Win at Wisconsin a must for UI

This time last year, the Big Ten men''s basketball race was a muddled mess. This year, the championship picture looks clearer. Wisconsin, a 69-61 winner at Minnesota on Sunday, doesn''t play this weekend and thus can clinch the conference


HOCKEY * Illini finish third. Brian Coleman scored twice in the third period as Illinois rallied past Delaware 3-2 in the third-place game at the American Collegiate Hockey Association''s National Championship on Sunday in Athens, Ohio. Joel Superfine also scored for the Illini, who got assists from Todd Chrustowski, Luke Carlson and Kyle Mulvey.

Felicien right at home in capturing hurdles title

It was her biggest rival''s home track, but that didn''t stop Illinois'' Perdita Felicien from dominating. Felicien won the Big Ten Indoor 60-meter hurdles Sunday at Bloomington, Ind., clocking in at 8.02 seconds to beat Indiana''s Danielle

An Armory of three

A look at the top three performances Sunday at the Big Ten Indoor men''s track and field meet at the UI Armory: * Ohio State''s Dan Taylor: Weight throw toss of 73 feet, 4 inches best in the nation this year. * Purdue''s Prentice Stovall,

Disappointed Illinois talks over problems

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  Before they journeyed to the postgame news conference Sunday, Illinois coach Theresa Grentz and some Illini players gathered to discuss the team''s situation. A few minutes later, Grentz tried to put a finger on it. "We''re trying to get them to understand what this is all about and how to get to the next level, and sometimes we settle," Grentz said after an 85-82 overtime loss at Indiana. "We just settle for what''s happening on the floor as opposed to taking control of it

Traveling call ¬

Meet Me in Springfield. OK, so that doesn''t have the same ring to it as Meet Me in St. Louis. For six area Class AA boys'' basketball teams, however, there''s no place they would rather be next week than Illinois'' capital city. For each, the first steps on that annual journey known as the IHSA tournament begin Tuesday and Wednesday at four regional sites. Win twice, and the reward is a trip to Springfield''s Prairie Capital Convention Center for a four-team sectional March 11 and 14. Make

Offense lifts Cobras

PENSACOLA, Fla.  Freshman Korie Shawver and sophomore Nicole Prager each had two hits in both games to lead Parkland College past Walsh 8-4 and 7-6 in a junior college softball doubleheader Sunday. Prager had a double, a triple and two RBI. In Game 2, Lacey Franklin had two hits, including a triple, and an RBI. St. Joseph-Ogden product Katie Appl got the win for the Cobras, who stole six bases.

Not-so-perfect end of an era ¬

CHAMPAIGN  After shaking what seemed like a thousand hands, Illinois men''s track and field coach Gary Wieneke walked over to the bleachers at the UI Armory track and took a seat. "I''m tired," Wieneke said. "It''s been a long one." Wieneke was talking about his weekend, one that ended late Sunday with the final day of the 2003 Big Ten Men''s Indoor Championships. But he could have been talking about his coaching career, one that will conclude after 36 seasons at Illinois, 28 as the men''s track and field coach. His final indoor meet didn''t end the way he wanted it to, the Illini finishing eighth in the team standings for their worst finish under Wieneke. Still, the coach who''s won 12 league championships managed to put a positive spin on

Huth''s Class AA outlook

Staff writer Jeff Huth, who covers Big 12 boys'' basketball, offers a quick read on area teams'' openers: Centennial * Seed: Seventh * Site: Lincoln * Opener: Sacred Heart-Griffin * Comment: Chargers haven''t won a

Illini kiss first-round break goodbye

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  What appeared for the better part of two hours to be Illinois'' fourth straight victory turned into one of its most disappointing losses. Theresa Grentz''s Illini women poured in 45 first-half points, shot 51 percent and