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Purdue announces home-and-home with Boston College, Louisville game in Indy

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Purdue announces home-and-home with Boston College, Louisville game in Indy

Purdue is stocking its future football schedules with teams from the ACC.

The Boilermakers announced three future football games Tuesday: a home-and-home with Boston College and a previously known game against Louisville at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The game against Louisville in Indy was reported last spring, and it will be Purdue's second game at the home of the Big Ten title game (and the Indianapolis Colts) following the 2014 game against Notre Dame. The Boilers will battle the Cardinals on Sept. 2, 2017, the second all-time meeting between the two programs. They tied in their only other bout in 1987.

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The games against Boston College come in the 2018 and 2020 seasons. The Boilermakers will play host to the Eagles on Sept. 22, 2018, before traveling to Massachusetts on Sept. 26, 2020. These two teams have never met before.

The announcement assures that Purdue will play two Power 5 conference opponents in 2017, 2018 and 2020. The Boilers have a home-and-home schedule with Missouri in 2017 and 2018, and the rivalry with Notre Dame reboots starting in 2020.

In 2016, the first year of the nine-game conference schedule in the Big Ten, Purdue plays non-conference games against Eastern Kentucky, Cincinnati and Nevada.

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.