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Has Terps' Diamond Stone made his NBA Draft decision?

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Has Terps' Diamond Stone made his NBA Draft decision?

When Maryland landed Diamond Stone last offseason, it was expected by many that the new Terp would only be a Terp for one season.

That decision has yet to be made, according to CSNMidAtlantic.com's Daniel Martin, who reported Monday that Stone hasn't determined whether he'll turn pro or stay with in College Park next season.

New rules allow plenty of flexibility over the next couple months. A player can declare for the draft without hiring an agent, maintaining NCAA eligibility while still participating in pro-team workouts and the NBA Draft Combine, if invited. The final deadline for a player to decided whether to stay in the draft or return to college is May 25.

Multiple reports Monday indicated that Stone will do just that: declare for the draft without hiring an agent, keeping the door open for a return to the Terps.

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Unlike many others who have already taken advantage of these rules, however, Stone is projected as a potential first-round pick. With his situation a little more clear cut than many others', would he just hire an agent and get started on his pro career?

Stone averaged 12.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game during his freshman season.

Two other Maryland underclassmen, sophomore guard Melo Trimble and junior forward Robert Carter, also have NBA decisions to make.

If all three opt to head to the professional ranks, Mark Turgeon could be looking at a completely new starting five next season. Rasheed Sulaimon and Jake Layman just ended their college careers as seniors.

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.