Senior says hello to 600-meter mark

CHAMPAIGN – Last year, Tramell Smith said goodbye to Zach Glavash, his friend and fellow 600-meter runner.

On Saturday in men's track action at the Carle Health Alliance Classic at the University of Illinois Armory, the UI senior said goodbye to Gla-vash's Armory record in the 600 and welcomed in his own, winning the event in 1 minute, 17 seconds.

10 questions for Gene Keady

This time last year, the fiery former Purdue coach was struggling through his 25th and final season with the Boilermakers. Earlier this week, he watched Kobe Bryant torch his Toronto Raptors' defense for 81 points. Nevertheless, Keady is loving his first year as an NBA assistant, working under head coach Sam Mitchell and interim general manager Wayne Embry. He's teaching the game he loves and keeping tabs on proteges Bruce Weber and Matt Painter, but he still found time to chat with staff writer Brian Dietz:

Jackpot leaves man speechless

TUSCOLA – Norman Ellerbusch has a dilemma. He's tongue-tied, in a manner of speaking, due to his recent encounter with Lady Luck.

The Tuscola retiree only recently came forward publicly to acknowledge he is holding the winning Little Lotto ticket drawn Jan. 2 with a payoff of $245,000.

Illini overwhelm upstart Hoosiers

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Cassio Pero (141 pounds) and Pete Friedl (184) earned major decisions as third-ranked Illinois remained undefeated in dual meets with a 26-6 win at No. 15 Indiana.

Painter following in former boss' career path

CHAMPAIGN – The message couldn't have been any more clear if it had been scrawled on the walls of Matt Painter's childhood home.

(Red room! Red room!)


Storylines from today's game againast Purdue:

Who's that Illini?

I lettered only two years for the Ilini men's tennis team but made the most of my time in Orange and Blue. I was an All-Big Ten selection during the 1972-73 and 1973-74 season, helping Illinois to a combined dual-meet record of 32-9.

Big Ten preview

Want to know which of the upcoming week's games are worth your time? Here's the scoop from sports editor Jim Rossow, who's thinking of betting on the Super Bowl after a 7-4 week:

No inside presence poses problems for Illini women

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Illinois coach Theresa Grentz might be inclined to burn the game film from Thursday's ugly 63-48 loss at Indiana, but the rest of the Big Ten's women's basketball coaches might want to get their hands on it.

Indiana's zone defense collapsed on the Illini frontline, and when the Illinois guards failed to locate their shooting touch, the result was a disastrous first half and a lopsided loss.

UI women's basketball box score

Hoosiers 63, Illini 48