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The daily pitch from Sports Editor Matt Daniels: June 8, 2024

Jun. 8—➜ in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The U.S. cruised past Puerto Rico 98-66 on Friday in the quarterfinals.

➜ in 19 productive minutes that also included three steals and two blocked shots.

➜ . The 6-foot-9 big man took one dribble to set up a spin move and subsequent shot fake, allowing him to throw down an impressive two-handed dunk.

Home matches at Demirjian Park for veteran coach and her Illinois soccer team when the 2024 season starts in August. The Illini will host Wright State (Aug. 15), DePaul (Aug. 18), Missouri (Aug. 22), Illinois State (Aug. 25), Kentucky (Sept. 1), Minnesota (Sept. 12), Iowa (Sept. 22), Maryland (Sept. 29), USC (Oct. 10), UCLA (Oct. 13) and Northwestern (Oct. 27) as part of their 18-match schedule.

➜ . will vie for a national title for the Illini in the 400-meter dash on Saturday afternoon in Eugene, Ore. and in the high jump, along with in the triple jump, will also compete on Saturday for Illinois.

➜ . The former Illini men's basketball star will have his day in court starting on Monday in Lawrence, Kan.

➜ . The top two teams in the EI League — the Swedes are 4-0 and the Dutch Masters are 2-0 — renew their long-standing rivalry at 1 p.m. Sunday.

➜ 1. My favorite sports team is ... the Chicago Bears.

➜ 2. Three coaches I'd like to have dinner with are ... Ted Lasso, Coach Beard and Roy Kent.

➜ 3. My biggest pet peeve is ... being late.