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Michigan State suspends Eron Harris indefinitely in wake of arrest

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Michigan State suspends Eron Harris indefinitely in wake of arrest

A player expected to make a big impact for the Spartans this season is in hot water before he's ever put on a Michigan State uniform.

Eron Harris, who transferred in from West Virginia and sat out last season as the Spartans marched to the Final Four, was suspended indefinitely by head coach Tom Izzo in the wake of a drunk-driving arrest on July 1, according to a Tuesday-night report from the Lansing State Journal.

"Eron Harris has been suspended indefinitely from all basketball related activities," Izzo said in statement to the Lansing State Journal. "We hold our student-athletes to high standards, and the decisions that Eron made were irresponsible and unacceptable. Actions have consequences, and Eron must face those consequences in the legal system, in the court of public opinion and within the program. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken as the legal system runs its course."

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According to the report, Harris is facing charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and refusing a preliminary breath test.

Harris spent two seasons with the Mountaineers, averaging 9.8 points per game in 22 minutes per game as a freshman during the 2012-13 campaign and 17.2 points per game in 31.4 minutes per game as a sophomore during the 2013-14 season.

He's expected to play a big role in the upcoming season, joining Spartans teammates Denzel Valentine, Tum Tum Nairn and Bryn Forbes in a talented backcourt.

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.