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Badgers: Corey Clement has cut hand after being assaulted


Badgers: Corey Clement has cut hand after being assaulted

An unlucky season for Wisconsin running back Corey Clement turned downright scary earlier this week.

The Badgers sent out a release Thursday afternoon announcing that Clement received a cut on his hand after he was assaulted early Sunday morning.

According to the school, Clement was returning to his off-campus residence early Sunday morning and witnessed an argument between a security guard and a group of people. Clement then became engaged in the argument, and the group assaulted both Clement and the security guard.

Clement attended practice Wednesday but did not participate, which was planned as Clement continues to recover from the sports hernia that required surgery earlier this season.

It's a frightening occurrence for anyone to be involved in, for sure, and it's just the latest physical setback for Clement, who entered his junior season expected to be one of the Big Ten's best running backs.

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Clement played sparingly in Wisconsin's season-opening loss to Alabama, receiving just eight carries as he was bothered by an injury. After sitting out a couple more games, the team announced Clement had a sports hernia, and he had surgery to repair the injury shortly thereafter.

Clement missed the next five games while recovering but returned to the field against Rutgers, turning in a huge performance: 115 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries.

But Clement admitted he was not yet at 100 percent, and he didn't even travel for the Badgers' most recent game, a win over Maryland.

In two seasons serving as a backup to Melvin Gordon, Clement turned in big numbers on limited carries. In 2013, he gained 547 yards and scored seven touchdowns on 67 carries. Last season, he gained 949 yards and scored nine touchdowns on 147 carries.

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.