Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Illini's Best of the United Center

Had Brandon Paul's three-pointer found the mark, Saturday's game against Gonzaga would have gone down as the greatest for the Illini in their 41 games at the United Center. Here are the Top 10 wins, according to sports editor Jim Rossow:

No. 1

Grade the Illini vs. Gonzaga

Grade the Illini

2009: Stories of the year

Illinois sports figured prominently in The News-Gazette's annual list of the year's top 10 area stories. Some of it was good news (Angela Bizzarri), some not so good (Ron Zook's football program).

Speedskater Kuck makes Olympic team

SALT LAKE CITY – Unhappy with his performance on the last day of the 2010 U.S. Speedskating Championships, Jonathan Kuck got the pick-me-up of a lifetime Wednesday afternoon.

The 19-year-old Uni High grad was told he made the U.S. Olympic team.

Bardo in the house

Steve Bardo was in St. Louis early Wednesday to talk hoops with Bruce Weber's Illini.

Give us your top story in 2009

We'll run the area's top 10 stories for 2009 on Jan. 1. But we'd like your opinion before then.

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News you can't leave work without:

Tickets remain for key nonconference games in St. Louis and Chicago.


Memorable N-G covers: Beating Missouri

In a continuing series, we'll take a look back at memorable Illini moments through the covers of News-Gazette sports sections.

Today: The Illini will try to extend their Braggin' Rights winning streak to double digits Wednesday. A look back at the recent dominance.

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News you can't leave work without:

Illinois is Long Snapper U again as Nathan Hodel rejoins the NFL.


Leman's dad a proud papa

Hap Leman can't wait to talk to his son after he makes his NFL debut tonight.

By phone.