Final Word: Special visitor expected

CHAMPAIGN — If all goes as planned, the Illini will have a guest Saturday who has seen the world. And beyond.

Astronaut and former Illini Mike Hopkins is scheduled to join the team at breakfast Saturday after a Friday event in Chicago.

“He was here for graduation, and I got to meet him then,” Illinois coach Tim Beckman said. “What he’s done has been unbelievable.”


Efficiency Stats - Georgia Southern

Well, it's a win.  And the offense was much better in the second half.  But there's still plenty to improve upon, especially on the defensive end.  Here are the final efficiency stats, first for the Illini:

UI women's notebook: Defense rules day

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois worked on its defense most of the week leading up to Friday’s season opener against Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne. Head coach Matt Bollant wasn’t entirely pleased with the way his team played defensively in its exhibition win against Millikin and made it a point of emphasis in preparation for the Mastodons.

Mission accomplished.

UI women overcome three-point struggles

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois watched three-point attempt after three-point attempt rim out, bounce off or sail past the hoop in Friday afternoon’s season opener against Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne. When the final buzzer sounded, the Illini had missed every one of the 21 three-pointers they shot.

Recipe for disaster, right?

Tate: Lunt faces many foes Saturday

Historically speaking, most successful Big Ten football teams have been constructed to handle the Midwest’s windy, freezing temperatures of November.

Georgia Southern Pre-Game Show 11-14-14

Georgia Southern Pre-Game Show 11-14-14: Play now!

Join Steve Kelly, Loren Tate, Brian Barnhart, and Brian Moline as they preview tonight's Illini basketball match-up against Georgia Southern at the State Farm Center.


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Breaking it down: UI-Iowa



No.    Name    Ht.    Wt.    Class    Hometown    

12    Wes Lunt    6-5    225    So.    Rochester


Q&A with Justin DuVernois

With three games to go in the regular season, you can make a strong case for Justin DuVernois as the Illinois MVP. The senior punter from Florida ranks among the top 10 nationally and is hoping to continue his career in the NFL. Staff writer Bob Asmussen sat down with DuVernois as the Illini prepared for Iowa:

SportsTalk 11-14-14

SportsTalk 11-14-14: Play now!

News-Gazette sports writer Matt Daniels joins Brian Moline as he broadcasts from the Hilton Garden Inn.  They review the latest in sports, then preview tonight's Illini basketball game and tomorrow's Illini football game.


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Watseka proud of accomplishments

NORMAL — It wasn’t so much what Watseka did wrong. It was more about what Dakota did right.

“We had a hard time stopping their outside hitters,” Watseka coach Krista Pufahl said after the Warriors lost a Class 2A semifinal 25-21, 25-18 in their state volleyball tournament debut Friday at Illinois State’s Redbird Arena.