Davis takes aim at joining elite group

CHAMPAIGN – In the 126-year history of University of Illinois baseball, the roll call of .400 hitters numbers 21.

Should Illini catcher Lars Davis join that exclusive fraternity this season – as is looking highly likely – perhaps no one will appreciate the feat more than Kyle Hudson.

Griffith gets Illini radio call

CHAMPAIGN – Former Illini and two-time Super Bowl champion Howard Griffith has joined the Illini Radio Network as football analyst.

Griffith, who spent eight seasons in the NFL, replaces Jim Grabowski.

UI Board of Trustees to consider tuition hike

Get out your calculators.

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees is expected this week to set tuition and fees for the coming school year. And, as is the trend at colleges and universities across the country, tuition is not going down.

Big innings pay off for Missouri

SAUGET – Lars Davis homered, doubled and drove in two runs, but 17th-ranked Missouri defeated Illinois 12-5 on Tuesday in a wooden-bat contest.

Fulfilling Elite Eight aspirations might take a little luck

CHAMPAIGN – College tennis victory celebrations don't last long in May.

As soon as Ryan Rowe clinched the Illinois men's tennis team's regional title by defeating Michigan's Matko Maravic 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday, he let out a guttural cry. His teammates, who had surrounded his court cheering for him, leapt into his arms.

Masar, Zurrer team up in USL

Illinois forward Ella Masar and defender Emily Zurrer will play for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the United Soccer Leagues' W-League this summer.

Urbana native Masar signed with the defending W-League champions on May 9. Zurrer, who is from Crofton, British Columbia, is returning for her third consecutive season with the Whitecaps.

Three Illini bring home crowns

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Lesiba Masheto (400), Adrian Walker (400 hurdles) and the 1,600-meter relay team brought home Big Ten Outdoor Championships for Illinois's sixth-place men's track & field team Sunday.

"I'm very proud of these guys,"UI coach Wayne Angel said. "We came up short of our (top-three) goal but we scratched and clawed and turned in some great performances all around."

Mensah makes mark for Illini

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Gary Winckler has been coaching track and field at Illinois for 22 years and says he can't recall an athlete having as good a performance at the Big Ten Championships as senior Yvonne Mensah did this weekend.

Mensah captured six medals in all Sunday – including four golds – as the Illini shared the team title with Michigan. It was the Illini's sixth outdoor championship and 11th overall under Winckler.

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Sweet relief for UI, Rowe

URBANA – Happy memories hit Bruce Berque when he and the Michigan tennis team arrived in Champaign-Urbana on Wednesday.

Thoughts of friends he'd made and players he'd coached flitted through his mind. His attention also turned to Athens, Ga., the site of the Sweet 16. It's a place Berque knows well – three years ago, he and Craig Tiley led the Illini to the NCAA team title there. That year, images of Berque jumping into then-sophomore Chris Martin's arms filled newspapers.