Travelin´ Illini easy to follow in most cases

   Go ahead and plan your trips to Southern Mississippi, Minnesota and Northwestern. But if you want to visit Wisconsin or Penn State, time''s a wasting.

   And buying tickets for the Illinois-Missouri game in St. Louis is a breeze. Up until last Friday, you could call the Illinois ticket office and have a guaranteed spot in the school''s Edward Jones Dome sections.

Illini reach Elite Eight

   Illinois sophomores Michael Calkins and Amer Delic defeated Texas A&M''s Ryan Newport and Lester Cook 6-3, 6-0 in the round of 16 Friday at the NCAA Doubles Championships in College Station, Texas.

   Calkins and Delic, ranked and seeded fourth in the nation, play sixth-ranked Jose Zarhi and Rodrigo Echagaray of Texas at 2 p.m. today in an Elite Eight match.

Asmussen: TV making early calls to Illinois

   If you like football with your breakfast, you will be a big fan of Illinois'' early football schedule.

   The Sept. 14 Illinois-Arkansas State game is set for an 11:10 a.m. kickoff. The game will be televised as part of the ESPN Plus package and shown locally on WCIA.

Pro lure could impact Tiley´s team

   COLLEGE STATION, Texas  Ask Craig Tiley today, and he''ll tell you Illinois should field a national title contender in men''s tennis next season.

   But you''ll need to ask him again in August.

Delic passes tennis test

   Illinois sophomore Amer Delic advanced to the round of 32 at Wednesday''s NCAA Singles Championships with a 7-6, 6-1 win against Louisiana State''s Daniel Kiernan at College Station, Texas.

   Delic, ranked 12th, was to play Nebraska''s Lance Mills this morning.

Big Ten likes Illini battery

   Illinois senior Andy Dickinson is a repeat pick to the All-Big Ten first team in baseball but did not reclaim the league''s pitcher of the year award.

   Dickinson, 6-2 in the conference and 11-2 overall, was joined by Illini catcher Patrick Arlis on the first team. Arlis, a junior, hit .324 with seven home runs and 37 RBI while throwing out nearly 35 percent of runners attempting to steal on him.

Dallas power forward commits early to play basketball for Illinois

   DALLAS  When your average high school kid sprouts up 9 inches in two years, he gets a little awkward.

   But 6-foot-9 Warren Carter, who on Tuesday orally committed to play basketball at Illinois, is not your average high school kid.

Yanni misses cut

   Illinois women''s basketball guard Aminata Yanni missed the initial cut for the 2002 USA Basketball World Championship for Young Women Team.

Dawson: NCAA rolling up window to recruiting

   This weekend, dozens of top-flight high school basketball players will take to the air in Bloomington, Ind., for Nike''s annual Memorial Day Classic.

   But college basketball coaches hoping to get a firsthand look will be grounded.

Scheduling waivers prove costly for UI

   CHAMPAIGN  At the time, it didn''t appear to be a big deal for the Illinois baseball team.

   As things turned out, however, a waiver of a Big Ten scheduling rule loomed large in the Illini''s failure to reach the Big Ten tournament this week.