Bears give Fitts the boot

The Chicago Bears waived punter Steve Fitts on Wednesday.

Ex-Illini coach glad to lend Bears a hand

   It''s just another summer day on another football field with another team.

   Gary Moeller paces back and forth as he watches the Chicago Bears'' linebackers go through drills in the morning heat at training camp in Bourbonnais. The new Bears linebackers coach offers some instruction to starter Rosevelt Colvin, then continues to watch.

Illinois Football Camp Rantoul

   Preseason All-American offensive tackle Tony Pashos missed Wednesday''s workout. But Illinois coach Ron Turner expects him to be in the lineup Aug. 31 against Missouri.

   Pashos entered training camp with a sore hamstring and reinjured it during one of the early workouts. He has worked out off and on during training camp.

Morton, Hall put Illinois on the cover

   Revealing a closely kept secret, Christian Morton admitted if a rival receiver ran a fly pattern late last season, he was in fear of getting beat.


Illini´s All-Big Ten player cleared to return to practice after injuring right elbow

   CHAMPAIGN  An invitation to the Olympic Training Center last month is proof Lisa Argabright is on USA Volleyball''s radar screen.

   Unfortunately for the Illinois middle blocker, Argabright is becoming all too familiar lately with radiology equipment, too.

Illinois soccer kicks off at No. 23 in the country

   Janet Rayfield''s first Illinois soccer team is nationally ranked.

   The Illini, who open the season Friday at Missouri, are 23rd in the preseason National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. They are one of three Big Ten teams in the Top 25, joining No. 8 Penn State and No. 18 Michigan.

Illinois Football Camp Rantoul

   The starter from last year is gone, trying to make it in the NFL. Two newcomers are attempting to replace him, creating a training camp battle that has the attention of the media. One of the players is from a Champaign-Urbana high school.

Ward confident starting role was a match made for him

   RANTOUL  The last time he stepped on the field as a starter, Dustin Ward knew it was a temporary gig. He replaced injured Kurt Kittner against Northwestern in the 2000 season finale.

   This time, it''s his to keep.

Tate: Powell lets UI size up situation

Maybe Illinois won''t play small ball next season after all.

The performance of 6-foot-6 sophomore Roger Powell in the Big Ten All-Stars'' European tour cast a new light on the projected UI basketball lineup.

Illinois Football Camp Rantoul

Some players join a college team with great expectations of stardom. Brad Haywood isn''t one of them.

The No. 2 fullback simply wants to help. Nothing more. Give him the dirty work, and he''ll do it with a smile.