DeBruler keys sweep against Wildcats

EVANSTON – Illinois freshman outside hitter Laura DeBruler recorded 20 kills, leading her team to a 30-25, 30-25, 30-23 victory against Northwestern on Saturday night in Big Ten volleyball.

The Illini, who received 13 digs from Ashley Edinger, improved to 10-4, 2-2.

UI professor looking into qigong's benefits

Traditional Chinese qigong exercise, a series of gentle movements and meditation techniques, has advantages for about anyone, says University of Illinois Professor Weimo Zhu.

You can do it almost anywhere, without needing a lot of room or special equipment, and even older folks, and younger people not in the best of shape, generally find qigong to be an accessible way of working out.

Businesses cashing in on UI football

CHAMPAIGN – Money may not buy happiness, but happy sports fans sure spend money.

Or at least that's usually the case in Champaign-Urbana when an Illinois team is on a winning streak. And three consecutive football wins under Illinois' belt is certainly giving local retailers a reason to be optimistic about sales this fall.

The final word

News and notes from Friday afternoon at Memorial Stadium:

Two minutes with: Flash Thomas

Staff writer Bob Asmussen's chat with the superstar recruit:


Storylines from today's game against Penn State:

Everything's in focus for Illinois' gem of a recruit, Benn

CHAMPAIGN – When he went on camera last November and said "Illinois," there was an outcry from some of the college football powers. How, they wondered, could Arrelious Benn pick a school in the middle of another two-win season? Why would he gamble?

One-third of the way into his first college season, the "gamble" seems to be paying off. Benn is the leading receiver on a 3-1 team. The Illini are one touchdown short of a perfect start, losing 40-34 to now-20th-ranked Missouri in the opener. Beat Penn State today at Memorial Stadium and they will be 2-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1991.

A weekly chat with Bob Asmussen

This week's guest: defensive end Will Davis.

Rayfield's squad drops heartbreaker

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Seven Illinois soccer players were on the field for 107 minutes.

Coach Janet Rayfield's Illini outshot Ohio State 17-13.

Eagles offense stays in fast lane

RANTOUL – It is no secret to coach Trevor Lehnen and his Rantoul football team that the Eagles might not be the biggest team on the field every week.

In fact, the players admit they are slightly undersized.