in the 2016 class, will announce his college decision on Saturday. The 6-foot-1 Gilbert will choose between the Illini, Syracuse, Connecticut, Louisville and Texas.

Rice, Egwu dream big

A look at what former Illini Rayvonte Rice and Nnanna Egwu need to do to impress during the NBA Summer League, courtesy staffer Alex Roux:

Area soccer aficionados predict Cup final

United States soccer fans haven’t celebrated a World Cup title since 1999. The News-Gazette asked area soccer aficionados to peer into their crystal ball ahead of Sunday evening’s rematch between the U.S. and Japan:

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Best of Illini: No. 37, Caleb Day

NO. 37: Caleb Day, DB

Best of teams: No. 37, Miami

NO. 37: Miami

COACH: Al Golden

2014 RECORD: 6-7


CIRCLE THE DATE: Sept. 19 vs. Nebraska

Booster: 'I don't believe' charges

David Lesney and his wife, Diane, have supported University of Illinois women's basketball for 25 years, and Matt Bollant since he was introduced as head coach more than three years ago.

A lawsuit filed against the university by seven players, accusing the coach and former assistant Mike Divilbiss of creating a "racially hostile environment," hasn't changed that.

Langley soars to first-round lead

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — For a change, Tiger Woods got off to a good start.

Woods rebounded from a dismal U.S. Open with a 4-under-par 66 in Thursday’s opening round of The Greenbrier Classic, 4 shots behind leader Scott Langley, a former Illini.