Illinois junior rebounds from injury to pay dividends

CHAMPAIGN – If Rebecca Patrick wanted to erase most of 1999 from her memory, you couldn't blame her.

The Illinois junior was in a horrific automobile accident that hospitalized her boyfriend, and she suffered a season-ending knee injury within a matter of months.

Tate: UI's Williams has point to be made

Bill Self doesn't separate his backcourt players into shooters or playmakers or defenders. He doesn't specify a "point guard."

But if such a fellow exists on Self's Illinois basketball team, both he and everyone else know it is once again Frank Williams. Call him the quarterback or the pitcher with the ball in his hand.

Longtime series will skip a beat

CHAMPAIGN – The college football fun started for Kurt Kittner against Iowa. In 1998 against the Hawkeyes, he became the first true freshman quarterback to open a game for Illinois in 52 years.

For Kittner and his teammates, playing the Hawkeyes is a natural. The Iowa roster is filled with 16 players from the Land of Lincoln, including starting quarterback Jon Beutjer and star receiver Kevin Kasper.

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Tate: Enthusiasm lifts Grentz to success

Enterprising leaders like Mark Johnson in wrestling and Craig Tiley in tennis have changed the face of Illini athletics, bringing national recognition to a fast-developing athletic program.

But no one has revolutionized fan habits locally like the lady from Philly.

Virgin weighs Illinois offer

   URBANA  Urbana senior Morris Virgil, the area''s second-leading rusher, said he has received a scholarship offer to play football at Illinois.

   Virgil said Illini coach Ron Turner offered him a scholarship Sunday night. He said Illinois is one of the schools he''s considering.

Illini football practice report

With his beloved San Francisco Giants out of the playoffs, Illinois coach Ron Turner is rooting for Tony La Russa's team.

Men advance in All-American

Two Illinois men's doubles teams advanced to the main draw in the All-American Championships at Stone Mountain, Ga.

Illini football practice report

When Nana Agyeman signed on the dotted line with Illinois last February, he was listed as a receiver. Eight months later, the Lake Park product is one injury away from being a starting cornerback.

With Trayvon Waller out for the season because of a broken ankle, Agyeman is listed as backup to both Eugene Wilson and new starter Anthony Hurd.

Illini on way to Paralympics

Adam Bleakney is used to competing in front of small crowds. No wonder the Illinois graduate student is a bit nervous as he heads to the Sydney Paralympics in Australia.

His wheelchair races will take place in the same stadium Marion Jones starred last month.