Illini at loss to change fortune

COLUMBUS, Ohio – For Illinois, it played out in a much-too-familiar fashion.

For the third straight game, crooked shooting and a rough second-half stretch cost the Illinois women as Ohio State ran off to a 76-57 victory Sunday at Value City Arena.

Stellar pitching nets softball title

Amanda Fortune capped off the Illinois softball team''s perfect weekend by throwing a one-hitter as the Illini beat Boston University 3-0 on Sunday to win the Aggie Invitational championship at College Station, Texas.

A day after clinching the tournament title with an upset win against Texas A&M, Fortune struck out six hitters and allowed one hit Sunday. Fortune went 3-0 with a save and did not allow an earned run on the weekend.

UI women''s basketball box score

Ohio State 76, Illinois 57

Off on the right foot

CHAMPAIGN – On Senior Day, Illinois wrestler Anton Dietzen took care of his elders. The junior 149-pounder hopes somebody duplicates the favor in 2005.

Dietzen needed just 59 seconds to pin Purdue''s Dan Jankowski in Sunday''s opening match. With Dietzen providing a 6-0 headstart, the Illini rolled to a 26-9 win.

Ask Brett

During the college basketball season, Brett Dawson, our resident expert, will answer a question each week on his specialty. This week''s question:

Asmussen: Recruit not planning on early move to NFL

The NFL is going to have its LeBron James, Kevin Garnett or Eddy Curry. It''s inevitable that a high school senior is going to say, "Forget college; put me in the draft."

Don''t expect that player to be Rashard Mendenhall.

Tate: Illini long-range plans don''t call for shootouts

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The Illini''s uphill trek toward Big Ten basketball leadership and a Top 25 berth is a stranger-than-fiction enterprise.

Game patterns change, different leaders pop up. The swings are unpredictable.

Ohio State hitting conference stride at right time

It can be difficult to understand why it''s happening, but Theresa Grentz has seen it often enough to know when it does.

A team suddenly finds its stride and begins to play in a matter that leaves its coach without much to say. That is, there''s little to fix.

Bob''s random thoughts

Two words to remember for embattled college football coaches (whose numbers seem to be growing by the day): no comment.

Dietz: Bubin putting it on line at combine

INDIANAPOLIS – Remember when you were a senior in college and attended those job fairs, where companies handed out brochures and talked about their prized 401(k) plans?

Sean Bubin did the same thing this weekend. Of course, most of us aren''t measured and weighed, timed in the 40-yard dash and asked to bench press 225 pounds as many times as you can.