Oka, Lockhart earn honor

Illinois gymnast Leo Oka and wrestler John Lockhart have been named to the CoSIDA/Verizon Academic All-District team.

CBS hears complaints on analyst

When he reaches the Final Four this weekend in Minneapolis, Perry Chester is going to be looking for CBS Sports leader Sean McManus. And McManus probably won't like what the WCIA general manager has on his mind.

Following the lead of many angry callers and e-mailers, Chester plans to share his concerns about the job analyst Bill Walton did during the NCAA tournament.

Oliver, Illini double fun

Senior Graydon Oliver and freshman Amer Delic bounced Notre Dame's Javier Taborga and Aaron Talarico 8-3 at No. 1 doubles as the Illini went on to a 5-2 victory against the 10th-ranked Irish on Thursday in South Bend, Ind.

Tate: Illini, Self off to flying start

A starting point!

That's what coach Bill Self called his first Illini basketball season.

Ex-Illini football players show wares to NFL scouts

CHAMPAIGN – One by one, they lined up and took off. Chug, chug, chug. Run through the tape and hope for the best.

For some of them, it was old hat. But for Jason Eberhart, Robert Franklin and Marcus Hood, Wednesday's pro day at Illinois was a strange new experience. About 30 scouts, including former Arizona Cardinals head coach Joe Bugel, timed, measured and picked over 13 ex-Illinois players.

Team faces up to its setbacks

CHAMPAIGN – Except for several rows of new chairback seats, Illinois Field looks just as it did last year. The same can't be said of those guys out in the field.

When the Illini made their home debut last weekend, familiar faces in familiar places were awfully tough to find.

Illini Insider

News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth''s review and preview of University of Illinois sports.

Clark making switch to corner

CHAMPAIGN – As a high school senior, Jamaal Clark's name was listed among the nation's top receivers. One recruiting guide had him ranked No. 7 in the country.

But the rankings didn't do him much good his freshman season at Illinois. Even with starter Brandon Lloyd lost for the season, Clark played sparingly and didn't catch a pass.

Tate: Changes fall in favor of reborn Illini

Here we are, five months prior to Illinois' Sept. 1 kickoff in California, and the Big Ten football season has already changed dramatically.

Bad news for Michigan, good for Illinois. The gap decreases.

Big Ten softball midseason glance

A quick glance at Big Ten schools prior to the opening of the league's softball season this weekend: