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PETA says Michigan players who owned wallaby 'dropped the ball'

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PETA says Michigan players who owned wallaby 'dropped the ball'

PETA vs. the Big Ten. It's becoming an increasingly common occurrence.

This past December, you might remember, the well-known activism group advocating for the ethical treatment of animals was very upset — and rightfully so — after a Nebraska defensive lineman Jack Gangwish killed a raccoon with a wrench. Gangwish's actions were idiotic and cruel, as he killed the raccoon after he stopped to take a selfie with it and it bit him on the leg.

Well, PETA is once again angry at a group of Big Ten football players, though this time it's not over cruelty, rather questionable actions involving a wallaby. Yeah, you read that right.

Last week, a group of Michigan football players, including quarterback Shane Morris and wide receiver Jack Wangler, revealed they have been keeping a wallaby as a pet.

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Shortly after this, the wallaby was listed as for sale on a website called Exotic Animals For Sale, and though Wangler's name was attached to the listing, the football players claimed they didn't actually own the wallaby (despite the phrase "owning a wallaby in our home" in Morris' tweet).

PETA tried to get the wallaby to the Detroit Zoo, and the group was in contact with the supposed owner of the wallaby, who isn't a member of the Michigan football team, even offering a few hundred dollars to ensure the wallaby had a good home at the zoo. The Michigan student wanted more money and after talking with a couple of people from PETA decided to return the wallaby to the breeder he got it from.

It's a ridiculously detailed situation, and you can find all those details over at MLive.com.

The bottom line is that PETA isn't happy, and one of the principles involved in this whole ordeal made thematically appropriate wolverine and football references in a statement of disappointment.

"Ultimately a wallaby doesn't belong in a private home any more than a wolverine does," PETA deputy director of captive animal law enforcement Brittany Peet said. "These students and the University of Michigan had an opportunity to step up and set a great example by allowing the wallaby to spend the rest of its life with other wallabies in a natural habitat in an accredited facility. Unfortunately, they dropped the ball."

Everyone should be nice to animals, though if you're playing football at a Big Ten school, you should be especially nice to animals. Because PETA seems to have it's eye on you.

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.