Illini tip Minnesota

The Illinois women's tennis team improved to 7-1 in Big Ten action with a 4-3 victory against Minnesota on Sunday at Atkins Tennis Center.

The Illini (10-10) are shooting for the best Big Ten mark in school history. The 1993 squad went 11-2 and finished third.

Illini batters rip Spartans

   EAST LANSING, Mich.  Illinois'' baseball team is heating up with the weather, coach Itch Jones says.

   If you go by Sunday''s season-high 22-hit attack in the Illini''s 15-6 win against Michigan State, Jones'' team must think it''s August instead of April.

Illinois' Rackers, Clark taken late in NFL draft

Neil Rackers got the news while he was on the phone with another team. Danny Clark and his family were waiting anxiously by their phone for nearly six hours.

The second day of the NFL Draft is all about waiting – waiting to hear your name on TV or get a call from a team. But once it finally happens, everything speeds up.

UI doesn't lose ground with split

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Illinois' bullpen finally faltered Saturday. Not that it hurt the first-place Illini in the Big Ten baseball standings.

Michigan State's Gary Zsigo hit a three-run home run off Matt Vorwald in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Spartans a 5-3 win and a split of a doubleheader. The UI, which won the opener 8-2, got help from Northwestern, which swept second-place Minnesota.

Back on track

   CHAMPAIGN  If Illinois'' football team needs a fill-in for fullback Jameel Cook, the Illini can look to a guy who plays an awful lot like him.

   Redshirt freshman Carey Davis drew raves for his play in Saturday''s Orange and Blue Spring Game, taking the injured Cook''s place and doing an impressive impersonation.

Top-draw Lloyd also top drawer

CHAMPAIGN – Forget everything you've ever heard about athletes blocking out their adoring crowds and concentrating only on the task at hand.

There's no question who attracted the most attention of the Illini faithful at Saturday's Orange and Blue Spring Game at Memorial Stadium.

Tate: Expectations high after good spring

If the spring is an indication, high expectations are reasonable for the 2000 Illini football season.

No, Kurt Kittner wasn't perfect in Saturday's spring game.

"We don't ever expect him to be," coach Ron Turner said.

Driscoll wants one for books

BOSTON – Jean Driscoll's desire for a Boston Marathon title never has been so strong. Yet there's a member of her considerable traveling party who's pulling even harder for win No. 8 on Monday.

Her biographer.

"What a wonderful story line that'd be," Driscoll said. "Win No. 7, then crash, then lose the next two by less than a second, then come back and win No. 8 for the record. Try to top that story line."

Freshmen keep UI in contention

Renata Young shot a 79 and fellow freshman Laurin Kanda had an 80 to lead Illinois to third place after one round at the Illini Spring Classic on Saturday at Stone Creek in Urbana.

Turner pleased with Illini''s pep in spring game

CHAMPAIGN – Brandon Lloyd absorbed the only hint he needed when he tried to compliment Illinois defensive backs with a "Good play!" during Saturday's Orange and Blue Spring Game.

"They just looked at me," said Lloyd, a rising sophomore and starting flanker.

Apparently, the Illini meant business. All of them.