UI reliever named All-American

   Illinois closer Jimmy Journell was named a second-team All-American on Thursday by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

NFL camp no place to cool Jets

   J.P. Machado heard people talk about how laid back life would be when he got into pro football. That idea vanished the instant he arrived at the New York Jets'' first rookie camp.

   The Illinois alumnus and Jets late-round draft pick found out life with the defending AFC East champions and coach Bill Parcels is no cakewalk.

Illini insider

   Favorite son Lon Kruger is back in Kansas this weekend, where he''ll be inducted into the state''s Sports Hall of Fame alongside Steve Grogan, Jim Plunkett and two others.

   The ceremony is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by a news conference and public reception.

Evans falls in tourney

Former Illini Wendy Evans' bid for the Illinois Women's State Amateur title ended with a 4 and 2 loss Wednesday at Rockford Country Club.

Rockford's Kelly Trapp defeated Evans in the quarterfinal match. Evans represents Tuscola's Ironhorse Golf Course.

Former Illini takes match

Former Illinois golfer Wendy Evans advanced to the winners' bracket Tuesday in the Illinois Women's Golf Association's 66th State Amateur Golf Championship at Rockford Country Club.

Evans, whose home course is Ironhorse in Tuscola, beat Rockford's Abbe Graceffa 2 and 1 and faces Rockford's Kelly Trapp today.

O''Neill signs with Phillies

   Illinois outfielder Dan O''Neill left for Florida today to begin his professional baseball career after signing a minor league contract Sunday night with the Philadelphia Phillies.

   The Champaign native will report with other Phillies signees to a minicamp in Clearwater. The Phillies have assigned O''Neill to play for their Gulf Coast League affiliate in Clearwater. The rookie league begins play June 18.

Eddleman athletes named

CHAMPAIGN – Tennis player Oliver Freelove and volleyball player Cristy Chapman are the 1999 Dike Eddleman Athletes of the Year, Illinois announced today.

As the UI's top athletes for the 1998-99 school year, they are in contention for the Big Ten male and female athlete of the year award.

UI shortstop, Red Sox make deal

Illinois senior shortstop Jon Anderson has signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox and will begin his professional career with their minor league team in Lowell, Mass.

"I'm pretty exited," Anderson said this morning. "You always dream of going to play professional baseball. It's finally here."

Emerging Illini star Wakefield still controls popular vote in Tuscola

Tuscola hasn't named a street after Fred Wakefield. Yet.

But if the Illinois defensive end keeps progressing, Mayor Dan Kleiss someday might find himself with a ribbon and scissors on Wakefield Way. Next to the Dixie Trucker's Home.

Retirement tough call for Johnson

He'd embrace retirement with a bit more gusto if his last season of professional basketball had turned out better. But Eddie Johnson's probable farewell tour was a monumental dud.

The team he joined to win an NBA title (Houston) turned out to be the league's top flop. And the alleged injury that kept him out of all but three games (lower back strain) was no more disabling than a hangnail.

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