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Huskers announce more future football games against Sooners


Huskers announce more future football games against Sooners

Nebraska has doubled down on a non-conference series with a former conference rival.

The Huskers announced Wednesday two more future non-conference football games against Oklahoma, adding games in 2029 and 2030 to already-announced meetings in 2021 and 2022 to make it a grand total of four meetings between the former Big 12 and Big 8 foes over a decade.

Nebraska also announced Wednesday a future home-and-home with Arizona with games in 2028 and 2031.

“We are pleased to finalize agreements with two outstanding programs for future non-conference contests,” Nebraska athletics director Shawn Eichorst said in the announcement. “We are committed to playing an outstanding schedule each year that brings value to both our student-athletes and the greatest fans in college football.

“The Nebraska-Oklahoma matchup is truly one of the legendary rivalries in the history of college football, and to now have four scheduled meetings in a decade will be great for both programs. The Arizona series will be another outstanding home-and-home matchup against a high-caliber Power Five opponent and will provide a road game destination that will appeal to Nebraska fans.”

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Nebraska and Oklahoma have a long-standing tradition of playing one another, meeting 86 times since 1912. The Sooners have a 45-38-3 lead all-time. The two haven't met since 2010, the Huskers' last year as a member of the Big 12.

The Huskers will visit Norman on Sept. 18, 2021, and Sept. 15, 2029. The Sooners come to Lincoln on Sept. 17, 2022, and Sept. 14, 2030.

Nebraska and Arizona have met three times. The teams tied in a regular-season meeting in 1961, the Wildcats won when the teams played in the 1998 Holiday Bowl, and the Huskers won 33-0 in the 2009 Holiday Bowl.

Arizona comes to Lincoln on Sept. 16, 2028, and Nebraska goes to Tucson on Sept. 13, 2031.

The home-and-home with Arizona is the fourth such series between Nebraska and a Pac-12 team on the Huskers' future schedules. Nebraska plays Oregon in 2016 and 2017 and Colorado in 2018, 2019, 2023 and 2024.

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.