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Small hitting the big stage again

IRVING, Texas – It's Mike Small's own fault he'll be playing a lot of golf this spring and summer.

The Illinois men's golf coach has exemptions for seven PGA Tour events to use up this season, and he'll use his first this weekend at the Byron Nelson Championship near Dallas.

Weber seeks level playing field

CHAMPAIGN – Bruce Weber doesn't always get to use a private plane for his travels, but he had one on a recent recruiting trip to Oklahoma City.

Not that Weber was traveling in the same high style as some of his contemporaries.

Board of trustees will consider stadium project

URBANA – A renovated Memorial Stadium, complete with private suites, updated restrooms and concession areas, moves closer to reality this week.

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees will consider approval of the $116 million project at its meeting in Chicago on Thursday.

Hot-hitting Hall voted team MVP

CHAMPAIGN – Jenna Hall, who ranks second in the nation in batting average (.484) and fourth in slugging percentage, was voted team MVP at Monday's banquet at Hawthorn Suites.

The Illini's all-time leader in batting average (.357), home runs (33), RBI (142), slugging percentage (.583) and on-base percentage (.486), Hall also took home the Slugger Award.

Faceoff

Will the NCAA's tourney ban cost Illinois' men's tennis team?

Illini control own destiny in push toward Big Ten tournament

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois baseball team made a believer of Rich Maloney this weekend.

"They're definitely a playoff team; I really think they are," the Michigan coach said after his Big Ten co-leaders salvaged a series split Sunday by defeating the Illini 9-6 at Illinois Field. "Matter of fact, my thinking would be they'll finish close to the top end of (the six qualifying teams), not at the very bottom of it."

Illinos coach earns raise, extension

CHAMPAIGN – For Bruce Weber, Thursday is payday.

The Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday will vote on a revised contract that would award the Illini men's basketball coach a $100,000 raise, bringing his total annual compensation to $800,000.

Illinois seeking rehearsal reversal

URBANA – Illinois' softball team on Sunday received a preview of the future.

Now the Illini have four days to make changes so that their next game won't be a repeat of the past.

No small feat: Illini earn split

CHAMPAIGN – It took 45 games for an opponent to shut out the Illinois baseball team this season.

It took five more innings for the Illini to show their small-ball attack is tough to shut down for long.

Extra patrols give towns sense of security

HENNING – Dennis Young, 33, guides his police car along quiet streets.

It's 6 p.m. on a Friday night, and Young has just started his shift, patrolling Henning as its police chief.