Illinois wrestling recruits both make dates for semifinals

   CHAMPAIGN  Lambros Fotos has a bruise and a red mark surrounding his right eye, scars borne from a good dose of work on the wrestling mat.

   It''s no wonder Illinois coach Mark Johnson likes him.

Ground zero visit worth the hassles

   NEW YORK  Damir Krupalija has seen all this before.

   The Illinois senior left Bosnia in late April 1992 after war broke out earlier that month.

Team pauses to reflect

   CHAMPAIGN  When the Illinois basketball team heads east today, its focus will be on winning a basketball game Saturday against Seton Hall.

   But for a little while this afternoon, the Illini''s minds will be elsewhere.

Illini in good hands

   CHAMPAIGN  Their floor general, the person whom coach Theresa Grentz often alluded to as the catalyst of the Illinois offense, was planted in street clothes on the bench.

   That left the steering duties to a trio of freshmen for Wednesday''s game against Ohio State. If only the Titanic had been in these hands ...

Williams draws rave rival reviews

   CHAMPAIGN  Welcome, Angelina Williams, to big-time college basketball.

   And to the Illinois starting lineup. And, if Ohio State coach Beth Burns has her way, to the Big Ten''s All-Freshman team.

UI football adds rusher

   Ron Turner''s 2002 football recruiting class is in the fold, so now it''s time for the Big Ten champions to tackle 2003.

   And the Illini are off to a good start, receiving an oral commitment from Thornton Fractional South running back Pierre Thomas.

UI women''s basketball box score

Illinois 96, Ohio State 76

Illini Insider

   News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth´s weekly review and preview of Illinois sports:

Fully awake, Illini mauls Izzo´s team

   EAST LANSING, Mich.  The bear is awake.

   In the days leading upto Tuesday night''s Illinois-Michigan State game here, Spartans coach Tom Izzo fretted, worried that this might be the game Frank Williams snapped out of his February hibernation.

Illinois men''s basketball box score

Illinois 63, MSU 61