Colts' year a headache for Dilger

Ken Dilger was a little dazed and awfully confused. Just five minutes into Indianapolis' game with New England two weeks ago, Dilger got whacked in the head.

Through four years of NFL football and countless college and high school games, the Colts tight end and former Illinois standout never had suffered a concussion. Until now.

Big man on campus

   CHAMPAIGN  Don''t be alarmed by those rumbling bellows or piercing screams coming from the subterranean level of Huff Hall.

   It''s just the guy they call Big Daddy verbalizing the strain of hoisting hundreds of pounds of weights.

Tate: UI picture now coming into focus

In just two evenings at Madison Square Garden, Illini basketball took an encouraging U-turn.

What had the appearance of a painful, wait-'til-next year campaign suddenly gained the promise of high competitiveness following a 75-73 overtime loss to Wake Forest and the romping 65-50 defeat of Georgetown.

MSU blocks Illinois'' way

   CHAMPAIGN  Getting the best of Michigan State''s volleyball team these days is one tall order.

   Make that TALL order.

Illini dominate in wrestling

Eighth-ranked Illinois opened its wrestling season in commanding fashion, winning nine of 10 matches to dispatch Missouri 33-3 Saturday at Granite City High School.

Steve Doerrer (at 125 pounds), Adam Tirapelle (149) and heavyweight Karl Roesler each won by major decision for the Illini. Other winners: Dave Stoltz (133), Carl Perry (141), Griff Powell (157), Ben King (179), Nate Patrick (184) and Pat Quirk (197).

UI women's tennis nabs recruit

Michelle Webb of Cincinnati signed a letter of intent Friday to join coach Sujay Lama's Illinois women's tennis program.

Tate: UI players keep leg up on studies

Radio City Music Hall was entertaining, the All-Star Cafe wild and crazy, the mayor's mansion memorable and the New York Stock Exchange educational. But with games, practices and so much travel, when does a guy have time – or the inclination – to study?

Illini basketball players are full-time students, and the New York trip began Sunday morning and ended Thursday.

Illini spikers' victory out of the ordinary

CHAMPAIGN – Betsy Spicer leading the University of Illinois volleyball team in kills? Middle blocker/outside hitter Sara Sorrell playing setter?

Friday the 13th at Huff Hall wasn't so much scary as it was eccentric.

UI math is easy with homework

CHAMPAIGN – Don Hardin and his assistants have done the math.

Now it's up to their Illinois volleyball team to fill in a win-loss ledger that adds up to an NCAA tournament berth.

UI gym team ranked sixth

The Illinois men's gymnastics team, which finished third nationally last season, was ranked sixth Thursday in the NCAA's preseason coaches poll.

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