Sports

Expansion could help Illinois bid

The opportunity to play in the NCAA baseball tournament never has been greater. When the light on the road to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., turns green later this month, 16 more teams will be embarking than a year ago.

If Illinois is to be among the chosen 64, however, it first must qualify for another select group.


Illini hip on return

CHAMPAIGN – His teammates weren't sure what to expect, and his coach was worried about sticking him back in the lineup. But senior Gavin Sontag wasn't nervous.

Sidelined for more than a month with a hip injury, Sontag made his return at Saturday's NCAA regional opener with postseason nemesis Northwestern at Atkins Tennis Center. Coach Craig Tiley was concerned about his comeback, but this was an All-American.


Asmussen: UI system continues to pay off

It has been four years since Illinois brought its radio network in house. Each year, the move looks smarter.

As the Illinois baseball team ends the radio broadcast season with four games against Purdue, the school counts a profit of $850,000 for 1998-99.


UI's Nuger in running at Big Ten

LAUDERDALE, Minn. – Illinois' Larry Nuger is tied for the individual lead after two rounds of the Big Ten Men's Golf Championship.


New assistant for Kruger

CHAMPAIGN – At Florida and Illinois, Steve Henson often worked out with Lon Kruger's teams to stay in shape for professional basketball.

He's back again, only this time he'll get paid for his sweat.


UI''s Mr. Discipline returns

CHAMPAIGN – Who can forget Todd Murphy?

Not the alumni of his infamous 5 A.M. Club.

"I think (first baseman) Kevin (Rudden) and I must have led the 5 A.M. Club," Illinois senior second baseman D.J. Svihlik said. "I can vividly remember him screaming down my throat. It was almost like he enjoyed doing it.


Plenty to prove

URBANA – For all they've won and done the last four years in the Big Ten, it's been one and done every time at the next stage for Craig Tiley's seventh-ranked Illini.

Can't very well win a first NCAA tennis title without winning the first NCAA tournament match.


Illini insider

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


Illini trio honored

Illinois pitchers Jason Anderson and Jimmy Journell and outfielder Craig Marquie were named to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District V team announced Thursday.


UI golfers take next step: NCAA

   For the first time in his Illinois golf career, Mark Henderson won''t finish his season at the Big Ten Championships.

   No, the Illini senior hasn''t been dropped from the lineup after developing a case of the yips or sailing one too many balls into the water. To the contrary, Henderson lately shot some of the best golf of his career, never exceeding 76 in his last seven rounds.


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