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Led by 11 Michigan Wolverines, here's a complete list of Big Ten players taken in NFL Draft

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Led by 11 Michigan Wolverines, here's a complete list of Big Ten players taken in NFL Draft

The 2017 NFL Draft is in the books, and as is usually the case each year, the Big Ten was once more well represented.

No school had more players picked than Michigan, which saw a program-record 11 players selected by NFL teams.

Ohio State players also made frequent appearances, with seven of them chosen.

Northwestern had two players picked for the third straight draft, while Illinois sent yet another defensive lineman to the pros, the sixth since 2011.

Here's a complete list of the 35 Big Ten products taken in this year's draft.

First round

11. Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State, New Orleans Saints
15. Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State, Indianapolis Colts
24. Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State, Oakland Raiders
25. Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan, Cleveland Browns
28. Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan, Dallas Cowboys
30. T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh Steelers
32. Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin, New Orleans Saints

Second round

35. Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State, Seattle Seahawks
40. Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State, Carolina Panthers
54. Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State, Miami Dolphins

Third round

68. Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois, Jacksonville Jaguars
70. Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State, Minnesota Vikings
71. Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana, Los Angeles Chargers
74. Chris Wormley, DE, Michigan, Baltimore Ravens
84. Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
92. Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan, Dallas Cowboys
95. Delano Hill, S, Michigan, Seattle Seahawks
104. C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa, San Francisco 49ers
106. Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan, Seattle Seahawks

Fourth round

108. Vince Biedel, LB, Wisconsin, Green Bay Packers
109. Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa, Minnesota Vikings
120. Ben Gideon, LB, Michigan, Minnesota Vikings
123. Montae Nicholson, S, Michigan State, Washington Redskins
138. Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan, Cincinnati Bengals
139. Jehu Chesson, WR, Michigan, Kansas City Chiefs

Fifth round

145. Jake Butt, TE, Michigan, Denver Broncos
146. George Kittle, TE, Iowa, San Francisco 49ers
151. Desmond King, CB, Iowa, Los Angeles Chargers
161. Anthony Walker Jr., LB, Northwestern, Indianapolis Colts
175. DeAngelo Yancey, WR, Purdue, Green Bay Packers
184. Nate Gerry, S, Nebraska, Philadelphia Eagles

Sixth round

197. Jeremy Clark, CB, Michigan, New York Jets

Seventh round

220. Ifeadi Odenigbo, DE, Northwestern, Minnesota Vikings
222. Jalen Myrick, CB, Minnesota, Jacksonville Jaguars
239. Noah Brown, WR, Ohio State, Dallas Cowboys

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.