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Hoosiers cruise after monster first half in rout of Buckeyes

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Hoosiers cruise after monster first half in rout of Buckeyes

We all know the Hoosiers can score. And the Buckeyes found that out the hard way Sunday.

Indiana outscored Ohio State, 48-18, in a monstrous first half, using those dominant 20 minutes to power an 85-60 rout in Bloomington.

The Hoosiers opened the game on a 10-0 run, and it snowballed from there. With a 20-12 lead, Indiana scored 22 of the next 24 points, going on a 15-0 run over a stretch of a little more than three minutes.

The Buckeyes made just seven shots in the first half, at one point going nine minutes without a made basket.

Three Hoosiers finished the first half already in double figures, and the team shot a combined 50 percent from the field. The Buckeyes had 11 first-half turnovers, and Indiana held a 24-14 rebounding edge at the break.

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Ohio State scored 42 points in the second half, but it was much too late by then.

Troy Williams finished with a team-high 23 points for Indiana. Thomas Bryant had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Yogi Ferrell scored 16 points — hitting four 3-pointers — and Robert Johnson had 11.

Ohio State's JaQuan Lyle led all scorers with 29 points, and Marc Loving scored 12 for the Buckeyes.

The Hoosiers pushed their winning streak to nine, moving to 14-3 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in Big Ten play with the victory. Next up is a trip to Minnesota next weekend.

The loss snapped the Buckeyes' seven-game winning streak. Ohio State is at 11-6 overall and 3-1 in conference play and next faces Rutgers on Wednesday.

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.