A Bloodhound from St. Joseph wins at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

TARRYTOWN, NY – A bloodhound, born and bred in St. Joseph, Illinois, has won the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The four-and-a-half-year-old dog, named Trumpet (his official show name is Flessner’s Toot My Own Horn), bested six other finalists on Wednesday night to snare U.S. dogdom’s most coveted Best In Show prize. Trumpet is […]

Bike shortage takes on new form because of price hikes and supply-chain issues

CHAMPAIGN – As Champaign Cycle slowly returns to its normal inventory, it’s experiencing price increases in bikes and bike parts that are indicative of the ongoing national bicycle shortage, which began after the sudden increase in sales at the beginning of the pandemic. As of May 13, a report from Statista found that Americans spent […]

Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn announces he’s entering NBA draft

CHAMPAIGN — All-America center Kofi Cockburn of Illinois has declared for the NBA draft and hired an agent. He made the announcement on his social media channels and the Illinois athletic department confirmed it. Cockburn wrote that playing in the NBA has been a longtime dream and that it’s time to make the next step. […]

‘Voice of the Illini’ sportscaster Jim Turpin has died at age 90

URBANA – Longtime Illini sportscaster Jim Turpin died Sunday. The News-Gazette said the 90-year-old Turpin had recently suffered a fall and died with family members at his side. Jim Turpin first broadcast Illinois football, basketball and baseball games on WILL Radio in the late 1950s, while he was a University of Illinois student. After a […]

Whitman’s ‘persistence’ brings Shauna Green to Illinois as new WBB coach

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman drove from Indianapolis to Dayton right after the Illinois men’s basketball team was eliminated from the Big Ten Tournament to talk to Shauna Green about the Illini women’s basketball job.  He drove from Pittsburgh to Dayton to talk with Green and her family again about the position last […]

Green hired as Illinois women’s basketball coach following success at Dayton

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois hired Shauna Green is its new women’s basketball coach, hoping she can lift a struggling program following a winning tenure at Dayton. If approved by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, Green will become the 10th head coach of the Fighting Illini women’s basketball program.  Green was chosen Atlantic 10 Coach […]

Illinois men fall in NCAA Second Round to Houston 68-53

PITTSBURGH — The Illinois men’s basketball team saw its season end ingloriously Sunday afternoon, struggling to find any offensive rhythm against the country’s best defensive team, the Houston Cougars. Houston advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 68-53 victory. Cougars coach Kelvin Sampson said the key was shutting down Illinois’s primary offensive weapon. “Kofi (Cockburn), […]

Plummer’s late free throws lift Illini by Chattanooga 54-53

PITTSBURGH — Alfonso Plummer scored 15 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 12 seconds to go, and fourth-seeded Illinois escaped 13th-seeded Chattanooga 54-53 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Big Ten co-champion Illini never led until the final minute and survived when Chattanooga star Malachi Smith missed twice in the closing […]

Big and bright, Illini’s Cockburn eyes deep NCAA tourney run

PITTSBURGH — Kofi Cockburn returned to Illinois for NCAA Tournament redemption. The first-team All-American center flirted with going to the NBA after the Fighting Illini got knocked out in the second round a year ago. But the 7-foot center returned for his junior year with his eyes on winning a title. Arguably the most dominant […]

Illini earn 4-seed in NCAA Tourney, will face Chattanooga Friday in Pittsburgh

URBANA – The Fighting Illini men’s basketball team will travel to Pittsburgh to play the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Friday evening in the NCAA Tournament’s first round.  The University of Illinois earned a number-4 seed in the South Region. The Mocs are the 13th seed after finishing first in the Southern Conference and winning their conference tournament.  […]

Illini exit early from Big Ten Tournament in 65-63 loss to Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS -The Illini men’s basketball team won’t win a second consecutive Big Ten Tournament. Ninth-seeded Indiana played its way into the NCAA tournament this afternoon in Indianapolis with a 65-63 win over the top seeded Illini. The Illini converted just 15 of their 23 shots from the free-throw line, while Indiana was 10 of 13. […]

Deon Thomas says this Illini men’s basketball team is “more well-rounded” than last year’s squad

URBANA — The Illinois men’s basketball team begins postseason play Friday with a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal matchup against Indana. The Illini received several all-Big Ten honors this week, with center Kofi Cockburn unanimously named first-team all-conference, guard Trent Frazier named to the second team, and guard Alfonso Plummer garnering a third-team selection. Illinois Newsroom’s […]

MLB and players agree to a new labor contract, paving the way to a full 2022 season

Updated March 10, 2022 at 4:48 PM ET NEW YORK — Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have reached a tentative agreement Thursday on a new collective bargaining agreement — paving the way for baseball’s return on April 7. The new collective bargaining agreement must be approved by both sides before it becomes […]

No. 20 Illinois beats No. 24 Iowa for share of Big Ten title

CHAMPAIGN — Two things needed to happen for the Illini men to win a share of the Big Ten men’s basketball championship yesterday. Last-place Nebraska needed to beat first-place Wisconsin, in Madison, without its best player, Bryce McGowens. Then, Illinois needed to beat the league’s hottest team, 24th-ranked Iowa. Both happened. But not before the […]