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Badgers' Corey Clement receives two disorderly conduct citations


Badgers' Corey Clement receives two disorderly conduct citations

Earlier this month, the Wisconsin athletics department released a statement describing Corey Clement's involvement in an off-campus altercation that resulted in him cutting his hand.

Wednesday, Madison police revealed the incident in question played out far differently than the Badgers described, and Clement received two citations for disorderly conduct, details published by the Wisconsin State Journal.

Back on Nov. 12, Wisconsin's statement said that Clement was trying to break up an argument between a security guard and a group of people and that he and the security guard were assaulted by those people, resulting in the injury to the junior running back's hand.

The police report described things much differently, saying that Clement instigated an altercation in an elevator with a group of men and one woman, using "derogatory and sexually explicit language" toward the woman and throwing the first punch in a fight that spilled out of the elevator.

"I told Clement that a review of the video showed that his assertion that he was defending himself was not reflected in the video," Madison police detective Joel Peterson says in the report, as published by the State Journal. "I told Clement that it was clear that it was his actions that caused the verbal argument to continue, and that it was his actions that initiated the physical disturbance."

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The release of the police report and Clement's citations forced another statement from Wisconsin.

"We were informed (Tuesday) by Madison Police that Corey Clement was cited for two counts of disorderly conduct for his role in an incident on Nov. 8. When we first became aware of this incident, we knew this was a possibility.

"We released a statement regarding Corey’s involvement in the incident on Nov. 12 in response to false information that was circulating. That statement was based off of information that we had at that time.

"With the release of the full police report today, further details on the incident have come to light. Any disciplinary measures taken by UW head coach Paul Chryst relating to this incident are undetermined at this time and will be handled internally."

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Clement has had a rough season any way you look at it. He tried to play through a sports hernia suffered in the summer and was able to carry the ball just eight times in a season-opening loss to Alabama. He sat out the next couple games before opting to have surgery to repair the injury, sitting out a total of seven games before returning in a win over Rutgers, carrying the ball 11 times for 115 yards and three touchdowns. Still bothered by the injury, he sat out the next game before returning to the field last weekend and carrying the ball 10 times for 24 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Northwestern.

And now what initially looked like a freak occurrence away from the field now has more serious implications.

He obviously envisioned things going much differently this year, telling reporters Tuesday that he had planned to leave for the NFL Draft after his junior season, assuming it would go well. But missing so much time will likely bring him back for a fourth season next year.

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.