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    Illini in the NFL - Week 8

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    Lloyd-TD.jpgEach week the Illini in the NFL Update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous weekend. Five past Illini squared off in the Rams-Saints game, which included touchdowns by Brandon Lloyd and Pierre Thomas. Read up on how the rest of the past Illini played and check out the links for video highlights.

    Tennis Talk with Allison Falkin: 2nd Edition

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    Tennis Talk takes fans behind the scenes of the Illini women's tennis team. In the second edition, sophomore Allison Falkin gives fans an inside look at the team's trip to the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional.
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    Each week the Olympic Sports Update will provide a recap of all the Fighting Illini action from the previous week (Oct. 17-23). The soccer team picked up a pair of victories to extend its win streak to seven games and secure a runner-up finish in the conference. The volleyball team swept Northwestern before suffering its first defeat of the season with a four-set loss at Nebraska. The cross country teams, who competed at the Illini Open last week, are gearing up to host the Big Ten Cross Country Championships on Oct. 30. Both tennis squads continued fall action, the women's golf team earned a top-three finish at the Hoosier Invitational and the swimming and diving kicked off the season at home.



    Illini in the NFL - Week 7

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    Moore.jpgEach week the Illini in the NFL Update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous weekend. Pierre Thomas gained over 100 yards in a blowout of the Colts, Brandon Lloyd made his debut for the Rams and Brandon Moore started his 112th consecutive game, the longest active streak for a guard in the league. Read up on how the rest of the past Illini played and check out the links for video highlights.

    Calamaro.jpgGet behind the scenes of Illinois women's golf with Chip Shots, the online blog update for the squad. In this season's fourth edition, redshirt freshman Jackie Calamaro writes her first-ever update covering the team's latest tournament at the Hoosier Fall Invitational.  Be sure to take a look at the photos from the Crooked Stick Golf Club.

    Weinstein-Gray-Smile_0123.jpgGet behind the scenes of Illinois Gymnastics with Illini Ink - the weekly women's gymnastics journal. In this year's fifth edition, junior Alina Weinstein talks about the games the team took in over the weekend and gives on update on how practice is going in the gym.

    Dear Illini Fans,

    Email__DSC0658.jpgI want to personally thank each and every one of you who participated in Stripe the Stadium Saturday at Memorial Stadium against Ohio State. Even though the final score didn't turn out the way we wanted, the atmosphere and unique setting created by the alternating Orange and Blue sections were terrific. I spent some time with Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, and he was very impressed. The participation was so good, that we may plan to make "Stripe the Stadium" an annual event at an Illini home football game. Great job by all!

    Each week the Olympic Sports Update will provide a recap of all the Fighting Illini action from the previous week (Oct. 10-16). The No. 1 volleyball team continued its undefeated season with a midweek win over No. 20 Michigan and a five-set victory over Michigan State on Saturday night. The soccer team jumped into second place in the Big Ten following a pair of 1-0 wins over Minnesota and Wisconsin. The men's golf team wrapped up its fall season with a third-place finish at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational and a third Big Ten Golfer of the Week accolade. Both cross country teams competed at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational and the men's tennis squad played at the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional. The women's golf team is currently playing in the final round of the Hoosier Fall Invitational while the swimming and diving team will kick off the season with Splash Bash.



    Illini in the NFL - Week 6

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    Mendenhall.jpgEach week the Illini in the NFL Update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous weekend. Rashard Mendenhall had his best game of the year thus far with a touchdown and over 100 yards rushing, Arrelious Benn turned in a career-long TD catch and Brandon Lloyd was traded to the St. Louis Rams. Read up on how the rest of the past Illini played and check out the links for video highlights.

    Illini Tied for Ninth in InterMat Rankings

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    The Intermat individual and team preseason rankings have been released and Illinois will head into the 2011-12 season tied for ninth. Six Illini will begin the season with a national ranking, including two who earn a top-five spot in their respective weight classes. 

    Junior B.J. Futrell is ranked No. 4 at 133 after earning his first career All-America honor after placing fourth at the Big Ten Championships. He finished the year 28-10 and topped four top-10 foes last season. The top-five ranking is a career-best. 

    Jordan Blanton, a junior from Richmond, Ill., is ranked No. 3 at 174 and will be major player on the national scene for the Illini this year. Blanton returns after suffering a back injury that ended his 2010-11 season. In 2010, he out-performed his No. 5 seed at the Big Ten Championships, finishing third, and out-performed his No. 10 seed at the NCAA Championships with a fifth-place finish that clinched his first career All-America honor. Blanton defeated five ranked opponents that season on his way to a 25-9 season mark. 

    Senior Eric Terrazas opens the season ranked a career-best No. 10 at 149 after qualifying automatically for his first career NCAA Championships by placing fifth at last year's Big Ten Championships. Sophomore Mario Gonzalez heads into the new season ranked No. 16 at 197, a career-high after compiling a 10-3 record last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Freshman Jesse Delgado battles for the starting spot at 125, ranked at No. 18 after having a great summer competing on the Junior World Team. Sophomore Jackson Morse is ranked a career-high No. 19 at 157 after qualifying for last year's NCAA Championships as an at-large selection after finishing seventh at the Big Ten Championships.
    Mayer-Posed_0724.jpgGet behind the scenes of Illinois women's golf with Chip Shots, the online blog update for the squad. In this season's third edition, freshman Michelle Mayer talks about how she has adjusted to college life and her experiences playing at the past two tournaments. Be sure to take a look at the photos from the Lady Northern Intercollegiate.

    Matt Isenberg Fundraiser Update

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    After Illinois' 41-20 victory over Indiana last Saturday, former Illini Matt Isenberg and his family celebrated a mammoth win in his ongoing rehabilitation and recovery from multiple brain hemorrhages that left him with Wernicke's Aphasia.

    Nine Illinois Wrestlers Ranked in Preseason Poll

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    Nine Illinois wrestlers find themselves ranked in the WrestlingReport.com poll. As a team, the Illini sit in the top-10 at No. 10. 

    Returning All-Americans B.J. Futrell (133) and Jordan Blanton (174) are Illinois' highest ranked wrestlers at No. 4 in their respective weight classes. Senior Eric Terrazas at 149 is ranked No. 9 while redshirt freshman Jesse Delgado (125) and Mario Gonzalez (197) earn a No. 16 ranking. Jackson Morse (157) and Tony Dallago (184) earn top-25 rankings at No. 22 and No. 23, respectively. Conrad Polz sits at No. 29 at 165 while sophomore transfer Tucker Armstrong rounds out the Illini at No. 33 at 141. 

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    2011-2012 PRE-SEASON NCAA National Rankings


    1) Iowa Hawkeyes - 113 pts
    2) Penn State Nittany Lions - 109 pts
    3) Oklahoma State Cowboys - 105 pts
    4) Minnesota Golden Gophers - 89 pts
    5) Lehigh Mountain Hawks - 75 pts
    6) Cornell Big Red - 73 pts
    7) American Eagles - 56 pts
    8) Michigan Wolverines - 47 pts
    9) Maryland Terrapins - 46 pts
    10) Illinois Fighting Illini - 42 pts


    Each week the Olympic Sports Update will provide a recap of all the Fighting Illini action from the previous week (Oct. 3-9). The No. 1 volleyball team remained perfect with a pair of Big Ten road wins, sweeping Ohio State and edging Penn State in five sets to end its 68-match Big Ten home winning streak. The soccer team won its third match in a row with a double-overtime victory at Michigan State. Both tennis teams were in action with fall competition while the men's and women's golf teams are currently in action at fall tournaments.



    Illini in the NFL - Week 5

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    thomas_center_panthers_touc.jpgEach week the Illini in the NFL Update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous weekend. Pierre Thomas caught the game-winning TD pass, his first of the season, for the Saints, Brandon Lloyd made a highlight reel catch and a handful Illini were off with the first bye week of the season. Read up on how the rest of the past Illini played and check out the links for video highlights.

    McGarel-Gray-Smile_0141.jpgGet behind the scenes of Illinois Gymnastics with Illini Ink - the weekly women's gymnastics journal. In this year's fourth edition, freshman Nikki McGarel talks about the beginning of official practice, cheering on the other Illini teams and the team's first-ever spa night.

    Sloan3_BettieLou.JPGGet behind the scenes of Illinois women's golf with Chip Shots, the online blog update for the squad. In this season's second edition, senior Samantha Sloan recaps the team's tournament in Kentucky and looks ahead to the Lady Northern Invitational. Be sure to take a look at the photos from the Big Blue Course in Lexington.

    Matt Isenberg Fundraiser & Game-Watch Saturday

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    On August 16, while driving home from work, former Illinois offensive lineman Matt Isenberg suffered multiple brain hemorrhages. Amazingly, he drove himself to the emergency department at Loyola University Hospital and received treatment, which included two craniotomies because of bleeding in both sides of his brain. A craniotomy is a procedure where a piece of skull is removed to relieve the pressure caused by the swelling of the brain.
    Each week the Olympic Sports Update will provide a recap of all the Fighting Illini action from the previous week (Sept. 26-Oct. 2). The No.1 volleyball team is the only undefeated team left in the nation after beating Indiana and undefeated Purdue at Huff Hall, and the soccer team bounced back with a pair of wins over both Indiana and Purdue as well. The men's golf team won its first tournament of the fall in dominating fashion at Illinois State while the Illini women's golf team finished fifth at its event in Kentucky. The women's cross country team was in action at a meet in Chicago, and both the women's tennis and softball teams continued their fall schedules.



    Lloyd.JPGEach week the Illini in the NFL Update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous weekend. Brandon Lloyd turned in his best receiving game of the year, Rashard Mendenhall scored his second TD of the season and Neil Rackers remained perfect with his 10th field goal to highlight week four. Read up on how the rest of the past Illini played and check out the links for video highlights.

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