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Big Ten poll update: Purdue up, Minnesota in, Indiana out of latest AP poll

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Big Ten poll update: Purdue up, Minnesota in, Indiana out of latest AP poll

There were plenty of changes in this week's AP poll after a week of upheaval.

The national headlines belong to Baylor, which vaulted up to No. 1 and owns the top spot in the rankings for the first time in program history. But in the Big Ten, there was tons of shuffling, with Purdue moving up, Wisconsin moving down, Minnesota moving in and Indiana moving out of the top 25.

The Boilermakers moved up to No. 17, a three-spot jump, after a convincing win over the Badgers on Sunday afternoon in West Lafayette. Purdue is one of four teams tied atop the Big Ten standings with a 3-1 league record. Overall, the Boilers are 14-3 with losses to current No. 3 Villanova, current No. 14 Louisville and current No. 24 Minnesota.

The Badgers dropped five spots from No. 13 to No. 18 following their first loss of conference play. Wisconsin sits at 13-3 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten. The Badgers' three losses have come against current No. 8 Creighton, current No. 11 North Carolina and current No. 17 Purdue.

The Gophers are into the top 25 for the first time this season at No. 24. After wins this past week over Northwestern and Ohio State, Minnesota is a stellar 15-2 overall record on the year and tied at the top of the Big Ten standings with a 3-1 league mark. The Gophers' lone losses have come against current No. 9 Florida State and Michigan State.

The Hoosiers dropped out of the rankings after a loss last week to the Badgers. That loss to Wisconsin extended Indiana's losing streak to three games, a streak the Hoosiers snapped with a win over Illinois on Saturday. But Indiana sits at 11-5 overall and 1-2 in the conference.

Indiana also received votes this week, as did Maryland.

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.