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This week’s list: Sizing up the Big Ten QB situation


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CHAMPAIGN — It’s three days after the Illinois football spring game.Aaron Hillmann is on an apparatus at the first-floor weight room tucked inside the north end zone of Memorial Stadium earlier this week.


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Bo knows funny


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Three questions with: Tom Dienhart, a senior writer with BTN.comWhat does Illinois need to improve upon in 2014 for Tim Beckman to feel safe about his job status?


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Tatyana McFadden was returning to her hotel in Boston when she heard a loud noise.“We could hear something, but we had no idea what it was so we just kept pushing,” she said.Hours earlier, the then-University of Illinois student had won the women’s wheelchair division of the world’s oldest continuous — and best-known — marathon.


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URBANA — The Illinois volleyball team defeated Kentucky during a four-set spring practice match Saturday.The Illini won 25-22, 25-20, 20-25 and 25-20 at Kenney Gym. The match took place there because of renovation work at Huff Hall.In men’s golf:


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TORONTO — The Brooklyn Nets made a case for the importance of playoff experience in their opening victory against the Toronto Raptors.Former Illini Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each had 24 points, Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and the Nets defeated the Raptors 94-87 Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round series.


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Let’s put the numbers into perspective.First, of 85 permissible scholarships handed out by Illini football coach Tim Beckman next fall, about 60 will go to athletes from beyond the Illinois boundaries (failure of in-state recruiting is another story).


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In honor of Sunday’s Christian holiday, we salute former Illini football star Robert “Bob” Easter. A letter winner in 1961, ’62 and ’63, he was a starting guard for Illinois’ 1963 Big Ten champions.


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The Illini take on Kentucky at their old stomping ground,  Kenney Gym,  while renovations continue at Huff Hall in Champaign on Saturday, April 19, 2014. 


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Steve Kelly and Loren Tate are in the studio talking all things sports. Guests include Mark Tupper on Illini rebranding, Mike Kelly of KMOX, Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas, Illinois Marathon Co-Director Mike Lindemann, and Illini Tennis Coach Brad Dancer.


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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — K.J. Choi’s early tee time and quick start moved him to the top of the rain-delayed RBC Heritage on Friday.Choi shot a 67 to get to 5-under-par 137, 1 stroke ahead of Robert Allenby and 2 in front of a group led by former world No. 1 Luke Donald as the second round was suspended because of heavy storms.  


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The Illinois women's gymnastics team scored a 195.800 in the first semifinal session of NCAA nationals, but it wasn't enough to get the team into the Super Six finals.


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Don’t head to Huff


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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Drasen Johnson turned in another solid effort on the mound, leading Illinois to a 6-3 Big Ten baseball victory against Penn State on Friday night.Johnson, who struck out six, allowed nine hits and one earned run in 61/3 innings.


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The Tigers picked up a four-star prospect out of Alabama early in the week and they close it out with a four-star out of Georgia. Find out what the Tigers are getting in Bailey Sharp here...


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Up to the minute sports news and analysis from those who know Illini sports the most!


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UI Mens Tennis vs. Minnesota at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex on UI campus in Urbana on Friday, April 18, 2014. 


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How many more teams than 10 are currently in the Big Ten? Is it worth talking about Nebraska football, or just Bo Pelini's cat? Does Sparty look poised to reload after claiming the Rose Bowl crown?...


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It’s been almost a month since the first pitch of the 2014 Major League Baseball season was thrown in front of a crowd of 38,266 in Australia. Since then the hottest team in baseball has been the Milwaukee Brewers.


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The Illinois women’s track and field team is sending 14 members of its team to Baton Rouge, La., to compete against a strong field in the LSU Alumni Gold Meet.


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TEAMS: Illinois (18-14, 6-3 Big Ten) vs. Penn State (17-16, 5-3 Big Ten).SCHEDULE: 5:30 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. Sunday.WHERE: Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, State College, Pa.RADIO: WDWS 1400-AM; Dave Loane (play-by-play) and Matt Wille (analyst).


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Another NBA regular season is in the books for former Illini Deron Williams and Meyers Leonard. Here is staff writer Bob Asmussen’s take on how they performed for the Nets and Blazers, respectively. And what he thinks about the upcoming NBA playoffs:Deron Williams


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OK, college basketball aficionados, did you know:— Prior to 1910, no coaching was allowed during the progress of a game. The first violation drew a warning, the second a free throw. Don’t confuse the players’ minds, right?


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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — There were no major letdowns for Masters contenders Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage on Thursday.Kuchar, who tied for fifth at Augusta National, shot a bogey-free 5-under-par 66 to share the first-round lead with former Illini Scott Langley and William McGirt.


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