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Illini target stays home

The lure of a home-state school proved too tempting for Rajon Rondo.

The 6-foot-2 point guard from Louisville, Ky., an Illinois recruiting target, has given an oral commitment to play basketball at Kentucky.

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For the record, Illini win

It all came together for Yoshi Hayasaki''s third-ranked Illini men''s gymnastics team Sunday.

His squad put up a school-record score of 218.9 to beat No. 8 Minnesota (208.25) in front of 715 fans at Huff Hall.

Smith''s technical foul doesn''t help Illinois cause in hostile environment

MADISON, Wis. – Bruce Weber has seen Nick Smith''s temper flare up before, and he''s let it slide.

On Saturday, he took a stand and gave Smith a seat.

Illini Roundup: Relay steals spotlight

It took a camera to decide the outcome, but Illinois'' men''s 1,600-meter relay team came away victorious Saturday.

The Illini edged Northern Iowa at the line in the Elite Invitational at Madison, Wis. Both teams were clocked in 3 minutes, 15.15 seconds, but a photo revealed Illinois was the winner. Adrian Walker, Trammel Smith, Zach Glavash and Nathan Vadeboncouer ran for Illinois.

UI Men''s Basketball Game 17 Box Score

Badgers 76

Illini 56

Badgers'' model behavior puts pounding on Illinois

MADISON, Wis. – Opportunity knocked. Illinois got knocked around.

Saturday''s game at Wisconsin was supposed to be the Illini''s best shot to make a statement, to announce their return to form and to climb back into the Big Ten race.

In the knick of time

CHICAGO – It''s 2 1/2 hours before tip-off, and Frank Williams walks the hallway of the United Center on his way to the New York Knicks'' locker room.

He stops to sign an autograph for an eager fan, trying to keep hold of the basketball shoes he is carrying at the same time. Alone, he makes his way into the visitor''s locker room in a building where he enjoyed some of his best college basketball moments playing for Illinois.

Rossow: UI can right ship in time for NCAAs

MADISON, Wis. – There are quick and easy fixes Illinois can make before it loses sight of the NCAA tournament.

Like, when the referee asks for the basketball, hand it to him. Rolling it toward the cheerleaders, like Nick Smith did in a not entirely surprising fit of immaturity Saturday, should be saved for second-graders who don''t know any better.

Ex-Illini report card

Illinois students returned from their semester break this week, so they''ve already seen their grades.

Most ex-Illini in the NFL also have received their feedback from teams as their seasons ended during the past month. But two former Illinois football players will make the trip to Houston for the Super Bowl to cap off a memorable year for Illinois alums in the pros.