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Illini guard Jaylon Tate arrested for domestic battery


Illini guard Jaylon Tate arrested for domestic battery

For the second time in the past month, an Illinois basketball player was arrested.

Not 24 hours after Illinois' basketball season ended in Indianapolis, junior guard Jaylon Tate was arrested for domestic battery Saturday in Champaign, according to the Champaign News Gazette.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Sunday.

This is the second time in the past several weeks that a member of the team has been arrested. Sophomore forward Leron Black was arrested for and charged with allegedly pulling a knife on a nightclub bouncer on Feb. 19.

It's the third arrest of an Illinois player in the last eight months, as Darius Paul was arrested and charged with vandalism, public intoxication and resisting arrest in France during the team's summer European trip. When the Illini returned to the United States, Groce dismissed Paul from the program.

This has now become a disturbing trend for John Groce's program. Just a week ago, new Illinois athletics director Josh Whitman gave Groce his vote of confidence, saying Groce would continue to be the Illini coach despite a third straight season without an NCAA tournament appearance. But a second legal issue in a month that adds to the list of off-the-court issues — in addition to these arrests, two members of last year's team were suspended for several games — could once again throw Groce's immediate future into question.

Tate, a Chicago native and Simeon High School product, played in 30 of Illinois' 34 games this season, starting 15 but averaging just 1.8 points per game and 2.5 assists per game in 17.5 minutes per game. He's played in 95 total games in his three seasons with the Illini.

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.