UI softball lands recruit

Katie O'Connell, a second baseman at Joliet Township West High School, has verbally committed to the Illinois softball program. O'Connell has been a three-year starter at a school that has an 82-25 record, two regional championships, a Sweet 16 and an Elite Eight appearance.

O'Connell was selected to the Illinois Coaches Association All-State second team in 1999. She hit .333 as a freshman, .357 as a sophomore and .326 as a junior.

The Day After - Review/Preview


Every game has a defining moment when the outcome is established. Here's the play from Saturday's Illinois-Iowa game:

Winning part of routine

CHAMPAIGN – Ron Turner has gone from running a winless team to a Coach of the Year contender. So how different is life with his newfound success?

Not much.

Freshman keys Illini swim win

CHAMPAIGN – Freshman Astrid Matthias won an individual event and was on two winning relay teams Sunday, helping the Illinois women's swim team win for the first time in eight tries against Kansas in the Dual Meet Extravaganza at IMPE Pool.

Kittner making run at record book

IOWA CITY, Iowa – In nine feverish, up-and-down contests this season, Illini sophomore Kurt Kittner has thrown 311 passes, completed 169 and been intercepted twice.

And one of his two boomerangs was an on-the-mark throw that popped out of teammate Aaron Hodges' hands to a Minnesota defender.

Tatelines: Illini refuse to let victory elude grasp


Saturday's Battle of the I's was developing along the same path that led to despair at Indiana.

Rackers get UI going with fake for TD

   IOWA CITY, Iowa  Maybe Ron Turner needs to get mad at Neil Rackers more often.

   Unhappy with missed field goals by his senior kicker, Turner drove Rackers to a record-setting performance Saturday against Iowa.

McGee's time well spent in return to action


Brandon Moore had the toughest job of any Illini on Saturday.

Dilger enjoys being a winner

At one point, the RCA Dome crowd got so loud the hometown Indianapolis Colts had to use a silent count themselves.

Excitement was at a fever pitch last weekend as the Colts came back to beat Dallas 34-24. It reminded former Illini and current Indy tight end Ken Dilger of his rookie season in 1995.

Game 9 Stats

   Game 9 Stats

   How they scored