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Penn State tight end Adam Breneman opts to end injury-filled college career

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Penn State tight end Adam Breneman opts to end injury-filled college career

Penn State made a big recruiting splash in the Class of 2013 with four-star tight end Adam Breneman.

But after the last couple years have been filled with injuries, the Pennsylvania native has opted to conclude his collegiate career, the Nittany Lions announced Thursday.

Breneman had a strong season as a true freshman in 2013, catching 15 passes, including three for touchdowns, while playing in 11 of the team's 12 games. But a knee injury kept Breneman sidelined for the entirety of the 2014 campaign, and he appeared in just two games this past season while battling serious knee issues.

"I want to thank coach (Bill) O'Brien, coach (James) Franklin, my teammates and the Penn State fans for the great memories over the last three years," Breneman said in the announcement. "I have truly treasured my time as a Nittany Lion, and I am confident that the Penn State experience has prepared me for the next phase of my life."

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Breneman completed his degree in three years and graduated last month.

"I know that it was a difficult for Adam to step away from the game, but he felt it was the right time," Franklin said. "We are so proud of his work in the classroom, having earned his degree in three years. Adam is a special young man that has left his imprint on not only the Penn State football program but the Penn State community at large. He has been a difference maker at a very young age and has a bright future ahead of him."

Breneman was a four-star recruit out of high school, the No. 3 tight end in the Class of 2013 and the No. 4 player in the state of Pennsylvania.

Penn State fans will surely remember Breneman for his 68-yard touchdown catch against Wisconsin during the 2013 season. It's the longest touchdown catch by a tight end in program history.

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.