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Buckeyes' D'Angelo Russell goes to Lakers with No. 2 pick in NBA Draft

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Buckeyes' D'Angelo Russell goes to Lakers with No. 2 pick in NBA Draft

D'Angelo Russell knew his name was going to be called early in Thursday night's NBA Draft, and boy was it.

The Los Angeles Lakers used the No. 2 pick in the draft to make Russell their first-round pick. He's the highest-selected Buckeye since 2010, when Evan Turner was the No. 2 overall pick of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Russell was perhaps the finest freshman in college basketball last season, earning the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award and landing on multiple All-American teams. He averaged 19.3 points per game, 5.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game in his lone season of college basketball.

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Russell wowed with high-scoring performances all season long, breaking the 30-point barrier on two separate occasions. He averaged more than 20 points per game in 18 Big Ten conference games. He made four or more 3-pointers in nine different games.

Russell shone on the big stage, too, scoring 28 points in an NCAA tournament game against VCU.

Russell is the 10th player drafted out of Ohio State since Thad Matta took over as head coach, and all but two of those have been first-round picks: Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Daequan Cook, Kosta Koufos, Byron Mullens, Turner, Jared Sullinger and Russell.

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.