Rolex Regionals

What: Rolex Region IV men's tennis tournament.

When: Today through Monday.

Basketball update

   He coached the 1983 Pan American Games crew, starring a couple of guys named Jordan and Mullin. He led the 1995 World University Games bunch to the gold medal, with a little help from Tim Duncan and Allan Iverson. But the United States contingent Lon Kruger will help coach next summer in Athens, Greece, may be the best yet.

Illini football practice update

   News and notes from Wednesday''s UI football practice:

For Illini, guarded optimism

CHAMPAIGN – If Illinois didn't need big guys so bad, Jarrod Gee wouldn't mind sitting out a season and coming back next fall.

Just so he could run the floor with this Cory Bradford whippersnapper.

Kruger receives fifth commitment

WADLEY, Ala. – Five down, one five-star recruit to go.

UI sophomore steps up game

   CHAMPAIGN  Opponents beware. Tauja Catchings, that defender extraordinaire, has stepped up her offensive game since last basketball season.

   Now, if only the sophomore forward can remember to step up onto that raised court the next time the University of Illinois women''s team visits the Assembly Hall.

Tate: Illini add up to more than sum of parts

   They have played exactly 8,466 minutes  the equivalent of 212 full basketball games  as they look forward to Wednesday''s exhibition opener against the touring Aussie stars.

   They''ve scored 2,906 career points and hauled down 1,176 rebounds.

   Look up "experience" in Webster''s, and you''ll find them pictured.

Illini women''s basketball practice update

   News and notes from UI women''s basketball practice:

Tate: Harris puts Turner back on course

Ron Turner and Antoenio Harris weren't in a good mood last weekend. Both lost football games.

So Harris' decision to join Turner's Illini bucked up the spirits of both and gave viewers an indication that Turner is moving in a positive way, even if he isn't winning any games.

Lavery back as starter

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois' quarterback roulette has ended. The ball landed on 13.

That's the number worn by redshirt freshman Tim Lavery.

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