Ex-Illini Oliver enjoys success in professional tennis

   WESTON, Fla.  Graydon Oliver doesn''t miss college much.

   Make no mistake: The former Illinois tennis star had a good time in Champaign, and he enjoyed the experience of playing four years under coach Craig Tiley. But life isn''t so bad these days on the pro tour.

Illini Insider

   News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth''s weekly review and preview of Illinois sports:

Mazurek one of Big Ten''s best relievers

   CHAMPAIGN  In Dave Mazurek''s one and only pitching appearance of the 2000 baseball season, the Illinois right-hander turned in a performance so futile that no number could be ascribed to his ERA.

   It was an ERA only a Buzz Lightyear could love. An ERA to infinity, if not beyond.

Quinlan pleasant surprise for Illinois State pitching staff

   CHAMPAIGN  Mike Quinlan is grateful for the chance.

   Jeff Stewart is grateful for Mike Quinlan.

Tate: UI catcher has tools of the trade

   All I really want to be able to do is receive like Javy (Lopez), throw like Pudge (Rodriguez), block low pitches like (Mike) Matheny and hit like (Mike) Piazza. Then life would be good.

   Thats Illini catcher Patrick Arlis talking. And if those skyscraper-high goals arent quite within reach, hes doing all right for himself as an Illini junior.

DePaul sweeps Illini

Janna Sartini went 2 for 3 with three RBI in the second game, but Illinois lost a doubleheader Tuesday against host DePaul.

Illini baseball game canceled

Tonight's baseball game between Illinois and Southern Illinois at Illinois Field was canceled because of the forecast of rain and probable thunderstorms.

Around the Big Ten, experienced quarterbacks are in short supply

   Illinois managed to pull it off twice in 20 years. Michigan performed the trick in consecutive years. Nobody did it more dramatically than Brooks Bollinger.

   What''s the big accomplishment? Winning a Big Ten football title with a new starting quarterback.

Missouri game is a hot ticket

   CHAMPAIGN  Illinois football fans apparently like the idea of a game in St. Louis against Missouri.

   The school is close to selling out its original allotment of 10,000 tickets and is getting several thousand more. Illinois has extended the deadline for buying tickets from today to May 17.

Illini women entering new region of history

   CHAMPAIGN  A day after its highest Big Ten finish in seven seasons, the Illinois women''s golf team reached an even loftier perch Monday.

   Coach Paula Smith''s Illini were invited by the NCAA to participate in the Central Regional on May 9-11 at Forest Akers Golf Course in East Lansing, Mich.  the program''s first regional appearance.