Who's that Illini?

I was a nominee in 1995 for gymnastics' Nissen Award, which goes to the nation's top collegiate senior. I was the Big Ten champion in still rings in 1994 and a 1993 All-American in that event. In high school, I was a three-time state medalist for Hoffman Estates Conant, placing second in still rings as a junior and fourth in both rings and parallel bars as a senior.

Karniski signs with pro team

   CHAMPAIGN – Illinois senior defender Christen Karniski has signed to play professionally with FC Indiana of the Women's Premier Soccer League.

Randle more soar than sore

CHAMPAIGN – It's not like Brian Randle needed any inspiration.

When it comes to creative dunking, the Illinois forward has been doing just fine on his own, thank you very much.

Giddyup all gone for Davis

CHAMPAIGN – No one would have blinked an eye had Mike Davis gone totally bonkers Sunday.

Maybe grab a ref's whistle. Swan dive into the Orange Krush. Take a bag of groceries and run it up to C Section himself. Or come dressed in an XXXL red sweater and swear a lot.

Illinois back in Big Ten hunt

CHAMPAIGN – The news came to Bruce Weber Saturday night at a restaurant. As his family celebrated his daughter's birthday, the Illinois basketball coach got a second reason to feel festive.

"Somebody at the restaurant said the Hawkeyes lost," Weber said. "That made my dinner go down much easier."

Who's that Illini?

No Illini quarterback threw for more yards in a season than I did. In fact, I own the Nos. 1- and 2-ranked figures in that category. In 1982, I passed for 3,671 yards for Illinois' first bowl team (Liberty) in 19 years. In 1981, I totaled 3,360 passing yards. Although those were my only two years in a UI uniform – I was a junior college transfer – I left as Illinois' career passing leader and still rank No. 4 with 7,031 yards. I played eight seasons in the NFL and started in Super Bowl XX.

Bulldogs nip Illini in semis

SEATTLE – Georgia's Strahinja Bobusic outlasted Ruben Gonzales 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 Sunday to give the second-ranked Bulldogs a 4-3 victory against No. 3 Illinois in the semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Tennis Championships.

Georgia will face No. 4 Pepperdine in today's final.

TATE: Paint crew keys Illini victory

CHAMPAIGN – Dee Brown leapt on James Augustine's back and rode him into the Assembly Hall tunnel late Sunday afternoon.

It was symbolic. Brown and his Illini teammates had a saddle on Augustine (18 points, 10 rebounds) throughout the Illini's 70-58 throttling of Indiana.

Viney claims Big Ten crown

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Illinois junior Barbie Viney won the 100-yard freestyle Saturday to earn her first Big Ten title.

The top seed, Viney edged last year's runner-up, Northwestern's Andrea Hupman, in 49.12 seconds. Earlier in the day, Viney secured a spot in the NCAA Championships with an 'A' qualifying time of 49.06 in the prelims.

Recruiting: Change not for Gordon

Eric Gordon could have been wondering today.

As it stands now, the best high school basketball player in Indiana's junior class is at ease. He plans to be in the Assembly Hall stands today as Illinois – where he'll play his college basketball – takes on the Indiana Hoosiers at 2:30 p.m.