Plenty of praises

URBANA – As a longtime Big Ten coach and now an associate commissioner, Rich Falk is most associated with basketball.

So what is Falk doing at this weekend's Big Ten tournament at Stone Creek Golf Club? Meet the league's liaison for men's golf.

Repeat's sweet feat in Big Ten golf

URBANA – Jack Nicklaus never did it. Neither did Joey Sindelar. Nor Chris Perry.

The list of back-to-back winners in the Big Ten men's golf tournament excludes some pretty surprising names. It seems that being a future golf legend or card-carrying PGA Tour veteran is no guarantee of winning two or more in a row in this 81-year-old event.

Illini tennis gets the call

The 12th-ranked Illinois men's tennis team received the 10th seed in the upcoming 64-team NCAA Tournament and will host a four-team regional on May 12 and 13 at the Atkins Tennis Center.

Youthful Illini get Big Ten shot on home course

URBANA – Like a golfer torn between challenging a water hazard or shooting around it, Mike Small is conflicted.

On the one hand, the first-year Illinois men's golf coach can see plenty of positives to hosting this weekend's Big Ten tournament.

UI sweeps in SIU

Illinois swept Southern Illinois 10-6 and 7-3 Wednesday at Illinois Field to reach the .500 mark.

In the opener, the completion of a suspended game, the UI (25-25) scored four runs in the 10th, keyed by Brady Ballard's RBI single and Andy Schutzenhofer's first homer of the season.

Tate: UI athletes reap rewards of good work

   Call it the Feel-Good Evening of the spring season.

   Representing the Illini in the 11th Scholar-Athlete banquet Tuesday at the Assembly Hall were 54 Academic All-Big Ten honorees, more than any other conference member ... 1991 Illini of the Year gymnast Lynn Devers Pounds ... Silver Anniversary award winner Glen Hummell, a Champaign native who carried his tennis talents to the bond pit at the Chicago Board of Trade ... and more glowing student-athletes than this column can hold.

Phillip arrangements made

Funeral arrangements for Andy Phillip, a two-time Illinois basketball MVP and leader of the famed Whiz Kids who died Saturday, have been set for this weekend in Granite City.

Holy Cow! Kittner''s on mound

CHAMPAIGN – Fergie Jenkins. Kerry Wood. Kurt Kittner.

After Saturday, all three will have pitched off the Wrigley Field mound.

Big Ten playing endurance golf

   URBANA  Officially, Big Ten men''s golf teams will play 72 holes this weekend, when the league stages its championship tournament at Stone Creek Golf Club.

   The reality, though, is golfers will put in 90 holes in a three-day span.

Tate: Atkins plan developing as usual

Dial up the Atkins Group in Champaign, and you are presented with a myriad of options: 23 to be exact.

Pick from commercial development, apartments, farm management, etc.

Or you can talk to Clint Atkins himself, the community's super-developer.