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Joey Bosa makes it pretty clear these are his last games as a Buckeye

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Joey Bosa makes it pretty clear these are his last games as a Buckeye

This weekend's game against Michigan State will be the final home game for Ohio State's seniors. But with all the talent on this team ready for NFL futures, it could be the final home game for plenty of non-seniors, too.

Perhaps the most notable of those is defensive end Joey Bosa, who is projected by many NFL Draft analysts to be one of the first players off the board in next year's draft. Bosa is a junior and expected by almost all observers to forego his senior season and declare for the draft once this season is over.

Of course, he hasn't had to officially make that decision yet.

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But talking to reporters Monday in Columbus, Bosa made it pretty clear that his final few games as a Buckeye are upon him.

"It's hard to even think that three years is almost over already," Bosa said, a video of his comments posted by The O Zone. "When people tell you when you're younger, they're like, 'Make sure you don't wish time by, it flies,' and you don't believe it until you're actually (living it). It seems like only yesterday I was coming here for the first time. (Saturday is) definitely going to be an emotional day for me.

"You really don't understand it until you go through it all with cherishing every moment you have here. It's really crazy that three years have flown by so quick and now my brother's going to be taking my spot here next year. It's really exciting, but it's still hard after all that to take every moment in one at a time. But I'm trying as best I can to not wish time by and take in every moment."

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It's been an illustrious three seasons for Bosa at Ohio State, and he's en route to big money as a top draft pick. But is there something, anything that could keep him in Columbus one more season?

There might be, actually. Bosa's younger brother, Nick, is committed to play for the Buckeyes, his freshman season coming in 2016. Perhaps the Bosa brothers reuniting would be enough to keep the elder Bosa in scarlet and gray a year longer.

"I'd have to say the only possible thing that would keep me here is playing with Nicky," Bosa said. "Not even playing with him, just being able to be here and show him how it's going to be. I know he'll be fine, but it would be so nice to be here and help him through it. But we'll see when the time comes."

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.