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Charles Buggs transferring away from Gophers

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Charles Buggs transferring away from Gophers

Another departure from the Minnesota basketball program.

The Gophers announced Tuesday that Charles Buggs will transfer out of the program following his graduation and will seek to play his final season of NCAA eligibility elsewhere.

"I want to take the time to thank everyone including our coaching staff and especially Minnesota fans for their support and efforts throughout my time here," Buggs said in the team's announcement. "Being part of the University of Minnesota athletic program, I was able to not only make friends but formulate a new family that helped me grow as an athlete and a person. I will always support the University and Minnesota and hope to get the opportunity to give back to the school and the athletic program as much as it has given me."

After redshirting as a freshman, Buggs played for the Gophers over the last three seasons, averaging a career-high 5.9 points per game last season in 24 minutes a game.

"It has been a pleasure to coach Charles over the past three years and see his continued development and growth as a basketball player and a person," head coach Richard Pitino said in the announcement. "Charles has always represented the university with class, and I am especially proud of him graduating. He has a bright future in basketball and life ahead of him and will no doubt find success wherever he goes."

Minnesota was a miserable 8-23 last season, the 23 defeats setting a program record. All that losing has Pitino on the hot seat, and a host of disciplinary issues led to multiple suspensions and dismissals last season.

Buggs is the second player to transfer out of the program since the season ended, joining Kevin Dorsey, who according to the Star Tribune transferred "following a suspension for the final four games after sex videos appeared on his social media sites."

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.