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Diamond Stone's actions vs. Badgers earn him one-game suspension from Terps


Diamond Stone's actions vs. Badgers earn him one-game suspension from Terps

Diamond Stone's actions didn't get him kicked out of Saturday's game, but he will miss time because of them.

Maryland announced Monday that Stone, the Terps' stellar freshman center, will be suspended for the team's Thursday-night game against Minnesota after shoving Wisconsin big man Vitto Brown's head into the floor during Saturday's loss to the Badgers.

In case you missed it, this was the source of much Twitter outrage.

After battling for a rebound under the hoop, Stone appeared to force Brown to the ground and then push Brown's head into the floor. Take a look:

Stone was assessed a technical foul but not ejected from the game.

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Monday, head coach Mark Turgeon announced the one-game suspension for Stone.

“Diamond’s conduct during Saturday’s game was a poor representation of the standards that we have established as a program at the University of Maryland,” Turgeon said the announcement. "I have talked with Diamond, and he realizes he made a mistake. He felt very badly about what happened and will learn from this experience. I want to sincerely apologize to Vitto Brown and (Wisconsin head coach) Greg Gard for what transpired Saturday.”

Stone also issued an apology as part of the statement.

“I want to apologize to Vitto Brown and the Wisconsin basketball team for my unacceptable behavior during Saturday’s game,” Stone said. “I regret that I let the emotions of the game get the best of me. I let my team down, and I accept full responsibility for my actions.”

According to Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Stone also called Brown and apologized over the phone.

"You could sense the sincerity in his voice," Brown told Potrykus. "He is young. He is a freshman in a big role at a big university. I understand that the emotions can get to you. It's no big deal for me."

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The Big Ten also issued a statement supporting Maryland's suspension of Stone.

"The Big Ten office announced that it agrees with Maryland’s suspension of men’s basketball player Diamond Stone for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy during a game against Wisconsin on Saturday, Feb. 13. The conference also publicly reprimands Stone for his actions. Stone was issued a contact dead ball technical foul at the end of the first half during Saturday’s game against Wisconsin. He will serve his one-game suspension on Thursday, Feb. 18, at Minnesota. Stone’s actions were in violation of Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01, which states in part that 'The Big Ten Conference expects all contests involving a member institution to be conducted without compromise to any fundamental element of sportsmanship. Such fundamental elements include integrity of competition, civility toward all, and respect, particularly toward opponents and officials.'"

Stone is averaging 12.8 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game and 1.7 blocks per game during a strong freshman campaign, but his absence should not have too much effect on the Terps' chances against the Gophers. Minnesota is winless in 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.