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Buckeyes' Ezekiel Elliott will play in Fiesta Bowl despite citation

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Buckeyes' Ezekiel Elliott will play in Fiesta Bowl despite citation

Ezekiel Elliott, the Big Ten's leading rusher and the most effective offensive weapon for Ohio State, will play in Friday's Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame despite receiving a citation after his involvement in a car crash this past weekend.

According to Cleveland.com's report on the matter, Elliott was cited for driving under suspension, driving without a license and failure to control after he was involved in a car accident.

But no suspension will follow Elliott to Arizona, and he's expected to be a full go when the Buckeyes meet the Fighting Irish on New Year's Day in Glendale.

Tuesday, Elliott addressed the media and explained the situation, telling reporters he didn't know his driver's license was suspended.

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"First and foremost, I wasn’t aware that my license was suspended," he said. "I’m doing everything I can now, my dad is doing everything he can now to get that handled, to get my license back in good standing. I’m honestly just glad nobody was majorly injured. I’m glad everyone’s all right, and I feel like that’s the most important part. It was a scary situation, and I’m trying to put it behind me and focus on this game."

Elliott is the second high-profile member of Ohio State's offense to be involved in a legal situation while driving this season. Quarterback J.T. Barrett received a one-game suspension during the regular season after he was cited for operating a vehicle while impaired during the Buckeyes' bye week.

Elliott, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, has already made it known that he won't be returning for his senior season, making the Fiesta Bowl his final game as a Buckeye. He ranks second on Ohio State's all-time rushing list with 3,812 yards.

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.