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Illini players defend Beckman at Big Ten media event

Illini players defend Beckman at Big Ten media event

CHICAGO — University of Illinois football coach Tim Beckman tap danced his way through several sessions at Big Ten Conference football media d…

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Akoon-Purcell: ISU basketball should be 'very exciting to watch'

Akoon-Purcell: ISU basketball should be 'very exciting to watch'

NORMAL — The season opener remains 3½ months away. Yet DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell has seen enough of his Illinois State basketball teammates the l…

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No matter the question, Urban Meyer always has the answer

No matter the question, Urban Meyer always has the answer

CHICAGO (AP) — Urban Meyer has always had an answer for everything the coaching profession has thrown at him. Nothing in his straight-ahead gl…

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Ohio State suspends Bosa, Marshall, 2 others for opener

Ohio State suspends Bosa, Marshall, 2 others for opener

CHICAGO (AP) — Ohio State will face one of its toughest tests of the season without its best defensive player and three talented receivers.

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USC picked to win Pac-12, beating out Oregon in media poll

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Southern California was picked to win its first Pac-12 football title since 2008 in a preseason media poll Thursday.

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College Report 7/30/15: IWU kicker Kelley on award's Watch List

Illinois Wesleyan senior Michael Kelley is among 41 placekickers from 26 states on the "Watch List" for the 2015 Fred Mitchell "Outstanding Pl…

July 29, 2015 9:30 pm(0)

This year, Big Ten's Delany has fresh national title to talk about

CHICAGO — It seems every season there comes that awkward moment during Big Ten Conference football media day when Commissioner Jim Delany step…

July 29, 2015 7:00 pm(0)

Former Central, ISU standout Highland signs with Saints

Former Central, ISU standout Highland signs with Saints

Chris Highland has grown accustomed to taking an upside down view of the world. Such is life for a football long snapper.

July 29, 2015 12:30 pm(1)

College Report 7/29/15: ISU coach likes variety, depth of track recruits

Illinois State Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Jeff Bovee announced Tuesday the signing of 13 men and 16 women to national letters o…

July 28, 2015 9:30 pm(0)

Illini guard Abrams out for season with torn Achilles tendon

Illini guard Abrams out for season with torn Achilles tendon

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams will once again spend the season watching from the bench in street clothes after t…

July 28, 2015 7:00 pm(0)

At media days, star quarterbacks can be hard to find

At media days, star quarterbacks can be hard to find

The quarterback is usually the face of a football team. During conference media days, those faces are often difficult to find.

July 28, 2015 5:37 pm(0)

Summer Report 07/28/15: Snipes win, tie at Joliet

JOLIET — The Lexington Snipes rallied to win game one before recording the first tie in team history in the nightcap in a Midwest Collegiate L…

July 27, 2015 6:48 pm(0)

Mark Tupper: Media agree on Buckeyes, but what about Illinois?

Mark Tupper: Media agree on Buckeyes, but what about Illinois?

Sports media folks don’t agree on much, especially when it’s time to peek into our often-cloudy crystal ball. But all 40 of us invited to part…

July 27, 2015 6:00 pm(0)

ISU chosen second in preseason Missouri Valley football poll

ISU chosen second in preseason Missouri Valley football poll

ST. LOUIS — Illinois State’s football team won a program-record 13 games last season. In the process, the Redbirds lost the element of surprise.

July 27, 2015 2:45 pm(2)

Kindred: Day with Blackhawks 'bittersweet' for victims' families

Kindred: Day with Blackhawks 'bittersweet' for victims' families

Pain rooted deeply in the soul never really leaves. It subsides on occasion, but always it is there. None of us can know what that’s like for …

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Summer Report 7/25/15: Fairfield keys 17 Gold to two wins

Mitch Fairfield had six hits and drove in four runs Friday as the BNBA 17 Gold won a pair of games in the Diamond Sports Promotions World Seri…

July 24, 2015 10:15 pm(0)

NCAA: Southern Miss, Tyndall committed multiple violations

NCAA: Southern Miss, Tyndall committed multiple violations

The NCAA has outlined serious rules violations committed at Southern Mississippi, finding multiple infractions by the men's basketball program…

July 24, 2015 6:48 pm(0)

Report: Ohio State's Miller shifting from QB to receiver

Report: Ohio State's Miller shifting from QB to receiver

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Braxton Miller is shifting from quarterback to receiver, whittling Ohio State's QB competition to two star passers.

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Summer report 7/24/15: Fugitt, Rave lead 17 Gold hit parade

Addison Fugitt had three hits with a pair of doubles Thursday as the BNBA 17 Gold totaled 16 hits in a 10-0 win over the Missouri Sho-Me Bucks…

July 23, 2015 9:45 pm(0)

Minor league update: Chiefs' DeJong enjoying early pro success

Minor league update: Chiefs' DeJong enjoying early pro success

Paul DeJong is not lacking for success or support in his early days as a professional baseball player.

July 23, 2015 6:30 pm(0)

Valley, ESPN announce 10-year extension, co-branded network

Valley, ESPN announce 10-year extension, co-branded network

ESPN and the Missouri Valley Conference on Thursday announced a 10-year extension of their media rights agreement that includes the creation o…

July 23, 2015 3:00 pm(1)

AP source: Sherri Coale to enter women's basketball hall

NEW YORK (AP) — Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale will headline the 2016 women's basketball Hall of Fame induction class, a person familiar with the…

July 23, 2015 1:30 pm(0)

Summer Report 7/23/15: Miller places third in Illinois Open

Matt Miller of Bloomington shot a 7-under-par 65 on Wednesday and finished third in the 66th Illinois Open at Royal Melbourne Country Cub in L…

July 22, 2015 9:30 pm(0)

Tri-Valley's Butler commits to play baseball at ISU

Tri-Valley's Butler commits to play baseball at ISU

DOWNS — Jack Butler played on a summer baseball team with John Rave and Jacob Gilmore in 2013. He enjoyed every minute.

July 22, 2015 6:30 pm(0)

Spurrier: Not too old to coach, will be around 'a long time'

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Steve Spurrier has a message for all those "enemies" out there, saying he will remain South Carolina's coach for a long time.

July 22, 2015 5:24 pm(0)

UT rape suspects to be given separate trials

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former University of Tennessee football player charged with rape will be tried separately from his suspended ex-teammate.

July 22, 2015 6:17 am(0)

Oklahoma looks to pass forward to more Big 12 championships

Oklahoma looks to pass forward to more Big 12 championships

DALLAS (AP) — Bob Stoops is bringing back the kind of pass-happy offense to Oklahoma that he introduced to the Big 12.

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ISU transfer WR Graves out for season; two players dismissed

ISU transfer WR Graves out for season; two players dismissed

NORMAL — The Illinois State football team has lost three players, one to injury and two to discipline-related dismissals.

July 21, 2015 4:44 pm(1)

UAB to resume playing football in 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — UAB football will take the field again in 2017 and remain an FBS program.

July 21, 2015 2:36 pm(0)

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Abrams latest injury a blow to Illini

On the drive back from Champaign Tuesday, the skies darkened and it poured.

July 28, 2015 6:01 pm(0)

Lou Henson's treatment will include a little privacy

For much of his 83 years, Lou Henson has lived a very public life.

June 30, 2015 2:27 pm(0)

Lou Henson deserves a little privacy in his fight

For much of his 83 years, Lou Henson has lived a very public life.

June 30, 2015 2:15 pm(0)

Blackhawks pose a vacation dilemma

I happened to be in Minnesota fishing one summer in the 1990s when the Chicago Bulls were chasing NBA championships.

June 23, 2015 4:44 pm(0)

Before the games can begin, the investigations must be resolved

It’s always weird coming back to work after a two-week vacation, and so it is today (Monday, June 22) after returning from an extended trip up…

June 22, 2015 3:48 pm(0)

Illini baseball coach does it his way

CHAMPAIGN – I’m starting to figure out Illini head baseball coach Dan Hartleb and here’s his deal: This is a man who doesn’t fix what isn’t broken.

June 02, 2015 3:05 pm(0)

Hudson, Illini enjoying sweet reunion

CHAMPAIGN – Kyle Hudson is the hitchhiker who sticks out his thumb and watches as a stretch limo pulls to the side of the road.

May 27, 2015 3:41 pm(0)

Illini baseball buzz building

In a spring filled with stories that surprise for all the wrong reasons, the story of the Illini baseball team still glistens.

May 26, 2015 6:00 pm(0)

Bad time to give new Illinois president double trouble

“Responsibility equals accountability equals ownership. And a sense of ownership is the most powerful weapon a team can have.” 

May 19, 2015 5:11 pm(0)

Beckman hit with serious allegations

This is a bad week for me to be starting a vacation, because it could be a critical time for the Illini football program given what former off…

May 11, 2015 9:37 am(0)

Illini looking at former Redbird guard

While Illinois waits for a decision from Villanova transfer Dylan Ennis, another guard prospect was visiting on Wednesday.

May 06, 2015 3:31 pm(0)

Groce's new big man is a big deal

CHAMPAIGN – At the precise time the head coach needed to generate some positive news for an Illini basketball program under fire, John Groce f…

April 18, 2015 5:56 pm(0)
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