Injury puts Illini outfield in an early bind

   CHAMPAIGN – Illinois baseball coach Itch Jones will need to replace yet another starting outfielder next season after learning that Joe Parenti will not return for his final year.

   Parenti, a three-year starter in right, recently decided against playing in 2004 because of persisting arm problems that first flared up late last season.

Be our guess

   Today''s selections of predictions on the upcoming UI season:

Illinois football practice report

   Jason Davis called his upcoming first career start

Be our guess

   Here are today''s selections of fan predictions of the Illinois season record for this season:

Survey sais

   We''ve asked Illinois football players for some of their favorites. Today''s panelists are offensive lineman Matt Maddox and defensive lineman Derrick Strong:

Unless NCAA steps in, rivals facing extended break

   The ESPN Gameday crew spent an hour and a half Tuesday talking about Florida''s woes, Maurice Clarett''s troubles and the improved Atlantic Coast Conference.

   Host Chris Fowler and analysts Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso held a national teleconference to talk about the first major weekend of college football. But they weren''t talking much about Saturday''s Illinois-Missouri game.

Felicien beats Devers at World Championships

   Chalk up another memorable moment for Illinois hurdler Perdita Felicien.

   Running in the 100-meter hurdles semifinals at the World Championships in Paris, Felicien beat American star Gail Devers, a three-time Olympic champion.

It was a very good year

   A game-by-game look back at the UI''s magical 1983-84 season:

Setting the example

   The News-Gazette''s Bob Asmussen lays out a pattern, circa 1983, that could guide the Illini back to the Rose Bowl this season:

Living a dream

   They had their own beer.

   They had one of the best nicknames in college football: The Biting Illini.

   They had one of the greatest seasons in school history.

   And they came out of nowhere. Well, almost nowhere.