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Huskers' Terran Petteway to declare for NBA Draft

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Huskers' Terran Petteway to declare for NBA Draft

The exodus from Lincoln continues, but this one wasn't terribly surprising.

Terran Petteway, who's been one of the Big Ten's best players over the past two seasons, will forego his senior season and declare for the NBA Draft, Nebraska announced Thursday.

“I want to start off by thanking the city of Lincoln and state of Nebraska for all of the love and support that you guys have shown me over the last three years,” Petteway said in the announcement. “This is a bittersweet moment for me because Lincoln has become a second home to me, but in the same instance has helped me grow as a man and ballplayer, and I love y’all.”

Petteway spent the past two seasons with the Huskers after transferring in from Texas Tech, starting every game and producing two of the program's top-10 all-time individual scoring campaigns. He led the Big Ten in scoring in 2013-14 with 18.1 points per game and ranked fourth this past season, averaging a slightly better 18.2 points per game. Petteway was twice earned All-Big Ten honors. In 63 games at Nebraska, Petteway scored in double figures in all but four.

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Though this past season was a disappointment for the Huskers, Petteway was instrumental in guiding Nebraska to an NCAA tournament appearance and fourth-place finish in the Big Ten in 2013-14. The invite to the Big Dance was the program's first since 1998.

“I’m happy for Terran and his family,” Nebraska head coach Tim Miles said. “While I had hoped he stayed with us for his senior year, I completely support his decision, and we will help him as much as we can through this process. I believe any team in the NBA or otherwise would love to have Terran on their team.”

While it's a happy day for a young man trying to achieve his dream, it's another blow to the Huskers' future. Petteway is the third player to leave the program this offseason for a reason other than the exhaustion of eligibility, joining Walter Pitchford (foregoing senior season) and Tarin Smith (transferring). Add in five graduating seniors, and the number of players from this past season's team not returning next season is at eight.

As for Petteway's draft hopes, DraftExpress.com currently has him ranked as their 37th-best college junior. He's not currently in the site's latest mock draft.

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.