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Park paces Illini at Lady Northern

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Illinois junior Seul Ki Park shot a two-round total of 153 on Saturday and sits in 23rd place at the Lady Northern at Forest Akers West Golf Course.

Storylines

1. Will Tim Brasic return to form against the Orange?

The guess here is probably. The senior quarterback had a bad day against Rutgers. We all know the feeling. But when we do it, we aren't on national TV and don't have it analyzed for the next week. Brasic is a confident player who won't take his poor performance lightly. He spent extra time in the football offices this week, looking for ways to improve his game.

Weekend produces TV dream

Time to be honest: We print media folks love to make fun of the television types. It's easy. They wear makeup. They have huge egos. They make huge money. OK, so we're jealous.

But today, for one single moment in the never-ending sports universe, we bow to them. We stop making fun of their pancake applications and Porsches. We thank them, not as reporters, but as viewers.

Q & A with LB Antonio Steele

He came to school in January and immediately made his presence felt. Working hard during winter conditioning and in spring ball, Antonio Steele became a starting linebacker. After two games, the Ohio product and junior college transfer leads the team in tackles.

Freshman Stevens goes back-to-back

URBANA – Even after winning the Illini Challenge cross-country meet in commanding fashion Friday, Jeremy Stevens felt the need to apologize to his coach.

Not that any apology was necessary.

Zook doesn't have all the answers yet

CHAMPAIGN – The questions were a bit more direct. That's what happens when you lose 33-0 to Rutgers.

Coach Ron Zook answered every one during Friday's noontime Illini Quarterback Club luncheon at the Round Barn Banquet Centre. As he had said during the week, Zook still is trying to figure out what went wrong.

Vintage Illini: Catching up with Jack Squirek

You remember him best for his interception and touchdown return against Washington in Super Bowl XVII, one that got him on the cover of Sports Illustrated (right). But before he played for the Oakland Raiders, Jack Squirek was a standout linebacker at Illinois. One of his best games came his senior year against Syracuse, when the Illini rallied for a 17-14 win. That was almost 25 years ago.

Orange, Illini seeking return to better days

CHAMPAIGN – Two programs in the same place. Where history tells us they don't belong.

In the last 11 games, they are a combined 1-21. The lone win came against Division I-AA Eastern Illinois.

Tate: There's no messing with the Buckeyes this season

CHAMPAIGN – After an 11-0 getaway, it became apparent last weekend that the Big Ten's middle rungs aren't unreachable for a rebuilding program like Illinois.

In addition to four Big Ten disasters – closest loser was Northwestern by 17 at home to New Hampshire – Indiana trailed 14-0 and 23-7 before edging Ball State 24-23, Iowa made seven stops at the 2-yard line and topped Syracuse in double overtime, and Purdue needed two overtimes to edge Miami (Ohio).

Illini fall in double overtime

ST. LOUIS – Illinois midfielder Marti Desjarlais scored on a header from forward Eva Strickland, but coach Janet Rayfield's women's soccer team lost 2-1 to St. Louis in double overtime Thursday night.