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Illini guard Kendrick Nunn arrested, charged with domestic battery


Illini guard Kendrick Nunn arrested, charged with domestic battery

For the second time in a week, the third time in a month and the fourth time since August, an Illinois basketball player has been arrested.

Not even a full week after junior guard Jaylon Tate was arrested and charged with domestic battery, junior guard Kendrick Nunn — who like Tate is also a Chicago native and Simeon High School product — was arrested Thursday and charged with domestic battery, according to the Champaign News-Gazette.

According to the report, police were called to the alleged victim's apartment Wednesday evening, with both Nunn and the alleged victim telling the police that nothing physical happened. But the alleged victim later called the police and said something did happen. The charges against Nunn allege that he struck the alleged victim in the head, pushed her to the floor and held her by the neck.

Nunn is expected to appear in court on Friday.

Nunn's arrest is the third in the last month for the Illinois basketball program, a shocking number of legal trouble run into by Illini players.

Tate was arrested and charged with domestic battery this past weekend after Illinois' season ended following a loss in the Big Ten Tournament. He was indefinitely suspended by athletics director Josh Whitman and head basketball coach John Groce.

On Feb. 19, sophomore forward Leron Black was arrested after allegedly pulling a knife on a nightclub bouncer. He is also under an indefinite suspension.

And over the summer, 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.

Like Tate and Black before him, Nunn earned an indefinite suspension Thursday night, announced in a joint statement by Whitman and Groce.

“Kendrick Nunn has been suspended indefinitely from all team-related activities pending legal proceedings and an investigation into allegations of domestic battery. Once again, we encourage everyone to allow the legal process to work before passing judgment. We are striving for a championship culture across our entire athletics program. Obviously, yesterday’s event is the latest in a series of conduct issues involving out men’s basketball team. We are working diligently to ensure that our men’s basketball team is representative of the high ideals that we uphold in Illinois athletics.”

Despite a third straight season without an NCAA tournament appearance, Groce earned a vote of confidence from Whitman, who said during a radio interview that Groce will continue to be the Illini's coach. However, with multiple players arrested since Groce received that vote of confidence, it's possible his status could be in doubt.

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.