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Injury to Spartans' Jack Conklin not season-ending, per Mark Dantonio


Injury to Spartans' Jack Conklin not season-ending, per Mark Dantonio

While we still don’t know how long the knee injury to Michigan State junior offensive tackle Jack Conklin, we at least know it won’t end his season.

Head coach Mark Dantonio is known not to talk about injuries much, but he did tell reporters Tuesday during his weekly press conference that there are no new season-ending injuries among Spartan players, a good sign for Conklin, who left last weekend’s win over Central Michigan.

Defensive back R.J. Williamson and tight end Josiah Price also left last weekend’s game with injuries, but going off the same Dantonio statement, their injuries are also not season-ending.

Injuries have been a big deal for Michigan State so far this season, with a pair of defensive starters — linebacker Ed Davis and defensive back Vayante Copeland — already out for the year.

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While Conklin’s season isn’t over, he of course still could miss some time. Or maybe he could be back for this weekend’s game against Purdue, though he’s listed as a co-starter on this week’s depth chart. Dantonio’s secrecy in that department means no prognosis for how much time Conklin will miss, if any. Same goes for the others who left the last game with injuries.

But when talking about a player as important to Michigan State’s success as Conklin — a second team All-Big Ten selection a season ago — hearing that he won’t be out for the year is good news.

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.