Brown named top point guard

INDIANAPOLIS – Dee Brown always figured he could play point guard fulltime.

Today, he found out that a lot of people agree with him.

Who's that Illini?

I'm arguably the best high jumper in UI women's track and field history. I earned seven All-America honors between 1996 and '99, topped by a fourth-place finish at the 1998 NCAA indoor meet. I still own the school record.

Iowa's strategy never wavers

URBANA – Gayle Blevins was pensive, but only for a moment.

When the Iowa softball coach was asked if she could have thought of any situation where she would not have ordered pitcher Brittany Weil to intentionally walk Illini slugger Jenna Hall, her response came quickly.

Sophomore struts stuff on track

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Illinois sophomore Pierre Bush earned first place in the 100 meters Saturday at Purdue's Poehlein Invitational, clocking 11.10 seconds.

Paul Johnson and Scott Puhse claimed third and fourth, respectively, in the 400.

Toohey tames Purdue

CHAMPAIGN – You can take Jake Toohey out of the bullpen, but you can't take the bullpen out of Jake Toohey.

That much was evident Saturday, when the converted starter displayed the same bulldog tenacity in tight situations that had served him so well in 2005 as Illinois' closer.

Mendenhall building confidence

CHAMPAIGN – He came in one of the most highly touted players in the nation. The reality for Rashard Mendenhall was a logjam of talent in front of him.

With Pierre Thomas and E.B. Halsey around, there was no chance for Mendenhall to become the team's No. 1 running back.

Final Four leaves Weber feeling empty

INDIANAPOLIS – He has been doing this for years, showing up at the Final Four as a spectator, like all but four coaches do.

For a long time now, Bruce Weber has come to soak up the sights, to take care of some business and meet with old friends.

It's your business

Starbucks to put third C-U shop by Wal-Mart

After leaving local folks wondering for years why Champaign-Urbana didn't have a Starbucks, the coffee monster isn't wasting any time spreading its lattes around – at least on the Champaign side of the community.

In the past year, Starbucks has opened shops in Campustown and Market Place Mall, and now a third one is coming to Champaign's North Prospect Avenue.

Area soldier in surgery after shrapnel strike

A central Illinois soldier is in a hospital in Germany after a bomb went off near his head in Iraq on Tuesday.

Spc. Brock Siltman is undergoing surgery to remove shrapnel near his spine, an operation complicated by the wound's proximity to his jugular vein, said Joann Logsdon of Champaign, his great-aunt.

Who's that Illini?

For three seasons in a row I led the women's basketball team in rebounding, although I shared that distinction with Sarah Sharp in the first season, 1989-90. I never led the team in scoring, but I'm 10th all-time in rebounds with 612.