Fischer finds broom for UI

Rob Fischer went 3 for 5 and drove in four runs as Illinois defeated Western Michigan 10-3 Wednesday at Illinois Field to sweep the two-game series.

Andy Schutzenhofer was 3 for 4 and scored three runs for the Illini, who scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Tate: Jones tries to overcome bad breaks

There's a big load on Andy Dickinson's slender shoulders Friday.

The Freeport southpaw, 6-0 for Itch Jones' Illini this season, goes to the mound at Ohio State vs. the Big Ten's only ranked team (No. 22 by Collegiate Baseball). If Dickinson can't pull it off with his assortment of breaking balls, it might not be a pleasant trip.

Roberts has eye on Tulsa

CHAMPAIGN – If Tulsa wants to chat again, Norm Roberts certainly will listen.

The Illinois assistant, a finalist for Tulsa's men's basketball opening last summer, reiterated his interest in the job Tuesday after the school announced Buzz Peterson had resigned after one season.

Illinois' McClain open to football

CHAMPAIGN – Sergio McClain isn't in any rush to start his professional basketball career. In fact, he might spend another year at Illinois.

Playing football.

Tate: Linebacking talent at UI looking good

April 4, 2001

Dear Dick (Butkus):

Pleased to see you at the UI's new practice facility Monday. You look trim. The XFL must agree with you.

League fetes Illinois' Arlis

Illinois sophomore catcher Patrick Arlis was named the Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday.

UI tight ends making most of new status

CHAMPAIGN – The numbers are dwindling. And the leader, Josh Whitman, is off to make his fortune in the NFL or big business.

But Brian Hodges, Kenny Boyle and Anthony McClellan aren't walking around with frowns. The tights ends like their position and status in the Illinois offense.

UI tennis team stands alone

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Craig Tiley and his Illinois men's tennis team had reason to celebrate Sunday.

The Illini coach and his players feasted like kings at the Beef House after they defeated Purdue 6-1 to win their 50th consecutive Big Ten match, the longest streak in league history.

Olson takes Illini to win

Junior right-hander Justin Olson earned his first Big Ten victory, throwing a complete-game seven-hitter as Illinois defeated Northwestern 7-3 in the opening game of a doubleheader Sunday at Illinois Field.

Softball team shows poise

URBANA – An eight-run loss to Michigan a day earlier didn't drain the confidence from the Illinois softball team.

It helped inspire the team for Sunday's Big Ten Conference game against the Wolverines at Eichelberger Field.