The Illinois men's tennis team swept Northwestern 4-0 Saturday afternoon at the Atkins Tennis Center to advance to Sunday's Big Ten Tournament finals at 12 p.m.
Weather was the big story at the 2015 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon but there were other story lines as well, including one runner who nearly broke the course record. WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten recaps it all with race guru Kyle O'Brien.
The Illinois baseball team won its 16th-straight game Saturday, matching the program's longest winning streak, beating Penn St. 4-2 in 15 innings.
The Illinois softball team hammered Purdue 9-1 Friday night at Eichelberger Field to even their record at .500 for the first time this season.
No. 8 Illinois extended the nation's longest winning streak Friday night, beating Penn State 10-1.
Illinois senior Farris Gosea is one of the top players in all of college tennis. He was the 2014 Big Ten player of the year. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns takes a look back on his career and how far he's come in a short amount of time.
The Illinois men's tennis team beats Iowa 4-0 to advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
High School baseball and softball scores
Illini Senior Associate Athletic Director Rick Darnell had his public interview at SIU today. Darnell is one of four finalists for the Southern Illinois Athletic Director job. He's from Salem, illinois, which is a little more than an hour from Carbondale. Darnell has been Illinois' Director of Development since 2012.
The Illinois women's tennis team has won seven straight matches. They're going for eight in a row in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament against Northwestern. "I think if we win, we get in the tournament. If we lose I think our season's over. There's a lot on the table. Northwestern's obviously a great ball club," said Illinois head coach Michelle Dasso.
Illinois officially announced the transfer of Mike Thorne Jr. to the Illini basketball program Thursday. He's a 6'11" 270 pound 5th-year transfer from Charlotte who will be immediately eligible to play. "You know this is the first time that we've got a guy of that size that wants to play with his back to the basket, likes to play with his back to the basket and is gifted at playing with his back to the basket, so certainly we understand that that's a strength of his and it's our responsibility to make sure that we exercise that strength that he has. That we get him the ball in positions that he can be successful because I think anytime you can play inside out, whether it's via the dribble or the pass, I think it really helps your offense," said Illinois head coach John Groce.
Edison Middle School retired Rayvonte Rice's jersey Wednesday. Rice went on to have a standout career at Centennial High School, Drake, and the University of Illinois. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on a special day for Rice.
The Illinois golf team won five consecutive Big Ten titles before placing second last season. This year's Illinois team could be the best one Mike Small has ever had. The Illini spent time ranked as the #1 team in the country this season. "I know some coaches last week at Purdue were talking, that if they finish it off, could be the best Big Ten team of all time if we can do what we want to do. That's not here nor there, that's if we finish it off. The team knows there's an opportunity to do some special things, but in order to do that we have to be ourselves. We can't be somebody we're not," said Illini golf coach Mike Small.
Ryan Pedon is leaving Illinois to take an assistant coaching position at Butler. He was Illinois special assistant to the head coach. Pedon spent two seasons at Illinois. He was previously an assistant coach at Toledo and Miami (OH).
The #8 Illinois baseball team beat EIU 10-1. The Illini improve to 33-6-1 and have won a nation-best 14 games in a row.
The Illinois softball team started the season 1-7, but they've won 13 of its last 15 games. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on how the Illini have turned it around.
Watseka has hired Chad Cluver as its new boys basketball coach. Cluver is a 1990 Watseka graduate. He coached at Maroa-Forsyth for the last 20 years and has been the boys varsity basketball coach since 1999. He guided the Trojans to a state title in 2007.
The Illinois baseball team has its highest ranking ever - 8th. The Illini are also on a 13 game winning streak which is the longest in the nation.
The Illinois men's tennis team won its first Big Ten regular season title since 2005, but the Illini have to share it after finishing in a tie with Ohio State and Minnesota.
Watseka's Taylor Bauer officially signed with the Parkland volleyball team Monday. The Cobras have finished second at nationals the past two seasons.
Former Illinois basketball assistant coach Jay Price sits down to talk about the Illini.
Former Illinois defensive linemen Josh Brent and Corey Liuget returned to Champaign for the Illini Spring Game Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
Fourteen players missed Illinois' annual spring game due to injury Saturday night. Injuries have been a big problem for Tim Beckman this spring but the fourth-year coach said no one was hurt in the orange team's 44-41 victory at Memorial Stadium.
Charlotte fifth-year transfer Mike Thorne, Jr. committed to play for John Groce and Illinois Saturday morning during his visit to campus. Thorne, Jr. is one of the nation's top graduate transfers.
The Illinois baseball team beat Indiana 6-3 Saturday afternoon behind Drasen Johnson's compete game while the Illinois softball team swept Wisconsin in a doubleheader, 5-3 in the first game and 12-8 in the second.
BASEBALL Indiana 1 Illinois 5 (F)
SOFTBALL Wisconsin 11 Illinois 7 (F)
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL St. Anthony 4 Centennial 3
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Starting as a freshman wasn't something Central's Maddy Chalifoux was all that comfortable with.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Another fifth-year graduate transfer has named Illinois among his list of potential destinations, and he is a player that the team and head coach John Groce know all too well.
URBANA, Ill. - Three Illinois athletes will compete for a national title this weekend at the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It has been suspected for awhile, and Wednesday night the university made it official. Austin Colbert is leaving the Illinois basketball program and will transfer to another school at the end of the spring semester.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Tim Beckman says he has seen a change in Wes Lunt this spring that may allow him to be a more effective quarterback next season.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois baseball coach Dan Hartleb admitted this week that not only making the NCAA Tournament - but hosting a regional - has become a real goal for his team.
MAHOMET, Ill. - For guys like Rich Hyde baseball is a way of life. "You kind of identify yourself as a ballplayer," he said. "You know, it's just in the family and it's just in the blood."
BASEBALL Illinois 7 ISU 3 (F)
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL BCC 1 Mahomet-Seymour 5 (F)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Tim Beckman expects fans will see a much-improved defense when Illinois takes the field for the Spring Game Saturday afternoon.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Tracy Abrams' recovery from a torn ACL in on schedule, and he is hoping to bring some added toughness when he returns.
URBANA, Ill. - The Illinois softball team continues to stay red hot. They have won ten of their last 11 games, including a road sweep of Maryland over the weekend.
BASEBALL Purdue 1 Illinois 2 (F)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - John Groce said Monday there is a possibility that Austin Colbert could be leaving the Illini basketball program.
URBANA, Ill. - The University of Illinois is welcoming home another national champion.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Mike Dudek was supposed to build off his All-American season from a year ago, but that plan has been put on hold with the news last week that he will miss at least the first month of next year - maybe more - with a torn ACL.
The #3 Illini men's tennis team beat Nebraska 4-0 to stay in first place in the Big Ten.
The 12th ranked Illini baseball team beat Purdue 5-1 Sunday
The 3rd ranked Illini men's tennis team beat Iowa 6-1 Saturday. Illinois is 8-0 and in first place in the Big Ten.
The #12 Illinois baseball team beat Purdue 10-5 Saturday.
The Illinois golf teams officially opened their brand new outdoor facility. The Lauristen-Wohlers outdoor golf facility is one of the best on campus practice areas in the country - if not the best. It is built on 24 acres.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Tim Beckman is giving Ryan Cubit a second chance - officially naming him an assistant coach today some six months following a DUI.