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Nepomnyaschiy provides insight on life, wrestling in Russia

Nepomnyaschiy provides insight on life, wrestling in Russia

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

December 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

About 300 miles south of Moscow, Russia, and 200 miles to the east of Ukraine is the city Voronezh. It’s a large city, sporting about 1 million residents, and is the westernmost city in the entire country. It contains a large number of museums, libraries, theaters and many other amenities that accom...

Black’s injury push freshmen into spotlight

Black’s injury push freshmen into spotlight

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

December 14, 2017


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Head coach Brad Underwood was forced to depend on a core of several young players due to the absence of junior Leron Black in the second half against UNLV on Saturday. However, it would seem that this trend will only continue, especially considering that Illinois is nearly two months into the regul...

Illini Hoops thoughts and observations: Longwood no match for Illini offense

Illini Hoops thoughts and observations: Longwood no match for Illini offense

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

December 13, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

Coming off of a couple disappointing losses, the Illini took on the Longwood Lancers on Wednesday night, and let me tell you, this one was never in question. Underwood and co. got off to one of their patented slow starts, but considering the competition, it did not mean nearly as much as it did compared...

Illinois cruises to large margin of victory

Illinois cruises to large margin of victory

By Will Gerard, Staff Writer

December 13, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Despite the lack of junior Leron Black and sophomore Kipper Nichols due to recent injuries, Illinois dominated all facets of the game against Longwood. Head coach Brad Underwood had the opportunity to play a deep bench as Illinois (8-4, 0-2 Big Ten) defeated Longwood (3-7) 92-45 after leading by 26...

Illini’s and Cubs’ fanbases are not that different from each other

Illini’s and Cubs’ fanbases are not that different from each other

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

December 13, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

Growing up as a Chicago Cubs and Illinois sports fan, I didn’t always see the best products on the field. Aside from the World Series win in 2016, even the successful seasons have been somewhat of a downer. Disappointments have come in the 2003 Cubs with Steve Bartman, the 2005 Illini losing in...

Illinois loses shootout in Las Vegas

Illinois loses shootout in Las Vegas

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

December 11, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

University of Nevada, Las Vegas went on a 14-6 run over 2:23 minutes late in the contest after a Mark Smith 3-pointer cut the Rebel lead to two points with a little over three minutes remaining. UNLV (8-2) pulled away late for an 89-82 victory over Illinois (7-4, Big Ten 0-2). Smith led the Il...

Men’s, women’s gymnastics face off in Orange and Blue exhibition

Men’s, women’s gymnastics face off in Orange and Blue exhibition

By Satvik Sethia, Staff writer

December 11, 2017


Filed under Gymnastics, Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illini were split in two at Huff Hall on Saturday, as the members of the Fighting Illini men’s and women’s gymnastics teams compete in their annual Orange and Blue exhibition. The judges of the events were student-athletes from other sports, and the audience determined the winner in case of a tie. T...

Foster ready for the next step

Foster ready for the next step

By Mike Gasick, Staff writer

December 11, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Mindy Sullivan knew all along that her son, Kendrick Foster, could one day become a Division I athlete, despite Foster’s high school coach not believing he could compete at this level. “The coach said, ‘Good luck, that’s like 1 in 20,000,’” Sullivan said. “And that just pushed him eve...

End of the road for Illinois volleyball in NCAA Tournament third round

End of the road for Illinois volleyball in NCAA Tournament third round

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

December 11, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois volleyball team's season came to a close after falling to Michigan State in a four-set battle during the third round of the NCAA Tournament in State College, Pennsylvania. After rolling into the tournament with 21 wins and only 10 losses, Illinois squeezed by Hawaii and No. 8-ranked Wash...

Men’s basketball squares off in Las Vegas

Men’s basketball squares off in Las Vegas

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

December 9, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illini face tough competition tonight after narrowly escaping a home upset Wednesday against Austin Peay. It’s the second-consecutive UNLV home game on the Las Vegas strip, and it’s the seventh game all-time for the program at MGM Resorts since it began hosting basketball games in 2013. MGM G...

From footy to football: Hayes adjusts to new sport

From footy to football: Hayes adjusts to new sport

By Jacob Diaz, Staff writer

December 7, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports, Top Stories

It’s 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, and Illinois is set to kick off against Indiana in Champaign. It is about 36 degrees Fahrenheit, and there is a slight breeze running through Memorial Stadium. On the other side of the world it’s 4 a.m. in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday, Nov. 12. It is 13 degre...

Thoughts and Observations from Illinois v. Austin Peay

Thoughts and Observations from Illinois v. Austin Peay

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini Hoops Columnist

December 6, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

Positives They won "We're happy with the win," said big man Michael Finke in the postgame press conference, and that is really all there is to say about this one. A win is a win no matter what, and after three straight tough losses, it feels good to get back in the win column. After failing ...

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