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Bazzetta''s sister takes act to Hardin''s squad

NAPERVILLE – As one Bazzetta prepares for her final volleyball season at Illinois, another is lined up to take her place on the roster.

Lizzie Bazzetta, younger sister of senior-to-be Kathleen, orally committed to Don Hardin''s program. A senior-to-be at Naperville North, Lizzie will enter the UI in the fall of 2005 – one year too late to be a college teammate of her older sibling.

Eymann leaving UI baseball team

Shortstop Eric Eymann, who started every game of his two-year Illinois baseball career, is leaving for another school.

The Illini junior-to-be requested and was granted a release from his scholarship, UI coach Itch Jones said Tuesday.

Tate: Well-rested Illini will be better team

OK, so Dee Brown and Deron Williams won''t be playing for the U.S. Juniors this summer.

Good. They can use the rest.

Ask Brett

Brett Dawson, our resident college basketball expert, is available to answer a question on his specialty. He can be reached at bdawson@news-gazette.com.

Today''s query:

"Everybody knows college coaches can evaluate high school basketball players in July. Who is Bruce Weber seeing the most this month?"

LetterRIP

Want to sound off? E-mail us at sports@news-gazette.com. Here are this week''s opinions:

On Ohio State''s decision to hire Thad Matta:

U.S. Olympic trials showcase many Illini

Jenny Adams of Champaign, who trains under Illini women''s track coach Gary Winckler, finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles in 12.74. Earlier Sunday, Adams ran the fourth-fastest time (12.77) in the semifinals.

Former Illini Scot Hollonbeck placed second in the men''s wheelchair 1,500-meter exhibition race, 0.38 second behind Tyler Byers of Tucson, Ariz. Hollonbeck was clocked in 3:14.93 and led a 2-3-4 UI finish. Ex-Illini Adam Bleakney was third in 3:15.20, and Illinois sophomore Josh George was next in 3:15.22.

Former Illini, major league catcher enjoying the rare TV gig

When baseball opened the season with a game in Japan between the Yankees and Devil Rays – which started about 5 a.m. – ESPN telecast the game with its announcers watching via monitor from a studio in Connecticut.

Darrin Fletcher can relate.

Former Illinois coach Lou Henson still is going strong

Lou Henson still works out the way he used to, still coaches the way he always had.

He''s still on the recruiting trail and still hungry to win.

Asmussen: How do you make a Trophy case?

Clark Haptonstall remembers sitting at the New York Downtown Athletic Club in 1997, wondering if he had done all he could for his Heisman Trophy candidate.

Then the sports information director at Marshall, Haponstall wanted to promote superstar receiver Randy Moss. In its first year of Division I-A football, Marshall didn''t have a single television appearance.

Bob''s random thoughts

Get busted for steroids at most colleges, and you face a suspension. Get busted for steroids at one of the military academies, and you face up to 25 years of confinement.