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Caleb Swanigan returning to Purdue for sophomore season


Caleb Swanigan returning to Purdue for sophomore season

Purdue has experienced a decent amount of turnover this offseason, but one key piece from last season's squad will be back in the fold for 2016-17.

Caleb Swanigan announced Wednesday that he will return to the Boilermakers for his sophomore season, withdrawing from the NBA Draft.

"The NBA is right there and always will be, but you always have to have patience and do what’s best for you," Swanigan said in the team's announcement.

Swanigan is one of many underclassmen who have taken advantage of new rules allowing them to declare for the draft without hiring an agent and participate in team workouts while still being able to return to school with their NCAA eligibility intact.

The process is undoubtedly beneficial to players, who were able to gather more information about their pro potential but still take time they need to develop and better prepare themselves for the NBA at the college level.

"We are excited that Biggie has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will return to Purdue," Boilermakers head coach Matt Painter said in the announcement. "He has the potential to make a huge jump from his freshman season and will be a big part of what we do next year. He received great experience going through this process and will use the feedback he received to make him a more diverse player."

Swanigan's return is a big boost for Purdue's chances in the upcoming campaign. As a freshman last season, the big man averaged 10.2 points and 8.3 rebounds a game, earning a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

Swanigan joins Vince Edwards in withdrawing from the draft and returning to West Lafayette, giving the Boilers back three-fifths of their starting five from a season ago (P.J. Thompson being the other) as well as other impact players such as Isaac Haas and Ryan Cline. Plus the team added former Michigan point guard Spike Albrecht as a grad transfer this offseason. Purdue should go into the 2016-17 campaign as one of the favorites in the Big Ten.

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.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.