Illini fight tooth, nail

ST. LOUIS  They had to scratch a little, claw a lot and summon whatever reserves of energy were available after a week of brain-draining final exams. Saturday''s women''s version of the Braggin'' Rights game looked and felt an awful lot like a

Urbana''s Bond impressive against Illinois

ST. LOUIS  LaToya Bond''s start was better than her finish, and that mirrored her Missouri Tigers on Saturday. Bond, The News-Gazette''s reigning Area Player of the Year, had a career-high 11 points in her first matchup against Illinois, a

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ST. JOSEPH  With all that Unity has accomplished the past couple of seasons, there''s been one team that has been able to spoil some of the Rockets fun. Monticello has beaten Unity twice in the last two years and will have a chance for the hat

UI''s Brown won''t stay down

ST. LOUIS  Dee Brown hit the floor in a heap and clutched his left shoulder, and only one thought crossed Bill Self''s mind. "Get up." That''s what Self said he was thinking when Brown went down early in the second half of Saturday''s

Braggin'' history

Year Winner 1980 Illinois, 84-62 1981 Missouri, 76-68 (OT) 1983 Illinois, 66-60 1984 Illinois, 65-50 1985 Illinois, 67-55 1986 Illinois, 92-74 1987 Illinois, 75-63 1988 Illinois, 87-84

Centennial able to climb out of another hole

Centennial''s Chargers seem to play their best basketball when they have their backs to the wall. "This has been a strange group," coach Tim Lavin said Saturday after his host Chargers overcame a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit in a 64-56

Coach expecting Danville to pick up the pace

NORMAL  Scott Olson knows how it must have seemed. "It looked like a bunch of guys picked up out of gym class to play basketball," said Olson, the Danville boys'' coach. The truth is, the Vikings who took the floor Friday night for the Big

Bond paying off already ¬ ¬ Area Player of Year from Urbana making an early impact off Missouri''s bench

ST. LOUIS  Soft-spoken and easy going, LaToya Bond expresses no ill will toward Illinois. But when the Urbana product takes on the Illini today, expect the heart to be thumping just a little faster. "I''ve been looking forward to it," said Bond, a freshman guard for the Missouri women''s basketball team. "They were looking to recruit me, and it just didn''t work out. I had a lot of contact with the assistant coaches. I usually went to a lot of the home games, and they''d put me on the pass

Illinois vs. Missouri, 1:30 p.m.

ILLINOIS (6-2) Pos. Name Ht. Yr. PPG F Angelina Williams 6-0 So. 12.6 F Cindy Dallas 6-2 Sr. 12.0 C Karen Hagberg 6-3 Sr. 11.4 G Tiffanie Guthrie

Illinois nabs top rusher

Gerard Jackson, the all-time leading rusher at Dodge City (Kan.) College, has committed to play football at Illinois. The 5-foot-10, 230-pounder rushed for 2,573 yards and 18 touchdowns in two seasons. A unanimous All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference pick and a second-team junior college All-American as a sophomore, Jackson is the fourth tailback or fullback among Ron Turner''s 2003 newcomers, joining Hinsdale Central''s Brian Grzelakowski, Georgetown (Md.) Prep''s Marcus Mason and