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Caris LeVert records Michigan's fourth-ever triple-double


Caris LeVert records Michigan's fourth-ever triple-double

Denzel Valentine isn't the only college hoopster in the Great Lakes State that can deliver a triple-double.

Caris LeVert recorded just the fourth triple-double in Michigan basketball history Tuesday night, scoring 13 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and handing out 10 assists in the Wolverines' 77-62 win over Northern Kentucky.

LeVert joined Gary Grant, Manny Harris and Darius Morris as Wolverines with a triple-double. Morris' on Jan. 30, 2011, was the most recent prior to LeVert's exploits Tuesday.

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LeVert grabbed the headlines late for his impressive statistical feat, but the story early was 3-pointers, as Michigan banged home eight of its first 12 attempts from behind the arc.

Duncan Robinson, quickly establishing himself as one of college hoops' preeminent 3-point specialists, splashed home six triples on the night, finishing with a game-high 18 points. The six 3s were a season-high for the sophomore, but it was the fourth time in the last five games in which Robinson's hit at least five 3-pointers. Robinson has averaged 15.7 points per game over the last six games and has 39 made 3-pointers on the season.

Robinson and LeVert were two of five Michigan players in double figures, with Derrick Walton Jr. scoring 16 points in his first game back following a three-game absence, Mark Donnal scoring 11 points off the bench and Zak Irvin contributing 10 points.

The win bumped the Wolverines to 8-3 on the season. They have two more non-conference games — against Youngstown State and Bryant — prior to the start 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.