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Team capsules for South I Regional at Gainesville, Fla.

Illinois' Svihlik proves power hitters come in all sizes

CHAMPAIGN – D.J. Svihlik figured he wasn't pulling his weight. So he decided to lift some.

And as anyone who knows the University of Illinois second baseman will tell you, the 1998 Big Ten Conference Player of the Year doesn't do anything less than full bore.

Wait over, weight lifted

   CHAMPAIGN  The team was gathered at the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building. The TV set was on.

   All that remained was word on whether the University of Illinois was headed to the NCAA baseball tournament.

Illinois draws No. 25 SMU

Craig Tiley's eighth-ranked Illinois men's tennis team will meet No. 25 Southern Methodist at 8 a.m. Saturday, with an NCAA Elite Eight berth on the line.

Big Ten ponders bigger league schedule

CHAMPAIGN – Top Big Ten Conference athletic administrators are considering a proposal to expand the Big Ten women's basketball schedule.

Based on the lukewarm support it has from the league's coaches, however, any change from the current 16-game schedule appears uncertain.

ESPN shows NCAA baseball picks

ESPN will televise live 2-2:30 p.m. today the selection of the 48-team NCAA baseball tournament field.

Ex-Illini coach Tepper enjoying recruiting for Louisiana State

If it's Thursday, it must be Monroe. Or Grambling. Or Ruston.

Lou Tepper is back doing what he loves most: Knocking on doors and convincing kids to come to his school. Instead of Illinois, the homes are in Louisiana.

He isn't the closer anymore. That job belongs to Gerry DiNardo. Tepper is the one who sticks his foot in the door. Tepper is the one who first tells the coaches and parents Louisiana State is the place for little Johnny.

Rossow: Loss makes NCAA wait painstaking

It hurt, all right. As much as a bad-hop grounder to the chops.

But the scary part is the sting could worsen for Illinois baseball, which was one lousy strike away from keeping the Big Ten Conference tournament in town another day before Minnesota stormed back as the sun set Saturday.

UI's Zidlicky finds redemption

CHAMPAIGN – This time, Tom Zidlicky made sure he stuck around.

With the left-handed pitcher's help Saturday, so did the University of Illinois baseball team in the Big Ten tournament.

UI football remains a hard sell

By itself, the number isn't threatening: 43,263.

But put it in the blank reserved for "Illinois football attendance," and the problems start:

Enough open seats to land the space shuttle.

Budget distress.

An unhappy school president.

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