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No surprise, but Jim Harbaugh has no update on Wilton Speight's status

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No surprise, but Jim Harbaugh has no update on Wilton Speight's status

With everything on the line in this weekend's edition of The Game, will the No. 3 team in the country have its starting quarterback or not?

Don't ask Jim Harbaugh because he's not going to tell you — or Urban Meyer, for that matter — anything.

Harbaugh was asked Monday about the status of starting quarterback Wilton Speight, who sat out of Michigan's 20-10 win over Indiana this past weekend.

The always-secretive Harbaugh had no update. Shocker.

Speight's status will continue to be one of the many storylines as we head toward Saturday's uber-matchup between second-ranked Ohio State and third-ranked Michigan in Columbus.

Speight was injured two weekends ago during the Wolverines' upset loss at Iowa. Harbaugh announced his quarterback as day-to-day early last week, though multiple reports said Speight had a broken collarbone, one saying he could miss the remainder of the season.

Speight was reportedly on the field and in uniform doing some kind of activity prior to Michigan's game against Indiana this past weekend, but he didn't play.

John O'Korn started in Speight's absence and had a pretty shaky day throwing the football. But his 30-yard third-down run in the third quarter woke Michigan's offense from its slumber, and the Wolverines dominated the remainder of the game, getting two long touchdown runs from De'Veon Smith, the first on the play immediately following O'Korn's scramble.

Michigan will have a tough time winning with that kind of offensive performance against a defense as good as Ohio State's.

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.