Day 1 notes: 'That energy a crowd can give ... can really turn the tide'

CHAMPAIGN — Michigan won back-to-back NCAA titles in 2013 and 2014. The Wolverines followed that up with a fourth-place finish in 2015. Since? Michigan hasn't even made it to the Super Six team finals.

Paradise pushes Illini into Super Six team finals at NCAA championships

CHAMPAIGN — Daniel Ribeiro noticed a change in Michael Paradise when this season started. The Illinois junior has always had the physical skills and talent necessary to compete on pommel horse.

Friday's UI roundup: Illini softball left out in cold in series opener

URBANA — What a difference a few days made for the Illinois softball team.

A favorable wind direction — and warm weather — greeted the Illini on Wednesday afternoon. Illinois cashed in for 13 runs in a 13-4 home drubbing of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

April 23 Bob Asmussen chat

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 11:00am

Any truth to the rumors that Illinois is looking for a graduate transfer quarterback? What area does the team most need to fix between now and training camp? When will the Illini land their next commit for 2020?

For the answers to these questions, and anything else on your mind, check in with our longtime Illinois football beat writer.

NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships 2019: Day One

Illinois competes in the NCAA men's gymnastics championships at State Farm Center on Friday, April 19, 2019.

UI Softball vs. Michigan 2019

Illinois vs. Michigan in a NCAA softball game at Eichelberger Field in Urbana on Friday, April 19, 2019.

Dave Loane through the years

Snapshots of broadcaster Dave Loane, who will retire in August after calling Illini games for 31 years.

Athletes of the week: Felicity Tuan & Payton Taylor

Athletes of the Week ...... and their friends. This school year, we're giving our weekly honorees a chance to show off their teammates.

Area prep softball statistical leaders: April 19, 2019

Batting Averages

Player/School AB R H RBI AVG.

Dowling, SJ-O 51 30 33 25 .647

Phillips, TrCnty 24 15 15 9 .625

Standish, Lex/Ridg 26 14 16 21 .615

Berlatsky, Rantl 33 8 20 9 .606

Stal, GRF 59 25 35 24 .593

Neuman, Oakwd 53 25 30 25 .566

Voyles, BlRdg 32 21 18 24 .563

Sherrick, Rantl 41 11 23 16 .561

What to watch for at NCAA men's gymnastics championships

Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY breaks down the 12-team field for this weekend's NCAA championships at State Farm Center. 

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