Middle school to honor Rice

CHAMPAIGN — Before he went on to star collegiately at Drake and Illinois — and before he led Centennial to a state championship in 2009 and a fourth-place finish in 2010 while setting the Twin City’s all-time scoring record — Rayvonte Rice was just a kid having fun playing hoops at Edison Middle School.

Baseball team runs streak to 14

CHAMPAIGN — The nation’s longest college baseball winning streak continued Tuesday night.

Illinois senior David Kerian homered in the fifth inning, and the eighth-ranked Illini added four runs in the sixth and four more in the eighth to defeat Eastern Illinois 10-1. It was the second win of the season by Illinois against EIU.

Tate: Who is behind the NCAA screen?

Before you ask: Yes, Kentucky’s perennial NCAA basketball contenders are in great shape with the APR (Academic Progress Rate) requirements that knocked Connecticut, champion in 2011 and 2014, out of the 2013 tournament.

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Steve Kelly and Loren Tate host the Tuesday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Illini Golf coach Mike Small.


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HS Girl's Soccer: Central vs. Urbana

Central vs. Urbana in a prep soccer game at Urbana high school on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

Time for hoops talk

The offseason is in full swing for Illinois.

But that doesn't mean recruiting has taken a backseat.

It didn't on Saturday when Illinois received a commitment from Mike Thorne Jr. after the center elected to transfer to Charlotte to Champaign.

The Marcus LoVett recruitment is winding down, so where does the Chicago Morgan Park point guard stud end up going?

Decatur: Hockeyville USA

Danville has had a passion for junior hockey throughout the years, but it appears Decatur's bond is just as strong.

MJ's way-too-early Big Ten picks

1. Maryland
Not only do the Terps return point guard Melo Trimble and swingman Jake Layman, but they also added McDonald’s All-American big man Diamond Stone.

2. Michigan State
Denzel Valentine, Bryn Forbes and Tum Tum Nairn return from the Final Four team, and Tom Izzo added a couple of burger All-Americans in Caleb Swanigan and Deyonta Davis.

Top of the morning, April 21, 2015

Matt Daniels, acting sports editor since Jan. 1, has been promoted to sports editor.

PBL girls' basketball nets new coach

PAXTON — Rachel Hurliman has hands-on knowledge of how a girls’ basketball team can reach a state tournament.