Leman's now stuck in middle

CHAMPAIGN – The new position fit J Leman just fine Saturday. But his coach wants to see more.

The sophomore from Champaign moved from outside to middle linebacker against Iowa and had eight tackles. He also forced a fumble.

It's your business: Champion cook selling homemade cookies

If you're in the mood for a cookie – and not just any cookie, but one home-made by a champion baker – you might check out Cookies N' More.

That's the new homemade cookie business launched by Tiffany Talbott of Ogden, who for the last two years has been the baker of the Grand Champion cookie at the Champaign County Fair.

Iowa, fans tickled, pink with Big Ten victory

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Every home Saturday, Kenny Iwebema stares out the window of the bus as he and his Iowa teammates arrive at Kinnick Stadium.

Every Saturday, he sees droves of Hawkeye fans file in, decked out head to toe in black and gold.

Missing not so impossible

IOWA CITY, Iowa – You want Kenny Iwebema's secret? Want to know how he got up to swat away two Jason Reda field goal attempts Saturday?

There's not much to tell, the Iowa defensive end said.

Illini will try anything to get back on track

IOWA CITY, Iowa – His team might lose the rest of its games. In fact, it will be favored to do so. But Ron Zook won't let his first Illinois season end quietly.

There will be no saving players for another day. Everyone is available. And no job is safe.

Dawson: Arnold tired of sleepness nights in anticipation for Illinois debut

Tell Marcus Arnold that it's been a long time since he played an organized basketball game and he's quick to correct you.

"It's been a very long time," Arnold said last week. "I'm very anxious right now. Sometimes I can't sleep at nights, just thinking about it."

Dietz: Lloyd, Rackers best Illinois bets in rotisserie leagues this season

We know there are some potential Pro Bowl players among the crop of former Illini in the NFL these days.

Offensive linemen such as Brad Hopkins and Brandon Moore are among the best. There are a couple of receivers who are making headlines, an All-Pro-caliber kicker and a couple of defensive starters who have Super Bowl rings and individual honors.

Clippers add former Illini

LOS ANGELES – The Clippers signed six free agents Saturday, including four with NBA experience: former Illini Frank Williams, Jan Jagla, Amal McCaskill, Boniface NDong, Jared Reiner and Fred Vinson.

No quick fix for volleyball

CHAMPAIGN – "If we knew, we'd fix it," proclaimed Illinois volleyball senior hitter Rachel VanMeter.

VanMeter and the Illini can't figure out how to topple the inconsistency that is afflicting a once-promising season.

UI's Hudson learning to hawk the ball

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Apparently, Kyle Hudson doesn't mind a little contact.

Against California, Hudson went up for a pass that resulted in interference called on the Bears. Saturday against Iowa, Hudson did himself one better, drawing the interference call and still making the catch.