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Hoosiers' off-the-court issues finally too much as Mosquera-Perea, Davis dismissed

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Hoosiers' off-the-court issues finally too much as Mosquera-Perea, Davis dismissed

Tom Crean's players kept making off-the-court headlines, and he finally took some drastic action.

Indiana announced Thursday that Devin Davis and Hanner Mosquera-Perea were dismissed from the program in the wake of an incident in which Davis was cited for marijuana possession and Mosquera-Perea was also present.

"Indiana men's basketball announces that Devin Davis and senior Hanner Mosquera-Perea have been dismissed from the program effective immediately for not living up to their responsibilities to the program," the program said in a short statement.

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This was the second recent off-the-court incident for both players. Last fall, Davis suffered a severe injury when struck by a car he had just exited. The car was being driven by teammate Emmitt Holt, who had been drinking. Davis spent months in hospitals recovering from the injury. Before that, Mosquera-Perea was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He also had previous off-the-court issues.

After the marijuana incident earlier this week, Davis was suspended indefinitely, while the team said it would review Mosquera-Perea's involvement.

Now both players are off the team.

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To some, the discipline might seem steep for something that seems a common behavior among many college-aged people, though incidents such as this one — still illegal, of course — had become far too common among the Hoosiers. In addition to the already mentioned off-the-court incidents involving Mosquera-Perea, Davis and Holt, Indiana players Yogi Ferrell and Stanford Robinson were cited for minor consumption and possession of false identification last year, as well.

The calls for Crean to do something about his players continuously getting in trouble grew louder from the Indiana fan base, and Thursday's actions seem to be the kind of message they were hoping he would send.

However, there's no doubting that this move will have a big impact on the court. The Hoosiers already had a weakness when it came to size at the forward position. Troy Williams, while a very good player, is just 6-foot-7. Mosquera-Perea, at 6-foot-9, figured to play a large role in the post for Indiana next season. His dismissal leaves little option there, though Crean did recruit the 6-foot-11 Thomas Bryant this offseason. Bryant might have to pick up more minutes than initially anticipated with such little frontline presence in Bloomington.

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.