Smith's shot gets healthy again

CHAMPAIGN – Late Wednesday, Jamar Smith began vomiting. He couldn't sleep. He couldn't keep any food down. So he dialed up Illinois athletic trainer Al Martindale.

"First he told me (to eat) chicken noodle soup. I tried to do that and threw that up," Smith said. "Then he told me toast. I pretty much lived off toast for three days straight."

Illini complete sweep, gain dose of confidence

URBANA – A slow start didn't prevent Illinois from completing a weekend men's tennis sweep.

Bouncing back after losing the doubles point, the seventh-ranked Illini rallied past No. 41 Tennessee 4-3 on Saturday night at Atkins Tennis Center.

Turner feeling Super once gain

MIAMI – There is landing on your feet after getting fired. And then there is Ron Turner's version of the same.

In the history of bouncing back, hard to imagine anybody doing it better than the former Illinois head coach.

Tate: Burst of offense cures what ails Illini

CHAMPAIGN – Coach Bruce Weber welcomed back sharpshooter Jamar Smith to the world of the living Saturday night as Illinois set the stage for serious road endeavors.

A 59-49 defeat of Minnesota was a valuable, confidence-building tuneup for Northwestern on Wednesday and Indiana next Saturday.

Then and now

Being a Top 25 player in the national recruiting rankings doesn't guarantee college football success. Using lists provided by and Athlon Sports, The News-Gazette's Mike Colgan found out what became of the high school phenoms. The list:

UI women's basketball game preview

Here's a look at today's UI women's game at Michigan State:

Grade expectations

The News-Gazette's Dan Petty has kept track of all of the former Illini in the NFL this season. There have been some ups and a few downs, and now it's time to take a peek inside Petty's grade book:

UI men's basketball game preview

Here's a look at tonight's Illinois men's basketball game against Minnesota:

Big Ten basketball preview

If it wins today at Michigan State, go ahead and give Ohio State another Big Ten title.

Ten questions for Frank Williams

He was a McDonald's All-American, a two-time Illini MVP, a Big Ten MVP and a first-round NBA draft pick. But that's where the basketball fun ended for former Illini Frank Williams, who is trying to resurrect his professional career in the NBA Development League. The point guard is turning heads again – he's averaging 14.8 points and 4.2 assists for the Sioux Falls Skyforce – and will find out if he made the NBADL All-Star Game in Las Vegas early next week. The Pride of Peoria talked about South Dakota weather, coping without his mother and his love for Illinois with sports editor Jim Rossow: