I always thought pelota was some sort of disease

I've found a reason to stay in south Florida forever: jai alai.

Before this week, I had seen the game once in my life. That was back in 1988, and it was the not-as-good Connecticut version.

Illinois women''s basketball boxscore

Colorado 78, Illinois 70

Cook kicking into high gear

CHAMPAIGN – A three-point attempt bounced off the rim, and he left the razzle-dazzle crowd-pleasing dunks to teammate Robert Archibald.

But Illinois freshman Brian Cook served up mostly magic in his ever-expanding repertoire of tricks Tuesday night at the Assembly Hall in the Illini's 97-47 torching of an overmatched Bethune-Cookman squad.

All's well that ends well for Cavalier

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – As the Virginia Cavaliers made their run to the postseason, Travis Griffith was tailgating and cheering them on.

Six plays into the second game of the season, Griffith aggravated an opening-week injury and was presumed lost for the year.

Tate: Griffin now a throwback at center

Deep in the second half Tuesday night, after a 10-second span of uncommon bad fortune, Illinois center Marcus Griffin kicked the air, this coming shortly after he put his head between his legs to hide a sheepish grin.

Griffin had just seen a short postup shot pop back toward him, whereupon he missed the rebound – not once but twice – and moments later his tiny jumper rolled off the rim again. Four point-blankers and nothing but frustration to show for it.

Executive enjoys directing bowl traffic

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – It was easy to pick out Mitch Morrall during Tuesday's Bowl media event. He was the one looking 10 different directions at once.

The bowl executive director tried to keep two coaches, 200 players and a flock of reporters happy at Fort Lauderdale's Beach Place.

UI men''s basketball boxscore

Illinois 97, Bethune-Cookman 47

Asmussen: Ocean aside, south Florida's no return to nature

How do you think the Conquistadors handled going to the beach before it also doubled as a mall?

Got my first look at the ocean that once swallowed the Titanic. No signs of Leonardo DiCaprio.

It's been a while since I saw the Atlantic. A genius, I spent a week in the early 1990s at Daytona Beach. In July. It was about 130.

Former Illini happy to be the Maine man

He's a long way from home, the crowds are crummy and it's only a matter of time before he runs into his first grizzly bear.

But the well-traveled Carvell Ammons never has enjoyed college life as much as he is these days in remote Orono, Maine.

Dietz: Illini players show they aren't camera shy

Asim Pleas arrived with his own camera, taking pictures of teammates and reporters.

Muhammad Abdullah had seen images of players surrounded by microphones and video cameras at the Super Bowl, but the Illinois sophomore didn't know what to expect Tuesday.