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Benet Academy to retire Frank Kaminsky's jersey

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Benet Academy to retire Frank Kaminsky's jersey

Chicago-area native Frank Kaminsky is about to get the hometown celebration he deserves.

Benet Academy will honor the Wisconsin big man by retiring his jersey.

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Kaminsky hooped it up at Benet from 2007 to 2011, and after winning the Wooden Award, the Naismith Award and just about every other national player of the year honor under the sun, his old school is going to retire his No. 44.

According to the Naperville Sun, Lisle mayor Joe Broda has also declared Thursday "Frank Kaminsky Day" in the city.

In addition to being recognized by just about everyone as the national player of the year in college basketball, Kaminsky was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and helped lead the Badgers to the Final Four for the second consecutive season. Wisconsin fell to Duke in the national championship game last week.

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After barely playing during his freshman and sophomore years in Madison, Kaminsky blossomed into one of the finest players in college basketball over the past two seasons. He averaged 18.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game this past season, flashing a bounty of post moves in addition to some spot-on 3-point shooting.

Kaminsky also gained fans across the country with his off-the-court personality and antics. He graced magazine covers, showed off some goofy dance moves on national television and even got to interview Will Ferrell — from whom he took the nickname "Frank the Tank" — for "Access Hollywood" while the Badgers were out in Los Angeles.

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.