Women''s tennis stumbles

Sujay Lama''s third-seeded Illinois women''s tennis squad probably would have rather stayed outside in the rain.

The Illini lost 4-2 to sixth-seeded Ohio State on Friday in Evanston, where light rain and cool temperatures forced Big Ten tournament matches to be shifted indoors.

Rain goes away, pain stays

CHAMPAIGN – The wait wasn''t worth it for the Illinois baseball team.

Trailing 5-0 in the second inning when heavy rain interrupted play for nearly two hours, the Illini couldn''t mount a comeback and lost another Big Ten series opener Friday night, 8-1 to Penn State.

Tate: UI still has turnaround capabilities

CHAMPAIGN &#150 In baseball, numbers tell the story. - - And here are the numbers for Itch Jones'' Illini. They''re 7-9 in the Big Ten games that matter, and they probably need to finish better than .500 (in this case, 17-15) to earn a position in the six-team league playoffs.

That means, starting tonight against Penn State at Illinois Field, they need to win 10 of 16 remaining Big Ten games.

League of their own

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Illinois'' top-ranked men''s tennis team got off to a rousing start at the Big Ten tournament.

Even before taking the court for today''s opener.

Spears'' transfer forces Weber''s hand

CHAMPAIGN – A few days ago, Aaron Spears told Bruce Weber he wanted to stay at Illinois.

But Weber could tell the big man''s heart wasn''t in it.

Unheralded Calkins comfortable in his field of expertise

CHAMPAIGN – This tennis thing has turned out pretty well for Michael Calkins.

He has a national championship ring, a handful of Big Ten titles and 238 combined singles and doubles wins, more than any player in the history of Illinois tennis.

Illini Insider

News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth''s review and preview of Illini sports:

Tate: Down now, Illinois golf future bright

Golf can be an easy game when things are going good. It''s impossible when they''re not.

Somewhere along the way, you have to settle down and find your equilibrium.

UI Roundup: Reserves highlight UI wins

Julie Balicki hadn''t started a game for the Illinois softball team in 32 days. For the season, she had batted nine times.

And yet, when the junior stepped to the plate with her team trailing in the second game of Tuesday''s doubleheader against Southern Illinois at Eichelberger Field in Urbana, shedidn''t feel ill-prepared.

Zeller dwelling in South Bend

WASHINGTON, Ind. – Luke Zeller finally got the feeling. It didn''t leave Illinois feeling too well.

Zeller, a 6-foot-11 center from Washington, Ind., on Tuesday night gave an oral commitment to play college basketball at Notre Dame, spurning the Illini for the Irish.