The real sports stars: Lauren and Leah

Certain sports images remain embedded in your mind.

Michael Jordan hitting the series-winning shot against the Utah Jazz in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals.

Christian Laettner sinking a fadeaway jumper against Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA tournament.

Oakwood diver reaches final 12

EVANSTON — Preslie Fletcher is moving up.
The Oakwood High School senior is one of 12 divers to qualify for today’s IHSA one-class state finals after two rounds Friday during the preliminaries. All 12 are guaranteed of receiving medals.
Fletcher is in her second year of interscholastic diving, training with former Centennial coach Don Waybright. A year ago, she placed 15th at state.

Is the end near for Beckman?

The Big Ten wins are at two.

In 22 games for Tim Beckman. 

That's an unsightly 2-20 mark in two-plus season to go along with a subpar 10-24 overall record for the embattled third-year coach. 

Patience is in short supply when it comes to the Illini football program, who are one loss away from missing out on a bowl game for the third straight season. 

11-21-14 #Illini Friday Jim Turpin with @KentBrown and @BarryLHouser talk about @illinifootball vs PSU

11-21-14 #Illini Friday Jim Turpin with @KentBrown and @BarryLHouser talk about @illinifootball vs PSU: Play now!

11-21-14 Illini Friday.  Jim Turpin with Kent Brown Illinois Sports Information and Barry Houser Director of the Marching Illini take a look at the final home game of the season Illinois vs Penn State.


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Illini scrapbook: Dick Butkus, Part II

Dick Butkus' arrival as a superstar can be traced to his junior season at Illinois in '63. Getting married to his longtime sweetheart had a lot to do with it.

Back in hosting business, C-U aims to please

CHAMPAIGN — Starting today, Don Wauthier will have nine busy days providing logistical help to schools advancing to next week's IHSA football championships, back in town after a year in DeKalb.

Prep highlights: Scott, Schlarman blast Rantoul

In girls’ basketball

At Saber Classic

Schlarman 61, Rantoul 27. Arieal Scott lit up the scoreboard with 32 points, including six three-pointers, to lead the Hilltoppers past the Eagles. Sierra Bell scored 10 points, and Laura Gross added nine points for the Hilltoppers. Mikala Hall led the way for the Eagles with 11 points.

MBB preview: Illinois welcomes Austin Peay

UI men vs. Austin Peay, 7 p.m. today


Illinois (2-0)


P Name Yr. Ht. PPG

G Ahmad Starks Sr. 5-9 14.0

G Rayvonte Rice Sr. 6-4 19.0

G Aaron Cosby Jr. 6-3 16.5

Coleman, Illini squeak past Memphis

Three freshman scoring leaders. Six total double-digit performances from first-year players.

Illinois’ freshmen have proven they’re all they were cracked up to be before the season started.

Tuscola overcomes obstacles

TUSCOLA — Nick Bates. Cole Evans. Ray Kerkhoff. Evan Sutton. Clayton Turner. Blake Woodard.

They have more in common than being members of the Tuscola football team that will play Maroa-Forsyth on Saturday in a Class 2A state semifinal game.