IHSA Class A boys'' sectionals ¬

At Clifton (All times 7:30 p.m.) Tuesday''s game Prairie Central (24-4) vs. LeRoy (17-11) Wednesday''s game CPCI (22-7) vs. Iroquois West (23-4) At Tolono Tuesday''s game Sullivan (16-11) vs. Schlarman (22-8) Wednesday''s game Unity (26-4) vs. Monticello (26-3)

Wolverines stand in UI''s way for title

Glen Rice played on a Big Ten basketball champion. He was a modest contributor as a freshman on a 1986 Michigan powerhouse featuring Roy Tarpley, Antoine Joubert and Gary Grant. No, Rice and the 1989 national champions didn''t win the Big Ten.

Venue menu ¬

Dan Monson doesn''t work for the Minneapolis visitors'' bureau. It only sounds that way sometimes. Like when he''s talking about the great basketball facilities and hotels and nightlife the city has to offer, and all the other reasons he can see

Sages still dancing ¬

CERRO GORDO  Watching Monticello''s Sages dance and dally before Friday''s game, you''d have thought this was any run-of-the-mill midseason game against a nondescript opponent. The Sages were having such a good time, were seemingly so loose and


Present vs. future? Michigan''s Blanchard (right) has long been giving Big Ten teams fits with his size and slashing skill. Lately, Powell has played like he''s ready to fill that role for the Illini. Keep an eye on these two today, inside and out.

Ready, set, go

With Illinois hosting this weekend''s Big Ten Men''s Indoor Track and Field Championships, here''s a look at five things to watch as the Big Ten''s best take to the UI Armory track: A legend''s last lap This weekend will be your final chance to see longtime Illinois coach Gary Wieneke guide his squad at the Armory, as the 28-year coaching veteran plans to retire at the end of the 2003 season. The 1987 National Coach of the Year has won 12 Big Ten team championships, coached 152 conference

Trio stretching for Big Ten award

Two weeks ago, somebody asked Bill Self about Brian Cook''s Big Ten Player of the Year chances. And Self said that although he thought Cook was the league''s top player, "nothing''s been won yet." Something''s about to get won. Illinois

City dwelling

We''re not travel writers, but The News-Gazette sports staff has been around the basketball world. So we sat down to list the pros and cons of the five most likely future sites for the Big Ten tournament, and to think outside the box for five sites we''d like to see: INDIANAPOLIS Pro: Pedestrian-friendly downtown Con: All the pedestrians are Hoosiers CHICAGO Pro: Arena worthy of pros Con: Arena surrounded by cons MILWAUKEE Pro: Lots of breweries Con: Lots of Brewers

IHSA girls'' Class A state tournament

At Normal Friday''s results Chicago Hope 59, Riverton 57 Hampshire 57, St. Teresa 54 Okawville 67, Iroquois West 45 Pana 64, Carthage 58 Today''s games * Chicago Hope vs. Hampshire, 11 a.m. * Okawville vs. Pana, 12:45 p.m. *

News-Gazette''s high five

This week''s list: Worst Big Ten McDonald''s All-America snubs: 1. CALBERT CHEANEY, Indiana: Won national POY 2. GLEN RICE, Michigan: School''s No. 1 scorer 3. STEVE SMITH, Michigan State: All-American, twice 4. A.J. GUYTON, Indiana: Better