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Illinois coach ponders future

CHAMPAIGN – Did the end of Illinois' baseball season Sunday mark the end of a Hall of Fame coaching career, too?

After the Illini's 6-4 victory against Iowa at Illinois Field, Itch Jones raised that possibility.

Illinois coach ponders future

CHAMPAIGN – Did the end of Illinois' baseball season Sunday mark the end of a Hall of Fame coaching career, too?

After the Illini's 6-4 victory against Iowa at Illinois Field, Itch Jones raised that possibility.

Don't worry; be happy

All things considered, Kevin Weiberg should have been thrilled with this college basketball season.

After all, the Big 12 commissioner was at the head of NCAA hoops' flagship conference, a league that sent two teams to the Final Four and was heaped with praise from pontificating pundits.

Asmussen: Morton proves he's college material

Christian Morton had his photo taken Friday afternoon. Wearing a cap and gown. Some of the people back at Riverview Gardens (Mo.) High School aren't going to believe it.

The Illinois senior cornerback intends to show them the proof. He'll drop a picture on the desk of a once-doubting counselor.

Calkins helps save day

ATHENS, Ga. – Rain delayed Illinois' start Saturday at the NCAA tennis championships.

Turns out, it took the Illini longer than expected to finish, too.

Rossow: Illinois coach simply a man of the people

Bruce Weber doesn't change his own oil. When he thinks of a spark plug, he thinks of Dee Brown. And if you asked him to check the air filter, he'd probably start by opening the trunk.

But the way Illinois' new basketball coach worked a ballroom full of auto dealers earlier this week in Springfield, you would swear Weber was a close friend of Mr. Goodwrench. It's as if he showed up wearing a mechanic's shirt that said "Bruce" on the breast pocket.

Massachusetts sinks UI hopes

Illinois'' softball team learned an important lesson Friday at the NCAA regional tournament: It''s not how you start but how you finish. The Illini (39-17-1) jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first inning against Massachusetts in an elimination game, but they couldn''t hold on in Tuscaloosa, Ala. UMass rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh in its 5-4 victory.

Illini miss chances, shot at postseason

CHAMPAIGN  Before the first pitch was even thrown Friday night at Illinois Field, the Illinois baseball team''s postseason hopes were extinguished. Then the latest in a series of close games flickered out on the Illini, too. &

UI''s Bearfield hoping to cap career on high note

MINNEAPOLIS  She could have been walking down the aisle Sunday, wearing a cap and gown. Instead, Chequetta Bearfield plans to be running and jumping. The Illinois senior competes in her final Big Ten outdoor track meet starting today at Bierman Stadium. Finals are scheduled Sunday in the 100 meters, 200 and sprint relays. All are within Bearfield''s grasp.

Appetite for success

Playing in the school''s first NCAA tournament game could have made Illinois players a little jumpy Thursday morning. Thankfully, the age of the program doesn''t matter to the Illini players.