Badger finally on top; Illini seventh

   SAVOY  Bethany Brewster''s climb up the Big Ten ladder was down to its last rung.

   On Sunday, the sure-footed Wisconsin senior finally made it to the summit.

Hockey: Zabrin works OT

   Kyle Zabrin scored the game-winner in overtime to lead Illinois to a 3-2 victory against Wisconsin-Whitewater on Saturday night in Champaign.

   Luke Carlson and Brian Tilden also scored for the Illini, who had 30 shots on goal.

Tate: Illinois freshman eager to improve

   Back in his triple-double days at Chicago Manley, Luther Head did what came naturally.

   We had a couple of plays, he said, but basically I just came over the midcourt line and did anything I wanted to do. On our team, we had a lot of guys who liked to go one-on-one. I knew it would be different here, but I didn''t know it would be this different.

Transfer engages in battle

   CHAMPAIGN - Blandon Ferguson always has been this way: diving after loose balls, hawking the ball on defense, crashing the boards.

   So the tenacity he displayed during Saturday''s Orange and Blue basketball scrimmage had nothing (much) to do with the fact he''s in the middle of a hotly contested race for Illinois'' vacant starting position.

UI Men''s Basketball Practice Report

   The Illini have one fewer body at practice time now that former teammate Sergio McClain is trying to latch on with a new team.

   McClain, who was practicing with Illinois, is in Suwanee, Ga., for the National Basketball Developmental League''s Central Training Camp.

Argabright, UI continue streak

   Don Hardin''s Illini volleyball team is putting together its own fall classic.

   Illinois (15-5, 8-4 Big Ten) won its sixth consecutive league match and seventh overall, bouncing Iowa 30-19, 30-23, 30-26 behind Lisa Argabright''s match-high 15 kills on Saturday night in Champaign.

UI soccer warms up

   Don''t tell Tiffani Walker it was cold.

   I don''t care, the sophomore forward said. Cold weather is not an excuse.

Self scrutinizes Illini scrimmage

   CHAMPAIGN  A week ago, Bill Self invited the public to take a look at his Illini.

   Based on the oohs and ahhs on the observation deck at the Ubben Basketball Complex, UI fans liked what they saw.

UI women''s basketball practice report

   If anyone needed an indication of how freshman guard Jere Issenmann was adapting to her new environment, the five three-pointers she drilled in Saturday''s scrimmage was the hint.


Respect, ranking in UI volleyball forecast

   CHAMPAIGN  Much has been made of the fact that every Illinois volleyball loss this year has come against a ranked opponent.

   Now the unranked Illini are about to find out whether much will be made of their first win against a Top 25 foe.