NBA taking interest in prep stars

AMES, Iowa – R.C. Buford left Lon Kruger's side five years ago for a scouting gig with the San Antonio Spurs.

But you'd be surprised how often the former Florida assistant still bumps into his old boss on the road.

Nationals no longer nagging Illinois seniors

   Paul Bober and Ken Coffey are going to savor this one.

   The University of Illinois seniors have met their goal after four years of intercollegiate bowling: They''re off to nationals.

Points rolls to conference honor

University of Illinois senior D.A. Points, who tied for second place in the San Diego Invitational, was named Big Ten Conference Golfer of the Week.

Whistling Dixon

   CHAMPAIGN  Phaedra Dixon''s high school, Chicago''s Whitney Young, is a wonderful place to study, but it does not have a gymnastics team.

   None of her classmates were gymnasts. None of her school friends were gymnasts. And you''ll not find another University of Illinois gymnast who attended a Chicago Public League school.

No hurdle too high for UI wheelchair team

CHICAGO – Forget St. Petersburg. Move over, San Jose.

The Illini are in the Final Four, but don't look to the coasts to find them.

Illini drop home opener

CHAMPAIGN – It was a seesaw battle, but the Illinois baseball team came out on the short end against coach Itch Jones' former team Wednesday, losing 13-12 to Southern Illinois in the opener at Illinois Field.

Asmussen: Tournament gives CBS perfect mix

Last weekend, the folks at CBS must have knocked on wood, crossed their fingers and carried rabbits' feet.

The network couldn't have come up with a more appealing Final Four if it had picked the teams itself.

Illini instinct is finding Basak a spot

CHAMPAIGN – Decisions, decisions.

Itch Jones never expected to be faced with quite this many about his 1999 Illinois baseball lineup. Not with all but three starters in the field returning from a team that won 42 games and reached an NCAA regional title game.

Grade to be here

CHAMPAIGN – No. 31 and 37 had a bit of rust to get rid of Wednesday. Sixteen months worth.

It was 16 long months since Antoineo Harris and Carlos Lattimore last stepped on a field when it counted. Thanks to a judge's ruling in a distant court, they are eligible to practice with the Illinois football team.

Spring practice notebook

Turn out the lights: Illinois has decided against playing at night in its opener against Arkansas State. The Sept. 4 game likely will start at 3 p.m.