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Michael Rose-Ivey among five Huskers suspended for opener

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Michael Rose-Ivey among five Huskers suspended for opener

Michael Rose-Ivey missed all of last season after suffering a knee injury before the start of the campaign.

He'll have to wait a little bit longer to get back on the field.

Rose-Ivey, a junior and one of Nebraska's starting linebackers, is one of the five Huskers suspended for Saturday's season-opening game against BYU.

Last month, a report surfaced and Nebraska head coach Mike Riley later confirmed that five players would be suspended for the season-opener, but Riley refused to reveal who those players were. He announced the suspensions Thursday, two days before the start of the season. Rose-Ivey is the defensive starter that initial report referred to, with senior cornerback Jonathan Rose, junior tight end Cethan Carter, junior offensive lineman Robby Painter and senior defensive end Joe Keels also suspended.

[MORE BIG TEN: Cameron Dickerson out for Northwestern opener]

Rose-Ivey hasn't seen the field since a stellar freshman season two years ago in which he made seven starts and set a new Nebraska freshman records with 66 tackles.

Redshirt freshman Luke Gifford will start in Rose-Ivey's place at linebacker. Gifford is a Lincoln native who was a three-star recruit out of high school and ranked as the fourth best player in the state of Nebraska in the Class of 2014.

Nebraska opens the season against BYU at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Lincoln.

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.