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Illini fortunes turn again

PHOENIX – For the first 12 minutes Saturday, Illinois looked like the team Bruce Weber probably was hoping for this season.

Crisp passing. Physical defense. A 16-point lead on No. 16 Arizona.

Rebels star, turnovers too much for Illini

OXFORD, Miss. – Chelsea Gordon scored 21 points on 8-of-19 shooting and Lori Bjork tossed in 15 points, but Illinois fell to Mississippi 75-50 on Saturday afternoon in its first test against a team from a power conference.

The Rebels got a triple-double from Armintie Price, who tallied 34 points, 15 rebounds and 12 steals. Alliesha Easley scored 25 points for Ole Miss.

Catching up with ...

Each Sunday, contributor Dan Petty will offer five questions to a current NFL player or coach with Illinois ties. This week: N.Y. Jets guard Brandon Moor.

Frazier continues to battle through pain

PHOENIX – As Chester Frazier limped down the stairs at US Airways Center after Illinois' 82-74 loss to Arizona, a group of well-wishers tried to lift his spirits.

"Good game, Chester," they said.

UI women's basketball game preview

Here's a look at today's UI women's basketball game at Mississippi:

Recruit's a home run

CHICAGO – When it's time to pick up the check for breakfast or pay the delivery guy for the pizza, Bo Flowers knows the rest of the Illinois football players will look to him.

Unlike his future teammates, Ron Zook's latest recruit has been working for a living. The former star quarterback at Walther Lutheran spent four years in pro baseball, first in the Detroit Tigers' organization and more recently in the minor leagues for the Chicago Cubs. A fifth-round pick by the Tigers, Flowers was part of the trade that sent Kyle Farnsworth to the Tigers in 2005.

Fresh? Not these freshmen

PHOENIX – When Jerry Colangelo took over duties as director of USA Basketball, he assumed the responsibility of piecing together a new team. A dynamic team, one that will represent the program and the nation for years to come.

One of Colangelo's invitations went to a man-child two months removed from high school. Greg Oden, now a freshman at Ohio State, accepted the invite. When the 7-footer returns from injury, you can add another game-changing freshman to a growing list. Colangelo's selection of Oden showed the impact young players – specifically, freshmen – are having on the game at a national level.

Illini sign two swim recruits

CHAMPAIGN – An All-American from Minnesota and a four-year state qualifier from Hinsdale signed national letters of intent with the Illinois women's swimming and diving program, coach Sue Novitsky announced Friday.

Rebecca DeSalle of Hinsdale Central and Kasey Madden of Medina, Minn., will join the Illini in August 2007.

UI men's basketball game preview

Here's a look at Illinois' men's basketball game today against Arizona:

Semrau stays home

PHOENIX – You might have heard this one before.

Illinois has another injury.