Openings set at Illinois trial in slaying of Chinese scholar

U.S. 06/11/19, 23:31

Opening statements are set for Wednesday in the death-penalty trial of a former University of Illinois graduate student charged with kidnapping, torturing and killing a visiting Chinese scholar, a case closely watched by Chinese students across the U.S.A federal judge moved the trial to Peoria in central Illinois after Brendt ...

Illinois man set for trial in missing Chinese scholar case

U.S. 06/02/19, 13:43

A former University of Illinois graduate student is set to stand trial in the 2017 disappearance and suspected killing of a visiting scholar from China — a case in which the death penalty is possible and that has been closely watched in the home country of the victim, whose body ...

Mental health defense dropped in Chinese scholar case

Health 04/29/19, 11:32

Lawyers for a former University of Illinois student accused of killing a visiting Chinese scholar say they are abandoning their mental health defense. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that Brendt Christensen's attorneys had been planning to argue that the 29-year-old suffered from severe mental illness in an attempt to avoid the death ...

Stevens scores 25 to lead Penn State past Illinois 83-76

Basketball 02/23/19, 15:41

Lamar Stevens scored 25 points and Mike Watkins got his 26th career double-double as Penn State beat Illinois 83-76 on Saturday. "I'm just so proud of Mike," said Penn State coach Pat Chambers. "He's had to deal with some personal issues lately, and he really came through for us today. We're ...

Illinois’ defense spurs 79-74 win over No. 9 Michigan State

Sports 02/06/19, 02:20

Illinois coach Brad Underwood had tears in his eyes after his Illini upset Tom Izzo's ninth-ranked Michigan State Spartans."Michigan State is a great team, and Tom is a great coach," Underwood said. "They're everything I want to be."Ayo Dosunmu scored 24 points, and the Illini used its swarming defense to ...

Illinois hands Nebraska its fifth straight loss 71-64

Basketball 02/02/19, 17:42

Pundits love to say defense wins basketball games, and Illinois coach Brad Underwood agreed wholeheartedly on Saturday as the Illini handed Nebraska its fifth straight defeat 71-64.Kipper Nichols scored 18 points and Ayo Dosunmu 13 for Illinois (7-15, 3-8 Big Ten). Trent Frazier added 11 points for Illinois.Underwood gave his ...

Illinois extends Smith’s contract 2 years after 4-8 season

Football 11/25/18, 13:34

Illinois has extended the contract of coach Lovie Smith for two years through 2023 after the Illini finished his third season with four victories.Athletic director Josh Whitman announced the deal Sunday. Whitman hired Smith, the former NFL head coach who led the Bears to the Super Bowl, soon after he ...

Iowa hands Illinois worst loss in school history

Football 11/17/18, 19:39

Nate Stanley passed for 178 yards and three touchdowns while Mekhi Sargent and Toren Young added two rushing touchdowns each as Iowa rolled over Illinois 63-0 on Saturday.It tied the largest margin of defeat in Illinois history, matching a 63-0 loss to the University of Chicago in 1906.Iowa's Mekhi Sargent ...

Corbin, Illinois roll over Minnesota 55-31

Football 11/03/18, 20:10

Reggie Corbin rushed for 213 yards and two touchdowns — both coming on runs of more than 70 yards — as Illinois defeated Minnesota 55-31 on Saturday.Corbin became the first Illini player to rush for two 70-yard-plus touchdowns in a single game since 1944.Illinois wide receiver Dominic Stampley (6) is ...

Illinois defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson resigns

Football 10/29/18, 13:24

Illinois defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson has resigned, citing personal health-related reasons.Coach Lovie Smith said Monday that Nickerson told him it was in the program's "best interest" to leave the staff. The former NFL linebacker had been defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for more than two seasons after joining Smith and ...

Purdue rolls over Illinois 46-7

Football 10/13/18, 19:43

Purdue rolled over Illinois 46-7 on Saturday, dampening the Illini homecoming festivities and dimming their postseason hopes.Illinois (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) arguably played its worst game of the year. Purdue (3-3, 2-1) scored 46 unanswered points after the first series. Illinois began the game scoring on a five-yard keeper by ...

Illinois hosts Purdue in Big Ten game with meaning

Football 10/12/18, 04:09

Only a few weeks ago, mentioning a possible bowl bid in the same sentence as Illinois might have earned more than a few chuckles.What a difference a few wins can make.Purdue visits Illinois on Saturday in a game that has implications for the postseason hopes of both teams.The Illini (3-2, ...

Sanders, McSorley lead No. 10 Penn State over Illinois 63-24

Football 09/22/18, 02:30

Miles Sanders set career highs by rushing for 200 yards and three touchdowns, Trace McSorley threw for three TDs and ran for a personal-best 92 yards, and No. 10 Penn State scored 35 points in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 63-24 victory over Illinois on Friday night.The ...

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