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Fighting Illini News (5/22/15)

The Chicago Cubs will host Illini Day on May 30th.

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Illinois Fighting Illini News

Women's Basketball

Seven former Illinois women's basketball players and their families sent a letter to University President Timothy Killeen and Chancellor Phyllis Wise on Thursday.

The letter raised concerns about the University’s internal investigation by stating that it was "unacceptable as well as completely disrespectful to the student-athletes and their families."

Check out this article from The Daily Illini for more on this development.

Baseball

Illinois baseball's program record 27-game winning streak has finally come to an end. The Illini (46-7-1) fell to the No. 4 seed Maryland Terrapins (38-20) 2-1 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday night. It's still possible for Illinois to get to the conference championship (double-elimination format), but they'll be required to play and win an extra game.

In the grand scheme of things, this loss doesn't impact Illinois' NCAA Tournament seeding in any way. They'll almost certainly receive one of the eight national seeds, which means they'd have home-field advantage in Champaign until the College World Series.

The Illini will now face No. 5 seed Michigan State on Friday night at 7:30pm CT. You can catch the contest live on BTN.

Miscellaneous

The Chicago Cubs will be hosting Illini Day at Wrigley Field on Sunday, May 30th at 6:15pm CT. Fans are being encouraged to wear orange and attend a pregame party at The Country Club Bar in Wrigleyville (3462 N. Clark Street). Tickets for the actual game are available at Cubs.com.

John Groce will be throwing out the first pitch and singing the seventh-inning stretch. Illinois' press release didn't include any details about a ballpark giveaway.

The Cubs will be facing the Kansas City Royals that night so you're in luck if you're looking to watch some quality baseball.

Lunchtime Links

Pretty Good: Larry Walters' flying lawn chair adventure - SBNation
It's 1982, and Larry Walters of North Hollywood is sitting in a lawn chair. He has a BB gun, a radio and some sandwiches. He is floating 15,000 feet above Los Angeles. He is in trouble.

2015 Western Conference Finals: Anaheim wins 2-1 over Chicago - SBNation
Tired legs resulted in a low-scoring affair in Chicago.

2015 Western Conference Finals: Golden State wins 99-98 over Houston - SBNation
Harden was sensational all game, but Stephen Curry's last-second defense forced a turnover for the Warriors' win.

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