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Northwestern moves to 7-1 with win over SIU-Edwardsville


Northwestern moves to 7-1 with win over SIU-Edwardsville

The Cats keep on cookin'.

Eight games into the season, Northwestern has seven wins, picking up the seventh on Saturday with an afternoon win over SIU-Edwardsville, 81-56.

The Cats shot 51.7 percent from the field, owned the rebounding battle, 45-31, and blocked a whopping 11 shots en route to the victory.

Northwestern limited SIU-Edwardsville to just 26 first-half points and held a 16-point scoring edge in the second half.

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Three Cats were in double figures. Alex Olah finished with 21 points, also grabbing eight rebounds. Aaron Falzon scored 17 points and hit five 3-pointers. Bryant McIntosh had 11 points and handed out eight assists.

Nathan Taphorn had nine points on three made 3s. Tre Demps had seven points and seven assists. Joey van Zegeren blocked five shots and grabbed eight rebounds.

Northwestern improved to 7-1 on the campaign with the win, undefeated in five home games. The lone loss on the season came in a neutral-site showdown with a top-10 North Carolina team.

Next up for the Cats is a Dec. 13 game against Chicago State.

Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately


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


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.