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After assault charge dropped, Rutgers' Leonte Carroo reinstated


After assault charge dropped, Rutgers' Leonte Carroo reinstated

One of the Big Ten's best wide receivers is coming back to the field.

Rutgers senior wideout Leonte Carroo, who was serving an indefinite suspension, was reinstated Tuesday, a day after a simple assault charge against him was dropped.

"(Head coach Kyle) Flood reinstated Carroo after the student-athlete agreed to the conditions of his reinstatement and after he accepted the responsibility that comes with his return to the team," a Rutgers release read.

Carroo missed the last two games after he was charged with simple assault in an incident following Rutgers' loss to Washington State on Sept. 12. He was indefinitely suspended by Flood, who began serving his own suspension shortly thereafter.

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Carroo is immediately eligible and would figure to play this weekend against Michigan State. This weekend's game is the third and final of Flood's suspension, punishment for knowingly violating university rules about contacting faculty members regarding the grades of student-athletes.

Carroo was also suspended for the first half of the season-opening win over Norfolk State, one of several Scarlet Knights suspended for a curfew violation. He returned in the second half to catch three passes for 129 yards, all three going for touchdowns, and caught four passes for 52 yards against Washington State before sitting out a loss to Penn State and a win over Kansas.

He was charged with simple assault after he allegedly slammed a woman to the ground in an altercation after that Sept. 12 game, though Carroo's lawyer denies that occurred. The charge was dropped Tuesday when the alleged victim decided to not pursue the case.

Carroo caught 55 passes for 1,086 yards and 10 touchdown last season, earning All-Big Ten honors.

Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately


Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately

Tough news out of Evanston this morning: Northwestern announced that running back Jeremy Larkin will retire immediately after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis.

Cervical stenois is the narrowing of the spinal canal in one's neck, according to Mayo Clinic. Larkin's condition is thankfully not life-threatening, though it does prevent him from continuing to participate in the game of football. 

"Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won't be on that field again, given I've played this game since I was five years old," Larkin said.

"I'm extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first.

"I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline." 

Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald called the news "heartbreaking."

"This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him.

"The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can't wait to see the impact he makes in our world."

Larkin is a sophomore from Cincinnati. He finishes his Northwestern career with 156 carries for 849 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal


Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.

Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.

As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.