Big Ten honors UI''s Williams, passes over Weber

CHAMPAIGN – Bruce Weber was shut out of the Big Ten awards released today, but he doesn''t mind.

The Illinois coach already has the trophy he really wanted.

Tate: Fans adding orange glow to C-U area

Football or basketball? What''s the traditional favorite of East Central Illinoisans?

Our proximity to Kentucky and Indiana favors the round ball. But you can''t put 65,000 fans in a basketball arena.

Colangelo restructures

Former Illini Jerry Colangelo is looking to sell a minority share of the Phoenix Suns to an investor who would have the right to buy the remainder of the team in several years.

Colangelo, 64, said he hired Lehman Brothers two months ago and the sales plan has been completed, but he has no immediate plans to relinquish control of the Suns.

Tate: Illinois'' horizon packed to brim in coming days

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dee Brown, meet Clive Follmer! James Augustine, shake hands with Johnny "Red" Kerr!

Brown, Augustine and the sophomore-led Illini made their mark in history Sunday, building a 17-point lead and hanging on to nip Ohio State 64-63 for the school''s first undisputed Big Ten basketball championship since the Kerr era in 1952.

Illini players breathe sigh of relief after last-second play doesn''t draw a whistle

COLUMBUS, Ohio – James Augustine kept his hands up, his ears open and his fingers crossed for the last 6.2 seconds of Sunday''s 64-63 win at Ohio State.

After Deron Williams missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Ohio State''s Terence Dials grabbed the rebound and pushed the ball up to Brandon Fuss-Cheatham, who darted into the lane looking for the winning bucket.

UI men''s basketball box score

Illinois 64, Ohio State 63

Illini put focus on nationals

COLUMBUS, Ohio – When the Illinois wrestling bus pulled into Columbus, Ohio, on Friday for the Big Ten Wrestling Championships, the Illini''s expectations were higher than the last row of St. John Arena.

"We were all talking Friday night, saying, ''Yeah, we can go ahead and win this thing,'' " Illinois'' Alex Tirapelle said.

Ziemba keys win in Florida

Joe Ziemba had a no-hitter going into the ninth inning and Drew Davidson went 3 for 3 with a double and a home run to lead Illinois'' baseball team to an 8-2 win against SouthFlorida on Sunday in Tampa, Fla.

Eric Eymann was 4 for 4 with three RBI and Vince DiMaria was 3 for 5 with 2 RBI as the Illini (3-4) beat the Bulls for the first time in three tries.

Gleeful Illini faithful party like it''s 1952

SAVOY – It was a celebration 52 years in the making, and Illinois fans did it up right Sunday night when welcoming home their Big Ten Conference champion Illinois men''s basketball team.

"Fifty-two years is a long time, but we finally pulled it off," Illinois junior guard Luther Head told a spirited crowd – estimated by one Flightstar charter company official to be about 1,500 people – that flocked to Willard Airport after the Illini clinched the title outright for the first time since 1952 with a 64-63 victory against Ohio State.


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