UI baseball doesn't let up

Seven home runs. Twenty-four runs. A six-game home winning streak.

Illinois certainly has momentum heading into this weekend's critical Big Ten baseball series at Northwestern.

Spring practice notebook

UNSETTLING: Illinois coach Ron Turner was happy to hear the sale of the Washington Redskins was put on hold Wednesday. His brother, Norv, is Washington's head coach, and his future under the new ownership was uncertain.

All-stater sets sights on helping Illinois

HERSCHER – The Illinois volleyball team has added another News-Gazette All-Stater. And it didn't even cost them a scholarship.

At least for now.

Campus chaos

Staff writer Jeff D'Alessio, who covers college basketball for The News-Gazette, has kept o close eye on his favorite sport recently as schools change coaches, lose players and deal with investigations. His winners and losers.

Illinois wants more from Lavery

CHAMPAIGN – For most Illinois pitchers, midweek games during the Big Ten season represent a tuneup.

For Tim Lavery, Tuesday's nonconference game against Bradley signified something quite different.

Illini tennis moves on up

Illinois doubles partners Oliver Freelove and Cary Franklin have moved up to third in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national rankings released Tuesday.

All quiet with Illini recruiting

Don't expect any big news out of the Illinois basketball office at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, when the NCAA signing period tips off.

But it shouldn't be long before we know who, if anyone, will join Brian Cook, Marcus Griffin and Jerrance Howard in Lon Kruger's recruiting class of '99.

Tate: Scholarship quandary? Don't panic

Some questions buzzing through our sports world:

– Might Lon Kruger be left with just one scholarship next year if he signs another guard?

Illini linebacker Franklin given plenty to ponder

CHAMPAIGN – Forgive Robert Franklin if he makes a misstep during Illinois football practice. The starting linebacker has an off-field worry.

Franklin and his wife, Heather, are expecting a child at the end of May or early June. But the pregnancy hasn't been trouble-free.

Illini pitcher in Rehrer form

After dropping a doubleheader on Saturday, the Illinois baseball team needed a good outing from pitcher Travis Rehrer.

He responded with 8 1/3 strong innings Sunday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Mich., propelling the Illini to a 7-1 victory against Michigan and a series split.