Buckeye effort''s a no-show

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Top-seeded Ohio State's quick exit from the Big Ten tournament raised questions about how motivated the Buckeyes were, knowing they already were in the NCAA tournament.

Early last week, the NCAA announced No. 9 Ohio State will host one of the 16 NCAA regionals May 28-30.

Guenther living out dream job

CHAMPAIGN – You know about the successful coaching hires – Lon Kruger, Theresa Grentz, Craig Tiley, Sujay Lama, Don Hardin.

You know about the new buildings – Bielfeldt, the Irwin Academic Center, the Ubben basketball complex and the indoor football practice facility.

But do you know the man behind the curtain at Illinois? The one pushing the buttons, pulling the strings, making it all happen?

Illini make NCAAs in golf

For the first time since 1989, the Illini have made the NCAA Championships cut.

D.A. Points tied for the low round of the day as Ed Beard's team rallied to finish seventh at the NCAA Central Golf Regional in Columbus, Ohio.

Sontag sends Illinois to Elite Eight

ATHENS, Ga. – He's probably not feeling so hot this morning, but Gavin Sontag hit the sack late Saturday night in a merry mood.

The senior overcame a semifractured hip and three months of rust to provide the clinching win in Illinois' 4-1 NCAA tournament rout of Arizona State on Saturday night.

UI golfers fall to 11th

COLUMBUS, Ohio – D.A. Points shot a 4-over-par 76 Friday during the second round of the NCAA Central Golf Regional as Illinois slipped to 11th in the team standings.

Rossow: NBA option a real one for Miles

These days, advice is a lot easier to find than a good pickup game for Darius Miles.

The East St. Louis basketball star, the best upcoming high school senior in Illinois and perhaps the country, is getting it from everywhere.

Even Mahomet.

Illinois lets one slip away

COLUMBUS, Ohio – There's been no keeping Illinois' Jeff Gertz off the bases in the Big Ten baseball tournament.

There was no keeping the ball in his catcher's glove, either, following a jolting home-plate collision with Michigan's Brian Bush on Friday night at Bill Davis Stadium.

Future Illini shine in track

A pair of Illinois track signees breezed to the finals in their events at Friday's IHSA state track and field meet in Charleston.

Minooka's Tracy Moss, the fifth-ranked discus thrower coming into state, had the top throw of the day. Elmhurst York's Cecilia Williams advanced in the 1,600 and on the 3,200 relay.

Simmons sits as Illini go with veteran

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Itch Jones has a hard time believing it himself. The Illinois baseball coach has a .386 hitter at his disposal, but he can't find a place for Luke Simmons in the lineup.

"We would like to have him in the lineup," Jones said Friday before Illinois' Big Ten tournament game against Michigan. "We're just caught in a situation where D.J. Svihlik ... cannot play defense right now."

High hopes

ATHENS, Ga. – Last year's NCAA final was about as much fun as Oliver Freelove's ever had at a tennis match.

What would have made it even better is if he didn't need a ticket to get in.

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