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Last year's rout by Spartans still fresh in coach's mind

CHAMPAIGN – Don't need to tell Ron Zook about Michigan State's 14-year dominance of Illinois. He saw enough in one game against the Spartans.

In 2005, the Spartans drilled the Illini 63-14 at Memorial Stadium, extending their streak against the Illini to nine games. During that time, Michigan State has outscored Illinois 305-134.

Tate: Willis has that special something

"Some people rise to a competitive level. Some have a special feeling inside."

Lenny Willis

CHAMPAIGN – Willis, a former assistant football coach under Lou Tepper and now the director of UI sports facilities, was speaking of his son, Jacob.

Big Ten honors runner Bizzarri

PARK RIDGE – Illinois freshman Angela Bizzarri, who was a winner in her first collegiate cross-country meet, was named Big Ten Women's Runner of the Week on Tuesday.

Third's the word for former Illini

GUANGZHOU, China – Lindsey Durlacher will be carrying a bronze medal with him when he returns from this week's World Wrestling Championships.

Already, the former Illinois All-American has his sights set on a bigger reward.

Juice keeps starting job

CHAMPAIGN – There is no mystery this week when it comes to the Illinois starting quarterback. No last-minute decisions.

For the second time in his life, Juice Williams will open a college game when the Illini visit Michigan State on Saturday.

Former Illini out of trouble

MIAMI – Awvee Storey, who played for the Washington Wizards last season, will not face charges of refusing to obey a police order during an incident in Miami Beach during Memorial Day Weekend.

The 29-year-old former Illini, who is a free agent, had been blocking traffic in the middle of a busy street when an officer told him to get back to the sidewalk, but he did not obey the officer and was arrested, police report said.

Grad student developing special glove for video games

Jason Skowronski balls his fingers into a fist and smashes the concrete block wall like he was knocking down a house of cards.

The special glove developed by the University of Illinois graduate student in electrical and computer engineering provides him with such super powers.

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