No worries for Notree

CHICAGO – Bryant Notree will watch tonight's NBA Draft like any other anxious Chicagoan.

He'll see who the hometown Chicago Bulls draft. (Lamar Odom or Wally Szczerbiak would be his pick) And there is a slight chance his name could come up late in the second round.

Ex-rivals Ward, Smith hooking up as UI freshman

CHAMPAIGN – Even though they were about to become college football teammates, Dustin Ward couldn't resist throwing a few verbal jabs at Dwayne Smith.

Going through freshman orientation at the University of Illinois earlier this spring, Centennial's Ward and Rantoul's Smith spent plenty of time together. Their high school rivalry ended months before with a Chargers' victory, and Ward enjoyed reminiscing.

Former Illini all smiles

COVINGTON, Ind. — As she waited to tee off on the 17th hole, Alicia Pascavage smiled and joked around with her mother, Sandy.

She was in a good mood Sunday afternoon, and it wasn''t just because the Bismarck native had a huge lead in the fourth annual Diet Pepsi Women''s City and Area Golf Championship.

Ohio State: The model program

COLUMBUS, Ohio – You know the Joneses everyone's always trying to keep up with? In college sports, they're also known as the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Anything you can do, the Buckeyes can do better. School administrators have the foresight and the cash to back it up.

Asmussen: UI athletics reconfigures department

When the Illinois athletic department announced a string of personnel moves earlier in the week, it probably didn't mean much to the average reader.

But you might be the ones feeling a ripple effect.

Energetic new softball coach ready to lift off

   CHAMPAIGN  Forget about trying to contact Terri Sullivan next week. Illinois'' first softball coach will be far too busy to handle many phone calls. Unless you happen to be a recently graduated high school softball player.

   "We''ll be in Colorado on Tuesday and the whole summer we''ll be running around from tournament to tournament, just spreading the word about Illinois," said Sullivan, announced Wednesday as the leader of the UI''s newest program. "You can''t win without good recruits. That''s the prime agenda."

Monticello''s Melton, UI recruit star in game

Monticello's Seth Melton earned team most valuable player honors as his South All-Stars defeated the North 100-82 in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class A game at Peoria's Carver Arena.

Bradford makes cut

DAYTON, Ohio – Looks like the quick trip back from Australia paid off for Cory Bradford.

On Friday, the Illinois guard was one of 12 players picked for the U.S. World University Games team. The team starts competing next Saturday at Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

"This is a huge honor," Bradford said. "It lets you know that you're one of the best."

Buford-Bailey advances in meet

Former Illini track star Tonja Buford-Bailey, recovering from injury, advanced to the 400-meter hurdles semifinals Thursday at the USA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Last prep dance for future Illini

PEORIA – Earlier this week, they were just your average incoming freshmen at the Illinois orientation, getting their first taste of dorm food and learning how to navigate the vast campus.

But on Friday night, Illini recruits Brian Cook of Lincoln, Sean Harrington of Elgin and Jerrance Howard of Peoria Central will take the floor at Carver Arena to put the finishing touches on their outstanding Illinois prep careers in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association's 25th anniversary Class AA All-Star game.

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