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Illini shut door for history

The Illinois women''s soccer team hopes it will be able to score goals consistently this season, and after this weekend it has to believe it can prevent them in the same manner.

The Illini posted their second shutout in three days with a 2-0 victory against Illinois State Sunday afternoon at the Illinois Invitational in Champaign.

Illini feeling aches, pains

CHAMPAIGN – Yes, the nasty spill hurt Ade Adeyemo''s ribs. But, Illinois coach Ron Turner said Sunday, it could have been much worse for the Illinois receiver.

Late in Saturday''s game against UCLA, Adeyemo tried to catch a pass from Jon Beutjer in the back of the end zone. Looking over his shoulder, Adeyemo crashed into the corner of the concrete bleachers.

The day after

Every game has a defining moment when the outcome is established. Here is the play from Saturday''s Illinois-UCLA game:

Illinois football game statistics

UCLA 6, Illinois 3

Dawson: Coaches group interested in discipline

Every year, a who''s who of college coaches plays hooky.

They show up en masse at the Final Four, pick up their tickets and take in the finest weekend college basketball has to offer, but more of them than you might expect focus a little too much on the fun.

Brett''s random thoughts

TOO LATE FOR LARRY: The NABC''s mandatory ethics summit is a great idea, and college coaches would be wise to pay attention. The meeting comes too late for Larry Eustachy and for the coaching staffs at Fresno State, Missouri, Georgia, Auburn, St. Bonaventure – anyone noticing a trend here? – but hopefully it changes a few attitudes about the rules.

UI volleyball roars in Storrs behind Vandrey

The Illinois volleyball team proved an ungracious guest Saturday night in Storrs, Conn.

Behind Melissa Vandrey''s 15 kills, the Illini rocked host UConn 30-15, 30-23, 30-22 to win the Connecticut Invitational.

And justice for all?

In July 1984, Scot Hollonbeck''s world was irrevocably changed. While riding a bike in his hometown of Rochelle, Hollonbeck was struck by a drunk driver.

The accident left Hollonbeck''s paralyzed from the waist down. It did not, however, dampen his enthusiasm for tooling around on wheels. Switching from pedal power to armed force ,Hollonbeck went on to become a world-class wheelchair racer.

Long trips even longer for Illini staff

PASADENA, Calif. – Take the family on the trip, and packing can be a pain. Can you squeeze one more suitcase in the trunk? Should we use the roof rack?

Now, imagine your family numbered 125 people. That''s how many Trent Chesnut has to pack for.

Tate: Illini defense does its job impressively

When pro scout Jerry Shay squinted through his binoculars, his eyes focused on UCLA''s defensive front four. He was high in the Rose Bowl press box to evaluate their every move.

"The Ball twins (Mat and Dave) and Rodney Leisle are physical, athletic seniors who can control a football game," the former Purdue and NFL star said.