Howard to stay on sidelines

CHAMPAIGN – Jerrance Howard won't be around when the Illinois basketball team kicks off preseason conditioning drills Monday.

The freshman guard is out for at least the semester after coming up short recently on his retake of the ACT. He'll take the test again in the next few weeks in hope of becoming eligible for the second semester.

UI softball squad includes former area stars

   URBANA  There are six pitchers, one of whom is a left-hander.

   There are four catchers, none of whom are left-handed.

   There are 12 infielders and 14 outfielders, some of whom are left-handed.

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UI defense in a rush to improve

CHAMPAIGN – Whenever Mike McGee needs some pass rushing tips, all he has to do is pop in a a tape from his freshman year and look for No. 97.

The best darn teacher he's ever had at Illinois.

D'Alessio: Kruger hits the road

Tripp, S.D., on Thursday. Florida's Gulf Coast on Monday. The Milwaukee suburbs three days later.

Lon Kruger's search for a center is taking him all across America the beautiful this month.

Illinois volleyball picks Georgia clean

CHAMPAIGN – It was the night the lights went out on Georgia.

A night, too, when much light was shed on how far Illinois' 22nd-ranked volleyball team has come in one week.

Illini draw the line

CHAMPAIGN – All week, the Illinois offensive linemen heard about the scary San Diego State blitz.

They're still waiting for it.

One week after throwing the kitchen sink at poor, overmatched South Florida, the Aztecs picked on a team their own size. And didn't have much luck.

UI men dominate alumni in cross-country opener

Senior Scott McClennan took first as the Illinois men's cross-country team opened the season Saturday against the UI alumni.

Dietz: Schau can tell a roster tale

At the end of an NFL training camp, silence is the sweetest sound for a rookie trying to make a team.

No one comes to tell players they've made the final roster. And there are few hints along the way as to whether or not you'll stick the week before the season opener.

Illini quiet skeptics with rout

CHAMPAIGN – All spring and summer, they said they were better. They said they had changed. But nobody believed.

Now, they might.

On Saturday, the Illinois football team added a truckload of proof to all the talk, routing San Diego State 38-10 at Memorial Stadium.

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