UI women step to fore

SAVOY - A crutches-bound Breanna Wabick is missing from the lineup. An ailing Amber Hunt was all but missing in action. A disappointed Cecelia (Williams) Dietzen was missing her A game.

If ever the Illinois women´s cross-country team needed some unexpected help, Saturday was it.

Opportunity banging on Illinois´ door

Antoineo Harris studies his Big Ten football like he runs up the middle.

With passion.

Penn State makes life tough on road

Coach Don Hardin said Illinois´ first Big Ten road trip was full of bumps, but he expects a smoother journey now that Ohio State and Penn State are in the rearview mirror.

"We´re not overly concerned. (The team´s) concerned about it, but we´ll rebound," Hardin said after the Illini lost 30-22, 30-21, 30-21 against the Nittany Lions on Saturday in State College, Pa.

Morton calls his shot

CHAMPAIGN - Christian Morton said it last week. He said it again Saturday afternoon: He planned to intercept a pass and score a touchdown.

Does he have any guesses for the Lotto numbers?

Williams sticking to plan

THE COLONY, Texas - Denise Smith was expecting the worst.

She´d been told horror stories about the recruiting process, and she braced herself for the volume of phone calls her son, Deron Wil-liams, was about to re-ceive as he entered the summer be-fore his senior year.

Q&A: Christian Morton

He came to Illinois as a highly touted quarterback. But Christian Morton has found success on defense, moving into the starting lineup at cornerback.

Q:What were your reactions to the terrorist attacks?

Louisville enjoys speedy trip to C-U

CHAMPAIGN - There were no fearful fliers traveling Friday from Louisville. Not even close.

The Cardinals got on an airplane at 1:45 p.m. and arrived at Savoy´s Willard Airport at 1:45 p.m. No, it wasn´t a time machine, just a different time zone (Eastern to Central).

Scheduling a headache for Top 25

Give a call today to players at Oklahoma, Miami and Georgia Tech. Trust me, they´ll be at home. They have no games to play for the second consecutive weekend.

The Sooners were supposed to play Tulsa last Saturday. But when college football called off its games, the de-fending national champs were left with a three-week scheduling hole.

Hardin´s squad tries to regroup

Before his volleyball team left on its road trip against Big Ten powers Ohio State and Penn State, Illinois coach Don Hardin tried to prepare the squad for the challenge.

Tonight, he´ll find out whether he was successful.

Spotlight deservedly on anthem

The person who will have the biggest impact on today´s game hasn´t played football in 25 years. He´d probably start huffing and puffing halfway through a 40-yard dash. And, at 42, he´s twice the age of the starting quarterbacks.

But Barrington Coleman has a voice that carries from here to Hume. And today, that´s what counts.