UI''s veterans prove worth in tie against Hoosiers

CHAMPAIGN – Goalkeeper Leisha Alcia made 13 saves and defender Sarah Brown scored the team''s goal as Illinois'' women''s soccer team played to a 1-1 tie against visiting Indiana on Sunday.

Indiana scored with 15 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. Illinois had three shots in the two extra periods.

Letter RIP

Letters from this week''s mailbag:

Former Illini in the NFL

Each Monday during the NFL season, we''ll update you on how former Illinois players are faring in the NFL. Sunday''s results:

The day after

A look back and ahead for UI football:

Turner shows displeasure with Big Ten crew

CHAMPAIGN – When he was at Southern Cal, Ron Turner liked the advantage. Now that he''s in the Big Ten, he isn''t a fan.

On Sunday, the Illinois coach again said Michigan has an edge when it comes to officiating. The same advantage his former employer, Southern Cal, enjoys.

Rossow: Upon further review

Sports Editor Jim Rossow''s take on Saturday''s contest:

Wolverines blow past Illinois in second half

CHAMPAIGN – It was 2001 all over again. For a half.

The home crowd screaming. The defense creating turnovers. The offense making plays.

Illinois secondary plays a primary role

CHAMPAIGN – They didn''t intercept two passes in the same game all of 2003. They only had four all of this season.

But the Illinois defense intercepted Michigan quarterback Chad Henne twice in a 4-minute, 20-second stretch of the second quarter Saturday. As a bonus, Justin Harrison and Kelvin Hayden returned the balls a combined 100 yards, both setting up scores.

Illini show dedication before showing off on first day of practice

CHAMPAIGN – They pumped in the smoke and pumped up the volume at the Assembly Hall on Saturday afternoon. They put on a show to mark the beginning of a basketball season filled with promise.

But it began earlier, in the relative quiet of the Ubben Basketball Complex, where sneakers squeaked, basketballs dribbled and only a handful of observers were around to hear Bruce Weber''s first whistle of the season at 8:26 Saturday morning.

They''re all that

Not only did Illinois basketball kick off its 100th season Saturday with an eye on the future, but the Illini also announced their all-century team. The 20-man team was selected by the school''s Basketball Centennial Committee after fan voting, and it represents all eras of Illinois basketball. The rundown: