Paterno might be making last visit to Champaign

   The winningest coach in the history of Division I-A football will work the sidelines Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

   Catch him while you can, Illini fans, because Joe Paterno might not travel this way again.

Hat trick lifts UI to victory

   Freshman Tara Hurless scored three goals to lead Illinois to a 4-1 victory against Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten women''s soccer tournament Thursday in West Lafayette, Ind.

   The Illini, who also received a goal from Laura Freeman on a header, play Michigan today in the semifinals.

Illini football practice report

   Usually, Ron Turner sees his athletic director every week. But Thursday''s visit by Ron Guenther was the first time Turner had seen him in a while.

Accident leaves Illini questionable for meet

   The Illinois women''s cross-country team received a scare Tuesday night when three of its runners were struck by a car while walking on campus.

   Jaime Turilli, Amy Guard and Becky Bullard were cut and bruised but suffered no broken bones or other serious injuries, according to UI coach Michelle Byrne.

Illinois men''s basketball box score

   Illinois 104, Illinois All-Stars 81

Illini not exactly quick out of gate

   CHAMPAIGN  On a night when Illinois raised a Big Ten championship banner, Bill Self learned this, if nothing else: His team is a long way from raising another.

   True, the Illini''s 104-81 win against the Illinois All-Stars on Wednesday night was their first exhibition of the preseason, but third-ranked Illinois hardly exhibited what Self hoped to see.

Women to have Blas

   Sujay Lama''s Illinois women''s tennis team will make its lone home appearance of the fall this weekend in the Midwest Blast IV tournament.

   The Illini will host Ohio State, Baylor and Georgia Tech at Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana. Although no team scores will be kept, the tournament will be staged in mock dual-meet format. Players from two teams will be pitted against each other simultaneously for a total of six singles and three doubles matches between the schools.

Illini Insider

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

Illinois football practice report

   Brett Kautter figures he will run into Mick Blosser a time or two Saturday. He won''t say hello until after the game.

   Illinois defensive tackle Kautter and Penn State fullback Blosser played football together from age 6 through high school. Both attended Harrisburg Central Dauphin.

UI looks to senior scorer for postseason experience

   CHAMPAIGN  When they played club soccer and won all those state cups, Colleen Joyce and Sarah Rowland talked about playing on the same college team.

   Joyce and Rowland, who have played together for about 10 years, both took recruiting trips to Utah. But the players ended up going their separate ways.