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Hawkeyes' Jordan Canzeri to miss game vs. Terps

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Hawkeyes' Jordan Canzeri to miss game vs. Terps

The bye week didn't help heal Jordan Canzeri's injured ankle quite enough for him to get back on the field this weekend.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz announced Tuesday that Canzeri, the undefeated Hawkeyes' leading rusher, will miss Saturday's game against Maryland.

"It's an ankle injury. It's not good for a back, and I say it half jokingly but half seriously, too. Sometimes you're better off having a fracture or some other kind of injury. They're unpredictable," Ferentz said during his weekly press conference. "He's making good progress. It was a lot better two days after than we maybe anticipated. So that's good news, and I think he's feeling better by the day, but to say when he'll be ready to play, I'm not sure yet."

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Canzeri injured his leg two weekends ago early in Iowa's 40-10 win over Northwestern. He needed help getting off the field and couldn't put any weight on his leg as he was leaving.

Canzeri ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 698 rushing yards. He's the second Iowa running back to go down this season, as LeShun Daniels was injured and missed the team's last two games. It sounds like Daniels will likely be out this weekend, as well, as Ferentz said "we've still got some work to do" in regard to Daniels' status.

Against Northwestern, however, Canzeri was relieved by No. 3 running back Akrum Wadley, who went on to have a massive afternoon, rushing 26 times for 204 yards and four touchdowns.

Another running back, Derrick Mitchell, also had a good day against the Wildcats, rushing 10 times for 79 yards and a touchdown.

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.