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Hoosiers announce home-and-home with Virginia in 2017, 2018


Hoosiers announce home-and-home with Virginia in 2017, 2018

Indiana and Virginia will tussle in a future home-and-home series, the two schools announced Tuesday.

And while that sounds exciting for basketball fans, this is a football series.

The Hoosiers and Cavaliers will meet in 2017 and 2018, the first of those games coming in Charlottesville, Va., and the second in the Bloomington.

These two have recent history, playing in both 2009 and 2011. Virginia won the first meeting in blowout fashion, 47-7, while the second was a closer win for the Cavaliers, 34-31.

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"As I have previously noted, like IU, the University of Virginia is one of the premier public universities from one of the top conferences in the country," Indiana athletics director Fred Glass said in the announcement. "In addition to previously announced series against UConn, Cincinnati and Ball State, this matchup is appealing to our players, alumni and fans."

Indiana and Virginia are two of the least-successful Power 5 conference programs in recent college-football history. The two programs have combined to go to one bowl game since 2007, and they have a combined winning percentage of .337 in that span.

Virginia is the second Power 5 conference foe added to Indiana's future schedules. The Hoosiers play another ACC opponent, Wake Forest, in 2015 and 2016.

Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately


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


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.