Brasic gets fresh start

CHAMPAIGN – The unwanted break came to an end Tuesday. Tim Brasic, suspended from the Illinois football team because of academics, doesn't plan to be gone again.

While his teammates were throwing, running and tackling last week, the Illinois quarterback kept his nose in his books. Study hall replaced practice. He missed one week of his final spring session.

Some areas remain in dark

Cleanup and power service repairs were continuing today, but some streets, schools and businesses remained closed in the wake of Sunday's storm.

Champaign County Emergency Management Agency Director Bill Keller said this morning that officials finished assessing damage for the storm Monday.

Arizona rematch on tap

INDIANAPOLIS – Lots of people make scheduling requests of Bruce Weber.

But Jerry Colangelo isn't lots of people.

Who's that Illini?

I hit .372 during my Illini baseball career, the third-highest figure in school history. A first baseman who played from 1980 to '83, I hit a career-best .400 as a junior. I own school records for career hits (297), season hits (104), career triples (22), season triples (11) and games played in a season (72). I rank fourth in Illini history in career triples (181).

Game's luminaries say Brown has shot to achieve dream

INDIANAPOLIS – The Bob Cousy Award trophy is quite large, so someone offered to take care of it for Dee Brown, to arrange for its transportation home.

"No thanks," Brown said, a wide smile on his face. "I'll hold on to my baby."

Split puts Illini in foul mood

CHAMPAIGN – On a day when the Illinois baseball team was guilty of three errors, Mike Rohde handled both of his fielding chances flawlessly.

On a day when the Illini stranded 12 runners, Rohde delivered one of his team's few clutch hits – a two-out, two-run double in the fourth inning.

Who's that Illini?

In rank fourth on the Illini football team's career tackles chart with 441. A linebacker who lettered from 1977 to 1980, I also stand fifth on the single-season tackle list with 155 stops as a sophomore. I twice racked up as many as 23 tackles in a game, tying for sixth-most in UI history. A fifth-round draft choice of the St. Louis Cardinals, I played in the NFL from 1981 to '83.

Energy recharges Illini

URBANA – Molly Lawhead is known as the effervescent energizer on the Illinois softball team.

The junior from Monticello is the one who can raise spirits when the feelings are down.

Brown named top point guard

INDIANAPOLIS – Dee Brown always figured he could play point guard fulltime.

Today, he found out that a lot of people agree with him.

Who's that Illini?

I'm arguably the best high jumper in UI women's track and field history. I earned seven All-America honors between 1996 and '99, topped by a fourth-place finish at the 1998 NCAA indoor meet. I still own the school record.