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Michigan's Aubrey Dawkins transferring to play for father at Central Florida

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Michigan's Aubrey Dawkins transferring to play for father at Central Florida

Michigan is losing another player to transfer, but this instance shouldn't be saddled with the same controversy of the two other departures this offseason.

The Wolverines announced Wednesday that Aubrey Dawkins is leaving the program with the intention of playing for his father, who was hired as the new head coach at Central Florida last month.

"While we certainly did not wish for this to happen, it is quite understandable," Michigan head coach John Beilein said in the announcement. "I was able to coach my son and see him grow as a person and player, and it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Aubrey is a wonderful and thoughtful young man who has a bright future in front of him. We wish him well."

"This was not an easy decision, however, the chance to play for my father is a special opportunity for me and my family," Dawkins said in the announcement. "Coach Beilein and Michigan took a chance on me, and that is something I will never forget. I want to thank all the coaches, staff and especially the U-M fans for making my time in Ann Arbor truly special. Go Blue."

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Dawkins impressed as a freshman, one of several young players to gain valuable experience while Michigan's stars sat out with injuries. He averaged seven points a game in 20.7 minutes a game during the 2014-15 season, scoring 20 points in the Big Ten opener against Illinois and scoring a total of 52 points in the final two games of the regular season against Northwestern and Rutgers.

This past season, however, Dawkins' minutes weren't as frequent. He averaged just 6.5 points per game in 15.8 minutes per game, though his averages in rebounding, assists and steals were up. He scored in double figures just five times during Big Ten play and just once over the Wolverines' final 12 games.

Johnny Dawkins, Aubrey's father, was hired as the new head coach at Central Florida after nine seasons as the head coach at Stanford.

Aubrey Dawkins will have to sit out the upcoming season, per NCAA transfer rules. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

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.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.