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Sophomore Olivia Howell runs in the women's 1500 meter at the NCAA West Prelims in late May at College Station, Texas. Three Illini received All-America honors including Howell, at the NCAA Outdoor Championships this past weekend in Eugene, Oregon.

Three Illini earn All-America honors at NCAA Outdoor Championships

By Andre Thomas, Staff Writer June 14, 2021

The Fighting Illini, along with the entire NCAA, had to stop all events and cancel all invitationals because of the global pandemic last season, which meant some athletes were not able to compete last...

Alex Diab performs on the still rings during the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. Diab won the event, earning him a spot on the U.S. national team and a place in the Olympic Team Trials at the end of June.

Diab repeats as still rings champion, qualifies for Olympic Team Trials

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer June 12, 2021

Last weekend, three Illini gymnasts faced the best gymnasts in the country when they competed in the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. Rising senior Michael Fletcher competed as an all-arounder,...

Sophomore Kofi Cockburn gets hyped up by Coach Ron Coleman Jan. 29 for their game against Iowa. While basketball is offseason, questions about the team get answered.

Hoops mailbag: DI staff writer breaks down offseason basketball questions

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer June 11, 2021

While transfer news has died down for Illinois, there is still plenty of news surrounding the team, including the ongoing assistant coach saga, and it’s also a good time to start looking at rotations...

Sophomore Olivia Howell runs in the distance piece of track and field during the May 16 Big Ten Track Outdoor Championships. Three players will be competing for Illinois in different events during the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Plater, Howell, Wells to represent Illinois in NCAA Outdoor Championships

By Andre Thomas, Staff Writer June 8, 2021

The NCAA Outdoor Championships start its four-day competition on Wednesday in Eugene, Oregon. Illinois will have three athletes competing: Manning Plater in the hammer throw, Olivia Howell for the 1500m...

Aleks Kovacevic smiles after winning a singles match against Notre Dame May 8. Kovacevic reflects on his past five years at Illinois.

Falling into place: Take a look back at Kovacevic’s five years at Illinois

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer June 6, 2021

Aleks Kovacevic’s decision to play at Illinois wasn’t long in the works at all. In fact, the Midwest wasn’t even a blip in the New York native’s mind. That was until a loss turned into a win in...

Head football coach Bret Bielema observes his team during the Orange and Blue Spring Game April 19. Bielema and Lovie Smith recruited heavily from Florida which indicates Illinois approach for the upcoming season.

Smith, Bielema recruits reflect coaches’ approaches

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Video Editor June 4, 2021

Illinois football has seen many changes under new head coach Bret Bielema. Most notably, Bielema has prioritized looking in-state and recruiting players who attend Illinois high schools. The class of...

Junior Michael Fletcher dismounts from the still rings at the NCAA Championships on April 17.  Fletcher, along with Illinois alumni Michael Paradise and Alex Diab, will be competing in Fort Worth, Texas, at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships.

Three Illini to compete at U.S. Championships

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer June 3, 2021

Three current and former Illini gymnasts — rising senior Michael Fletcher and alumni Alex Diab and Michael Paradise — will compete as individuals this weekend in the U.S. Gymnastics Championships...

Fifth-year senior Michael Feagles hits the ball in the third round of play at the NCAA Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona. Illinois fell to Oklahoma in match play quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Illinois falls to Oklahoma in NCAA Championship match play quarterfinals

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor June 1, 2021

In 2019, the Illini entered the NCAA Championship in Fayetteville, Arkansas as the 24th-ranked team in the nation and coming off back-to-back wins at the Big Ten Championship and the NCAA Myrtle Beach...

Junior Kofi Cockburn jumps to shoot a basket against a player from Loyola Chicago during the second round of the NCAA Tournament March 21. Illinois needs a top performing athlete to continue the basketball programs relevance.

Column | Illini need big man for conference relevance

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer June 1, 2021

Ayo Dosunmu didn’t have to come to Illinois. The former four-star prospect took a chance on his state’s flagship school, and the results — albeit a tough end — gave Illini fans hope that this...

Sophomore Olivia Howell runs in the women's 1500 meter at the NCAA West Prelims in late May at College Station, Texas. Three Illini received All-America honors including Howell, at the NCAA Outdoor Championships this past weekend in Eugene, Oregon.

Howell, Wells, Plater earn spots in NCAA Outdoor Championships

By Andre Thomas, Staff Writer May 30, 2021

The weather had plans for something other than the NCAA West Prelims in College Station, Texas because the tournament activities on Friday had to be postponed due to the lightning and rain, causing multiple...

Justin Janas walks through the dugout during the game against Purdue April 18. Five players from the Illini baseball team will made the All-Big Ten team this season.

Five Illini earn spots on All-Big Ten teams

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer May 30, 2021

The Big Ten announced its All-Big Ten honors, and the Illini saw five players make an All-Big Ten team this season.  Justin Janas and Jackson Raper were each selected to the All-Big Ten First Team....

Junior Jacob Campbell holds his mitt up to catch a ball during a game. Campbell was the leading force in the Illini’s dominant offensive performance this weekend despite losing to Rutgers in the final series of the season.

Illinois loses final series of season to Rutgers; Janas finishes with best batting average in Big Ten

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer May 30, 2021

The Illinois baseball team’s season came to a close this weekend after the Illini went 1-2 in Piscataway, New Jersey against Rutgers.  Game one was a duel between both program’s top arms in Andrew...

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