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Sports popularity ignores societal issues

By Alex Cocanig, Columnist August 9, 2016

Professional and college sports have taken American society by storm and fans have become increasingly more attentive to their teams, especially when they perform well and win their ways into playoffs...

Lovie Smith thanks the Illini Marching Band in the Illini Union on March 7.

Lovie Smith needs your help

By Kevin McCarthy March 30, 2016

Tweet: .#Illini columnist @KevOMcCarthy was given a tall order from Lovie Smith. Now, he needs your help.Lovie Smith called upon me to do a service for him.First, allow me to provide some context. During...

Fantasy Doctor: Band-aids for everyone

Fantasy Doctor: Band-aids for everyone

By Joey Figueroa December 2, 2015

Tweet: Daily Illini Fantasy Doctor, Joey Figueroa, suggests a few band aids for your rosterIt’s that time of year, boys and girls. I’m not talking about the magic of the first winter snow or the unrelenting...

Illinois' Jihad Ward (17) attempts to block Louisiana Tech's Cody Sokol's (19) pass during the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. The Illini lost 35-18.

Illinois football’s Mike Phair ready for next project

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer August 26, 2015

Mike Phair has held many roles during his football career. Illinois football’s co-defensive coordinator has helped discover college football players who could become stars in the NFL. Phair has...

The Alpha Epsilon Phi House’s 1954 Homecoming decoration. The decoration urges Illinois to “Web Wisconsin.”

A Look Back: Notable Homecomings of the Past

By Bridget Hynes October 20, 2014

In the spring of 1910, seniors Clarence Foss Williams and Walter Elmer Ekblaw came up with the idea of a University “Homecoming” while sitting on the steps of the University YMCA, now known as Illini...

Another defeat for Bears on Sunday in one-sided rivalry with Packers

Another defeat for Bears on Sunday in one-sided rivalry with Packers

By Mubarak Salami September 30, 2014

Growing up, my older brother and I were always very competitive. Due to our love of sports, we frequently played one-on-one pick up basketball games, raced 100 meters and held various contests to compare...

The Marching Illini performed during the Bears vs. Packers halftime show at Soldier Field at 3 p.m. on Sunday, followed by a performance at Navy Pier.

Marching Illini performs at Soldier Field

September 29, 2014

The stadium is about the same capacity as Memorial Stadium. It feels familiar too — the fans are all clad in orange and blue. But there’s a big difference. It’s Soldier Field. There’s about 62,000...

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) moves around Buffalo Bills cornerback Corey Graham (20) as he runs with the ball during the first quarter on Sunday.

News around the sporting world

By Daily Illini Staff Report September 8, 2014

Bears can’t hang on against Bills in 23-20 overtime loss The Bears were chasing the Bills for most of the afternoon Sunday at Soldier Field.  In the end, the Bills prevailed 23-20 in overtime on a 27-yard...

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