Triple play for track star

Weariness couldn't prevent Marion Jones from becoming the first athlete in 50 years to win the women's 100 and 200 meters and long jump at the USA Track and Field Championships in New Orleans.

UI's Hestertakes aim at long shot

It's unlikely Jerry Hester will be drafted Wednesday night, which is a shame. The kid's been practicing for his big night for who knows how long.

He knows how to act (cool). He knows how to dress (sharp). He knows whose hand to shake (the commissioner's). And he knows who to thank (Mom and Dad).

Aspiring college basketball coaches have tough choices

When the University of Illinois men's basketball team went to the Final Four in 1989, John Giannini was a graduate assistant.

Now the head coach at the University of Maine, the Chicago Fenwick graduate said the trip to Seattle was his steppingstone.

UI's one-stop shopping

CHAMPAIGN – Ron Turner had the blue-chip recruits right where he wanted them Saturday: on his campus.

The Illinois football coach conducted his second 7-on-7 passing shootout. Eighty teams filled 22 campus fields.

Street picks a date for UI visit

Olympic champion skier Picabo Street will sing the national anthem Nov. 7 at the Illinois-Indiana football game.

Linemen join in on the fun at UI camp

Smart thinking by the Illinois football staff inviting some of the state's best prep linemen over for a clinic today at Memorial Stadium. Usually their annual 7-on-7 passing camp involves only skill-position players.

But here's an idea for next summer. Include a bike race.

Keeping Track

   Current and former University of Illinois track and field athletes scheduled to compete in the USA Outdoor Championships today through Sunday in New Orleans:

Clopton seeks third straight title in UI Open play

Assume for a moment El Nino doesn't rain out every major golf tournament this year. Will Clopton will assume one of the favorite roles for this weekend's UI Open because that's the role of defending champion.

Actually Clopton is the two-time defending champ, and he has a shot at exclusive company. With another victory on the University of Illinois Orange Course, Clopton will join former Illini Jamie Fairbanks (1989-91) as the only player to win three straight titles.

Unexpected surge powers Dans sweep

DANVILLE – Even after watching all the baseballs fly out of Rosenblatt Stadium during the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., Cedric Harris never lost touch with reality.

The Lousiana State sophomore-to-be doesn't consider himself a power hitter. He hit three bombs – one in an eight-homer game by his Tigers – during LSU's CWS run, but Harris knew it would be different back in Danville Stadium.

Cloud nine Mahomet-Seymour's Melton touring on fast track

MAHOMET – If Brett Melton wants to play Big Ten basketball in January 2001, a bang-up July 1998 sure would help.

Take it from someone who knows.

"Jerrance Howard told me the summer before his junior year was what made him," said Melton, a junior-to-be at Mahomet-Seymour. "That's when he really broke out. He got highly recruited after that."

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