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Who''s that Illini?

I was a starter on some of the most successful teams in UI men''s tennis history, including the 2003 NCAA champion. I finished my Illini career in 2004 with 101 singles wins, still 10th on the all-time school charts. I also rank fifth in career doubles wins (100) and sixth in career combined wins (201). A four-time All-Big Ten player and a 2004 All-American, I was a winner in the classroom, too. As a senior, I was a Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient and named an Intercollegiate Scholar-Athlete.

Ram reaches semifinals

NEW YORK – Former Illinois star Rajeev Ram defeated Scott Oudsema 6-2, 7-6 (4) on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Forest Hills Grass Court Classic.

Ram, who teamed with Brian Wilson to win the doubles title when the lIlini took their first NCAA championship two years ago, will face Indian Davis Cup player Prakash Amritraj in the semifinals.

UI coach having a blast

LEMONT – All Mike Small needed to do was par the 18th and he would have received an escort to the Western Open media tent.

Instead, the Illinois men''s golf coach drilled his second shot on the nasty par 4 in the greenside pond and finished with a double bogey. That was the disappointing finish to a round of 2-under-par 69 at the Western Open at Cog Hill.

Who''s that Illini?

The pride of Danville track and field, I also did myself proud as an Illini. My name remains a fixture in the record books: I set school marks in the 100 and 200 meters in 1994 that still stand. I also still own Big Ten Championships records in the 100 (10.1 seconds) and the indoor 55 (6.21). I made an immediate impact, earned the Big Ten Outdoor Freshman of the Year award in 1991. Three years later, I was the Big Ten Outdoor Athlete of the Year. As a senior, I placed fifth in the 55 at the NCAA indoor meet.

Anderson making his pitch count

DETROIT – Jason Anderson''s first day back in the big leagues ended with a rainout in Baltimore.

Day 2 was a scheduled off day in Detroit.

Who''s that Illini?

I am one of eight Illini individuals to win NCAA and Big Ten wrestling titles in the same year. Mine came in 1939, when I wrestled in the 136-pound division. One year earlier, I captured the Big Ten''s 135-pound crown and was the NCAA runner-up. A two-time All-American, I didn''t have to travel far to go to college. As a senior at Urbana University High, I was the 155-pound state champion.

Commitments keep coming for Zook

Most people''s vacation: swimming, boating, golfing. Ron Zook''s vacation: recruiting, water skiing, recruiting.

During what is supposed to be a slow time for college football coaches, Zook continues to land prospects for his 2006 recruiting class.

Ex-Illini says he''s moving in right direction

LEMONT – D.A. Points doesn''t act like a guy who is struggling on the PGA Tour.

You wouldn''t know it from watching him laugh and joke around on the Cog Hill putting green.

Title-game rematch highlights annual event

CHAMPAIGN – Bruce Web-er has known for a while what became official Wednesday: His team will play at North Carolina in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in November.

When he first heard about the NCAA title-game rematch, the Illinois coach wasn''t thrilled.

Former Illini Durlacher conquers past, present to earn a spot in Budapest

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Shawn Sheldon should have known what was coming next.

Shortly after Lindsey Durlacher clinched a spot in the Greco-Roman World Championships, the former Illinois All-America wrestler waved to his club coach to join him on the elevated mat at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.