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Storylines from today's UI football game at Minnesota:

Brewster not carrying hard feelings against former team

MINNEAPOLIS – David Williams and Jim Juriga root for their old teammate 11 games a year. Just not today.

The former Illini stars played in the Rose Bowl with Tim Brewster. They've followed his career as a coach at North Carolina, Texas, and with the NFL's Chargers and Broncos. They were thrilled when Minnesota hired him in January, figuring he had worked hard for his chance to run a program.

Illini volleyball goes distance ... and then some

CHAMPAIGN – Another five-game Big Ten home match, another defeat for Illinois' volleyball team.

Northwestern rallied for a 25-30, 30-18, 20-30, 30-27, 15-12 victory against Illinois on Friday night at Huff Hall.

Rowe stays alive

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Illinois senior Ryan Rowe continued his trek toward the ITA National Indoor Championships men's singles title, winning two matches Friday.

Rowe, ranked ninth, defeated Virginia Tech's Albert Larregola 6-7 (0), 6-2, 6-2 in the second round. He bounced Miami's Daniel Vallverdu 7-5, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.

Good timing for Tuscola players

TUSCOLA – The teams remaining in the Class 1A playoffs probably don't want to hear this, but Tuscola will be better this week. How can that be? The Warriors won 60-0 in their playoff opener last week.

True, Tuscola dismantled Carrollton last week, but it did so without two of its better players. Leading receiver and safety Travis Surma sat out the contest with a bruised hip. He's expected to be back today. And Matt Bailey – a starter at cornerback, receiver, punt returner and kick returner – will be on the field today for the first time since Tuscola's Week 2 win at Unity in which he sustained a broken collarbone.

Centennial soccer proves it belongs

NAPERVILLE – If Neuqua Valley is the fifth-best soccer team in the country – as one national poll suggests – Centennial's Chargers on Friday were left wondering exactly where they fit in.

The Chargers nearly stunned heavily favored Neuqua Valley in a Class 2A state quarterfinal match before falling 3-2 on Bret Hruby's goal with 8 minutes, 37 seconds remaining.

Centennial soccer team eliminated from state finals

NAPERVILLE – Centennial's magical postseason run ended Friday at the Class 2A state soccer tournament. Nequa Valley, ranked fifth nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, defeated the Chargers 3-2 in the quarterfinals at North Central College.

Bret Hruby's goal with 8 minutes, 37 seconds remaining proved the decisive score. It was Hruby's third goal of the game. Centennial (21-3-3) had tied the game with 15:55 remaining on Victor Martinez's header on a pass from Michael Warren.

Centennial soccer team eliminated from state finals

NAPERVILLE – Centennial's magical postseason run ended Friday at the Class 2A state soccer tournament. Nequa Valley, ranked fifth nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, defeated the Chargers 3-2 in the quarterfinals at North Central College.

Ten questions for Wayne Larrivee

The 52-year-old with a booming voice announces like Ron Zook recruits: a lot. The No. 2 play-by-play man for the Big Ten Network also calls Bulls games on TV for WGN and is the radio voice of the Green Bay Packers. He lists the Bears' win in Super Bowl XX – he called it on radio – and a handful of Michael Jordan games as the highlights of his 30-year broadcasting career. Sports editor Jim Rossow caught up with Larrivee to discuss Brett Favre, the dismal Bears and Zook:

JR: The Bulls one night, the Illini the next and then a Packers game. How do you keep it straight?

Big Ten football

Want to know which of Saturday's games are worth your time? Here's the scoop from sports editor Jim Rossow, who at 45-25 after a 5-1 week is thinking about turning pro a year early: