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Ex-Illini Cvijanovic keeps tweeting, compares Beckman to Kim Jong-un

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Ex-Illini Cvijanovic keeps tweeting, compares Beckman to Kim Jong-un

A day after he made headlines for taking to Twitter and blasting Tim Beckman and the Illinois football program for abuse, mistreatment and a litany of other things, former Illini offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic continued his social-media output on Monday.

Sunday, Cvijanovic sent out dozens of tweets accusing Beckman of making players play hurt, lying about injuries and bullying players, as well as slamming the program, the athletics department, the university and the NCAA for not allowing student athletes to speak up. The tweets received tons of attention Sunday night, with many considering this the latest step in the movement for increased representation and better treatment for college athletes. Cvijanovic experienced positive and negative reaction from former teammates, as well.

[MORE BIG TEN: Ex-Illini OL Simon Cvijanovic blasts Tim Beckman on Twitter]

Monday, Cvijanovic's tweets continued, and though he continued to assert he was expressing his voice and standing up for others, it was hard to get past the tweet he sent out and then quickly deleted comparing Beckman to North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

Someone called him out on it, and Cvijanovic responded with this tweet:

[MORE BIG TEN: In report, ex-Illini Cvijanovic details Beckman accusations]

That strange attack aside, however, Cvijanovic did continue to assert that Beckman has abused and mistreated former and current players. He also brought up the topic of unionization multiple times. Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter attempted to start a union for Northwestern football players last year, though that movement fizzled out when the majority of Northwestern players voted against it.

Here's a look at some of Cvijanovic's tweets from Monday:

 

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.