Harvey, Havard offer alternatives for Illinois attack

CHAMPAIGN – Rocky Harvey did his best work out of the tailback spot Saturday.

Take that 20-yard gainer that began as a left end sweep and wound up as a wild jailbreak to the right sideline, where San Diego State coach Ted Tollner was brooding.

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 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.

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.

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.

Tate: Let others fuss over their QBs

Egads! San Diego State has a quarterback controversy.

Coach Ted Tollner isn't thrilled with his returning starter, Ivy League (Penn) transfer Brian Russell, and felt obliged to employ record-breaking juco transfer Jack Hawley (46 touchdown passes in two seasons at L.A. Harbor) extensively during the second and fourth quarters at Memorial Stadium Saturday.

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.

Butkus wins and bears it

CHAMPAIGN – Luke Butkus waited the better part of four years to truly celebrate a victory.

After finishing up at Bloom Township High School with two winless seasons, Butkus redshirted at Illinois in 1997 and was a backup in '98. He started at center last week but left in the second quarter with leg and ankle injuries.

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.

Illinois records soccer shutout

Sophomore Lisa Baldwin scored two goals as Illinois blanked Boston University 3-0 on Friday in women's soccer at the Northwestern Invitational in Evanston.

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