UI players won''t face criminal charges

URBANA – University of Illinois basketball players were involved in a residential break-in earlier this month, but will not face criminal charges stemming from the incident.

Champaign County State''s Attorney John Piland said this morning that, based on the request of the victims, his office will not pursue charges against anyone involved in a break-in that took place early the morning of Nov. 2 on Gregory Street near the UI campus.

Ex-Illini in the NFL

Here''s how former University of Illinois players fared on Sunday:

That''s what UI women have to be if they want to beat Louisiana Tech

CHAMPAIGN – Tiffanie Guthrie wouldn''t mind a bit if Illinois'' secret was let out.

And Guthrie, along with her Illinois women''s basketball teammates, has an idea of how that can be accomplished.

Ask Bobby

During college football season, Bob Asmussen, our resident expert, will answer a question each week on his specialty. This week''s question:

Jayne''s upset lifts wrestlers

Illinois wrestler Mark Jayne upset two-time defending NCAA champion Johnny Thompson of Oklahoma State to win the 133-pound title at the Missouri Open on Sunday in Columbia, Mo.

Jayne, who dropped a one-point decision to Thompson in the national tournament a year ago, won 6-4 in overtime.

Ask Brett

During college basketball season, Brett Dawson, our resident expert, will answer a question a week on his specialty. This week''s question:

Illinois men''s basketball box score

Illinois 94, Western Illinois 66

Weber''s debut a hit all around

CHAMPAIGN – He will admit to tenseness. He will concede a case of nerves.

Bruce Weber knew going in to his official Illinois coaching debut Saturday night that he couldn''t please all of the people all of the time, but with a 94-66 Illini win against Western Illinois, he gave it his best shot.

Competition already under way for next season''s starting QB

CHAMPAIGN – Chris Pazan ended the 2003 season the same place he hopes to start in 2004: on the Memorial Stadium turf.

The redshirt freshman quarterback relieved Dustin Ward during the third quarter of Saturday''s game. Pazan, who made his starting debut earlier in the season at Michigan, completed 18 of 28 passes for 188 yards. He was intercepted once, with Northwestern''s Marvin Ward turning the play into a decisive fourth-quarter touchdown.

Williams narrowly misses his mark

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois sophomore Deron Williams came tantalizingly close to recording a triple-double Saturday – reaching double figures in points, rebounds and assists.

That he came up short didn''t seem to bother him too much, partly because Williams is a team player, and his team blistered Western Illinois 94-66 in the season opener.