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Beckman: 'What a great opportunity'

CHAMPAIGN — The crowd was upbeat. And so was the coach.

Best of Illini: No. 15, Dawuane Smoot

Why he’s important: Play every game this season like he did against Texas State and Smoot will have a haul of postseason hardware to call his own. Then again, it’s likely not going to happen that the Ohio native will record two sacks each game like he did against the Bobcats last September.

Best of teams: No. 15, Clemson

COACH: Dabo Swinney
2014 RECORD: 10-3
PROJECTED 2015 RECORD: 11-2
CIRCLE THE DATE: Nov. 7 vs. Florida State

White, United States reach semifinals

CHEKHOV, Russia — Chatrice White snared the offensive rebound off a miss by Kristine Anigwe and got the putback to fall — all just after the buzzer sounded to end the first quarter of Friday’s FIBA U19 Women’s World Championship quarterfinal against Canada. It was about the only thing that didn’t go Team USA’s way. The Illinois sophomore and her U.S.

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

By ANTHONY ZILIS
azilis@news-gazette.com


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.

Sports Talk 07-24-15

Sports Talk 07-24-15: Play now!

Today on SportsTalk Steve Kelly has a full line up as chats with Illini Assistant Football Coach Mike Bellamy, has an interview with Illini Baseball Coach Dan Hartleb, talks Cardinal Baseball with Tom Ackerman from KMOX, welcomes The new News-Gazette Prep Coordinator Anthony Zilis, and more on NewsTalk 1400 WDWS.

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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.