Westville's little big man

WESTVILLE – Everyone has heard the timeless saying that it isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but rather the size of the fight in the dog that matters most.

That line of thinking rings as true in the Westville locker room as it does anywhere, and senior Aaron Johnson, listed at a generous 5-foot-7 and 140 pounds, is one of the big dogs.

Warriors' Surma knows a thing or two about playing with pain

TUSCOLA – Travis Surma's body has been through a lot.

As a sophomore, the Tuscola safety's season ended after he broke his hip. In his junior and senior seasons he has sustained concussions, reinjured his hip, bruised his quad and suffered what is believed to be a broken thumb.

Bob's blitz

Each Wednesday, beat writer Bob Asmussen will take you around the world of college football:

UI women's basketball game preview

Here's a look at tonight's women's basketball game against UAB:

Tisdale left redshirt decision to Weber

CHAMPAIGN – Despite a slight frame that could use another trip through the buffet line, Mike Tisdale is hardly a passive basketball player.

In fact, the first time Bruce Weber watched Tisdale, the then-Riverton sophomore was involved in a minor scrum on the court.

Tate: Speed bump ahead

CHAMPAIGN – Watch the fans. They know.

They sent a clear signal about Illini football expectations when they snapped up all the $60 horseshoe seats – UI students packed the new north end – and created sellouts for the last four home games.

Court: No limit on medical malpractice damages

A state law limiting jury awards in medical malpractice cases was ruled unconstitutional Tuesday by a Cook County Circuit Court judge.

The law allows unlimited economic damages to compensate for lost wages, medical bills and other associated expenses but caps non-economic damage awards for pain and suffering, loss of life or limb, disfigurement and loss of companionship to $500,000 a doctor and $1 million a hospital.

College basketball insider

News-Gazette beat writer Paul Klee's weekly look at the est game in the world (condensed version):

Illini will face Louisville in NCAA opener

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois soccer team will face Louisville at 4 p.m. Friday in South Bend, Ind., in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

It's the fifth consecutive season the Illini (11-6-2) have advanced to the tournament.

Asmussen: Who should I pick for Big Ten MVP?

You think figuring out the Big Ten's bowl scenario is a chore, try picking a Big Ten MVP.

After the season, all 11 schools will turn in their team selections. They will be considered for the league honor, which the Chicago Tribune awards in the form of the Silver Football. Good luck with that one.