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


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."

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.