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Illinois football practice report

Morris Virgil has no problem with the officials calling out the number of a player who commits a penalty. The personal identification is new this year in college football.

"They do it in basketball, so, hey, why don''t they do it in football?" Virgil said.

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Illini women to host UCLA

Illinois'' women''s basketball team will visit Louisiana Tech and host UCLA as part of its 2004-05 schedule, announced Tuesday.

The Illini''s nonconference slate also includes home games against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (in the Nov. 20 season opener), Bradley, Central Michigan and IUPU-Fort Wayne. The Illini will visit St. Joseph''s, where UI coach Theresa Grentz once served, St. Peter''s, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Illinois State. Illinois will play Pacific at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 11 at the United Center in Chicago as part of a doubleheader with the UI men.

Illinois football practice report

UCLA has a special meaning to Illinois receiver Ade Adeyemo. Not in a good way. A year ago, Adeyemo injured his ribs after trying to catch a pass in the Rose Bowl end zone.

UI freshman kicker takes off quickly in season opener

CHAMPAIGN – If you''re going to give Jason Reda a challenge, you might want to make it an impossible one.

Of course, that''s what Rock Island coach Vic Boblett thought he was doing that summer day at the high school. The team was in the final days before the start of practices.

Illinois-Chicago product Freeman becomes assistant

CHAMPAIGN – Terri Sullivan''s second recruitment of Molly Freeman was as successful as her first.

Before Freeman graduated from Palatine Fremd High in 1997, she committed to Sullivan''s softball program at Illinois-Chicago. Freeman played outfield four years for the Flames, two under Sullivan, who left to become the first softball head coach at Illinois in 2000.

Tate: Big Ten off and running in football

Big Ten football can be viewed from two perspectives. You could conclude it is two-team dominant because, beginning with Bo Schembechler at Michigan in 1969, the Wolverines have won or shared 20 championships in 35 years, and Ohio State has 16 in that span.

Or you could make the case that parity abounds because seven teams, including Illinois in 2001, have won or shared the title in the last five years.

Tate: Illinois back enjoys role as leader

E.B. Halsey watched the months of Kobe Bryant''s pretrial from a different perspective than the rest of us.

He understands what it means to lie awake at night, to see your reputation besmirched, to have a hammer hanging over your head.

Illini ranked sweet 16th

The Illinois volleyball team is ranked 16th in the first USA Today/CSTV poll of the regular season, up three spots from its place in the pre-season ratings.

Don Hardin''s Illini are off to a 3-0 start after winning both of their matches last weekend in the Miami "Hurricane Frances" Classic at Oxford, Ohio. Illinois returns to action Friday at Huff Hall for the first round of the State Farm Illini Classic, which includes No. 1 and two-time defending NCAA champion Southern Cal.

Freshman Harrison worries about wins, not stats

CHAMPAIGN – It didn''t take Justin Harrison long to get his new teammates'' attention. The Illinois freshman safety hadn''t even started school yet.

During summer workouts, an unnamed receiver went across the middle on a pass route in 7-on-7 drills. And Harrison drilled him.