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Huskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong knocked unconscious, taken to hospital

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Huskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong knocked unconscious, taken to hospital

A scary situation on Saturday night in Columbus as Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong was briefly knocked unconscious after he hit his head hard on the turf.

Armstrong was running with the ball near the sideline during the second quarter of the game against Ohio State and was tackled out of bounds by a Buckeye defender. The Husker quarterback slammed his head against the turf and stayed down the field, motionless, following the play.

Medical staff grouped around him, cutting off his jersey and shoulder pads and putting him in a neck brace before placing him on the cart and taking him to an ambulance waiting off the field. As Armstrong was getting carted off the field, he was visibly talking and blinking, giving a brief thumbs up to the crowd. The ambulance then took Armstrong to the hospital.

Play was stopped for more than 10 minutes while Armstrong was attended to.

Nebraska released the following statement after Armstrong left the field: "According to Nebraska medical personnel, quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. was briefly knocked unconscious. He was moving all extremities and talking while on the field. He is being taken to a local hospital for further evaluation."

During the third quarter, ESPN cameras showed Armstrong had left the hospital and made his way back to Ohio Stadium. He walked from the outside all the way back to the sideline, a tremendous sight given the frightening scene when he left the game. He received a loud roar from the Ohio State crowd, which chanted his name as he returned and hugged his teammates.

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.