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Badgers drop out, five Big Ten teams ranked in latest AP poll

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Badgers drop out, five Big Ten teams ranked in latest AP poll

The No. 17 team losing to Western Illinois to open its season guarantees one thing: The No. 17 team will no longer be ranked the following week.

Such was the case for Wisconsin, which dropped out of the AP top-25 rankings when the latest poll was released Monday, the only preseason top-25 team to fall out after just a week.

The Badgers opened the season as the No. 17 team in the country, but that ranking will take a while to earn back after the season-opening loss to the Leathernecks.

Five Big Ten teams remained ranked in the top 25.

Maryland stayed at No. 3 in the country after opening its season with a win over Mount St. Mary's. The Terps have a big game against Georgetown on Tuesday.

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Michigan State stayed at No. 13 following its season-opening win over Florida Atlantic. The Spartans face their biggest non-conference test against No. 4 Kansas in Tuesday's Champions Classic at the United Center.

Indiana actually moved up a spot, from No. 15 to No. 14, after beating Eastern Illinois. The Hoosiers play Creighton on Thursday.

Purdue moved up two spots from No. 23 to No. 21 after grabbing two quick wins over North Carolina A&T and Vermont this weekend. In the latter, the Boilermakers set a school record with 18 made 3-pointers.

Michigan moved up a spot from No. 25 to No. 24, benefiting from Wisconsin's loss. The Wolverines beat Northern Michigan to open their season and play Xavier on Friday.

Wisconsin and Iowa also received votes in this week's poll.

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.