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Players of the Illinois women's basketball team come together during a pause in the game against Valparaiso Dec. 2. Illinois will host Florida State in the 2021 Big Ten/Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Challenge.

Illinois to host Florida State in Big Ten/Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Challenge

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor August 3, 2021

Illinois will host Florida State in the 2021 Big Ten/Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Challenge, with the game scheduled to take place on Dec. 2 at State Farm Center in Champaign. The Seminoles...

Former Illini Michelle Bartsch-Hackley dives to save the ball July 27 during the Tokyo Olympics. All eight former Illini at the Olympics have been working hard.

Illini at the Olympics: Poulter, Bartsch-Hackley advance to quarterfinals with Team USA volleyball

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Digital Content Editor August 2, 2021

Last Friday, the Tokyo Olympics kicked off. Eight former Illini are competing. Here’s how the Illini did this week. Tyson Bull (Gymnastics, Australia) Bull is competing for Australia in artistic...

Former Illini baseball player Nathan Lavender walks off the field after pitching three outs on April 18 against Purdue. Nathan Lavender will now be playing in the MLB with the New York Mets.

Former Illini Nate Lavender adjusts to life as a pro

By Will Payne, Assistant Sports Editor July 31, 2021

In early July, the 2021 MLB Draft took place, as all 30 major league clubs looked to draft some of the best up-and-coming talent the game of baseball has to offer. During the three days and twenty rounds,...

Ayo Dosunmu looks for teammates during the game against Wisconsin at State Farm Center on Feb. 6. After being selected by the Chicago Bulls, Dosunmu will join a team with depth at the guard position.

Dosunmu stays home: Assessing Ayo’s fit with the Chicago Bulls

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer July 29, 2021

It was an emotional roller coaster of a night for Ayo Dosunmu. Believed to have a chance to go in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft, the Chicago native could do nothing but sit and wait as players...

Guard Ayo Dosunmu drives to the basket against Indiana at State Farm Center on Dec. 26. Dosunmu was selected in the 2021 NBA Draft, becoming the first Illini since 2012 to achieve the feat.

Ayo Dosunmu selected by Chicago Bulls in second round of 2021 NBA Draft

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor July 29, 2021

After months of speculation and standout performances, the time has come: Ayo Dosunmu has been selected by his hometown  Chicago Bulls in the second round of the 2021 NBA Draft. Dosunmu, a Chicago...

Sean Williams, Champaign resident, carries a goose wrapped in a sheet at Beringer Commons on July 18. Friends of Geese, a Champaign-Urbana-based animal rights activist group, protects and saves these birds from deliberate killings in the area.

Local geese activists flock together for loud honkin’ protests

By Gwyn Skiles and Farrah Anderson July 28, 2021

A man wearing football cleats and gardening gloves stood holding a goose inside a gathered sheet at Beringer Commons on Sunday, July 18. Sean Williams, Champaign resident, captured the goose after responding...

Vanessa DiBernardo begins to kick a soccer ball during the game against Penn State Sept. 23, 2012. DiBernardo reflects on her time as an Illinois and Chicago Red Stars athlete.

Former Illini soccer star DiBernardo reflects on illustrious career with Illinois, Chicago Red Stars

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor July 27, 2021

On Saturday, July 19, Vanessa DiBernardo of the Chicago Red Stars hit a milestone in her professional career as the first Red Stars player to hit 10,000 minutes played and the sixth National Women’s...

Undergraduate Aerospace Engineering students Rick Eason and Logan Power pose for a photo in front of their CubeSat satellite. The satellite will be loaded onto NASA's SpaceX Dragon cargo ship that will fly to the International Space Station.

Student-designed NASA satellite to enter space in August

By Aliza Majid, Assistant News Editor July 27, 2021

The University has delivered a CubeSat satellite to NASA’s launch service provider in Houston for the launch in August.  The satellite will be placed in the SpaceX Dragon cargo ship that will fly...

Tyson Bull prepares to perform on horizontal bar at the Tokyo Olympics. Bull advanced to the finals of the event.

Bull secures Australia gymnastics milestone, advances to horizontal bar final at Tokyo Olympics

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer July 24, 2021

Former Illini gymnast Tyson Bull made his Olympic debut on Saturday when he competed in the qualifying phase of the men’s artistic gymnastics competition. As the only male artistic gymnast to represent...

David Kendziera rides in a car during a fourth of July celebration in Mount Prospect. David Kendziera will be competing in the 400-meter hurdles for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics.

Former Illinois track star David Kendziera fulfills childhood dream, prepares to make Olympic debut

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Digital Content Editor July 24, 2021

After watching the 2008 Beijing Olympic opening ceremony with friends in middle school, David Kendziera knew he wanted to make it there someday. Now, he's making that dream a reality. “I remember,...

Vederian Lowe, Owen Carney, Doug Kramer and Bret Bielema pose for a photo at Big Ten Media  Days in Indianapolis. The idea of family has become a recruiting tactic for Bielema and his staff, with all three players choosing to return after hearing their pitch.

Building a family: How one word inspired, reinvigorated a struggling Illinois football program

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor July 23, 2021

Illinois. Penn State. A cold, wet game in State College with no fans. A Big Ten divisional crossover game that meant little to either team when looking solely at conference standings. It seemed like...

The offensive line waits to snap the ball during the Orange and Blue game on April 19. Head coach Bret Bielema and offensive linemen Vederian Lowe and Doug Kramer talked about their hopes for the offense during Big Ten Media Days.

Illini offense returns familiar faces, looks to improve in 2021

By Josh Pietsch, Assistant On-Air Editor July 23, 2021

Entering a season in which lots of things have changed for the Illini, from a new head coach and coaching staff to playing post-pandemic, there will have to be lots of getting used to. But the roster...

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