Tate: Coach can''t get Gophers out of hole

MINNEAPOLIS – During media questioning this week, a writer began: "In going back to your Gonzaga days ..."

To which Minnesota coach Dan Monson instinctively responded: "Please! Can we?"

Illini tennis newcomers making their own way

SEATTLE – Some of the names have changed. But the results are the same.

For the second consecutive year, the Illinois men''s tennis team has advanced to the finals of the ITA National Indoor Championships. The Illini edged Stanford 4-2 in Saturday''s semifinal.

Illini men no angels to ACC

The Illinois men''s track team went into Saturday''s Carle/Health Alliance Invitational at No. 9 in the dual meet rankings. Then, Wayne Angel''s team showed it deserved the attention.

The Illini won eight events to score 175.5 points in the five-team meet at the Armory. Clemson finished second with 168.5 and Illinois State was third with 53 points.

Flex plan works for Humphries

MINNEAPOLIS – His grasp of the game is as strong as his grip on the ball, and his acumen, more than his abdomen, is responsible for his success.

But when folks talk about Kris Humphries, they always start with the body. And no wonder.

Weber hoping UI takes advantage of Minnesota''s woes

CHAMPAIGN – Before he and his team parted ways Tuesday, Bruce Weber had a message.

That win at Indiana was stirring. It was special.

Men''s tennis makes semis

The top-ranked Illinois men''s tennis team won four of six singles matches to edge No. 8 Duke 4-3 at the ITA National Indoor Championships in Seattle.

After losing the doubles point, Phil Stolt, Brian Wilson, Michael Calkins and Ryler DeHeart each won to improve Illinois to 5-0, setting up today''s semifinal match with fifth-ranked Stanford.

Error puts Illini in bad position against Gophers

CHAMPAIGN – Someday, Pete Friedl will be able to look at Friday''s match against Minnesota and smile. But it could take a while.

The eighth-ranked 174-pound wrestler in the country was leading No. 15 Jon Duncombe 4-3 late in the third period. And then came a mistake he won''t soon forget.

Cancer treatments, losing record testing Henson''s resolve

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Brian Faison has been around Lou Henson for more than four years, so it''s no surprise to him that the 72-year-old New Mexico State basketball coach hasn''t missed a beat despite being treated for cancer.

"Am I amazed with it? Yes," said Faison, the school''s athletic director. "He''s every bit the coach he always was. He''s out there talking to groups, working the community and coaching the kids."

Queens of the hill

Illinois'' Cindy Dallas on Thursday became the school''s all-time leading rebounder. A look at the major record-holders for the Illini women:

UI women''s basketball box score

Illinois 76, Northwestern 52