Langley shares first-round lead

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — There were no major letdowns for Masters contenders Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage on Thursday.

Kuchar, who tied for fifth at Augusta National, shot a bogey-free 5-under-par 66 to share the first-round lead with former Illini Scott Langley and William McGirt.

Philo resident renews plea for golf team at Unity High

TOLONO — For the second year in a row, a community member has proposed starting a golf team at Unity High School.

Philo resident Doug Boyer, who has taught the sport for the past five years at the University of Illinois, first made the proposals to the Unit 7 school last March. This week, he made the request again.

HS Baseball: St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Paxton-Buckley-Loda

St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Paxton-Buckley-Loda in a prep baseball game at St. Joseph-Ogden high school in St. Joseph  on Thursday, April 17, 2014. 

Sports Talk 04-17-14

Sports Talk 04-17-14: Play now!

Brian Moline and Matt Daniels discuss the day's sports event.  They visit with Austin Kim, Sports Director at ABC-17 in Columbia, Mo., about the departure of Frank Haith from Mizzou as well as the Illinois athletics rebranding.  They also discuss the recent Illinois spring football game.


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Finke, all-stars to hoop Saturday

The teams have been finalized for Saturday’s third Parkland College/News-Gazette all-star basketball game at Parkland. The girls’ will tip off at 6:30 p.m. The boys’ game will start at approximately 8 p.m. At halftime of each game, competing players will participate in a three-point shooting contest.

Jim Dey: Griffith rises to newest challenge

Last week, he was in Champaign-Urbana watching the Fighting Illini football team. On Tuesday, he was in East Lansing to get a look at Michigan State. Next week, it's off to Iowa City to see the Hawkeyes.

Life on the road can be taxing, but Howard Griffth's daily schedule is no picnic either.

Bolen will wrap career at Parkland/N-G all-star game

CHRISMAN — Ty Bolen and Michael Finke will have a brief reunion again on Saturday.

“It will bring back memories,” Bolen said.

It won’t be like the old days, when the two athletes were teammates.

The two high school seniors are no longer even focusing on the same sport as they were in  2007.

As 11-year-olds, they were summer teammates on the Champaign Tribe.

Wednesday's prep highlights: Learnard throws perfect game

In baseball
■ Paxton-Buckley-Loda 13, Iroquois West 1. The Panthers scored six runs in the third and sixth innings. Wyatt Kingery and Jay Eshleman combined to give up four hits.

■ Cerro Gordo/Bement 11, Tri-County 1. Cole Blickensderfer allowed five hits and struck out six for the Broncos. Blickensderfer had a home run and two RBI. Mason Neisslie was 3 for 4 with a double.

Tate: Color me a fan of new uniforms

If Fighting Illini performance is as snappy as their flashy new uniforms, happy days are on the orange and blue horizon.

What do you think of the new look? Let our columnist know here

Nike Rebranding: 4/16/14

The Nike rebranding celebration and the first showing of the new Illini uniforms for all sports at the Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

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