Illini might go fourth in soccer

The Illinois soccer team began Friday trying to clinch a tie for second place in the Big Ten.

When the day was over, the Illini found themselves in fourth place after a 5-1 road loss against Iowa.

Beaver Stadium's work in progress

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – It took them a few extra minutes to arrive, but the Illinois players got to see Beaver Stadium on Friday.

The place has changed quite a bit since their last visit in 1998.

Christianson paces UI

Anna Christianson won the 200-yard butterfly, the 200 breaststroke and the 400 individual medley, helping Illinois to a 178.5-121.5 season-opening victory against Southern Illinois in Carbondale.

Illini Insider

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

UI spikers forced to adjust to another hitter loss

CHAMPAIGN – Don't be surprised if Don Hardin looks to the end of his bench for a starter tonight.

It's been that kind of a year for the can't-catch-a-break Illinois volleyball team, which lost yet another outside hitter to a season-ending injury.

BCS, Big Ten not a good fit for a change

The streak is six weeks from coming to an end.

For four years, the Big Ten has put a second team into the Bowl Championship Series. That's an extra wad of cash for a league with six other postseason commitments.

Anderson shuts door on foes

   CHAMPAIGN  Sarah Anderson and her teammates couldn''t remember any spectacular diving saves or leaping catches during the Illinois soccer team''s three-game shutout streak.

   The goalkeeper just recalls good decisions and relatively easy chances behind an improving, stifling defense.

Illinois men''s basketball practice update

   A sore left knee kept Marcus Griffin from participating full time during four-man preseason workouts. Now healthy, the senior has caught coach Bill Self''s eye the first week of practice.

Tate: UI practices have share of pain, gain

Wisconsin's basketball Badgers were in a class by themselves in terms of nasty, hand-to-hand combat.

No longer! Despite a limp in their overall gait, coach Bill Self's Illini are hanging tough in Self's survival-of-the-fittest sessions at Ubben.

At least those left standing.

Chicago forward newest addition to Grentz's team

CHICAGO – After Saturday's Illini Madness scrimmage at the Assembly Hall, Illinois women's basketball coach Theresa Grentz gushed over her team's future, ending a press briefing by saying, "We might have the female version of the Flyin' Illini soon. Not yet, but maybe."

On Wednesday, the Illini took a step closer.