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Roundtree finds purpose, is determined to walk again

Junior Bobby Roundtree attends the final home football game of the season against Northwestern on Nov. 30, 2019.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

May 23, 2020

Under blue skies and immense pressure, junior kicker James McCourt lines up for a 39-yard field goal down by two. A successful attempt results in a program-saving upset over the undefeated and No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers while cooling down Lovie Smith's hot seat talk. The ball is snapped, and McCourt drills the ...

Whitman, Illinois plan for return of men’s basketball, football student-athletes June 3

Illinois wide reveiver Josh Imatorbhebhe and teammates celebrate a touchdown during the game against Wisconsin.  The Illini won 24-23.

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor

May 22, 2020

For the first time in months, Josh Whitman was able to give his staff, his student-athletes and Illinois fans positive information when it comes to the return of sports. On Friday, the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced its preparing to return Illini football and m...

Big Ten honors four Illini men’s golfers in All-Big Ten selections

Freshman Jerry Ji watches the arc of his ball after taking a swing during competition.

By Jonah Perez, Staff Writer

May 21, 2020

On Monday, the Big Ten announced the men’s golf All-Big Ten team. Four Illini were honored, the most in the conference. “Congratulations to Michael (Feagles), Giovanni (Tadiotto) and Jerry (Ji) on earning All-Big Ten Conference honors and congratulations to Jerry for earning the Big Ten Freshman ...

Team of the century: 2003 Illini men’s tennis go undefeated, win NCAA singles, doubles, team titles

Rajeev Ram smiles after winning the Australian Open’s men’s doubles competition on Feb. 2. Ram won the mixed doubles competition in the same tournament in 2019.

By Luca Ripani, Staff Writer

May 21, 2020

When assessing the past twenty years of Illinois men’s tennis, the clear standout is the 2003 season. The team’s perfect 32-0 record not only led them to the NCAA team championship, but also to the doubles and singles titles. This feat captured the coveted “triple crown” for the Illini, only...

2021 commit Trevor Moffitt brings speed, athleticism to Illini

Illinois football committ Trevor Moffitt poses for a promotional photo.

By Alec Busse, Assistant Video Editor

May 19, 2020

On Thursday, Illinois received a verbal commitment from three-star Bushnell, Florida, linebacker Trevor Moffitt. Moffitt is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs around 195 pounds, which is slightly undersized compared to most Big Ten linebackers. However, Illinois head coach Lovie Smith is interested in...

Sports staff reacts to ‘The Last Dance’ final episodes

Bulls guard Michael Jordan steals the ball from Jazz forward Karl Malone during Game 6 of the NBA Finals at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, June 14, 1998. Jordan took the ball and drove to the basket to hit the game-winning shot.

By Daily Illini Sports Staff, Sports Staff

May 18, 2020

Well, here we are. We've reached the end of the best thing to happen in sports for months. The final two episodes of “The Last Dance” aired Sunday and wow, what an emotional rollercoaster this series was. From the Jerry Krause bullying, to Dennis Rodman's Vegas night, to the deaths of Jordan and...

Edwards, Paradise receive Big Ten Medals of Honor

Seniors Taylor Edwards and Michael Paradise became Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients on Wednesday.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

May 16, 2020

Illinois announced Taylor Edwards, senior in AHS, and Michael Paradise, senior in Engineering, as the recipients of the Big Ten Medal of Honor on Wednesday via Twitter. Each year, the University honors one male and one female senior athlete with the award. Edwards played four seasons of softball and ...

MLB proposes universal designated hitter, 82-game season

A baseball with the MLB logo sits at Citizens Bank Park before a game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies on June 28, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

By Rich Eberwein, Staff Writer

May 16, 2020

Baseball has been on hiatus for over two months as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to trudge along. Despite the virus and all of its complications, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred floated a plan for baseball to return over to the MLB Player’s Association on Tuesday. This proposal will...

Casey Washington works to reach new heights in sophomore season

Illinois freshman wide receiver Casey Washington celebrates a first down during the game against Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 12.  The Illini lost 25-42.

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor

May 15, 2020

Editors note: A previous version featured a picture that incorrectly identified the player. We have since changed the image. The Daily Illini regrets this error. Every year, the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics honors several student athletes and teams with the Oskee Awards....

Illini football add prep linebacker, grad-transfer safety

The Illini football team run out onto Levi's Stadium for the Redbox Bowl in California on Dec. 30.

By Alec Busse, Assistant Video Editor

May 14, 2020

Illinois football was active in the recruiting world on Thursday with a pair of new commitments. The first, Trevor Moffitt, from Bushnell (Fla.), is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound linebacker in the 2021 class. Moffitt is slightly undersized, in terms of weight, to play linebacker at the Big Ten level, but he ma...

Dosunmu, Quade win Dike Eddleman Athlete of the Year awards

Senior Jacqueline Quade and Sophomore Ayo Dosunmu were named Dicke Eddleman Athletes of the Year on Wednesday.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

May 14, 2020

Illinois men’s basketball guard Ayo Dosunmu and women’s volleyball outside hitter Jacqueline Quade were named Dike Eddleman Athletes of the Year for their past season performances. The award is named after Dike Eddleman, who garnered 11 varsity letters at Illinois. Dosunmu became the first male b...

Team of the century: 2001 Illini football win Big Ten, earn Sugar Bowl berth

The Illinois offensive line stands on the field before a play during the 2001 season.

By Alec Busse, Assistant Video Editor

May 13, 2020

When telling the story of the 2001 Illinois football team, it is important to start in 1999, two years before their Big Ten Championship. Or, even two years before that: 1997. Let’s start in 1997, four seasons prior to the historic 2001 season. The 1997 season was Ron Turner’s first as the head...

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