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This week''s letters from our readers:

Illinois seniors go out on high note at Atkins

Seniors Jennifer McGaffigan, Tiffany Eklov and Eva Choe were honored before Illinois'' women''s tennis match Sunday at Atkins Tennis Center.

In their final regular season home appearance, the trio did the honors themselves in a 7-0 whipping of Penn State.

Dallas earns extra credit

Cindy Dallas had quite a weekend.

The former Illini picked up the Illinois women''s basketball team''s most outstanding player award Sunday, a few hours after being drafted in the second round of the WNBA draft by the San Antonio Silver Stars.

Illini coaches believe they''re starting to find answers

CHAMPAIGN – They won''t take another snap for three-plus months. At least, not in front of the coaches.

Since mid-March, the Illinois football players have worked to improve on last year''s 1-11 season. Now, technically, they will get a break until reporting back in August.

Call from WNBA catches former Illini star by surprise

CHAMPAIGN – Cindy Dallas figured the highlight of her Saturday would be volunteer work at the Champaign County Humane Society, walking dogs and playing with cats.

She thought wrong.

Keep hoop alive

News-Gazette staff writer Brett Dawson''s weekly take on college basketball''s offseason comings and goings:

Receivers have offense in good hands

CHAMPAIGN – As a group, there''s a way to go to reach the heralded foursome of Brandon Lloyd, Walter Young, Greg Lewis and Aaron Moorehead, all of whom were on NFL rosters last season.

In time, however, the Illinois football team is hoping Ade Adeyemo, Lonnie Hurst, Kendrick Jones and DaJuan Warren stack up favorably.

UI success rests on QB''s shoulders

CHAMPAIGN – Talk all you want about the defense. And the players who have moved from offense. And the coaching changes.

What the Illinois fans want to see more than anything else is a quarterback firing passes downfield to open receivers. They want to see a quarterback taking charge in the final minutes of close games and leading the team to comeback wins.

No ordinary Choe

URBANA – Bar none, it was the worst day of Eva Choe''s tennis career.

While the Illinois women''s team was absorbing a 5-2 whipping at Michigan, Choe''s left knee was taking an even worse beating. After whacking an overhead winner during the second set, Choe landed awkwardly on her left leg. At that point, her match ended. So did her season, the victim of a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

UI Roundup: Sunny skies allow UI tennis sneak preview

A break in the weather allowed top-ranked Illinois a chance to prep for the upcoming Big Ten men''s tennis tournament.

The Illini on Saturday beat Michigan State 6-1 in a match played outdoors. Those same courts – refurbished last summer – will be the site of the Big Ten tournament April 29-May 2.