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March 26, 2013 | Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - Shane Larkin hit a go-ahead three-pointer with a minute left and Miami gained possession on a ball knocked out of bounds that probably should have gone to Illinois, helping the Hurricanes hold on for a 63-59 victory Sunday night to advance to the NCAA round of 16. After Larkin's first field goal in about 9 1/2 minutes, D.J. Richardson missed a three-pointer. In the fight for the rebound, the ball appeared to ricochet off the hands of Miami's Kenny Kadji out of bounds.
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March 15, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in a decade, Illinois got off to a good start. Alicia Sheeler had 15 points and nine rebounds as the No. 16 Illini, coached by former Rutgers coach and Immaculata star Theresa Grentz, beat Drake, 79-62, last night in the first round of the NCAA Midwest Regional at Champaign, Ill. The victory snapped a 16-game winning streak for the Bulldogs (23-8). Illinois (23-7) led, 51-31, with 17:28 to go on Sheeler's third consecutive basket.
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March 27, 1989 | By Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
Kendall Gill outquicked the orange shirts to the long rebound of Syracuse's last gasp, wheeled and spotted Kenny Battle open downcourt. Gill leaped and heaved, hit his receiver perfectly and began running in place and shouting "Yes . . . yes . . . yes" with his index finger thrust toward the Teflon-covered Metrodome roof. By the time Gill finished counting down Illinois's 89-86 blastoff to the Final Four - "Five, four three, two, onnnne," he was saying aloud - Battle was lying on the floor near the top of the opposite key, with his hands over his eyes.
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March 19, 1989 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It seemed as if all the pieces were in place for "Nightmare in the Hoosier Dome," the latest installment in Illinois' series of early-round fades from the NCAA tournament. In the second round of the Midwest Regional yesterday, the Fighting Illini had to deal with a Cinderella opponent in Ball State. They also had to overcome the excruciating memories of three consecutive premature NCAA exits, including a loss to Villanova last year in which they blew a 10-point lead in the final three minutes.
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December 1, 2011 | BY MIKE KERN, kernm@phillynews.com
Temple football coach Steve Addazio will not interview at Illinois for its opening to replace Ron Zook. Owls athletic director Bill Bradshaw has confirmed that Illinois did indeed express interest in talking to Addazio, who just completed his first season. Before granting permission, Bradshaw went to Addazio, who indicated to him that "he was very happy to be at Temple, and not interested in that opportunity. " So much for that rumor.  
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March 17, 1997 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Who said what? Did it matter? Tennessee-Chattanooga players said they heard Illinois players celebrating wildly, chanting about the Final Four and singing silly ESPN and CBS theme songs after the Fighting Illini learned that Providence had upset Duke. Illinois players said no way, they were only talking seriously about what each player might contribute to the game against the Mocs. The Mocs were feeling disrespected. The Illini may regret that the Charlotte Coliseum has thin walls between locker rooms.
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March 10, 1988 | By Angelia Herrin, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Forty years after he walked out of a hospital here, a scared and broken young soldier from Kansas, Bob Dole returned to Illinois yesterday hoping he can put his presidential campaign back together again. "It's not going to be easy. I've never had anything handed to me in this life. I've had to work for it," Dole told reporters as he stood on the steps of Northwestern University Medical School. "I've got to win Illinois. " After his disastrous defeat, in which he won not one of 17 Super Tuesday states, Illinois is the last stand for Dole in his battle for the Republican nomination.
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March 22, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
The way the Illinois players were moping around, you might have thought someone had just died. Illini players were subdued, to say the least, yesterday after Florida's Lon Kruger publicly accepted the head coaching job at Illinois. The players had unabashedly backed longtime assistant Jimmy Collins to replace Lou Henson, who retired this year after 21 seasons in Champaign. Although the players said they have nothing against Kruger - who took the Gators to the Final Four in 1994 - they were visibly depressed at what they saw as a slap in the face to their friend and mentor.
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December 2, 1993 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
Never again. That's what La Salle coach Speedy Morris said after each of the four times his undermanned team ran a delay offense last season. This season, the coach said, would be different. La Salle would run with everybody - just like the old days. Well, the Explorers couldn't run with Princeton in their opening win last Saturday. And they wouldn't run in their 99-73 loss to Illinois last night in front of 12,381 chanting fans at Assembly Hall. The layup lines told the story.
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February 19, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Dee Brown thought he owed his team a good performance The freshman had 24 points, five rebounds and five steals and No. 20 Illinois held visiting Michigan State scoreless for a 9-minute, 38-second span in the second half in a 70-40 victory last night. The Illini (17-5, 7-4 Big Ten) pulled away for good when Brown's layup with 11:42 to play sparked a 21-0 run that put them up, 69-28. The Spartans (14-10, 6-6) were held scoreless until Chris Hill's three-pointer broke the drought with 3:30 to play.
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August 13, 2016
CHICAGO - Seated in his office here, wearing neither a necktie nor a frown, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is remarkably relaxed for someone at the epicenter of a crisis now in its second year and with no end in sight. But, then, stress is pointless when the situation is hopeless. Besides, if you can ignore the fact that self-government is failing in the nation's fifth-most populous state, you can see real artistry in the self-dealing by the Democrats who, with veto-proof majorities in the state Legislature, have reduced this state they control to insolvency.
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June 4, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Exelon Corp. said Thursday that it will give early retirements to Illinois nuclear power plants it says are among its best performers, now that the state Legislature declined to act on the company's request for financial support. Exelon - the parent company of Philadelphia-area utilities Peco Energy, Atlantic City Electric, and Delmarva Power & Light - announced that it would retire its Quad Cities and Clinton plants, which have lost a combined $800 million in seven years in electricity markets depressed by low natural-gas prices.
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December 21, 2015 | By Jeff Neiburg, For The Inquirer
After an encouraging start and with things looking good against Illinois State, St. Joseph's endured a seven-minute stretch midway through the first half that changed the outlook on Saturday. The Redbirds had their first lead, and the Hawks looked as if they'd never seen a zone defense. When Hawks sophomore James Demery was fouled driving to the basket, it was a perfect time for the under-eight-minute media timeout. Whatever Phil Martelli said in the huddle worked. The Hawks closed the final 7 minutes, 12 seconds of the half with a 24-4 run and never looked back in a 79-65 win at Hagan Arena for their fourth victory in a row. "We were just playing around the zone and not in the zone," Martelli said.
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November 3, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
PENN STATE (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten), whose losses were at once-beaten Temple and at top-ranked Ohio State, toyed with visiting Illinois (4-4, 1-3), 39-0. It was a season high for points for the Nittany Lions, and the most they've scored since Sept. 26 (37-21 against San Diego State). Christian Hackenberg (21-for-29) threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns (both in the first 11 minutes) and also caught a 14-yard TD from running back Nick Scott that made it 22-zip early in the third period.
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November 2, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State's defense got a break from dual-threat quarterbacks on Saturday. The previous two weeks, the unit faced the elusiveness of Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and Maryland's Perry Hills. Going up against Wes Lunt - a pro-style, drop-back quarterback - the Nittany Lions defense changed its game plan, and the secondary shined as Illinois relied heavily on the passing game in Penn State's 39-0 win. "I think a lot of people want to talk about our D-line. They're doing a great job. They did have a lot of sacks today, but I think . . . we showed how well our secondary can play," sophomore linebacker Jason Cabinda said.
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November 1, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The Penn State pass rush has played a significant role in helping the team become eligible for a bowl game already, with defensive end Carl Nassib on track to break the school record for most sacks in a season. But Illinois possesses an offensive line that has done a terrific job of keeping its quarterback clean this season, which will present a challenge Saturday for the Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) lead the nation in sacks with 31, an average of 3.88 per game.
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October 30, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Illinois defense has sparked the Fighting Illini this season - much like Penn State's powerful defense has invigorated its team - and the Nittany Lions are preparing to be tested Saturday at Beaver Stadium. "They're doing a really, really good job on defense," Penn State coach James Franklin said of an Illinois team (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten) that ranks eighth in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total defense and 22d in passing defense. Franklin called the Fighting Illini "a veteran team.
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October 28, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bill Cubit may be the first-year head coach at Illinois but he hasn't forgotten his Delaware County roots, and his old friends from that area haven't forgotten him, either. Cubit, 62, a native of Sharon Hill who became Illinois' offensive coordinator in 2013, took over the main job on Aug. 28 after Tim Beckman was fired amid allegations of mistreatment by former players. The move touched off a major reaction from the folks back home. "The reaching out of the kids from Sharon Hill and Academy Park and Widener is unbelievable," Cubit said Monday from his office in Champaign, Ill. "I'm touching base with a lot of the guys, a lot of the players from Widener and Sharon Hill.
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September 17, 2015 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Columnist
IN 1982, three high schools in Southeast Delaware County - Collingdale, Darby Township and Sharon Hill - were merged to form Academy Park. Bill Cubit, who'd been the football coach the previous five years at his alma mater, Sharon Hill, was given the task of starting up the new program. The decision was not without its controversy. Those who didn't agree with his appointment were convinced Cubit would fail. Maybe even miserably. Yet he never flinched. And in their inaugural season the Knights only won every game.
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