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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.

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.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.