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No. 1 doubles team trips again; women keep pace

Senior Graydon Oliver and freshman Amer Delic, the nation's top-ranked doubles team, were upset for the second consecutive day, but the 10th-ranked Illini defeated Minnesota 5-2 at Atkins Tennis Center.

Counting the days

CHAMPAIGN – The helmets and pads have been put away. The fancy sleds and not-so-fancy garbage cans are set aside until August.

Sorry, Ron Turner, but your friends at the NCAA won't help you out this spring. Fifteen practices is all you get. Take it or leave it.

Left-handed hitter puts UI ahead of No. 12 Iowa

URBANA – The toughest player to strike out on the Illinois softball team is also the only person on the team who has switched the way she bats.

A natural right-handed hitter, Erin Jones converted to the left side five years ago.

It's a move that has been beneficial. In 196 plate appearances this season in college, Jones has fanned three times.

Tate: UI offense not smoke and mirrors

Is this a mirage?

When the real games begin next September, will Illini fans recognize an offensive unit that was near-perfect in blitzing the second-teamers to the tune of 41-6 through the first two 12-minute quarters Saturday?

If you don't believe, why not?

Illini ride bumpy road to tennis success

URBANA – Illinois' 10th-ranked men's tennis team ran roughshod over Wisconsin on Saturday at the Atkins Center.

Its top-ranked doubles team ran into an ambush.

On a day when the Illini blanked the Badgers 7-0 to run their record Big Ten winning streak to 52 matches, the one blip came from a startling source.

Morton catches on at the corner

   CHAMPAIGN  The celebration dance wasn''t anything spectacular, but it felt good to Christian Morton.

   After learning a new position most of the spring, the Illinois quarterback-turned-cornerback looked like a natural Saturday afternoon when he intercepted a Dustin Ward pass and took it 39 yards for a Blue team touchdown in the first quarter of the Illini''s Orange and Blue spring game at Memorial Stadium.

Patience a virtue for Cox

URBANA – Marla Cox will have to wait on her third-place plaque from the Illini Spring Classic.

Being the proper host, Illinois women's golf coach Paula Smith presented the one on hand Saturday at Stone Creek Golf Club to a Notre Dame duo that also came in third. Smith then promised to order two more.

McGaffigan, Illini tough it out

Jennifer McGaffigan, playing at No. 1 singles, defeated Wisconsin's April Gabler 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 to lead the Illini to a 6-1 Big Ten women's victory Saturday against the Badgers in Madison, Wis.

McGaffigan, ranked 98th in the nation among singles players, teamed with No. 2 singles winner Eldina Fazlic to beat Wisconsin's Linde Mues and Vanessa Rauh 8-4 at No. 3 doubles.

Illinois first team clicks in all phases

CHAMPAIGN – Over at Iowa on Saturday, the No. 1 offense scored 35 points.

At Michigan, the first string hit 21 points. Same thing at Indiana.

Spring game scores don't really matter. Unless your last game was a blowout loss, one that cost your team a bowl game.

UI scrimmage statistics

Blue 48, Orange 6