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    Four Wrestlers Recognized by Amateur Wrestling News

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    Four Fighting Illini wrestlers have been ranked by Amateur Wrestling News in the publication's preseason rankings. Senior's B.J. Futrell (133 pounds), Eric Terrazas (149 pounds), Jordan Blanton (174 pounds), along with junior Mario Gonzalez (197 pounds) all were listed among the top 20 in their respective weight classes.

    Futrell (133) and Blanton (174) are ranked No. 4 in their respective weight classes, while Terrazas is listed at No. 9 at 149. Gonzalez rounds out the Illini grapplers at No. 16 in the 197-pound rankings.

    All four wrestlers recognized in Amateur Wrestling News were also ranked in WIN Magazine's preseason standings a few weeks ago.

    Scout Day Draws a Crowd

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    Illinois hosted its annual Scout Day on Wednesday, bringing approximately 20-25 scouts from Major League teams to Illinois Field. The event is one of the high points of fall practice, giving the Illini players exposure to these professional scouts after the summer season and before the spring.

    Each week the Olympic Sports Update will provide a recap of all the Fighting Illini action from the previous week (Sept. 19-25). Following a pair of road wins at #9 Minnesota and Wisconsin, the Illinois volleyball team moved up to the No. 1 spot in the AVCA Top-25 poll for the first time in school history. The Illinois soccer team dropped a pair of contests to Big Ten foes while men's tennis and softball also continued their fall seasons over the weekend.

    Illini in the NFL - Week 3

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    alanball.jpgEach week the Illini in the NFL Update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous weekend. Neil Rackers was a perfect 4-of-4 on field goals, Martez Wilson made his first career start for the Saints, and Alan Ball had four tackles in a Monday Night victory. Read up on how the rest of the past Illini played and check out the links for video highlights.

    AD-Thomas_ArkSt_0104.jpg Illini Fans,

    I have officially been on the job a little more than three weeks, and have learned a great deal about this outstanding institution and the athletic and academic traditions that have been built over the decades. The Illini football team is off to a terrific 3-0 start following the win Saturday night over nationally ranked Arizona State in an incredible atmosphere at Memorial Stadium. Our fans should be very proud of the support they showed Coach Zook and our team in that important victory. I hope the energy and enthusiasm continues as we move through what promises to be an exciting season.

    Tennis Talk with Amy Allin: 1st Edition

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    Tennis Talk takes fans behind the scenes of the Illini women's tennis team. In the first edition, senior Amy Allin gives fans an inside look at this year's team challenge and provides an in-depth recap from the team's Greyfield Cup Challenge -- a seven-station competition that combined both the men's and women's tennis teams.

    See-Tshirt_0237.jpgGet behind the scenes of Illinois Gymnastics with Illini Ink - the weekly women's gymnastics journal. In this year's third edition, sophomore Amber See provides an update on all things Illini sports, talks about the start of official practice and gives a sneak peek to the new banner made by the team for Kenney Gym.

    Illini in Midst of Fall Practice

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    Tuesday Interviews: CF Willie Argo | 3B Brandon Hohl

    The Fighting Illini opened fall practice on Sept. 5 and are approximately halfway through their fall season after Tuesday's practice. Illinois has begun the process of integrating 11 newcomers into the remainder of last season's team that won the Big Ten regular-season and tournament championships, and advanced to the title game of the NCAA Fullerton Regional.

    Illini in the NFL - Week 2

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    Benn.jpgEach week the Illini in the NFL Update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous weekend. Two Illini (Arrelious Benn and Rashard Mendenhall) found the end zone while two others (Kelvin Hayden and Alan Ball) had interceptions in victories for their team. Read up on how the rest of the past Illini played and check out the links for video highlights.

    Each week the Olympic Sports Update will provide a recap of all the Fighting Illini action from the previous week (Sept. 12-18). The Illinois volleyball team won the Big Ten/Big East Challenge at Huff Hall, as they topped Cincinnati and Louisville to remain undefeated at 11-0 entering Big Ten play. The soccer team tied 2-2 with Iowa while both men's and women's cross country squads placed second at the Orange and Blue Preview. The women's golf team broke the school record and tied for second at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic, and the men's golf team tied for eighth in a loaded 15-team field at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational. Both men's and women's tennis teams also kicked off their fall seasons while softball was rained out.



    Chip Shots with Katelin Dilger

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    Dilger-Posed_0262.jpgGet behind the scenes of Illinois women's golf with Chip Shots, the online blog update for the squad. In this season's first edition, senior Katelin Dilger talks about the start of the season and the team's record-setting tournament at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic. Be sure to also check out the Photo Gallery from the trip!

    Welker-Tshirt_0223.jpgGet behind the scenes of Illinois Gymnastics with Illini Ink - the weekly women's gymnastics journal. In this year's second edition, senior Hannah Welker talks about the Fall Fun Fest, the team workouts and new additions to Kenney Gym along with revealing the "team word" for the season.

    Each week the Olympic Sports Update will provide a recap of all the Fighting Illini action from the previous week (Sept. 5-11). The Illini volleyball team remained unbeaten and won its third-consecutive tournament at the MTSU Invitational. The Illini soccer team split its weekend series at the LSU Invitational, dropping a match to No. 13 Pepperdine, 4-2, before drubbing Oregon, 5-0. The women's cross country team won the Bradley Open while both golf squads opened their fall seasons. The softball team also began its fall slate with a victory over Kankakee.



    Illini in the NFL - Week 1

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    Rackers.jpgEach week the Illini in the NFL Update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous weekend. In all, 19 Illini made active 53-man rosters for the opening weekend. That does not count rookie Lions' RB Mikel Leshoure, who is on IR for the season with an Achilles injury, or the three former Illini that were named to practice squads (Nate Bussey, J Leman and Eddie McGee).



    Davis_Vontae_Dolphins_2.jpgWith former Illini and current New Orleans Saints Pierre Thomas and Martez Wilson opening up the NFL season tonight in Green Bay (7:30 p.m. CDT, NBC), I thought this might be a good time to take a roll call of all former Illini on NFL opening week rosters. In all, 19 Illini made active 53-man rosters for the opening weekend. That does not count rookie Lions' RB Mikel Leshoure, who is on IR for the season with an Achilles injury, or the three former Illini that were named to practice squads (Nate Bussey, J Leman and Eddie McGee).

    Hyatt-Tshirt_0225.jpgGet behind the scenes of Illinois Gymnastics with Illini Ink - the weekly women's gymnastics journal. In this year's first edition, junior Macy Hyatt recaps the team's summer and talks about the new faces around the gym.

    Each week the Olympic Sports Update will provide a recap of all the Fighting Illini action from the previous week (Aug. 29-Sept. 4). Over the weekend, the Illini volleyball team won the State Farm Illini Classic and improved to 6-0 overall with victories over Tennessee, Houston and Dayton. The men's cross country squad won its seventh consecutive Illini Challenge while the women's team took third at the meet. The soccer team split a pair of contests, falling to USC on Friday and defeating Colorado on Sunday.

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