Illini center helps in win

Illinois center Nick Smith had 10 points and seven rebounds to help the Big Ten Tour Team beat London Towers 107-82 in a men's basketball game Sunday in London.

Illini advance in tennis

Second-seeded Amer Delic and Illinois teammate Michael Calkins advanced to the semifinals with wins Sunday at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Summer Championships in Bloomington, Ind.

Cook, Americans capture gold

SAITAMA, Japan – Brian Cook had a quiet night, but he's still returning home with a gold medal.

The Illinois forward scored four points Sunday – all on free throws – but Duke's Chris Duhon and Boston College's Troy Bell combined for 11 three-pointers and 43 points as the USA beat Croatia 89-80 to take the gold medal at the World Championship for Young Men Tournament.

Illinois football training camp report

   For Sunday''s practice, the Illinois football team actually took a field trip.

   The zoo? Great America? Not this time. Instead, it was fun in the sun at the Experiential Training Center near Homer.

Illini aren't rankled by rankings

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois football players didn't expect to be in The Associated Press preseason Top 25. But their day will come, Illinois cornerback Eugene Wilson promised.

"After the first couple games, we're going to start getting our recognition once again," Wilson said. "After we beat Michigan, as we plan to do, then we should really be in there."

Illini netters advance

Illinois sophomore Jennifer McGaffigan, the No. 2 seed, advanced to the third round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Summer Championships at Bloomington, Ind., on Saturday, defeating Michigan's Ashley Abramson 6-1, 6-0.

Big Ten, Penn State better off a decade later

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Joe Paterno remembers life at Penn State before the Big Ten. It was nice, comfortable, and everybody was happy in Happy Valley.

Paterno also knows life in the Big Ten – it's even better.

"I don't think we'd be where we are today if we hadn't been in the Big Ten," the legendary football coach said.

Illinois football training camp report

   The Illini had an unexpected visitor at Saturday''s morning practice, somebody they had been eager to see. And somebody they hope is back in uniform next spring.

   Matt Minnes, who was seriously ill last week with a bacterial infection, watched the morning workout with his mom, Connie.

Dawson: Winds of change always in forecast

   It''s possible that your boss is unreasonable.

   It''s entirely conceivable that you are underpaid.

   And it is a virtual certainty that you do not get enough vacation days.

Tate: UI's Cassity still fishing for answers

Meet Mike Cassity ... an Army brat out of Fort Campbell, Ky., who starred in football and wrestling (SEC runner-up) at Kentucky ... prefers fishing over golf, actually enjoys recruiting ... begins his 18th season as a defensive coordinator ... hit the big time when he led East Carolina's defense throughout an 11-game win streak in 1991 ... arrived here from Oklahoma State ... favors a pressing style to counter increasingly popular spread formations.