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Hoosiers suspend Devin Davis in wake of marijuana citation


Hoosiers suspend Devin Davis in wake of marijuana citation

Devin Davis hasn't played a basketball game for Indiana since March of 2014, but he's gone through a whole heck of a lot since.

Tuesday, Davis was suspended indefinitely from all team activities after he was cited for marijuana possession in his dorm room.

This follows the frightening events of last fall, when Davis sustained a serious injury after being struck by a car he had exited, an injury that knocked him out for the entirety of the 2014-15 season and kept him in hospitals for several months.

Indiana released the following statement on Tuesday, which also mentions that Davis' teammate Hanner Mosquera-Perea was in the dorm room with Davis, though he was not cited. Neither player was arrested.

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"We have been made aware that Indiana sophomore Devin Davis was cited by IUPD for possession of marijuana in an IU dormitory room last evening," the statement read. "Effective immediately, Davis has been suspended from all team activities. Any additional action related to Davis' status will occur after further review of this matter. We understand that junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea was present at the time of the incident but was not charged by IUPD. Mosquera-Perea's role, if any, will also be reviewed as part of this matter."

While this is hardly something as serious as the accident involving Davis last fall — the car was being driven by teammate Emmitt Holt, who had been drinking — it's just the latest in a string of off-the-court incidents for members of the program.

Prior to Davis' accident last year, Mosquera-Perea was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and Yogi Ferrell and Stanford Robinson (the latter of which is no longer with the team) were cited for minor consumption and possession of false identification.

Though other programs have far more serious off-the-court issues, many Indiana fans cite this string of incidents as an example of a poor job being done by head coach Tom Crean.

Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately


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


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.