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Thomas makes professional debut with Cleveland Comets, Team Mexico

Thomas makes professional debut with Cleveland Comets, Team Mexico

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

June 3, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Sports Top Stories, Women's Sports

Just weeks after finishing her collegiate softball career, former Illini Carly Thomas is preparing for a softball-filled summer with the Cleveland Comets of the National Pro Fastpitch league. The Comets are now affiliated with Team Mexico for the 2019 NPF season as they announced their new partnersh...

Illinois wraps up 20th season at NCAA Tournament

Illinois wraps up 20th season at NCAA Tournament

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

May 29, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Sports Top Stories, Women's Sports

Following its second loss to No. 22 Virginia Tech Hokies in the NCAA tournament, the Illinois softball team finished its 20th season with a 33-25 record including a 9-14 conference record. Illinois was selected for the Lexington Regional, hosted by No. 14 Kentucky. After dropping their first game to ...

Illinois prospect dies in deadly party shooting

Illinois prospect dies in deadly party shooting

By Meghan Rest, Sports Editor

May 7, 2019


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

Fourteen-year-old football standout Jaylon McKenzie was shot and killed in the St. Louis metro area late Saturday night. McKenzie was a running back and wide receiver at the Mason-Clark Middle School in East Saint Louis and received offers to play football at the University of Illinois just five days...

Illinois quarterback Rivers enters transfer portal

Illinois quarterback Rivers enters transfer portal

By Alec Busse, Contributing Writer

May 4, 2019


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

Illini freshman quarterback M.J. Rivers announced via Twitter Saturday night he will be entering the transfer portal due to “personal circumstances.” “The road to your dreams often are not straight and narrow, usually they have bumps, curves, and dips,” River said in a tweet.  https://t...

Illini softball swept by Northwestern Wildcats

Illini softball swept by Northwestern Wildcats

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

April 25, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Sports Top Stories, Women's Sports

Illinois softball lost both games in its doubleheader to No. 21 Northwestern, 8-0 and 4-2. After looking to rebound off a tough weekend against Michigan, Illinois adds to its five-game losing streak. During the first matchup of the day, the Illini were shut out following a frustrating offensive pe...

Dosunmu ‘returns home’ next year

Dosunmu ‘returns home’ next year

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

April 22, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Sports Top Stories

Illinois freshman Ayo Dosunmu announced on Thursday he will be returning for his sophomore campaign. Although there were overwhelming speculations he would come back and forgo the NBA draft, the decision may not have been as straight-forward as people thought. The 2019 NBA draft pool is regarded as a wea...

Home of the Braves: Illinois falls to Bradley, 8-12

Home of the Braves: Illinois falls to Bradley, 8-12

By Jake Hasan, Staff Writer

April 18, 2019


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

After taking the weekend series against Minnesota, the same problems that have plagued Illinois all season surfaced once again against Bradley on Tuesday. The Illini started the game with the lead, going into the top of the third inning 4-1, then swapped leads through the next frames and jumped out in...

Illinois set tone for road series win over Minnesota

Illinois set tone for road series win over Minnesota

By Jake Hasan, Staff Writer

April 16, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports, Sports Top Stories, Top Stories

After taking a loss at the hands of Illinois State last Tuesday, the Illinois baseball team got back in the win column against Minnesota over the weekend. During the three-game series, their third in the conference, the Illini looked strong once again against the Golden Gophers. The Illini came ou...

Illinois looks forward to fall

Illinois looks forward to fall

By Gavin Good, Staff Writer

April 15, 2019


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

There may still be about four-and-a-half months before Illinois football’s season opener against Akron, but Illinois put on its first spring game since 2015 on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Though there will likely be many changes to the Illini’s lineup, and since the class of 2023 is...

Illini prepare for upcoming season

Illini prepare for upcoming season

By Tati Perry, Staff Writer

April 15, 2019


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

At this point hearing that the Illini football squad looks good and will finally have a good season is just a loaded cliche that leaves fans more disappointed because they dared hope. For the entirety of coach Lovie Smith’s time with the team, all I have heard is, “Just wait, this team will be something...

Underwood cleared of player abuse allegations, DIA said in statement

Underwood cleared of player abuse allegations, DIA said in statement

By Alec Busse, Contributing Writer

April 12, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Sports Top Stories

Head coach Brad Underwood has been cleared of pending allegations regarding player abuse during his first year at the helm of the Illinois men's basketball program. The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics released a statement regarding the investigation's findings Friday afternoon.  The statement follows the investigation sparked by complaints about Underwood's lang...

Illinois Football scores Southern California DE transfer

Illinois Football scores Southern California DE transfer

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

April 12, 2019


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

The Illinois football staff continued to make splashes in the recruiting world today as they poached graduate transfers from the Trojans with commits from former five-star defensive end Oluwole Betiku Thursday. Betiku, the first USC graduate transfer to commit to Illinois, made his decision early T...

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