Illinois Fighting Illini News for March 1, 2014
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M. Basketball. Postgame Notes - Illinois at #18 Michigan State...

Postgame notes for Illinois' 53-46 win over No. 18/18 Michigan State at Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich., on March 1, 2014.

Moore's up as hoops career winds down

Senior Amber Moore will be honored Sunday on Senior Day. CHAMPAIGN — Perhaps no member of the Illinois women’s basketball team was more emotional on Senior Day last year than Amber Moore.And the Illini guard-forward wasn’t even being honored. read more

UI 53, No. 18 Michigan State 46: Notebook

EAST LANSING, Mich. — It’s now been six games since Illinois coach John Groce inserted freshmen Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill into the Illinois starting lineup. Since then, the Illini have won four of six, including Saturday’s 53-46 triumph against No. 18 Michigan State at the Breslin Center, and three in a row. EAST LANSING, Mich. — It’s now been six games since Illinois coach John Groce inserted freshmen Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill into the Illinois starting lineup. Sinc

Champion Sabers make it look easy

March entered like a lion. And that was on the basketball court. The girls’ team from St. Thomas More applied a full-court blitz from the outset and stormed past Prophetstown 70-34 on Saturday night in the Class 2A state championship game at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena in Normal. NORMAL — March entered like a lion. And that was on the basketball court.The girls’ team from St. Thomas More applied a full-court blitz from the outset and stormed past Prophetstown 70-

UI 53, No. 18 Michigan State 46: 'Whoa!"

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Though the freezing temperatures and snow falling from the sky in central Michigan suggest otherwise, it’s spring break at Michigan State. With students who typically surround the court wearing white T-shirts making up the Izzone likely knocking back beverages on a beach somewhere, Saturday’s cheering section was made up of alumni. EAST LANSING, Mich. — Though the freezing temperatures and snow falling from the sky in central Michigan suggest otherwise, i

St. Thomas More v. Prophetstown 3-1-14

St. Thomas More v. Prophetstown 3-1-14: Play now!Scott Beatty and Brian Moline broadcast from Normal, Illinois where St. Thomas More and Prophetstown battle it out for the state championship title. Download Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As..." Download now!

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Happy 48th, Mike Small

Top Big Ten scoring performances vs. Illinois read more

Loren Tate: Defense steals the show

The Illini scored 25 points off turnovers in their upset Saturday against Michigan State. A suffocating defense is often a great offense.That’s how Illinois joined the week’s extraordinary list of upset winners by literally stealing a 53-46 basketball decision at Michigan State. read more

UI Mens Basketball vs Michigan St.

The Illinois mens basketball team beat Michigan State on the road 53-46 on Saturday March 1, 2014.

Bloch-Jones soars to Big Ten title

GENEVA, Ohio — For her first indoor Big Ten Championships, Argenta-Oreana product Kandie Bloch-Jones probably couldn’t have written a better ending.Bloch-Jones cleared 5 feet, 103/4 inches in the high jump to place first Saturday. read more

LeRoy/T-V wrestlers lose on technicality

BLOOMINGTON — After 14 matches had been wrestled, the LeRoy/Tri-Valley Panthers and the Sherrard Tigers were knotted at 33 points apiece Saturday at the state wrestling duals.It came down to criteria, and each team had won seven matches, so six-point falls decided the winner. The Panthers trailed 4-3 in that category, so the Tigers earned the extra point and the 34-33 victory. read more

W. Cross Country; Track & Field. Illini Crown Two Conference...

The Illinois women's track and field team placed ninth at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships, totaling 47 points.

Illinois wins at No. 18 Michigan St.

Tracy Abrams scored 12 points, leading Illinois to a 53-46 win over No. 18 Michigan State on Saturday.

Illinois 53, No. 18 Michigan State 46

at_MSU_frame.jpeg College basketball writer Marcus Jackson discusses the upset of the Spartans from the Breslin Center on Saturday. Videographer/Producer:  Marcus Jackson

Softball. Saturday's Game Rained Out After Three Innings

After four cancellations, Illinois finally hit the field Saturday vs. UCSB, but after three innings of play, the game was suspended due to rain and will not be restarted. |

The Intriguing List: Devin Church [$]

A look at Devin Church - one of the more intriguing players Illinois has heading into this spring.

The Intriguing List: Zane Petty [$]

A look at Zane Petty - one of the more intriguing players Illinois has heading into this spring.

Groce Quotes: Win Over Michigan State [$]

Coach John Groce discusses his team's win at Michigan State on Saturday.

M. Cross Country; Track & Field. Illini Finish Fourth at Big...

The Illinois men's track and field team finished fourth at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships, totaling 71.5 points.

Michigan State Postgame 3-1-14

Michigan State Postgame 3-1-14: Play now!Steve Kelly plays highlights from the game, gives updates on other college hoops games, and fields phone calls from fans across Illini Country. Download Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As..." Download now!

UI grade vs. No. 18 Michigan State: A

Any win at East Lansing is worth an A. Even when the Spartans are in a funk. Like they are now. John Groce’s team is building momentum for the postseason and coaches around the league aren’t eager to be Illini’s first-round opponent. Player of the game: Illinois’ Tracy Abrams read more

Sparty On [$]

Illini get first win in East Lansing since 2006, beat No. 18 Spartans 53-46.

Polar Plunge 2014

2014 Polar Plunge benefiting the Special Olympics, Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Lake of the Woods near Mahomet.

MSU thoughts, standings, & Michigan predictions

So, about that “see their team is weak” stuff... [player1] Now, the hand-staters come here. read more

M. Basketball. Illinois Upends No. 18 Michigan State, 53-46

Tracy Abrams scored 12 points, leading Illinois to a 53-46 win over No. 18 Michigan State on Saturday.

Boy Scout Merit Badge Seminar

Holy Cross Catholic Church holdws it's 25th annual Merit Badge Day, Saturday March 1, 2014. 500 Scouts from 10 councils participate in the all day event which includes 68 class sessions offering 35 different kind of Merit Badges.

Girls Class 2A State: STM vs. Prophetstown

St. Thomas More girls take on Prophetstown in Class 2A State action at Illinois State University's Redbird Arena in Normal on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Polar plunge fun!

Here's 60 seconds of fun at Lake of the Woods today. Here's 60 seconds of fun at Lake of the Woods on Saturday, March 1, as Special Olympics Illinois hosted the 2014 Polar Plunge.

VIDEO: 2014 Polar Plunge

Polar_Plunge.jpeg Special Olympice Illinois hosted the 2014 Polar Plunge at Lake of the Woods near Mahomet on Saturday March 1st. Videographer/Producer:  Holly Hart/John Dixon

Winter storm advisory: Here we go again ...

Officials in East Central Illinois are bracing for another heavy winter storm starting late tonight but the National Weather Service is now saying 4 to 6 inches are expected by Monday morning. Forecast revised to 4 to 6 inches by Monday morning CHAMPAIGN — Officials in East Central Illinois are bracing for another heavy winter storm that is expected to begin creeping into the area tonight and be in full force Sunday. But the National Weather Service has backed off a bit from t

Michigan State Pregame Show 3-1-14

Michigan State Pregame Show 3-1-14: Play now!In the WDWS Studio Steve Kelly and Loren Tate are Joined by Marcus Jackson who is courtside as they prep listeners for the Illini-Michigan State match up. Inteviews inclue Illini Assistant Coach Dustin Ford and Michigan Radio announcer Jack Ebling with play by play announcer Brian Moline. Download Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As..." Download now!

Pair arrested for vehicle burglary after owner gives chase

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County sheriff’s deputies arrested two men early Saturday for burglarizing a truck after its owner chased them. read more

Baseball. Bats Come Alive as Illini Rout FGCU, 9-1

Illinois (5-4) improved to 3-0 on the weekend with a 9-1 rout of Florida Gulf Coast (6-5) on Saturday afternoon at McKethan Stadium.

LIVE! At No. 18 Michigan State

Illinois (16-12, 5-10) at No. 18 Michigan State (22-6, 11-4) — 3 p.m. (ESPN2) Good afternoon from a very quiet Breslin Center. It was eerily quiet walking into the building today from my car and it's eerily quiet in here a couple of hour before tip. Illinois (16-12, 5-10) at No. 18 Michigan State (22-6, 11-4) — 3 p.m. (ESPN2) Good afternoon from a very quiet Breslin Center. It was eerily quiet walking into the building today from my car and it's eerily quiet in here a couple

Coffee with the Plant Experts 3-1-14

Coffee with the Plant Experts 3-1-14: Play now!Get tips on how to keep your garden healthy on todays Coffee with the Plant Experts on News Talk 1400 WDWS Champaign Urbana Download Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As..." Download now!

Saturday Sports Talk 3-1-14

Saturday Sports Talk 3-1-14: Play now!On todays Saturday Sports Talk Steve Kelly and Loren Tate talk to Director of Penn State Institute for Sports Law, Policy, and Research Stephen Ross, Illini Assistant Coach Dustin Ford, Radio Analyst for Wivhita State Bob Hull, Illini Athetic Director Mike Thomas, and Illini Offensive Coordinator Bill Cubit. Download Depending on your browser settings, you may have to right click the link below and select "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As..." Download now

Oseland talks latest Illini visit

2015 offensive lineman Quinn Oseland from Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart Griffin was back at Illinois for an unofficial visit.

Different Looking Matchup This Time Around

The last time Illinois and Michigan State got together in Champaign in mid-January the two teams were not quite the same then as they will be when they meet Saturday afternoon in East Lansing.  read more

Softball. Continuing Wet Conditions Lead to Saturday Schedule...

Due to wet field conditions at Anderson Family Field, Illinois' games against Nevada and Cal State Fullerton have been cancelled. The Illini will now face Oregon State at LBSU at 3 p.m. PT. |

Illini smilin' more these days

Two wins in a row have helped lift team's mood down stretch. EAST LANSING, Mich. — Philosophically, Illinois likes to carry itself with the same demeanor throughout the course of the season, win or lose. When the Illini had lost eight straight, the message coming out of the Ubben Basketball Complex was a positive one, though the smiles didn’t come as easy. read more

Illini face Spartans at Breslin

The Illini have a two game winning streak, but they will be severely tested when they head to East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans.

Hentges has no problem staying busy

Jefferson City, Mo., tight end Hale Hentges has seen his recruitment truly explode in the last month.

Locke staying busy

The word "busy" doesn't even begin to describe how James Locke's recruitment has gone lately.

Charles Matthews Chooses Cats [$]

On Monday night, Charles Matthews indicated that he was down to five schools with a decision looming. That decision came on Wednesday morning at a press conference where the five-star guard announced plans for his future and came off the board to the surprise of few.

The U, Kentucky, UCF stand out to 3-star WR

Offers keep rolling in for Auden Tate and three schools have caught his eye thus far.

Berry looks to re-ignite recruitment

Lorain, Ohio three-star defensive end Rashod Berry picked up his first four offers before his junior season, but has not added to that list since. A new position may be the key to re-igniting his recruitment.

Weber talks recent and upcoming trips

Detroit Cass Tech four-star running back Mike Weber has stayed active with his recruitment this winter, and this weekend will make a visit to an SEC school.

Krush pledges $1 million to renovation

"This is an investment not only in the Orange Krush and the State Farm Center but in the future of the Orange Krush." Student group will get own hospitality room in return Orange Krush leaders say the group's $1 million pledge to the State Farm Center renovation isn't just a brick-and-mortar investment. The University of Illinois' charitable student cheering group sees it as a way to expand its impact — both on the court and in the community. read more

Wage hike would rob from the poor to give to the poor

The current discussion about raising the federal minimum wage reminds me of a bit of wisdom from the Talmud that basically states, "The result of misguided compassion is misguided cruelty." read more

Winter storm watch: Here we go again ...

Officials in East Central Illinois are bracing for another heavy winter storm that is expected to begin creeping into the area tonight and be in full force Sunday. Six to 10 inches of snow expected by Sunday night CHAMPAIGN — Officials in East Central Illinois are bracing for another heavy winter storm that is expected to begin creeping into the area tonight and be in full force Sunday. read more

We're lucky to have Carle Hospital in our community

I would like to thank the entire team of doctors, nurses and technicians on Carle Foundation Hospital's fourth floor surgical area for the excellent care I received after my recent total hip replacement. read more

UI: Sugarcane could become oil-producing crop for biodiesel

A roundup of agriculture news: URBANA — A team of researchers led by the University of Illinois recently reported that it can increase sugarcane's geographic range and turn it into an oil-producing crop for biodiesel production. read more

Snow a drain on cities' budgets

This winter is already in the top 10 snowiest seasons on record, and it will only fortify that rank with this weekend's expected snowfall. That also taxes the cities' snow removal resources, and they've well overspent their budgets. By this week, Champaign-Urbana had received about 40 inches of snow — well above the 24 or so it gets between mid-November and mid-March in an average year. The tally already puts this winter in the top 10 snowiest seasons on record, and it will

This day in history: March 1, 2014

Today is Saturday, March 1, the 60th day of 2014. There are 305 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: read more

Area history, March 1, 2014

Today is Saturday, March 1, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago: read more

Who lives here? March 1, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie and ask readers, "Who lives here?"  Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie and ask readers, "Who lives here?" The first person to email wholiveshere@news-gazette.com with the name of a silver screen character who resides in the featured house will get a shout-out in next week's section. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence in your submission. read

You don't need a large area to grow veggies

The calendar shows March, but I think we've added another month of winter. January, February, Winterbruary or Imsickawinterbruary. The calendar shows March, but I think we've added another month of winter. January, February, Winterbruary or Imsickawinterbruary. What sustains me is the promise of spring and the myriad garden catalogs that thankfully appear in my mailbox. I have a Pavlovian response to the mere glimpse of a new garden catalog. I drool over each page of voluptu

Bad weather may take toll on local antique shows

As I write this column early on a Tuesday morning, I am looking out of my picture window that faces south at some old mounds of snow plus about an inch of new snow that fell last night. Because of snow and possible road conditions, I did not attend two recent antique shows in the area: A Touch of Class in Normal and the Last Sunday Antique Show in Bloomington. read more

Good Samaritans help driver out of snowbank

With all the chaos and busyness of this world, I wanted to take a moment to thank the three men who helped my wife get her car off a snowbank recently.   With all the chaos and busyness of this world, I wanted to take a moment to thank the three men who helped my wife get her car off a snowbank recently. read more

8 places to vote early

URBANA — For the first time, Champaign County's registered voters will have more than one place to cast their ballots during the early period. Early voting for the March 18 primary election starts Monday at one county location — the Brookens Center in east Urbana. In the past, that was the only site available during the entire early period to any registered county voter. read more

Candidate would do a great job in Washington

The United States is ranked 73rd in the world for women in a national legislature. Women hold 17 percent of the seats in Congress. We live in a country that thrives because our diversity, but our Congress does not represent that. read more

Top of the morning, March 1, 2014

"Who doesn't love an evening of non-stop guilty pleasures?" asks Joi Hoffsommer, looking forward to Oscars night. No one does an Oscars party like movie buff Joi Hoffsommer, artistic director for Parkland's Theatre Program. "Wait Until Dark" wrapped up last weekend and "Spamalot" isn't until April 17, so Hoffsommer had time to fill us in about Sunday's Academy Awards (6 p.m., ABC). Why watch? read more

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