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Illini makes main draw

Illinois tennis player Ryler DeHeart remained undefeated this season with a victory Wednesday that moved him into the main draw of the ITA All-American tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn.

DeHeart, 6-0 and ranked 95th nationally, beat William & Mary''s Sean Kelleher 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, improving to 3-0 in the qualifying rounds.

Illinois football practice report

With Michigan State running the option, Illinois defensive end Scott Moss plans on a busy Saturday afternoon.

"It''s a totally different game," the junior said. "You''ve got to cut that off and take that out of the game."

Big Ten prepared to bump UI game

MINNEAPOLIS – The Big Ten made it official Wednesday. Now it''s up to the Minnesota Twins.

If the AL Central champions beat the New York Yankees in their first-round playoff series, the Illinois-Minnesota football game will be bumped up a day to Oct. 22 at the Metrodome. Kickoff for the rescheduled game will be at 7:30 p.m.

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Illinois football practice report

For a day or so, Jon Beutjer''s job as the Illinois starting quarterback wasn''t guaranteed. But coach Ron Turner confirmed Monday that Beutjer would stay in the lineup.

Beutjer said he didn''t let the uncertainty bother him.

Godfrey gets first victory

Illinois golfer Megan Godfrey won the first tournament title of her collegiate career, finishing at 6-over-par 228 Tuesday at the Shootout at The Legends in Franklin, Ind.

Godfrey''s tournament included a pair of 72s – the lowest rounds of her career – and came in Tuesday''s final round. She began the day in seventh place.

Tate: Former UI coach Henson ailing

In a major upset, Lou Henson won''t be on the firing line for the Oct. 15 opening of his 42nd season as a college head basketball coach.

In remission after rallying to whip non-Hodgkins lymphoma this past year, Henson met another stumbling block early last week. He has been hospitalized in Las Cruces, N.M., by high temperatures (improving to 99 degrees Monday) stemming from a viral infection in the lining of his brain.

Ex-Illini great back in the booth for Saturday''s game

Jim Grabowski will be back at work Saturday in East Lansing, Mich., serving as Illinois radio analyst. Just like he has for 26 years.

"I''ll be there," Grabowski said.

Former Illini comes up big

Graydon Oliver, the 2000 NCAA doubles champion, claimed his third ATP tournament title Sunday.

The former Illini teamed with Justin Gimelstob to defeat Roger Federer, the top-ranked singles player in the world, and Yves Allegro 5-7, 6-4, 4-3 at the Thailand Open Doubles Championship in Bangkok.