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Huskers land Miami transfer guard James Palmer


Huskers land Miami transfer guard James Palmer

Tim Miles announced the addition of a transfer from the ACC on Tuesday.

James Palmer, a guard from Maryland who spent the past two seasons with the Miami Hurricanes, will join the Nebraska basketball program.

"I am excited to add James to our program," Miles said in the announcement. "He has tremendous versatility at both ends of the floor. He is a long, athletic defender and a guy who can make a lot of different plays on the offensive end. I've enjoyed getting to know James in the recruiting process. He and his mother are great people to be around. James connected with our players and staff immediately, which I feel is a good sign for our future. I think a redshirt year will do him well, as I know he will work hard to elevate his game accordingly."

Palmer played in 34 games for the Canes last season en route to a Sweet Sixteen appearance. He averaged 3.5 points and 1.2 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per game. As a freshman during the 2014-15 campaign, he averaged 3.7 points and 1.4 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game.

Palmer's shooting numbers dipped drastically between his freshman and sophomore seasons. As a freshman, he shot 41.3 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from 3-point range, and as a sophomore, he shot 36.4 percent from the field and 27.7 percent from 3-point range.

Per NCAA rules, Palmer will sit out the 2016-17 season before resuming his two years of eligibility.

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.