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Hard work pays off for Illini

URBANA  Jennifer McGaffigan''s pursuit of the Illinois record for singles victories probably is a long shot, but the Illini junior does have this in common with the school''s all-time leader: Like Lindsey Nimmo, McGaffigan is a three-time

Horseplay

We asked Tony Bleill, who covers horse racing for The News-Gazette, to research the best way to pick a winner for Saturday''s Kentucky Derby. His advice: Bet to show. In a recent series, USA Today proclaimed that hitting a baseball was the

Illinois-Michigan State baseball series preview

* TEAMS: Illinois (22-19, 8-12 Big Ten) vs. Michigan State (14-27, 6-12 Big Ten). * SCHEDULE: 6:35 p.m. today; 4:05 p.m. Saturday (doubleheader); 1:05 p.m. Sunday * WHERE: Illinois Field. * RADIO: WDWS 1400-AM will carry all games live

SPORTFOLIO

ILLINOIS WRESTLING * Lackey honored. Illinois senior Matt Lackey, the NCAA champion at 165 pounds, was awarded the team''s Sapora Brothers Most Valuable Wrestler award and the Larry Tenpas Most Falls Award at the annual banquet. Lackey

Log on to Log Your Opinion

What do you think of Bruce Weber as coach at Illinois? Give us your view by visiting our home page at www.news-gazette.com and clicking on the "Bruce Weber: What do you think?" icon. Or e-mail us at sports@news-gazette.com.

Logging in for an Opinion

What do you think of Bruce Weber as coach at Illinois? Give us your view by visiting our home page at www.news-gazette.com and clicking on the "Bruce Weber: What do you think?" icon. Or e-mail us at sports@news-gazette.com. Some selected early responses: * "A fantastic choice! He should have been the top choice all along. He is the type of coach who will do right by the University of Illinois and will take the Illini far. It is a great day to be an alumni."  The Rev. Stephen Disney,

PREP INSIDER

Sapp signs with Northern Illinois Two-time state runner-up Joe Sapp of Mahomet-Seymour will continue his wrestling career at Northern Illinois. The Bulldogs senior signed a national letter of intent Tuesday with the Huskies. "I just liked

Opportunity knocking again for landowners

For the first time in three years, landowners are getting another chance to sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program, a 17-year-old program that offers annual payments for participants who establish grass, shrubs and tree cover on environmentally sensitive lands. "The way the program is emphasized now, it gives landowners an opportunity to enroll ground that would be eligible for this program into the CRP for a period of 10 to 15 years," said Tony Augustine, executive director of the Vermilion County Farm Services Agency. "That would have established an approved conservation cover, and ground that would qualify would be more environmentally fragile ground in the county. The general public benefits from reduced erosion of

Basketball mercy rule has merits

There are few things in the sporting world more unsightly than watching one team beat the living daylights out of another. Doesn''t matter what level, but it seems a bit uglier the younger you go. And when high school events get lopsided, there

Repeat contenders

CHAMPAIGN  When Chuck Clutts took over at Parkland in the fall of 2000, he inherited a program in trouble. "Things were in disarray," Clutts said. "There were about 13 girls here, and the coach left at the last minute, and the girls weren''t