Developing Illini face difficult schedule

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois volleyball fans won't have to wait long to see their favorite team in 2006.

The Illini's season opener also will be their home opener.

Holdren joining former teammate Meacham as transfer at Illinois

BROOKINGS, S.D. – They used to talk about how great it would be.

Trent Meacham and Steve Holdren, best friends since fifth grade and high school hoops teammates at Centennial, would imagine playing together at Illinois, of suiting up for their favorite team.

DeHeart, Harkins named tennis MVPs

CHAMPAIGN – Ryler DeHeart and Macall Harkins were named Most Valuable Players for their respective Illinois teams during Monday's team banquet.

Ruben Gonzales (3.79) won the GPA Award and was named Player to Watch; DeHeart took the Strength and Conditioning Award; and Ryan Rowe received Most Improved Player. Brandon Davis was given the Chris Martin Spirit Award.

Ex-UI football player charged with battery

URBANA – A former University of Illinois football player is due to be back in court June 20 after being charged Monday with misdemeanor battery.

Morris Virgil, 23, who listed an address in the 1400 block of West Hill Street, Urbana, was arrested about 1 a.m. Sunday.

Illini's reign halted

MINNEAPOLIS – Ohio State ended Illinois' four-year reign as the Big Ten men's tennis champions, beating the Illini 4-2 in the title match of the conference tournament Sunday.

"We're disappointed not to get the title but when you're looking at a championship situation you want to put yourself in position and we certainly had that," Illinois coach Brad Dancer said. "Ruben (Gonzales) was serving for the match, (Ryan) Rowe really controlled his match and (GD) Jones was up a break in the third set in his. We didn't finish them off when we had them down."

Illini shut out in NFL draft

Steve Weatherford was prepared for what happened Sunday afternoon. It wasn't a surprise.

Illinois' best chance for a player to have his named called at this weekend's NFL draft also was the Illini's hope for its streak of at least one player drafted extended to 35 straight years. When the draft concluded at 5 p.m. Sunday, 255 players were drafted and no Illinois players were involved.

Schultz, Illini bury Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS – Dave Schultz was 5 for 5 and Ryan Snowden was 5 for 6 in the Illinois baseball team's 16-8 victory against Minnesota.

The Illini took three of four in the series.

Illini QB Flakes plans to transfer

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois sophomore quarterback Kisan Flakes is leaving the program, coach Ron Zook said today. Flakes is expected to transfer to another program.

"He wants to have an opportunity to play more and he didn't know if that's going to happen," Zook said. "He wants to get into an offense that fits him better."

Lierman always looking on the bright side of life

Bryan Lierman jokes that he's going to have a T-shirt printed that says, "I can't be killed."

He has survived not one but two near-death crashes on motorcycles.

It's your business: Errand businesses out to lend a helping hand

Ever wish you had more hours in your day to get stuff done?

Two Champaign women say their new errand-running services can help.