Softball shuts out UTSA; golfers have plenty of work to do

Texas-San Antonio came into its first-round NCAA tournament matchup with the Illinois softball team Thursday in Waco,Texas, as the nation''s home run leader.

Someone forgot to tell Illini pitcher Amanda Fortune.

Mezydlo: Local aid gives UI golf warm feeling

Kara Demirjian didn''t play golf when she was a student at Illinois. Neither did her brother Richard. It didn''t matter.

They play the sport today for recreational purposes, but they are not ready to qualify for USGA events just yet.

Tulsa native Martin looks for solid play in front of NCAA tennis fans

TULSA, Okla. – It would be a wonderful story if Chris Martin were returning home to the courts he grew up dominating.

It would be a fairy tale ending if the Illinois junior stepped on the court at Tulsa''s Michael D. Case Tennis Center and flashed back to his days as a youngster, dreaming of one day winning an NCAA championship there.

UI golf coach''s title is no small feat

LONG GROVE – There was nothing special about Mike Small''s final round Wednesday at the Illinois PGA Championship. It was the same story it''s been during much of the last four years.

The Illinois men''s golf coach held a big lead going into the final round and played solid enough to capture another title at Royal Melbourne in Chicago''s north suburbs.

Linebacker picks Illinois

Rashard Mendenhall is no longer the lone member of the 2005 Illinois football recruiting class.

Travis Barr, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker from Alpharetta (Ga.) Chattahooche, committed to Ron Turner''s program today. Barr joins News-Gazette All-State tailback Mendenhall, who is considered one of the nation''s top players.

Illini''s lone star from Texas has to sit out return home

WACO, Texas – Illinois'' softball team is traveling to Rachelle Coriddi''s home state for its second NCAA tournament appearance, but the lone Texas native on the UI roster will not be in uniform.

Coriddi is recovering from a May 8 appendectomy and was not one of the 20 athletes placed onthe active roster for the double-elimination tournament.

Illini senior Affrunti worth checking out

CHAMPAIGN – You need to keep a secret from Illinois men''s golf coach Mike Small. At least for a few more days. Joe Affrunti, one of his top players, slipped out a time or two this season to play a sport with another kind of stick. A curved one that fires pucks at goalies.

The hockey nut couldn''t help himself.

From the beginning, Illinois'' Sullivan was a success in the making

URBANA – She grew up in northwest Chicago, in the same house where her father, Gene, was reared and where her mother, Elaine, now lives.

She shared a room with her sister until the time Tracy left for college.

Illini set time of match

The Illinois men''s tennis team will play Harvard at 3 p.m. Saturday in the NCAA tournament''s Sweet 16 in Tulsa, Okla.

Top-seeded Illinois (30-0) advanced to the round of 16 with 4-0 wins against Western Michigan and Arizona State last weekend in Champaign. Harvard (19-6), the tournament''s No. 16 seed, also hosted first- and second-round matches and got past Quinnipiac and Tulane.

Weber welcomes Webster to fold

CHAMPAIGN – Tracy Webster played at Wisconsin, and he''s worked at Purdue.

But home always has been Illinois. Now he''ll get his mail where his heart has stayed.