Illini singled out in NCAA match

   COLLEGE STATION, Texas  All season long, the fight was an Illini trademark.

   Illinois'' men''s tennis team had prided itself on its ability to handle adversity, to get going when the going got tough.

Illinois baseball team stays put

   IOWA CITY, Iowa  Three days ago, the Illinois baseball team looked like a lock for the postseason. Somebody forgot to tell Iowa.

   The Hawkeyes completed a 3-1 series victory against the Illini with a 5-3 win Sunday. Iowa advanced to the Big Ten tournament as the No. 5 seed, and Illinois will stay home.

UI, Kallur collar third place in league

   MADISON, Wis.  Because of a badly bruised heel, Perdita Felicien didn''t have her usual dominating day. But teammate Jenny Kallur picked her up.

   Kallur scored in five events as the Illinois women''s track team finished third at Sunday''s Big Ten outdoor meet.

Asmussen: Wilson''s visit a hoppin'' place

   There were no bunnies. No Hugh Hefner. No all-night parties. Just a weekend of fun in the sun for Eugene Wilson and the rest of the Playboy All-Americans.

   The Illinois senior cornerback spent last weekend at a Phoenix resort. The honorees ate, played water volleyball and had their pictures taken. A lot.

Rossow: If UI tennis wins, grin and bare it

   The question isn''t whether Illinois can win a national championship in men''s tennis. With so many top-of-the-line players on his roster and more on the way, Craig Tiley will do it someday soon, maybe this week in College Station, Texas.

   The question is what to do when the Illini pull it off. How exactly does one celebrate an NCAA title in a college sport so seldomly recognized?

Dawson: Hectic NBA itinerary keeps Williams on the run

   It''s been said the biggest adjustment basketball players face in the NBA is the constant grind of games and travel over the course of an 82-game season.

   Frank Williams is about to get his first taste.

Illini get their Irish up in Sweet 16 win

   COLLEGE STATION, Texas  It''s not the heat, it''s the intensity.

   It was temperament, not the temperature, that had the biggest impact on the Illinois men''s tennis team''s 4-1 win against Notre Dame on Saturday at the NCAA tournament.

Small''s Illini make it big

   Mike Small''s first season as Illinois'' men''s golf coach wasn''t much fun.

   In Year 2, his team is making up for lost good times.

Asmussen: Lloyd learning the insides of television

   Someday, Sterling Sharpe, Terry Bradshaw and John Madden will retire from television. Brandon Lloyd wants to be ready when they go.

   Instead of hanging out on campus during his down time, the Illinois star receiver is spending three weeks as an intern at St. Louis'' Fox Sports Midwest.

Illini Roundup: Hurler ties mark; golfer in fourth

   It took one more inning than he wanted, but Andy Dickinson tied the Illinois record for career victories.

   I kind of gave the lead away, but we hung in there and our offense picked us up, Dickinson said after the Illini defeated host Iowa 5-4 in 10 innings Friday night.