Best of Fred: No. 2 — Quite the diamond journey

I’ve come full circle with the Eastern Illinois Baseball League.

My association started in the mid-1960s as a pre-teen reading the weekly roundups in this newspaper. By the mid-1970s, I was sharing coverage duties at a competing newspaper (Champaign-Urbana Courier) with the esteemed Paul Ayars.

Saturday SportsTalk 07-25-15

Saturday SportsTalk 07-25-15: Play now!

It's Saturday and Michael Kiser and Loren Tate are talking sports on Saturday SportsTalk with co-counsel on the University of Illinois' Women's Basketball Lawsuit Pat Provenzale, Attorney Marc Ansel, U of I Athletic Director Mike Thomas, and more.


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Beckman: 'What a great opportunity'

CHAMPAIGN — The crowd was upbeat. And so was the coach.

Best of Illini: No. 15, Dawuane Smoot

Why he’s important: Play every game this season like he did against Texas State and Smoot will have a haul of postseason hardware to call his own. Then again, it’s likely not going to happen that the Ohio native will record two sacks each game like he did against the Bobcats last September.

Best of teams: No. 15, Clemson

COACH: Dabo Swinney
2014 RECORD: 10-3
CIRCLE THE DATE: Nov. 7 vs. Florida State

White, United States reach semifinals

CHEKHOV, Russia — Chatrice White snared the offensive rebound off a miss by Kristine Anigwe and got the putback to fall — all just after the buzzer sounded to end the first quarter of Friday’s FIBA U19 Women’s World Championship quarterfinal against Canada. It was about the only thing that didn’t go Team USA’s way. The Illinois sophomore and her U.S.

Change proves good for Ram

BOGOTA, Colombia — If you’re not Mike or Bob Bryan and you play doubles tennis professionally, the odds are you’ve gone through a playing partner or two or 10.

Sages legend Bob Miller nears milestone


The countdown began about a year ago, when Bob Miller drew the first black “X” through Aug. 1 on the calendar that stretches across the kitchen wall of the two-story Monticello home he and his wife bought 77 years ago. In 10 days, the “X’s” will engulf the large red dot between Aug. 10 and 11.

Sports Talk 07-24-15

Sports Talk 07-24-15: Play now!

Today on SportsTalk Steve Kelly has a full line up as chats with Illini Assistant Football Coach Mike Bellamy, has an interview with Illini Baseball Coach Dan Hartleb, talks Cardinal Baseball with Tom Ackerman from KMOX, welcomes The new News-Gazette Prep Coordinator Anthony Zilis, and more on NewsTalk 1400 WDWS.


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Bob Miller's countdown to 100

Bob Miller, the patriarch of Monticello sports, turns 100 on August 11th. The former all-state basketball player, dairy owner, and superfan attended around 4,000 Illinois and Monticello games with his wife, Dorothy.