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Buckeyes score big upset win over No. 4 Kentucky


Buckeyes score big upset win over No. 4 Kentucky

Ohio State, off to a rocky 5-5 start to the season, scored a massive 74-67 upset victory over No. 4 Kentucky as part of the CBS Sports Classic on Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn.

The highly ranked Wildcats shot just 30.6 percent in a first half short on offense. The Buckeyes led 37-25 at the break, thanks in part to a 22-11 run over an eight-and-a-half-minute stretch during which Ohio State hit eight straight shots, four of which were 3-pointers. That run gave the Buckeyes a 31-19 lead, and the score stayed there for four scoreless minutes. Ohio State hit seven 3s in the first half compared to just one for Kentucky. Both teams turned the ball over seven times in the opening half, but the Buckeyes turned those into 11 points, while the Wildcats scored just six.

Ohio State hit its biggest lead of the game at 16 in the second half, but Kentucky made its push, closing the gap to just three points with a little more than four minutes to play. But the Buckeyes hit seven free throws down the stretch to hold off the Wildcats and earn the upset.

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Keita Bates-Diop finished with a team-high 14 points, also grabbing seven rebounds and coming away with a trio of steals. Marc Loving had 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals. JaQuan Lyle scored 11 points, and Trevor Thompson had 10 points.

The Buckeyes finished with nine made 3s, matching a season high.

It was Ohio State's first win over perennial power Kentucky since 1987, when the Buckeyes beat the Wildcats in the NCAA tournament. The previous time these two played, Ohio State was the No. 1 team in the country and lost back in 2011. This was just Ohio State's sixth win all-time against a top-four opponent.

The win sent the Buckeyes to 6-5 on the season. They have two non-conference games remaining against Mercer and South Carolina State prior to the beginning of Big Ten play.

Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately


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


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.