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Hoosiers going bowling after dropping 50-plus on Purdue

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Hoosiers going bowling after dropping 50-plus on Purdue

For the first time since 2007 and just the second time since 1993, Indiana is going to a bowl game.

The Hoosiers had their usual explosive offensive afternoon against an easily exploited Purdue defense, winning the Old Oaken Bucket and their sixth game of the season, 54-36.

Win No. 6 means Indiana will go to the postseason for the first time under head coach Kevin Wilson. The Hoosiers went to the Insight Bowl in 2007, their last bowl appearance and only one since going to the Independence Bowl in 1993.

As has become a weekly occurrence, Indiana had a monstrous offensive day, totaling 659 yards. Nate Sudfeld completed 18 of his 29 passing attempts for 350 yards and four touchdowns. Devine Redding rushed 22 times for 144 yards and a touchdown.

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Purdue hung around in this one. After Indiana scored the first 10 points in the first quarter, D.J. Knox set off some fireworks for the Boilermakers, bursting away for a 31-yard run to set Purdue up on Indiana’s one-yard line. But Austin Appleby fumbled the snap on the next play, turning the ball back over to the Hoosiers and blowing a golden scoring chance.

Purdue did score on its next drive, Markell Jones rushing 27 yards to set up Appleby’s touchdown carry. But quick-strike Indiana answered immediately with a touchdown drive, Redding scoring from six yards out.

On their next drive, the Hoosiers converted a third and 10 from their own one-yard line and went on a 99-yard scoring drive, Sudfeld tossing to Simmie Cobbs for the score. The Boilers answered with a touchdown, Appleby hitting Jordan Jurasevich from 11 yards out for the score to again make it a 10-point game at 24-14.

The two teams traded a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter: Sudfeld and Andrew Wilson had scoring runs for the Hoosiers, while Jones ran in and Appleby threw a touchdown for the Boilers.

Still just a 10-point game with a quarter to play, Indiana out-scored Purdue, 16-8, in the fourth to pull away for the big win.

Indiana finished the regular season with a .500 record, but it's good enough for a postseason berth. The Hoosiers will await their bowl destination.

Purdue finished its season at 2-10, 1-7 in conference play, and is now 6-30 (2-22) in three seasons under Darrell Hazell.

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.