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Martinez Selected For 50th NWCA All-Star Classic
Isaiah Martinez has been selected to represent the University of Illinois at the 50th annual NWCA All-Star Classic for the first time since former Illini Jesse Delgado (125), BJ Futrell (141), and Jordan Blanton (174) all competed at the event in 2012. Martinez will compete in the dual meet format on November 1, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia against Virginia Tech’s Nick Brascetta.
Fighting Illini Breeze Past SDSU 
In a contest that saw just one tie in its entirety, No. 7 Illinois handily took care of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits in the first match of the day at the Shocker Volleyball Classic. The Fighting Illini improved to 6-1 on the fall with the victory, while SDSU fell to 1-11 this season.
Illinois Wins First NCAA Regional Title over Wright State, 8-4
Illinois' record-setting season added another highlight on Monday, winning the program's first NCAA Regional title with an 8-4 victory over Wright State at Illinois Field. The Fighting Illini reached 50 wins for the first time in school history when closer Tyler Jay shut the door with four scoreless frames, sealing a pair of school records and sending Illinois to its first Super Regional.
Illini Claim Fifth Straight Big Ten Series in Extra Innings Thrillers
After going 46 games without extra innings, the Fighting Illini needed eight innings in both games of the doubleheader, as Purdue evened the series with an 8-7 win in game one, but Illinois replied with an 8-7 victory in the nightcap to claim a Big Ten series for the fifth straight weekend.
Illini Out-Hammer Hoosiers, 22-12, for Series Sweep
The Fighting Illini set a new all-time record by scoring 22 runs in Sunday's series finale, completing the Big Ten series sweep of Indiana with a 22-12 victory at Eichelberger Field. The Hoosiers took an early 10-4 lead, but the Illini replied with 13 unanswered runs, scoring at least four runs in every inning to clobber the Hoosiers on getaway day. The win lifts Illinois to 11-20 (3-3 Big Ten), while Indiana sinks to 10-26 (1-5 Big Ten).
Trio of Illini Headed to NCAA Zone Diving Championships
A trio of Illinois divers will be heading to the NCAA Zone Championships in Columbus, Ohio on March 12-14. Senior Erika Murphy, sophomore Olivia Kassouni and freshman Raquel Corniuk will all be competing after meeting the qualifying standards earlier this season.
2015 Illini Baseball Season Preview: Outfielders

The Fighting Illini baseball team will begin the 2015 season at the Lamar University Cardinal Classic  in Beaumont, Texas. Before the Illini take the field, we will preview each position with how Illinois will look across the diamond. Next up: outfielders.
Spring Preview
After a fall season that had the Illini traveling to both coasts, the Illinois women’s tennis team will look to use its experience to piece together a solid spring campaign. Michelle Dasso and the Illini will look to improve upon last spring’s 6-5 conference mark, which was enough for a tie for fifth place
Illini Finish First Day of USTA Clay Court Challenge
Head coach Michelle Dasso took a team of four Illini to compete at the USTA Clay Court Invitational in Orlando, Florida. A round each of singles and doubles competition took place on the first day of the event hosted by Florida State University.



Illini Sweep Coyotes to Capture Creighton Classic Crown
The No. 16 Fighting Illini closed nonconference play with a 3-0 victory over the potent defensive stylings of South Dakota. Both teams entered the match 2-0 on the weekend, as the Illini claimed the Creighton Classic title and a perfect segue into the Big Ten season...



Illini Rebound with Road Shutout at Nebraska, 3-0
Illinois rebounded with its first Big Ten win on Sunday, downing defending Big Ten champion Nebraska on the road, 3-0. Sophomore Allison Stucky scored in the first half and senior Jannelle Flaws put two away in the second half, while sophomore goalkeeper Claire Wheatley made three saves as part of the Illini's fourth shutout this year.



Illinois Football – Washington Notes

Illinois has had to mount two fourth-quarter comebacks en route to its 2-0 start. The Illini trailed Youngstown State 9-7 after three quarters before ripping off 21 fourth quarter points to win going away, 28-17. Then against Western Kentucky, the Illini trailed 27-21 entering the fourth before scoring 21 straight on the way to the 42-34 victory.



Let's discuss the Game and the Washington team: The Washington football team (2-0) continues its four-game homestand this Saturday when Illinois arrives in Seattle for a 1:00 p.m. game at Husky Stadium. The Huskies enter the game off of two close, non-league victories at Hawai’i (17-16) and Eastern Washington (59-52) while the Illini are also 2-0, having beaten Youngstown State and Western Kentucky, both in Champaign.
Feher's Golden Goal Downs Oakland in Overtime, 1-0
Junior Amy Feher delivered the golden goal in the 98th minute to give Illinois a 1-0 overtime victory over Oakland in its first road contest of the year. The Illini dominated possession with a 29-4 advantage in shots, but OU's keeper Alison Holland made 10 saves to keep the game close.


  Illini Claim Fourth Victory Plank Over Michigan State
The Illinois women's gymnastics team utilized the third best beam performance in school history to start 2014 with a 195.325-194.150 win over Michigan State.
Paul and Starks Transferring to Illinois
Champaign, Ill. - University of Illinois head coach John Groce announced Wednesday the additions of Western Michigan's Darius Paul and Oregon State's Ahmad Starks to the Fighting Illini program.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – On another day in which the wind was blowing out at a hitter-friendly ballpark, Illinois again pounded out 20 hits and scored eight times in an inning to complete a Big Ten series sweep of Purdue baseball, 17-6, Sunday afternoon.


Futrell, Walker Win Titles at Northern Iowa Open
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two Illini wrestlers captured titles at the Northern Iowa Open on Saturday while 10 others finished in the top five of their respective weight classes.

Beckman and Staff Sign Five Junior College Players
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois head football coach Tim Beckman announced Wednesday the signing of five junior college student-athletes to national letters of intent to play football at the University of Illinois.



Ron Zook-Ohio Week

"OK, obviously each game gets bigger and bigger as the season - as we go through the schedule like this and we're able to be where we are. As I told our football team, this is a team that's very, very dangerous. First of all, it's a very, very talented team, it's a very well-coached team, it's a team that's got their back against the wall and we'll see everything that they've got.



Mercilus Added to Bednarik Watch List

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. - Illinois junior defensive end Whitney Mercilus is one of 11 players added to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club announced today. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995.






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Fighting Illini Sports News:

No. 19 Illinois Tops Hoosiers, 41-20, to Improve to 6-0
Fighting Illini are off to their best start in 60 years

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP)--Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase and A.J. Jenkins made Indiana pay for its mistakes Saturday.

First, they hooked up on a 77-yard scoring pass. Then they hooked up on a 66-yard TD pass. And finally, Scheelhaase jogged into the end zone on a 9-yard scoring run.

It was too much for the reeling Hoosiers.

No. 19 Illinois used three scoring plays of 66 yards or longer to rally from an early 10-0 deficit and rout Indiana 41-20. The Fighting Illini (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) are off to their best start since the 1951 team went 7-0, a mark they can match next week when Ohio State visits Champaign. 


Illinois already focused on QB battle

The Illinois football team only began spring practice Tuesday, but offensive coordinator Paul Petrino already wanted his quarterbacks concerned about winning the starting job.


Sophomore Jacob Charest, redshirt freshman Nathan Scheelhaase and freshman Chandler Whitmer battle for the starting spot vacated by the graduation of record-setting senior Juice Williams.



Men’s gymnastics ready to fight for Big Ten title

This season, any member of the Illinois men’s gymnastics team would likely offer the same answer in response to a question about an upcoming meet.
He would describe the long-term strategy the team has been devoted to — the course drawn at the beginning of the year by the coaching staff that would lead to peak performances when they counted.

Freshman 15 -- Robinson's Meyers Leonard

Here are 15 things you need to know about a soon-to-be Illini freshman.

Based on this year's Mr. Basketball votes, not many people know how to spell Meyers Leonard's name. I saw Myers Leonard, Mayers Leonard, Miles Leonard, and (my personal fav) Leonard Myers.
But mark my words, everyone in Fighting Illini nation will know the name of this nuclear-corn fed gigantor from Robinson after next year.


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