Prospect accepts Illini's pitch

ORLAND PARK – Nick Chmielewski, a nationally ranked high school pitcher from suburban Chicago, has orally committed to the Illinois baseball team.

The Orland Park Sandburg right-hander is ranked 85th in the Class of 2007 by Baseball America magazine.

Football recruit has ties to Illini

DENVER – Dad tried hard not to push the son toward his alma mater. The son picked it anyway.

Clint Brewster is following dad Tim's path to the Illinois football program. The Denver Mullen quarterback will sign in February with Ron Zook's team.

Coach ready for latest challenge

He's the coach of a diving program that's been displaced from its under-renovation pool for the next two years.

And when his divers need to practice off a 3-meter board, they'll have to leave town. Perhaps even the state, if Purdue is willing to share its facility.

No Illini sports stories today

The summer session for Illini SportsFacts began on May 1. During the summer, we do not guarantee that there will be stories every day, as the University of Illinois is not in session and reporters take vacations.

It is for that reason, that regular subscribers to SportsFacts receive the summer at no charge.

Today is one of those rare days when there are no Illini stories.

Clapp among smart choices

CHAMPAIGN – Danville's Marissa Clapp led a group of four Illinois swimmers who received recognition as part of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America's Winter/Spring Scholar All-American teams and individuals.

Clapp, who posted a 3.85 GPA for the recent spring semester, earned honorable mention Scholar All-America honors along with teammate Kathryn Easey. Christina Brunka and Rebecca Poetz earned Scholar All-America honors.

Brett Dawson's Nike notebook

A reporter who had covered both the Nike All-America Camp here and the Reebok ABCD camp in Teaneck, N.J., this week might have best summed up the difference between the two.

Remember when? Bob Richards' Olympic Gold Medals

He's the only pole vaulter in the history of the Olympics to win two gold medals.

Fifty years later, Bob Richards still is trying to figure out how he did it.

UI's Roark living the baseball way

DANVILLE – It's late morning on a Thursday and Tanner Roark is 20 minutes late.

A call is placed to his cell phone and, judging by the sleepy tone of his voice, the Danville Dans pitcher has just been roused to consciousness.

Illini legends, lists and lore

Eighty-two years ago, Illinois hurdler Dan Kinsey won an Olympic gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles in 15 seconds, one-fifth of a second off the world record. Just before the race, a downpour in Paris soaked the track, but it didn't seem to hamper Kinsey, who ran his personal-best time.

Rumors swirl around Illini commit Gordon

INDIANAPOLIS – There are 460 pages in the NCAA's rulebook, and it covers everything from extra benefits to academic requirements.

There's not a word about verbal commitment etiquette.