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Illinois enters pivotal Big Ten series at Minnesota

Illinois enters pivotal Big Ten series at Minnesota

Stephen Cohn, Staff writter
April 27, 2017
Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois baseball is looking for a better result this time around after being swept last weekend against Big Ten foe Purdue. The Illini continue their eight-game road trip in the Twin Cities with a three-game series against Minnesota beginning Friday. Illinois and Minnesota are nearly at opposite en...

Illinois faces Maryland in Big Ten tournament first round

Illinois faces Maryland in Big Ten tournament first round

Christian Evans, Staff writer
April 27, 2017
Filed under Sports, Tennis, Women's Sports

The Illinois women’s tennis team will play Maryland in the first round of the Big Ten tournament Friday. Maryland (16-5, 7-4) earned the fifth seed after having its most successful season in program history. Illinois (13-12 , 7-4) received the fourth seed after winning nine of its final 12 matches. The Illini...

Illinois softball dominates Oskees, prepares for Wisconsin

Illinois softball dominates Oskees, prepares for Wisconsin

James Boyd, Staff writer
April 27, 2017
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

In its last outing, the Illinois softball team left Nebraska’s Bowlin Stadium with its 11th loss of the season. The game ended in just five innings as the Illini couldn’t find a way to stop Cornhuskers’ offensive onslaught. Seven different players recorded hits for Nebraska — totaling 13 RBIs ...

Illinois men’s tennis team sets sights on Big Ten title

Illinois men’s tennis team sets sights on Big Ten title

Brian Binz, Staff writer
April 27, 2017
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

The Big Ten tournament starts Thursday, but for the Illinois men’s tennis team, it doesn’t start until Friday. The Illini earned the third seed in the tournament, good enough for a first round bye, meaning they will await the winner of No. 6 seed Purdue and No. 11 seed Nebraska in the quarterfin...

Smith commits to Illinois

Smith commits to Illinois

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
April 26, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

Mark Smith has committed to Illinois. The four-star guard held a press conference at Edwardsville High School to announce his commitment Wednesday. Smith took a visit to the Illinois campus last week, and he is the first commit of the Brad Underwood era. The 6-foot-5 guard from Edwardsville, Illinois, i...

Illini Of The Week: Aleks Vukic

Illini Of The Week: Aleks Vukic

Brian Binz, Staff writer
April 26, 2017
Filed under Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

When Illinois men’s tennis head coach Brad Dancer first met Aleks Vukic, it wasn’t love at first sight. In fact, the first time Dancer ever saw Vukic play, he lost. “I watched (former Illini) Jared (Hiltzik) beat up on him pretty good,” Dancer said. “I gave him a business card and said ‘hey,...

Illinois’ wheelchair track program continues to thrive

Illinois’ wheelchair track program continues to thrive

Meghan Rest, Staff writer
April 26, 2017
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Women's Sports

The University of Illinois has a longstanding tradition of having its physically disabled athletes compete at the Paralympic games. Illinois’ wheelchair track team is one of three college track teams in the nation that offers competition to people with disabilities. “What’s unique about the University of Illinois is that ...

2016 Illinois Mr. Basketball recipient transfers to Kansas from California

2016 Illinois Mr. Basketball recipient transfers to Kansas from California

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
April 25, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

Charlie Moore is transferring to Kansas. The 5-foot-11 guard from Chicago made the announcement Tuesday via Twitter. Moore played his freshman season at California and decided to transfer to be closer to his family. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported Moore was deciding between Illinois and Kansas. Moore...

Illini take first at Illinois Twilight

Illini take first at Illinois Twilight

Meghan Rest, Staff writer
April 25, 2017
Filed under Sports, Track & Field, Women's Sports

The Illinois women's track team finished in first with 127 points at its Illinois Twilight meet Saturday. Overall, the Illini secured five first-place performances. Leading the pack with two event titles, junior Pedrya Seymour finished first in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.14 and the 200 m...

Women’s golf finishes seventh at Big Ten championships

Women’s golf finishes seventh at Big Ten championships

Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor
April 25, 2017
Filed under Golf, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

The Illinois women's golf team finished the first round of the Big Ten championships in seventh place, and the Illini remained in that spot when the final ball was struck. Two individuals managed top-25 finishes, as junior Chayanid Prapassarangkul and freshman Swing Liu tied for 21st, each shooting...

McGrory, Scaroni repeat medal-winning finishes in Boston

McGrory, Scaroni repeat medal-winning finishes in Boston

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
April 24, 2017
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Women's Sports

With Tatyana McFadden out again, Amanda McGrory and Susannah Scaroni continue to set the pace for Illinois. The two came in second and third, respectively, at the 2017 London Marathon on Sunday — mirroring their finishes from the Boston Marathon six days prior. Like Boston, Swiss racer Manual...

Michael Massey named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

Michael Massey named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
April 24, 2017
Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Michael Massey is the silver lining to a 1-3 week for Illinois baseball, which included a sweep at the hands of Purdue. The freshman second baseman was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday. Massey hit .500 (8-for-16) in the four games and had four RBIs. He had two three-hit game...

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