Ex-Centennial student one of those killed at Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. – A former Centennial High School student was among those killed in the shooting rampage in Blacksburg, Va., officials said early this afternoon.

Austin Cloyd, a Virginia Tech student in international studies, died when a gunman shot and killed 32 people before turning a gun on himself Monday morning.

UI women's basketball coach Grentz resigns

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois women's basketball coach Theresa Grentz resigned Tuesday after 12 seasons.

In a statement, Grentz did not indicate she was retiring after 33 years in college basketball.

Tate: Opposing pitchres get no break in Illini lineup

CHAMPAIGN – With slugger Jenna Hall, the screenplay was "A Star Is Born." One star.

Her 11 homers and plus.-500 hitting in the pre-Big Ten segment a year ago influenced Iowa's strategy – which ranks somewhere between brilliant and idiotic – to walk her in every at-bat in both games of a doubleheader ... even when she led off an inning. She walked a nation-high 60 times in 195 at-bats last season.

Knue adjusting to college game

URBANA – Jordan Knue slides back and forth, racing to return tennis balls during practice at the Atkins Tennis Center.

Occasionally, he'll pump his first, his sweaty shirt sticking to his skin. His workout is almost over, but his trademark ear-to-ear smile hasn't left his face since he picked up his racket hours ago.

Redlands Community College forward commits to UI

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois men's basketball program secured three recruits during the fall signing period. To top off the 2007 recruiting class, the Illini were hoping to land two more players: a guard who can score and an athletic forward.

Done and done.

Illini second at Boston Marathon

BOSTON – World-champion wheelchair racer Amanda McGrory, an Illinois student and member of the school's wheelchair basketball team, placed second in the Boston Marathon's women's wheelchair race Monday, finishing with a time of 1 hour, 58 minutes, 1 second.

Ask the expert

Q: How much of an impact will Quinton Watkins make as a freshman?

DiSilvestro's last meet can't live up to hopes; Mensah shines

CHAMPAIGN – Eric DiSilvestro didn't have high hopes for Sunday's Illinois Invitational at the UI Track and Soccer Complex.

Competing in his last home track meet, the senior pole vaulter, who once finished second at the Big Ten Indoor Championships and dreamt of competing at this year's NCAA Championships, would be happy if he could vault at all.

Lawhead having fun as career begins to wind down

URBANA – There is one part of her UI softball tenure that Monticello High School graduate Molly Lawhead finds especially surprising.

The senior second baseman is already in the twilight of her collegiate career.

Baseball lets sweep get away

EVANSTON – The Illinois baseball team was thinking weekend sweep all the way. Unfortunately for Dan Hartleb's squad, Northwestern didn't get the memo.

With Illinois leading 5-3 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Wildcats pushed across two runs and added the winner in the 10th to beat the Illini 6-5 on Sunday in the Big Ten series finale.