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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.

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.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.