Best of teams: No. 45, Cincinnati

NO. 45: Cincinnati

COACH: Tommy Tuberville

2014 RECORD: 9-4


Best of Illini: No. 45, Tyrin Stone-Davis

NO. 45: Tyrin Stone-Davis, wide receiver

Illini pick up recruit

Illinois football picked up its eighth commitment in the 2016 class on Tuesday night.

Tight end Griffin Palmer from De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis orally committed to the Illini, becoming the third Metro East product to choose Illinois in Tim Beckman’s latest recruiting class.

Ex-Illini Anderson named EIU coach

CHARLESTON — Jason Anderson grew up in Danville, played his college baseball at Illinois and returned to central Illinois to start his coaching career once his days playing professional baseball were finished.

It’s the area he knows best.

It’s home.

MJ's mock NBA draft 2015

1. Minnesota    Karl-Anthony Towns    C    Kentucky
— Big man has surpassed former N-G Player of the Year Okafor as sure-fire top pick.

2. Los Angeles Lakers    Jahlil Okafor    C    Duke

Three things to know about Tyra Perry

Tyra Perry will step in front of the podium and give her first remarks as the new Illinois softball coach at 3 p.m. Thursday. Here are three other things to know about the first head coaching hire by Illinois in almost two years):

Rice waits to hear his name called

CHAMPAIGN — Whether Rayvonte Rice hears his name called Thursday night during the NBA draft, the former Centennial and Illinois star will have an enjoyable night.

Surrounded by a couple family members and close friends, Rice will watch the draft hoping his childhood dream of being selected will come true. But if not, at least he’ll enjoy Mom’s cooking in the process.

Five reasons why Dee's hire is good

There isn’t a bigger personality on campus
If you’ve ever spoken to Dee Brown, you know he’ll converse with you as if you’re old friends, even if you’re meeting him for the first time. His innate ability to connect with everybody he meets will allow him to succeed in any role within the athletic department.

Little League Championship: Wampler vs. Campus Sportswear

Wampler vs. Campus Sportswear in  the C-U Kiwanis Little League Twin City Tournament championship game at Zahnd Park in Champaign on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

Lindgren opts to join Redbirds

CHAMPAIGN — It has been a busy week for Jeff Lindgren. Fresh off high school graduation, the former Centennial pitcher boarded a flight to Germany to visit his girlfriend Wednesday, just one day after making a difficult life choice.