Villanueva can (almost) feel James'' pain

BLAIRSTOWN, N.J.  Charlie Villanueva doesn''t know LeBron James. Not well, anyway. If they''re in the same gym at the same time, they''ll exchange pleasantries and be on their way. Still, Villanueva, the Blairstown Academy star who has

Archibald looks back wistfully

CHAMPAIGN  Things aren''t so bad the way they are for Robert Archibald. He''s getting paid to play the game he loves (though for now, he''s mostly practicing it). He''s got his degree from Illinois. And his former teammates still enjoying the

Peacocks proud ¬

URBANA  The name Peacock holds a special place in Urbana''s basketball history, but on this night it represented only torment to the Tigers. With Tyke and Turk Peacock both on hand at Oscar Adams Gym to take in the latest edition of the Twin


Indiana trying to reverse direction Tom Coverdale''s ankle is aching. George Leach is coming off a concussion. Bracey Wright''s back is still wrenched. And the losing streak (four games) is the school''s longest in 18 years. Woe is Indiana,

Nohren delights in double-double

Matt Nohren scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as host Villa Grove beat Arcola 63-38 in a Little Okaw Valley Conference boys'' basketball game Friday. Matt Scoggins hit four three-pointers and scored 13 for the Blue Devils (18-7, 6-2


AMATEUR HOCKEY * Illini flying. Brett Duncan scored two goals as top-ranked Illinois defeated No. 4 Ohio 4-1 Friday night at the UI Ice Arena. Brian Tilden and Todd Chrustowski also scored for the Illini (28-1). * Wings work

Win no sweat for UI''s Freidl

After sweating his tail off to get down to 174 pounds, Illinois freshman Pete Freidl was more than willing to move up a weight class and wrestle at 184. "Getting down to 174 was a little hard, but now that I''m up at 184, I don''t have to worry

Rocking Illinois bands together

CHAMPAIGN  Take that, Wimbledon. The No. 2 Illinois men''s tennis team blew the roof off the old notion that tennis is a silent sport, rocking a packed Atkins Tennis Center with a 6-1 victory against No. 8 Duke on Friday night. "People

What they''re saying

During the last 30 years, Rod Cardinal (above) has treated everything from broken bones to dog bites. He''s also touched the lives of countless players, student trainers and colleagues. Here''s what they''re saying about Cardinal. * "I had a real close relationship with my father. But Rod was a father away from home. He provided a tremendous amount of support for me personally. He was always someone you could go to with personal issues, and Rod always made you feel comfortable. He was a


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