Tough luck following UI's Brown

No one had to tell Cleotis Brown what to do and what not to do after undergoing ankle surgery last week.

He still has his doctor's orders from the last time.

Illini baseball lands left-hander

Derek Throneburg, a 6-foot-3 left-hander from Olney Central College, has signed a national letter of intent with the Illinois baseball program.

Head of the class

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – For Josh Klimek, the hit-and-run was on before he even stepped foot July 14 in Mobile's Hank Aaron Stadium.

As it turned out, the former Illinois All-American was able to execute the maneuver flawlessly at the Class AA All-Star Game, hitting a single in his lone at-bat before hurrying off to another important appointment.

Junior in tune with Illinois

MACHESNEY PARK – She is a basketball prospect of the highest magnitude, one of two Illinois high school players invited to the Nike All-America Camp last week.

But when Aminata Yanni, future obstetrician/gynecologist, sat down with Illinois coach Theresa Grentz for a one-on-one chat last spring, the talk had little to do with basketball.

Your chance to cast vote for UI greats

   Red Grange is an easy pick, even without ESPN telling us so.

   So is Dick Butkus, no matter how many grills he pitched in silly commercials.

Illinois lands All-Stater

MACHESNEY PARK – Aminata Yanni, rated as the state's top junior on the 1999 News-Gazette All-State girls' basketball team, orally committed to Illinois, her mother said this morning.

Henrietta Yanni said her daughter, a 6-foot-1 forward from Harlem High, picked Illinois over DePaul, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Wisconsin.

Hey, Illini, Hoosier player?

CHAMPAIGN – Reed Evans, a Champaign native and proud of it, just spent a year in Bloomington, Ind. And lived to tell about it.

But the Illini fan and Indiana University diver stuck out in Hoosier land like someone wearing a McGwire jersey in the Wrigley Field bleachers.

Wolverines quarterback playing the field

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A year out of high school, and Drew Henson has George Steinbrenner's private number on speed dial, a shiny new truck and more in the bank than his football coach at Michigan.

His agent helped him score the richest contract ever given to a Yankees draft pick, his baseball card's already a best seller and his circle of friends includes John Elway, Peyton Manning and Derek Jeter.

Rossow: No reason to lose hair over Illini

Illinois football players were up to good deeds Saturday in Champaign, volunteering their time to officiate Gus Macker basketball games. It's the second year in a row the Illini have chipped in as Gus Busters, keeping score, calling fouls and breaking up fights.

It's good PR for a program in need of some. The last year has been a tough one as far as headlines go. If it wasn't this year's top recruit struggling with grades, it was last year's recruits struggling with the rules.

Illini in the house

From the menagerie of UI football players acting as GusBusters to Nate Mast, Fess Hawkins and Victor Chukwudebe manning some of the top competition, the Gus Macker tournament in Champaign was crawling with some of the town's biggest celebrities.