Class conflict

   Robert Archibald sits, bleary-eyed and unshaven, towering over the rest of his marketing class.

   It''s early on a Thursday morning, and Archibald has pulled himself out of bed for one of the final classes of the spring semester, and of his Illinois career.

   At that moment, as Archibald listens to a lecture in Foellinger Auditorium, Frank Williams is at home, fast asleep.

Out of big Ten tourney contention, Illinois swats Purdue

   URBANA  Purdue and Illinois virtually mirrored each other offensively in the first inning of Saturday''s Big Ten softball game at Eichelberger Field.

   That was where the similarities ended.

Offense gives Illini baseball momentum

   EAST LANSING, Mich.  Illinois'' bid to qualify for the Big Ten tournament is picking up steam on the road.

   Vince DiMaria drove in three runs and Andy Schutzenhofer drove in a pair as the Illini beat Michigan State 8-4 in the second game of Saturday''s doubleheader to take a 2-1 series lead.

Asmussen: For UI coaches, it''s have recruit, will travel

   The hammers, saws and power drills are going strong at the Illinois football complex, which is in the middle of a major renovation. The dust and noise makes working a challenge. Try breaking down a videotape while somebody is taking out the doorway.

   Only one thing left to do: road trip.

Tate: Illinois men are pointing the right way

   The money-producing engines that drive the Illini sports machine  football and men''s basketball  are chest-pumping healthy these days and looking for new worlds to conquer.

   That''s good news because it reduces some of the penny-pinching throughout the program. Memorial Stadium never looked more attractive, is adding locker space and a video scoreboard in anticipation of the Chicago Bears this fall and will bring in ever-increasing crowds if the Illini don''t stumble against Missouri and/or Southern Mississippi.

Illinois in position to make title run

   IOWA CITY, Iowa  Freshman Mike O''Neal shot his second consecutive 69 as Illinois vaulted from eighth to second place Saturday at the Big Ten men''s golf tournament at Finkbine Golf Course.

   The Illini, one of three schools to shoot under par in the third round after their top four golfers combined to go 6 under par, is at 863 heading into today''s final round. Purdue is at 861 as four schools are within 7 shots of the lead.

Illini Roundup: Cashman´s hitting, defense carry Illinois

   Brandon Cashman''s other three at-bats Friday were a waste, the Illinois center fielder striking out each time against Michigan State''s Bryan Gale.

   But Cashman managed to get his bat on the ball in the top of the seventh at East Lansing, Mich.

Tate: Illini women try to make trophy dash

   As incentives, Theresa Grentz instituted two new women''s basketball awards: a zone buster trophy for three-point shooting and a stopper trophy for the premier defender.

   In so doing, she has pinpointed the major Illini problems. But does she have a genuine solution?

Ex-Illini Oliver enjoys success in professional tennis

   WESTON, Fla.  Graydon Oliver doesn''t miss college much.

   Make no mistake: The former Illinois tennis star had a good time in Champaign, and he enjoyed the experience of playing four years under coach Craig Tiley. But life isn''t so bad these days on the pro tour.

Attendance boost could help Illinois land top recruits

   CHAMPAIGN  The hotshot quarterback (Darrell Bevell) led an underrated team (Wisconsin) to the Big Ten championship. The next fall, season ticket sales climbed 16,536, to 58,121.

   The hotshot quarterback (Kurt Kittner) led an underrated team (Illinois) to the Big Ten championship. That''s where the comparisons to Wisconsin''s 1993 Rose Bowl team end.