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Andrew White III will transfer away from Huskers

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Andrew White III will transfer away from Huskers

After going through the NBA Draft process, Andrew White III decided to return to school for his final season of NCAA eligibility.

But that final season won't be coming at Nebraska.

The Huskers' second-leading scorer and leading rebounder from the 2015-16 campaign will transfer away from the program and be immediately eligible to play elsewhere.

Nebraska head coach Tim Miles made the following statement Sunday afternoon:

"I spoke with Andrew late last evening in which he asked me how he can proceed with a release from Nebraska. There have been discussions with Andrew and his father about Andrew's place in our program for months, and this is his decision. Even though I am extremely disappointed, he will be given a complete release as the logistics are handled this week. We will move on. I am truly excited about our team and next season."

The transfer of White figures to have drastic effects on a Huskers team that had already lost Shavon Shields and Benny Parker to graduation. Throw in White's departure, and the Huskers will lose a combined 43.5 points a game or 60.2 percent of the team's nightly average scoring.

According to a report from the Omaha World-Herald's Lee Barfknecht, White's future with Nebraska was uncertain after he went through the NBA Draft process, with pro teams questioning how the Huskers managed to go 16-18 overall and 6-12 in the Big Ten while having a supposed NBA-caliber talent on the team. There's speculation that White and his family might feel he has better chances of reaching the NBA with a different college team next season.

White played just one season at Nebraska. He transferred in after two seasons at Kansas and sat out the 2014-15 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules. After graduating, however, he'll be able to play his final season without another sit-out year.

White averaged 16.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in 29.7 minutes per game last season, shooting 48.1 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from 3-point range. He scored 20 or more points in nine games and 30 or more points in two games, four times hitting five or more 3s in a game.

White ranked sixth in the Big Ten in scoring and fourth in made 3-pointers, earning All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors.

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

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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

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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.