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Illinois football practice report

Kevin Mitchell would like nothing better than to see the 13 Illinois seniors close their careers with a win.

"We definitely talk about it," Mitchell said. "This has been a tough season and we want to send them out with a good taste in their mouth. Hopefully, we can get that done."

Illinois men's basketball practice report

In one day, Illinois' regular season starts. It begins with a bang.

The Illini will play five games in their first nine games, a proposition that's both exciting and a little frightening for Bruce Weber.

Here they come

The following players have made commitments to join the Illinois football team in 2006:

Prep commitments coming in bunches

Kyle Yelton is so excited to play football at Illinois he's coming six months early.

The Chesterton (Ind.) punter is the latest to commit to Ron Zook's program. He is graduating from high school this semester so he can start college in January.

Return home draws a crowd

Their friendship predates their days of on-court success at Centennial, and though they're separated these days by almost 700 miles, they still talk regularly.

So Steve Holdren – the starting small forward at South Dakota State – figured he could count on Illinois redshirt Trent Meacham in a pinch.

Who's that Illini?

At a school that produced such Olympic medalists in the pole vault as Bob Richards and Don Laz, I am the only Illini to win two outdoor national titles in the event. I captured the national collegtiate crown in 1944 by clearing 13 feet, 6 inches. One year later, I won again with an 11-6 vault. Another highlight was winning the Big Ten indoor championship in 1945 at 13-9. But my biggest feat was earning the co-title at the 1945 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships with a height of 13-6.

Tate: I've got all the answers

Thought-provoking sports questions are busting out all over. See what you think of these responses:

Assembly Hall open for rematch

CHAMPAIGN – Last season, Illinois fans packed the Assembly Hall to watch the Illini face North Carolina.

This month, they can do the same.

Bob Asmussen's insider

News-Gazette staff writer Bob Asmussen's weekly look at the game he loves:

UI's Anderson makes history

URBANA – Illinois sophomore Kevin Anderson took an easy path to reach the second round of the USTA Challenger on Tuesday, but he figures to receive a challenge today at Atkins Tennis Center.

Anderson became the first UI singles player to advance when he claimed a default victory against Jan-Michael Gambill, formerly ranked No. 14 in the world.