Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011
By Angie Wiatrowski
Former University of Illinois and Utah Jazz All-Star point guard Deron Williams will be traded to the New Jersey Nets sending Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, two first-round draft picks and 3 million to Utah according to Yahoo! Sports.
Williams is averaging 21.3 points and 9.7 assists per game and his contract runs through next season with a 17.8 million player option for the 2012-13 season.
Williams received many awards during the 2004-05 season with the University of Illinois including Second Team All American as well as being named First Team All-Big Ten, Big Ten All-Tournament Team, and All-Final Four Team. He was also a finalist for the Wooden Award and named Most Outstanding Player of the Chicago Regional in the NCAA Tournament.
Last season in Utah Williams became the first player in NBA history to record at least 20 points and 20 or more assists in five straight playoff games. He was also in the middle of a season-long feud with Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, leading Sloan to resign unexpectedly on Feb. 10.
University of Illinois starting pitcher Cody Sedlock was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year on Tuesday.
The junior from Sherrard, Ill., led the conference in strikeouts (116) and innings pitched (101.1).
He is the fifth Illini pitcher to take home the award, following Tyler Jay who was given the honor last year — and later went on to be picked No. 6 overall by the Minnesota Twins in the 2015 MLB draft. It's the second time in program history that an Illini pitcher has won the award in back-to-back seasons.
The right-hander Sedlock is projected by many to be a first-round selection in the upcoming MLB draft on June 9.
Loyola women's basketball coach Sheryl Swoopes is under investigation for coaching practices at the university.
The investigation was sparked after 10 of the team's 12 players have transferred or have requested releases — nine having been recruited by Swoopes. Loyola began an "independent and comprehensive university investigation" on April 15.
According to Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune, five former players have stated that Swoopes' "unusual coaching style" was the reason behind their exits.
Swoopes has declined to comment on any allegations, according to Ryan. Loyola released the following statement on Thursday:
"Until the investigation is completed, the athletics department and women's basketball coaching staff are conducting business as usual as we prepare for the 2016-2017 season."
Swoopes is listed as one of the greatest WNBA players of all-time. She was hired to coach Loyola's women's basketball team in 2013.
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A rematch of the 2015 NCAA men's volleyball final between Loyola and Lewis will be aired on CSN+ on Wednesday at 7 p.m..
The two-time defending NCAA Champion Loyola men's volleyball team will take on Lewis, which the Ramblers defeated in five games in last year's final, in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association tournament semifinal.
The two Chicagoland schools are again among the best teams in the country with the Ramblers currently ranked No. 10 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I-II Men’s Coaches Poll and the Flyers coming in at No. 12. Loyola is the No. 2 seed in the tournament while the Flyers hold the No. 4 seed.
This is the fifth straight year the two teams have met in the MIVA tournament, including meeting in the tournament final each of the past three years.
Local products feature heavily on both teams. Jeff Jendryk, a graduate of St. Francis High School in Wheaton, leads the Ramblers with 266 kills, Cary-Grove grad Jake Selsky leads Loyola with 180 digs and Ricky Gevis (Benet Academy) has 174 kills. Key Chicagoland players for Lewis include kills-leader Mitch Perinar (Minooka), blocks-leader Bobby Walsh (Mt. Carmel), digs-leader Jake Walenga (Lincoln-Way North) and setter Scott Fifer (Sandburg).