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Five-star guard Josh Langford is Spartans' latest recruiting splash


Five-star guard Josh Langford is Spartans' latest recruiting splash

Tom Izzo and the Spartans won big again on the recruiting trail Monday, beating out a host of other top-flight programs for five-star guard Josh Langford, the No. 17 player in the Class of 2016, per Rivals.

Langford — who, yes, is related to former Michigan State running back Jeremy Langford — is a 6-foot-6, 200-pound shooting guard from Alabama.

While he might not completely make up for the decommitment of Caleb Swanigan — the five-star big man from Indiana who committed to Michigan State earlier this spring, only to then decommit and head to Purdue instead — Langford is quite the get. Izzo beat out the likes of Sean Miller (Arizona), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Bill Self (Kansas), John Calipari (Kentucky) and John Beilein (Michigan) to sign Langford up for Michigan State.

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"I felt like the family atmosphere was unbelievable," Langford told 247 Sports. "Everyone comes back. It's just one big family, and it's like once you are a Spartan, you're a Spartan for life. Also it's a plus that coach Izzo is a future Hall of Fame coach. And the system fits me. The whole program fits me. I think I'll develop on and off the court."

"They say they want to use me in a Denzel Valentine/Gary Harris type of way," Langford said. "I'll be able to utilize my playmaking skills. I can truly score from all three levels now, and I'll be able to do that there. And defensively I think I have a lot of upside. I just need to be pushed, and coach Izzo will do that."

Izzo now has a two-man recruiting class for 2016: Langford and Ohio power forward Nick Ward.

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.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.