Sports

Sports

Asmussen | Anderson raises the bar for ex-Illini success

Here's a suggestion for the Illinois athletic department, free of charge: Head to the local Best Buy and purchase enough thumb drives for every athlete on campus.

Then, ask your talented video department to load up the fifth set of Friday's Wimbledon semifinal.

I guarantee they will be fired up by the performance of Kevin Anderson. One of their own.

LIVE! Kevin Anderson wins Wimbledon semifinal match

Final two games of the fifth set ...

ANDERSON HAS BROKEN ISNER. The highlight of Game 49 was at 15-0, when Anderson fell on his behind returning an Isner serve, got up and played the next shot with his off hand, got the racket back in his right hand and won the point. He's now one game from advancing to the championship match.

Former Illini Anderson advances to Wimbledon final

LONDON — In a Wimbledon men's singles semifinal match that experienced three tiebreakers and a fifth set that lasted 50 games, the margin for error was slim as could be.

Former Illini Kevin Anderson put together a slightly cleaner game than foe John Isner. Anderson's reward for this effort: his first-ever berth in the grass-court tournament final.

A look ahead at Illini football's nonconference slate through 2029

Illinois and Toledo will meet at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 2, 2023 in the first-ever football game between the two after that nonconference game was announced on Thursday. What other nonconference foes might stir up some interest? N-G copy editor Jordan J. Wilson ranks all 17 that we know:

TEAM: COMMENT

Go figure: Order of Lincoln Edition, July 13, 2018

Three former Illini and one of Champaign's finest will join Ronald Reagan, Jean Driscoll, Walter Payton and other acclaimed Illinoisans as winners of the state's top honor for professional achievement and public service.

Top 50 most important Illini: No. 22, Ra'Von Bonner

Vitals: 5-11, 210, RB

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

High School: Sycamore

Top 50 teams in 2018: No. 22, LSU

Coach: Ed Orgeron

2017 record: 9-4

Projected 2018 record: 8-4

Circle the date: Nov. 3 vs. Alabama

Bowl trip: Belk