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Sports digest: Shakeup on Illini basketball coaching staff

Sports digest: Shakeup on Illini basketball coaching staff

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Chester Frazier

Illinois' Chester Frazier looks on from the bench during practice for the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore. Illinois plays Western Kentucky on Thursday. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Shakeup on Illini basketball coaching staff

Illinois basketball assistant coaches Orlando Antigua and Ron Coleman joined John Calipari’s Kentucky staff on Thursday.

Both spent the past four years with the Illini, overseeing some major recruiting victories.

Later Thursday, the Illini announced Chester Frazier would return to his alma mater as an assistant coach. A former starting point guard at Illinois, Frazier spent the last two seasons as associate head coach at Virginia Tech. (Staff report)

Texas linebacker Ehlinger dead: Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger, the younger brother of former Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger, was found dead near campus Thursday, Austin police said. Officers found the 20-year-old Ehlinger after responding to a call at 12:18 p.m. Police did not detail how they found him but said the death is not considered suspicious. No cause of death was immediately released. (AP)

NFL offseason includes mandatory minicamps: The NFL has set its schedule for offseason workouts and still plans to have mandatory in-person minicamps, something the players’ union has opposed. All 32 teams plan required-attendance minicamps next month. NFLPA President JC Tretter, a center for the Browns, has been vocal in his opposition to any programs requiring players to be on hand, stressing a preference for virtual work similar to 2020. (AP)

Other NFL news: Safety Bobby McCain was released Thursday by the Dolphins, who agreed to terms with veteran cornerback Jason McCourty. The Dolphins also signed tight end Jibri Blount, who played basketball at North Carolina Central. … The Lions agreed to a four-year contract extension with center Frank Ragnow for $13.5 million per season, which makes Ragnow the highest-paid center in the NFL, and includes $42 million in guarantees. (Wire services)

Vaccine makers donate doses to Olympic athletes: Vaccine developers Pfizer and BioNTech will donate doses to inoculate athletes and officials preparing for the Tokyo Olympics, the IOC said Thursday. Delivery of doses is set to begin this month to give Olympic delegations time to be fully vaccinated for the games, which open July 23. (AP)

Missouri State men’s soccer loses in NCAA Tournament: Seventh-seeded Washington scored twice in the second half, coming away with a 2-0 victory over Missouri State in the Sweet 16 Thursday afternoon in Cary, N.C. The Huskies (12-3) advanced to take on second-seeded Pittsburgh (15-3) in quarterfinal action on Monday. Pitt beat Central Florida 4-0 in another Thursday match. Washington broke through in the 64th minute when Lucas Meek headed in a cross from Kalani Kossa-Rienzi. With about 11 minutes to play, the Huskies’ Nick Scardina made it 2-0, knocking a rebound after Bears’ keeper Michael Creek (Lindbergh High) stopped a low shot from Gabe Threadgold. Sam Fowler posted the shutout. (Joe Lyons)

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