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Joey Bosa's brother, five-star recruit Nick Bosa, announces commitment to Ohio State

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Joey Bosa's brother, five-star recruit Nick Bosa, announces commitment to Ohio State

Joey Bosa is the reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and could be on track to be college football's best defensive player and even, according to some mock drafts, the No. 1 pick in next year's NFL Draft.

And the Buckeyes are hoping to make that a family tradition.

Joey Bosa's younger brother, Nick, who just happens to be a five-star recruit and the No. 17 overall player in the Class of 2016, announced Thursday on Twitter that he'll be following in his brother's footsteps and playing for Urban Meyer at Ohio State.

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Nice Photoshop work, by the way.

Nick is the No. 2 ranked defensive end in the Class of 2016 and the No. 17 prospect in the country.

And judging by his Twitter account, he's got the same sense of humor as his brother, too. Joey has taken an Internet symbol — ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ — and turned it into a sack celebration, one mimicked by President Obama when the national-champion Buckeyes were honored at the White House earlier this summer. Nick's Twitter handle, @nbsmallerbear, is a direct reference to Joey's, which is @jbbigbear. Hilarious.

Anyway, this is college football, where the rich get richer, and the reigning-champion Buckeyes adding another five-star defensive end with a familiar last name makes plenty of sense.

Nick Bosa is the second five-star member of Meyer' 2016 class, joining running back Kareem Walker out of New Jersey.

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.