Change proves good for Ram

BOGOTA, Colombia — If you’re not Mike or Bob Bryan and you play doubles tennis professionally, the odds are you’ve gone through a playing partner or two or 10.

Sages legend Bob Miller nears milestone


The countdown began about a year ago, when Bob Miller drew the first black “X” through Aug. 1 on the calendar that stretches across the kitchen wall of the two-story Monticello home he and his wife bought 77 years ago. In 10 days, the “X’s” will engulf the large red dot between Aug. 10 and 11.

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Bob Miller's countdown to 100

Bob Miller, the patriarch of Monticello sports, turns 100 on August 11th. The former all-state basketball player, dairy owner, and superfan attended around 4,000 Illinois and Monticello games with his wife, Dorothy.

Coleman-Lands to miss foreign trip

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois announced on Friday that freshman guard Jalen Coleman-Lands would miss the upcoming foreign trip with a stress fracture in his lower left leg.

The 6-foot-3 guard from Indianapolis will miss on-campus practices in preparation for the trip, as well as the games in Belgium, the Netherlands and France.

Best of teams: No. 16, Oklahoma

No. 16: Oklahoma

COACH: Bob Stoops

2014 RECORD: 8-5


CIRCLE THE DATE: Nov. 14 at Baylor

Best of Illini: No. 16, Rob Bain

No. 16: Rob Bain, DL

Tate: Classroom restrictions can be eased

It’s old news that two head football coaches at Wisconsin — Bret Bielema and Gary Andersen — left in part because of the school’s academic restrictions in accepting borderline athletes.

Harking back to Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin has nevertheless ridden a wave of momentum in sustaining a successful program.

Summer Start: Central set up for future

CHAMPAIGN — As far as roster size goes, Central football is on par this summer with the other two seasons under coach Nate Albaugh.

But when it comes to summer participation? It’s on the rise for the Maroons. Up nearly 25 percent.