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  • Illinois' Rayvonte Rice (24) drives past Penn State's Tim Frazier during an NCAA college basketball game at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill., on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Robin Scholz)

    Illinois pounds Penn State 75-55 Jan 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Rayvonte Rice scored 15 points to lead four Illinois players in double figures as the Illini defeated Penn State 75-55 on Saturday. Illinois (13-2, 2-0) remained in a first-place tie in the Big Ten following a pair of home wins. Penn State (9-6, 0-2) has dropped five of eight after a 6-1 start.

  •  Indiana guard Stanford Robinson is fouled by Illinois guard Joseph Bertrand during the second half of Tuesday’s game in Champaign, Ill.

    Illinois holds off Indiana in overtime, 83-80 Dec 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    Illinois (12-2) made the most of 23 Indiana turnovers and held Indiana to a single field goal in overtime on the way to an 83-80 win. “We’ve got some tough dudes. We take a lot of pride in that,” Illinois coach John Groce said. “But to their credit, they do, too.”

  •  Illinois’ Rayvonte Rice leads the team in scoring and is second in the conference at 18.2 points a game.

    Illinois heads into Big Ten play with Indiana test Dec 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Illini (11-2) open Big Ten play Tuesday against Indiana (10-3), which lost to all three teams on its schedule that could have provided resume-building wins. Illinois, though, has a couple of nice wins — over then-No. 23 Missouri and at UNLV. And head coach Jon Groce, though heavily reliant on his five experienced starters, says his young players used the early schedule to develop.

  • Illinois' Ravonte Rice (24) goes up for a shot against Illinois-Chicago's Jake Wiegeand (40) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chicago, Saturday, Dec., 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Rice scores 28 and Illinois gets past UIC 74-60 Dec 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    Rayvonte Rice put on quite the show in his final tune-up before Big Ten play begins. Rice led a furious second-half comeback on Saturday, scoring 28 points while playing suffocating defense as the University of Illinois beat the University of Illinois-Chicago 74-60.

  •  The emergence of Elena Delle Donne (11) changed the fortunes of the Chicago Sky, which made the WNBA playoffs for the first time and posted the franchise's first winning season.

    For women’s sports, 2013 loaded with great storiesDec 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    Patricia Babcock McGraw reviews the top women's sports stories of 2013, touching on international soccer, the LPGA, the WNBA, college volleyball, pro tennis and college basketbal.

  • U of I graduate makes naming-rights donation Dec 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    The University of Illinois has announced the first donation to secure naming rights for a section of its basketball arena in Champaign. Alumnus John Giuliani, CEO of ValueClick Inc., has committed to paying $5 million for naming rights to a planned 10,000-square-foot premium seating space called the Traditions Club.

  •  Missouri’s Earnest Ross, left, and Illinois’ Rayvonte Rice fight for control of the ball during the first half of Saturday’s Braggin’ Rights game in St. Louis.

    Illinois edges No. 23 Missouri for Braggin’ Rights Dec 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Tracy Abrams scored a season-best 22 points and made two free throws with 4.6 seconds to lift Illinois over No. 23 Missouri 65-64 Saturday in the annual Braggin’ Rights game. Rayvonte Rice added 14 points for Illinois (9-2), which snapped a four-game losing streak in the 33rd renewal of the annual neutral-court matchup.

  • Illinois guard Rayvonte Rice (24) drives to the basket on Oregon guard Mike Moser during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Portland, Or., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

    Missouri 10-0, Illinois 9-2 for annual matchup Dec 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Missouri is unbeaten, but far from cocky, entering the annual Braggin’ Rights game against Illinois. The 23rd-ranked Tigers realize their 10-0 start, and their four-game winning streak in the series, will mean little at tip-off of the 33rd renewal of the neutral-site matchup known for its boisterous sellout crowds — half rooting for each team.

  • After helping Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase become the leading passer in the Big Ten, offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has agreed to a pay raise and contract extension that runs through the 2015 season.

    Illini to extend Cubit’s contract through 2015 Dec 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Credited with jump-starting a once anemic Illini offense, Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has agreed to a pay raise and a one-year contract extension through the 2015 season, head coach Tim Beckman announced Wednesday.

  •  Katherine Moss sings to callers as part of the hall’s annual Dial-A-Carol program in Champaign. The student-run project is a hotline of sorts for people who prefer their holiday carols sung live by amateurs.

    Dial-a-Carol a holiday tradition at U of Illinois Dec 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    The phones are jingling off the hook at Dial-a-Carol, a student-run project on the University of Illinois’ Champaign campus. It’s a hotline of sorts for people who prefer hearing holiday music sung by a choir of amateurs who’ve been up all night studying.

  • Illinois guard Rayvonte Rice, left, passes the ball on Oregon forward Elgin Cook (23) Saturday night in Portland. Oregon beat the Illini 71-64.

    Illinois falters in 71-64 loss to No. 15 Oregon Dec 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    Illinois gave Oregon its best shot and had an opportunity to knock the 15th-ranked Ducks from the ranks of the unbeaten Saturday night. The Fighting Illini led by nine points on a neutral court with 13 minutes to play before the Ducks rallied for a 71-64 victory before crowd of 10,043 at the Moda Center to improve to 9-0.

  •  Illinois guard Rayvonte Rice (24) stops his drive defended by Dartmouth Big Green forward John Golden (23) during Tuesday night’s game in Champaign. The Illini beat Dartmouth 72-65.

    Balanced Illinois defeats Dartmouth 72-65 Dec 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    Illinois didn’t play quite as rough as it did in its last home game, a 57-55 escape against Indiana Purdue-Fort Worth on Nov. 29, but the Illini still have some ragged edges in their game. Tuesday, John Groce’s club had to hold off a late charge against Dartmouth for a 72-65 win in Illinois’ last nonconference home game of the season.

  •  Georgia Tech guard Trae Golden, right, passes the ball as Illinois guard Joseph Bertrand (2) defends during Tuesday’s game in Atlanta. The Illini suffered their first loss of the season, 67-64.

    Georgia Tech hands Illini first loss of season Dec 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    Georgia Tech closed the game with a 19-4 run to rally from a 12-point deficit and beat Illinois 67-64 on Tuesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, giving the Illini their first loss. Illinois (7-1) led 60-48 before Georgia Tech (6-3) began its comeback. Marcus Georges-Hunt’s drive with 1:48 remaining tied the game at 60-all. Daniel Miller’s layup with 21 seconds remaining gave Georgia Tech a 65-64 lead. Illinois forward Joseph Bertrand, who had 10 points, missed a jumper and Georgia Tech’s Robert Carter Jr. sank two free throws with three seconds remaining.

  •  Tim Beckman, who recently said he would not cheat to win, will be back next season to coach the Illinois football team.

    Would Illini football fans endorse cheating to win? Dec 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    Illinois' football program, historically and currently, is so failed that it would be interesting to find out whether Illini fans would mind if head coach Tim Beckman would cheat to win.

  •  Illinois guard Rayvonte Rice (24) goes up for a basket against IPFW’s Isaiah McCray during the first half at State Farm Center in Champaign.

    Illinois’ Rice Big Ten player of the week Dec 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    Illinois guard Rayvonte Rice is the Big Ten’s player of the week after averaging 21 points a game in a pair of wins. Rice also averaged eight rebounds and three steals a game in those victories over UNLV last Tuesday and Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne on Friday.

  •  Illinois head coach Tim Beckman, right, and Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald talk with each other before the game Saturday. Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas has confirmed that Beckman will return next season.

    Beckman will be back as Illinois coach in 2014 Dec 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    Illinois has confirmed that football coach Tim Beckman will be back for a third season in 2014. The Illini finished 4-8 (1-7 Big Ten) in Beckman’s second season at Illinois and lost their finale 37-34 on Saturday to Northwestern.

  • Northwestern running back Mike Trumpy (32) stiff arms Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown (45) during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Champaign, Ill. Northwestern won the game 37-34. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

    Northwestern closes with 37-34 win over Illinois Nov 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    Northwestern quarterback Trevor Siemian threw for 414 yards and four touchdowns and Christian Jones caught 13 balls for 182 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats past Illinois 37-34 Saturday in the finale for both teams.

  • Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase looks to pass against Purdue in the second half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Illinois won 20-16. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

    Illini, Wildcats playing for trophy, pride Nov 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    Northwestern started the season with Big Ten-title ambitions and spent time this fall in Top 25. Illinois spent the last three months trying to show some kind of progress, anything better that the two wins it had in 2012. Each has four wins and is assured of a losing season as the Illini host the Wildcats on Saturday. The finale means something different for each.

  •  Illinois’ Rayvonte Rice looks for an opening against IPFW’s Luis Jacobo during the first half of Friday’s game at State Farm Center in Champaign.

    Illini hold off pesky IPFW Nov 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    Rayvonte Rice scored 17 points and Tracy Abrams added 15, including 12 in the second half, as Illinois held off feisty Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne for a 57-55 win on Friday. Joseph Bertrand added 11 points for the Illinois (7-0). The first half was a nightmare for the Illini, who turned the ball over 11 times and trailed 35-27 at the break.

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