Casino appearance nothing new

LAS VEGAS — Ten years ago, Bruce Weber’s top-ranked Illini — the biggest attraction in college basketball in 2004-05 — played a pair of games in late December inside 2,500-seat Valley High School en route to winning the Las Vegas Holiday Tournament.

Prep highlights: Central falls at Tournament of Champions

WASHINGTON — Sergio McClain is following in his father’s footsteps.

Too closely at this point.

A year ago, on the day before Thanksgiving, Wayne McClain made his Champaign Central head coaching debut in a boys’ basketball game at the Tournament of Champions event at Washington High School.

The Maroons lost.

LIVE! Nebraska

That's it for another LIVE! Report from Huff Hall. Illinois wins the fifth set 15-10 and beats Nebraska 3-2. Morganne Criswell, who didn't play the first four sets, subbed in for the Illini in the fifth when Jocelynn Birks went down with a knee injury and carried Illinois to the win with four kills on six swings.

Sports Talk 11-26-14

Sports Talk 11-26-14: Play now!

Guest co-hosts Michael Kiser and Tim Ditman join Matt Daniels as they talk Illini football, and as they listen to head football coach Tim Beckman.


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Who's That Illini? OMFB

He wore No. 11 — and a headband — and took Illinois basketball to new heights.

Asmussen: Finally, a breakthrough

The fifth football playoff rankings were revealed Tuesday night. Here is staff writer and AP voter Bob Asmussen’s take:

— Finally. It took five weeks for a school outside the Power 5 to make the cut. Actually, two were honored: Marshall and Boise State. The little guys say “Thanks” to the committee. And hope for more next time.

Daniels: How Beckman stacks up

Tim Beckman was one of 27 FBS coaches hired prior to the 2012 season. Twenty are still employed
by the schools who hired them. A look at where Beckman stacks up with the rest of his fellow
2012 hired colleagues as they approach 2015:
Coach   School    Record    Status    Comment

Tate: Illini ready to take act on road

Relax, Illini fans. The blackout is nearly over. You’ll be able to watch the remaining Illini basketball games on conventional TV except for one.

All-Area Boys' Golf: Meet the first team, second team, special mention

Meet the first team
NAME    SCHOOL    YR.    
Mike Braverman    Centennial    Sr.
Seth Icenogle    Tuscola    So.
Christian Khachaturian    Centennial    Sr.
Clayton Miller    Arcola/Arthur    So.

Boys' Golf Coach of the Year: STM's Mark Tate

Why he’s Coach of the Year: Tate led the Sabers to their first Okaw Valley Conference tournament title and a runner-up finish at the Class 1A Bismarck Regional in addition to several midweek match wins.