Sports

Fri, May 30: TV partner splits away from Big Ten

   With television sets out the wazoo and schools that stretch halfway across the country, the Big Ten thinks pretty highly of its network value. That value is about to get a price tag.

   Last week, the Pacific-10 Conference said it will go it alone in negotiating its network football package. It will end a partnership with the Big Ten that dates back to the mid-1980s.


Sun, June 1: Scholarship important for Johnson

   Brian Johnson could find a job in a minute.

   All he needs is a suit and a tie and an interview. He already has the diploma, having graduated from the University of Illinois earlier this month.

   He''d make good money, too. His degree in electrical engineering says so.


Mon, May 26: Badgers'' Butler did it

   CHAMPAIGN  Fine job, Illinois.

   That''s the word from the Wisconsin women, who thoroughly enjoyed their weekend stay in Champaign-Urbana as track and field guests of the UI.


Mon, May 26: Illini men Truly golden

   CHAMPAIGN  Bobby True was smoldering mad. And Bobby True''s track coach hadn''t the slightest idea why.


Mon, May 26: Long-awaited duel a delight

   CHAMPAIGN  It''s the duel that''s been years in the making: Reggie Torian vs. Tony Simmons.

   On Sunday, it finally came off. And more than lived up to its billing.


Mon, May 26: UI women''s streak no hurdle

   CHAMPAIGN  It''s becoming a staple of spring, right up there with tornado warnings, Michael and bad Chicago baseball.

   The Big Ten''s 400-meter women''s hurdling champ is going to be decked out in something orange and blue.


Sun, May 25: No rest for the hungry

   CHAMPAIGN  When her day was finally done, Tonia Longe felt like a boxer who''d gone 15 rounds, a marathon runner at the finish line or a swimmer emerging from the English Channel.

   Pooped.


Sun, May 25: Nothing remains to Ponder

   CHAMPAIGN  Would someone please remind Tisha Ponder that she''s still only 19 years young?

   At her current pace, the University of Illinois freshman will run out of track and field things to do by the time she''s a junior.


Sun, May 25: Rossow: UI to learn new NCAA rules on the job

   A year from now, Benita Kelley might not have time to celebrate her victory in the 100-meter dash at the Big Ten Conference Championships.

   There might tables to wait at TGI Friday''s. Or cars to hawk at Shelby''s. Or shoes to sell at Herberger''s.


Sun, May 25: UI freshman stops watching, starts working

   CHAMPAIGN  Tunde Ridley wasn''t so wide-eyed this time.

   When the University of Illinois freshman competed in his first Big Ten Conference track and field championship meet in February, "I wanted to see everything more than like compete."

   Instead of viewing the passing spectacle Saturday, Ridley threw himself headlong into it.


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