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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Illinois started Big Ten play with losses in each of its first five true road games. The Illini have apparently figured out their issues away from Champaign — at least enough.

PODCAST: Pregame Show Presented by Financial Adviser Paul Ruedi 02-18-17

PODCAST: Pregame Show Presented by Financial Adviser Paul Ruedi 02-18-17: Play now!

Tim Ditman, Loren Tate and Brian Barnhart get you ready for Illinois vs. Iowa on the Illini Gameday Pregame Show.

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PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 02-18-17

PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 02-18-17: Play now!

Michael Kiser and Loren Tate host the Saturday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Warren Hood, UI Softball Coach Tyra Perry, Don Hardin, Derek Piper and Scott Dochterman.

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‘Amazing’ venue serves thrilling Eagles victory

KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind. — Like most of his Rantoul boys’ basketball teammates, Erick Johnson admitted he had not seen the iconic sports movie “Hoosiers.”

Centennial's Cardani headlines eight state wrestling finalists

CHAMPAIGN — For a split second, Centennial’s Justin Cardani flipped onto his back in the closing seconds of Friday’s Class 2A 106-pound state wrestling semifinal, in an effort to push to his feet to nab one final point.

Friday's highlights: Cardinals, Panthers win league titles

In boys’ basketball
ECIC Tournament
■ Bloomington Cornerstone 50, Judah Christian 35. Cade Chitty scored a team-high 16 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Tribe (13-13) in the title game.

Big Ten basketball update: Indiana's tourney hopes sunk

THE STANDINGS
TEAM    BIG TEN    ALL    RPI, SOS, ESPN Bracketology listing

Maryland    10-3    22-4    RPI: 17; SOS: 62; 6 seed in West region
Purdue    10-3    21-5    RPI: 18; SOS: 54; 5 seed in Midwest region

IHSA State Wrestling: Day 2 notebook

CHAMPAIGN — Rantoul senior Demarius Smith tried to expel the thought from his mind, but it kept sneaking back in.

His opponent in Friday night’s Class 2A 152-pound state wrestling semifinal was Washington’s Kyle Goin, his practice partner during club season and his close friend. The two go back and forth with messages on Snapchat every day.

UI roundup: Baseball eases past season-opening foe

BEAUMONT, Texas — The Illinois baseball team wasted no time making its mark on the 2017 season.

The Illini exploded for five runs in the first inning — nine in the first three frames — to cruise past Lamar 10-2 on Friday.

HS Boys' Basketball: Central vs Peoria Manual

Central Boy's Basketball vs Peoria Manual, Friday, February 17, 2017 at Central High School.