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During the summer, we cannot guarantee that The News-Gazette Sports Department will have a story on University of Illinois or Big Ten sports every day.

Winners, losers

Brett Dawson, who covers college basketball for The News-Gazette, takes a look at Wednesday night's NBA Draft:

Dikmen makes World Championships

Illini Ilkay Dikmen was selected to represent her native Turkey at the World Swimming Championships July 22-29 in Sukuoka, Japan.

Pazan picks Illinois

Ron Turner's 2002 recruiting class already has its quarterback, and Illinois beat Michigan to get him.

Chicago Brother Rice senior-to-be Chris Pazan, a transfer from St. Laurence, committed to Turner's program.

Dawson: Duke No. 1 as addict gets first fix

Let's admit it, you and I, that we're helpless. We're addicts. It's June 27, and the NBA draft is tonight, and yet our minds are drifting somewhere to October, past the start of college football and the end of the World Series and to the tipoff of that oh-so-magnificent time of year.

The college basketball preseason.

Ex-Illini seek shots

CHAMPAIGN – Tonight in New York City, NBA commissioner David Stern will make 28 dreams come true.

He'll stand at a podium and announce the names of the fewer than 30 players who are guaranteed to make their living next season as NBA rookies.

He won't call Sergio McClain's name. Or Marcus Griffin's.

Illinois'' all-time draft list

Members of the Illinois men''s basketball team who have been drafted by NBA teams:

Big deal

Brett Dawson, who covers college basketball for The News-Gazette, takes a look at some of the Big Ten players who might hear their name called at Wednesday's NBA draft:

UI underwater hockey club makes a splash nationally

URBANA – When Carolyn Erdman walks the streets of Champaign-Urbana sporting her Illinois underwater hockey jacket, the reaction isn't always kind.

"People laugh at me when I wear my jacket," the UI graduate student and Urbana High product said. "They've never heard of it."

UI women land coach

A former standout at Purdue is expected to join Theresa Grentz's coaching staff, replacing former aide Krista Reinking.

Jennifer Jacoby, who led Purdue to the 1994 Final Four and coached at Indiana with current UI assistant Renee Reed, spent last season at Miami (Ohio) under head coach Maria Fantanarosa. Miami finished 18-11 and reached the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference tournament.