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It's been more than a year since the Illinois baseball team played a home game. That changes Friday with the Illini set to host in-state rival Nortwestern for a three-game series. News-Gazette sports copy editor Joe Vozzelli Jr. previews this weekend's set at Illinois Field

From men's golf to softball, it's not just the men's basketball team that's generating success on the University of Illinois campus right now

Dr. Jacob Kinzer Shell, a man instrumental in the founding of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and the University of Illinois’ fourth athletic director, was born on this date in 1862 in Harrisburg, Pa.

Local tributes to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., busiest C-U intersections, Champaign County deaths, Danville Gardens Too, Hickory River, deer in Meadowbrook Park, Mattis Avenue bridges, Rep. Rodney Davis' Facebook page, Stone Creek paths and much, much more.

The par-4 ninth hole at Danville Country Club was playing 248 yards from the forward tee. With the wind blowing at him, Darrin Fletcher pulled out the driver and cut loose.

UI forest plantation's name change, mental health care for Illinois prison inmates, a Jackie Robinson parking lot at the UI, crops at Parkland, a Champaign liquor store in trouble, poor landscaping around public art in C-U, , fast food choice in Tuscola and much more.

Top moments? Top performances? There were plenty of them. Beat writer Scott Richey highlights the best and brightest teams, coaches and athletes from the past 12 months on the Illinois athletics scene — and also looks ahead to what is sure to be an unprecedented year due to the COVID-19 pandemic