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Melo Trimble limited by hamstring tightness as Terps crush Rutgers

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Melo Trimble limited by hamstring tightness as Terps crush Rutgers

Melo Trimble wasn't on the floor for much of Maryland's game against Rutgers on Wednesday. Thankfully for the Terps, they were fine without their best player.

Trimble played just 14 minutes, experiencing hamstring tightness as the Terps clobbered the Scarlet Knights, 88-63, in College Park.

After the game, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon told reporters that Trimble will be fine moving forward.

During the game, the Terps had their way with the Knights. Maryland had a whopping 46-18 scoring advantage in the first half, making Rutgers' 45-42 advantage in the second half meaningless. The Terps beat the Knights on the boards, 49-27, and went 20-for-25 from the free-throw line.

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Diamond Stone had a big game, recording a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, the second double-double in the last three games for the freshman big man. Jake Layman hit three 3-pointers and had a team-high 18 points, one point off his season high. Rasheed Sulaimon scored 15 points, and Robert Carter scored 12. Jared Nickens was a point away from his own double-double, scoring nine points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Rutgers, which shot just 38.6 percent from the field on the game, got a 16-point performance from Corey Sanders off the bench. Omari Grier scored 13 points, and Bishop Daniels had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

With the win, Maryland continued its perfect start to Big Ten play, 3-0 in three conference games and 14-1 on the season. The Terps visit Wisconsin this weekend.

The loss sent Rutgers to 6-10 overall and 0-3 in league play. The Knights play host to Nebraska this weekend.

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.