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In first game without Randy Edsall, Terps will shake hands with Penn State

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In first game without Randy Edsall, Terps will shake hands with Penn State

It was the Handshake Snub Heard 'Round College Football last season, when Maryland captains at midfield before the coin toss refused to shake the hands of their Penn State counterparts before the team's 20-19 victory at Beaver Stadium in State College.

But don't expect it to carry over into this season.

"We haven't had any discussions about last year's game other than from a game-planning standpoint," interim head coach Mike Locksley said this week, readying for his first game after the firing of Randy Edsall.

"I think we addressed that controversy last year, and I'm pretty sure we won't have any issues with showing great sportsmanship heading into this game."

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Last year was the rekindling of a regional rivalry, or at least a long-standing regional matchup depending on who you ask. This year, Maryland will be wearing throwback jerseys that are modeled after the uniforms they wore in 1961 — the first time the program beat Penn State.

The thing is, before last year's game, 1961 was the last time Maryland had beaten Penn State, too. But onward they march.

"We respect Penn State, and we're going to do everything as planned," offensive lineman Andrew Zeller said. "We're going to shake their hands, obviously, this year and we respect them and they respect us. I can't really speak on last year. That was kind of a spur-of-the-moment deal before the game."

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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.