Freshman, father react to allegations

CHAMPAIGN — Marvin Rice feels like his family did its due diligence when his daughter, Cierra, committed and signed with Illinois.

And after allegations surfaced of racial discrimination and verbal abuse against the Illini coaching staff.

UI grad Correa pays price

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals said Thursday they fired scouting director Chris Correa, a 2004 University of Illinois graduate and the first known fallout from the hacking scandal that has resulted in a federal investigation into whether the team illegally got inside the Houston Astros’ player personnel database.

High school kickoff countdown: Centennial needs QB

CHAMPAIGN — New Centennial coach Lekevie Johnson has tried to stress one thing in his first summer leading the Chargers.

“We’ve been expressing to them all summer long that every day we want to do something better,” he said. “Our guys are buying into that. You’ll see the results.”

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Expert: Players have uphill climb in suit against UI

Seven former University of Illinois women's basketball players could have a tough time winning their $10 million discrimination lawsuit against the UI, says a central Illinois lawyer who represents plaintiffs in civil rights cases.

Beachey moves on from Centennial

The Centennial girls’ basketball team will have a new coach next season.

Jessica Beachey will no longer serve as head coach for the Chargers, and her replacement has not yet been named.

Beachey coached two seasons at Centennial, accumulating a 31-25 overall record and a 16-8 mark in conference play.

UI roundup: Small misses out on PGA event

CHAMPAIGN — Alison Meng, Erika Murphy and Gabbie Stecker have acquired Scholar All-America honorable mention status for the Illinois women’s swimming and diving team.

Birks: Europe trip was worth it

CHAMPAIGN — Most of the matches for the Big Ten Foreign Tour volleyball team were essentially scrimmages. Some of the Big Ten’s best squared off against national teams from Slovenia and Hungary in an otherwise empty gym.

Except for the final stop of the tour.

The Big Ten team played the Italian National Team twice in front of nearly sellout crowds in Padova, Italy.

Illinois, North Dakota State will play in hoops

Illinois found out the first opponent it will play at the Prairie Capital Convention in Springfield. North Dakota State tweeted Wednesday it will square off against the Illini on Sunday, Nov. 15, in the capital city. Here’s more about the Bison, courtesy Alex Roux: