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The daily pitch from Sports Editor Matt Daniels: April 22, 2024

Apr. 22—➜ , with the sophomore from Narragansett, R.I., winning the high bar on Saturday night at the NCAA Championships at the Covelli Center in Columbus, Ohio.

➜ . Like Champaign Central graduate hitting two home runs for the Illinois baseball team in its 7-1 home win against Northwestern on Saturday.

➜ . Anderson, who averaged 14.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists this past season, became only the third NJCAA Division II First Team All-American in program history. Cole averaged 19.2 points and 10.8 rebounds en route to her second straight NJCAA D-II First Team All-American nod.

National champions for the Illinois men's gymnastics program after 's first-place finish in the high bar on Saturday night. Costa recorded a score of 13.900 to outlast runner-up of Nebraska. The high bar national title by Costa is the 11th such national title in the specialty for Illinois and first since won it in 2015.

➜ . The first round kicks off Thursday night from Detroit, with Illinois All-American defensive tackle trying to become the second straight former Illini drafted in the first round after D did so in 2023. The second and third rounds continue Friday night before the fourth through seventh rounds wrap up on Saturday.

➜ . The Illini try to get a win in Chicago on Tuesday afternoon against the host Blue Demons, who start former Paxton-Buckley-Loda standout e at second base.

➜ . The host Sages are the No. 1 team in The News-Gazette's area poll and bring a 22-0 record into Monday's 4:30 p.m. first pitch.

➜ the Chicago Cubs.

➜ Mike Krzyzewski, Deion Sanders and Nick Saban.

➜ when someone says they can't do something.