Gophers star rates honors

Minnesota center Janel McCarville was named Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year by league coaches and the media Wednesday.

McCarville, a 2004 All-American and a Final Four all-tournament selection, was joined on the coaches'' preseason All-Big Ten team by Michigan State''s Lindsay Bowen, Ohio State''s Jessica Davenport, Purdue''s Katie Gearlds and Penn State''s Tanisha Wright.

Q & A: Megan Godfrey

The junior won the first title of her college career Oct. 5, finishing with a 6-over-par 228 at the Shootout at the Legends in Franklin, Ind. It was a continuation of an advancing career as Godfrey lowered her stroke average from 83.5 as a freshman to 78.8 as a sophomore. In nine rounds this fall, the Homewood-Flossmoor product has dropped that mark to a team-low 77.5.

Illinois Football Practice Report


The member of the visiting Mount Zion Braves youth football team asked Jon Beutjer, "Are you the starting quarterback?"

The Illinois senior couldn''t answer. Neither could Chris Pazan. Or Brad Bower. Or coach Ron Turner.

Tate: Big picture shows Illini ''small market''

Alumni, fans and former players often treat Illini football as imminently curable ... a snip here and a stitch there ... and pop! There goes Illinois zooming right back on top.

They seem unaware of the creeping realization that, in football circles, the UI is part of the "small-market" section of the Big Ten, the baseball equivalent of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Illini don''t draw as many fans, nor charge as much, nor demand the same level of success as conference leaders.

A down season for the Big Ten? No chance.

Uncle Jim Tressel can gather the Big Ten coaching kids around the campfire and tell them the story of the BCS title game.

Tell them how nobody believed in his team going into the season. Tell them how every game was just a bit trickier than the last. Tell them how much it meant to the historic Ohio State program to put another trophy in the case. After a 34-year break.

Lockout spills into season


Hunt honored again. Another week, another award for Cassie Hunt.

The Illinois sophomore received her second consecutive Big Ten Women''s Cross-Country Runner of the Week honor Tuesday after turning in another record-setting performance.

Illini tickets popular item

CHAMPAIGN – If you''re hoping to check out the Illinois men''s basketball team in person, be prepared to hit the road.

Illinois sold its final 100 season ticket packages this morning, giving the school its second season-ticket sellout in four years.

Asmussen''s Insider

News-Gazette beat writer Bob Asmussen''s weekly look at the game he loves: Top 10, Bottom 5, Conference Call, Heisman Ballot, and Random Thoughts.

Illini tailback wants to return this week

CHAMPAIGN – He runs. He catches. He blocks. He returns kicks.

On Saturday, E.B. Halsey wants to be doing all those things for the Illinois football team. If his knee cooperates.

Soccer, tennis teams shut out

The Illinois soccer team wrapped up a difficult weekend with a 3-0 loss to 19th-ranked Ohio State on Sunday.

"Today, we simply did not show up to play in the first half,"UIcoach Janet Rayfield said.