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Buckeyes' Ezekiel Elliott applies for trademark to 'Zeke's Crop Top Bar and Grill'

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Buckeyes' Ezekiel Elliott applies for trademark to 'Zeke's Crop Top Bar and Grill'

Ezekiel Elliott is pretty darn good at football, and if keeps up the pace he set during last season's run to the national championship, he could soon be playing professionally.

But the Ohio State running back apparently has some other business plans in the works.

Elliott applied for five trademarks this month, according to an AP report, and a couple of them are downright hilarious.

Elliott applied for trademarks to use of his nicknames "Zeke" and "Eze" on apparel. But he also applied for two additional phrases to be used on apparel: "hero in a half shirt" and "in crop top we trust." Both are references to his personal style displayed last season, when he would roll the bottom of his jersey up under his shoulder pads, exposing his admittedly impressive abdominal muscles. The NCAA banned him and everyone else from doing that this season.

[MORE BIG TEN: Big Ten preview: Will Buckeyes' Ezekiel Elliott win the Heisman Trophy?]

But the best of the five trademarks was a restaurant name: Zeke's Crop Top Bar and Grill.

Zeke's Crop Top Bar and Grill!

That is amazing, a restaurant where every football fan should want to eat.

Hopefully Elliott has a long and successful football career. And hopefully Zeke's Crop Top Bar and Grill opens as soon as possible. It would become the No. 1 culinary destination in Columbus.

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.