AMATEUR HOCKEY * Illini flying. Brett Duncan scored two goals as top-ranked Illinois defeated No. 4 Ohio 4-1 Friday night at the UI Ice Arena. Brian Tilden and Todd Chrustowski also scored for the Illini (28-1). * Wings work

Retiring Cardinal the UI''s jack of all trainers

CHAMPAIGN  His official title is associate athletic trainer, but you could add in travel agent, financier, ticket broker, psychiatrist and second father to Rod Cardinal''s business card. For the better part of his 30 years at Illinois,

News-Gazette''s high five

This week''s list: Best foreign-born Big Ten players. 1. KIRK PENNEY, Wisconsin: Great shooting, mate 2. T.J. PARKER, Northwestern: French-born guard 3. VELIMIR RADINOVIC, Ohio State: Canadian achin'' 4. ERAZEM LORBECK, Michigan State:

Hawks'' Ward, Wrede wrestle win from M-S

Dylan Ward''s 15 points led Prairie Central to a 49-37 Corn Belt Conference boys'' basketball victory Friday night against Mahomet-Seymour. C.J. Wrede had 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists as the Hawks improved to 19-3, 6-2 Corn Belt. Brad

Rocking Illinois bands together

CHAMPAIGN  Take that, Wimbledon. The No. 2 Illinois men''s tennis team blew the roof off the old notion that tennis is a silent sport, rocking a packed Atkins Tennis Center with a 6-1 victory against No. 8 Duke on Friday night. "People

Win no sweat for UI''s Freidl

After sweating his tail off to get down to 174 pounds, Illinois freshman Pete Freidl was more than willing to move up a weight class and wrestle at 184. "Getting down to 174 was a little hard, but now that I''m up at 184, I don''t have to worry

Sages form postseason party plans

SULLIVAN  It was a postseason atmosphere, and Monticello made sure it celebrated in postseason style. It was only the Okaw Valley tournament title the Sages captured Friday night, but the 50-40 victory came against previously undefeated

Don''t be confused: Viking no red Herring

Joey Herring doesn''t lead the Danville boys'' basketball team in scoring, rebounding or assists, yet he is an undisputed leader on a squad that''s won nine of its last 12 games. "You have to credit Joey Herring. Again," Danville coach Scott


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Archibald looks back wistfully

CHAMPAIGN  Things aren''t so bad the way they are for Robert Archibald. He''s getting paid to play the game he loves (though for now, he''s mostly practicing it). He''s got his degree from Illinois. And his former teammates still enjoying the