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Hoosiers in Pinstripe Bowl vs. Duke, first bowl since 2007

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Hoosiers in Pinstripe Bowl vs. Duke, first bowl since 2007

It's two college basketball powers playing in a baseball stadium in December. But make no mistake, this is a football game.

Indiana will face off against Duke in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 26 at Yankee Stadium, the Hoosiers' first bowl appearance since 2007 and just the program's second since 1993.

It's also the first bowl game of the Kevin Wilson Era.

The Hoosiers finished the regular season with a 6-6 record to earn this long-awaited bowl trip. After going 4-0 in non-conference play, Indiana lost its next six games but won two must-win contests to reach the requisite six wins to earn bowl eligibility.

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While the Hoosiers and Blue Devils would make for a terrific basketball matchup — those teams just played each other in last week's Big Ten/ACC Challenge — they haven't seen each other on the gridiron since the 1980s. Indiana and Duke played three football games during that decade, the Hoosiers winning in 1980 and 1983 and the Devils winning in 1984.

This is just Indiana's 10th bowl appearance ever. The last came in the 2007 Insight Bowl. The Hoosiers went to six bowl games between 1986 and 1993 under Bill Mallory, winning two of those games. Lee Corso led Indiana to a win in the Holiday Bowl in 1979, and the school played in its only Rose Bowl to cap the 1967 campaign.

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.