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Hoosiers set three-game series with Louisville in basketball, football

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Hoosiers set three-game series with Louisville in basketball, football

Indiana will be seeing a lot of Louisville over the next several seasons.

The Hoosiers and Cardinals announced three-game series in both football and basketball on Friday, with each including a neutral-site game in Indianapolis as well as a game apiece on each campus.

"These series are tremendous for the football and basketball programs at both schools," Indiana athletics director Fred Glass said in the announcement. "Our alumni, fans and students will be thrilled to compete against such strong programs. I really want to thank (Louisville athletics director) Tom Jurich and the head coaches from both schools for working with us to make these great series a reality."

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The hoops series will happen first with a neutral-site game on New Year's Eve of next year at Indianapolis' Bankers Life Fieldhouse. That will be followed by a game in Louisville in 2017 and a game in Bloomington in 2018.

The Hoosiers have the all-time series edge at 10-7, but it was the Cardinals winning last season's meeting in a rout at Madison Square Garden.

"The Louisville series will be a great challenge for us," Indiana head basketball coach Tom Crean said. "The preparation and execution needed to compete against Rick Pitino and his team is extraordinary. We are excited about the opportunity to face them on a consistent basis and the chance for both schools' fan bases to watch this series take off again is exciting. That first game on New Year's Eve next year should be special."

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The football series follows a few years later. The teams will meet in 2023 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy. The Hoosiers travel to Louisville in 2024 and host the Cardinals in 2025 in Bloomington.

The two football programs have only met twice before, with Indiana winning both games in 1985 and 1986. The 2024 game will be Indiana's first-ever trip to Louisville. Louisville's hasn't played against a Big Ten team since 2001.

"This is a great regional matchup against a tremendous program in Louisville," Indiana head football coach Kevin Wilson said. "It is awesome for both fan bases, and we expect huge crowds. We also look forward to playing in Lucas Oil Stadium again. It is a win across the board."

The two schools are separated only by about a two-hour drive.

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.