UI men''s basketball practice report

   Brian Cook won''t play in today''s 7 p.m. scrimmage at the Assembly Hall. The sophomore sprained his left ankle the first day of practice and has been slow to recover.

Illini have ticket to ride, in style

   CHICAGO  The Illinois contingent arrived at Sunday''s Big Ten basketball media day in a white limousine longer than some traffic jams.

   "I felt like I had some clout," UI guard Shavonna Hunter said.

Tate: Wisconsin as puzzling as anything

"We have the same darn warts as last year. The smile is nice, but we're not among the beauties."

– Wisconsin coach Dick Bennett

CHICAGO – Preseason basketball rankings are, by their nature, semi-sophisticated guesswork.

Illini women's basketball practice report

The starting five for Theresa Grentz's team for Saturday's Orange and Blue scrimmage: Shavonna Hunter and Allison Curtin at the guards, freshmen Aminata Yanni and Iveta Marcauskaite at the forwards and sophomore Karen Hagberg in the middle.

Don't get used to seeing that group, though. It could change. Often.

UI soccer romps in tuneup

CHAMPAIGN – When the Illinois women's soccer team turned over its field to a bunch of grade schoolers Sunday, it was hard to tell who was more excited.

Moments after completing their regular season with a 6-1 victory against Iowa State, the Illini had an impromptu clinic for youngsters who played an exhibition game at halftime.

Illini follow Kittner lead

CHAMPAIGN – Six times in his last 20 games, Illinois quarterback Kurt Kittner has completed less than half of his passes. The Illini are 1-5 in those games.

One of those losses came Saturday at Michigan State. Kittner hit 45 percent of his passes in a 14-10 loss and took the blame for a no-touchdown day.

Review and preview of UI football

Every game has a defining moment when the outcome is established. Here is the play from Saturday’s Illinois-Michigan State game:

Tate: Even Kittner can't escape bad bounces


Football coaches study game films and tendencies in search of the perfect play when the chips are down.

And Illini coach Ron Turner had several up his sleeve Saturday at Spartan Stadium.

Jeff Huth''s UI Report Card

Michigan St. 14

Illinois 10

Game 8 stats

Illini 0 0 7 3 - 10

Spartans 7 0 0 7 - 14