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Purdue announces home-and-home series with TCU, with games 10 years apart


Purdue announces home-and-home series with TCU, with games 10 years apart

Purdue and TCU announced a pair of future meetings Thursday. But whether anyone remembers the first game by the time the second rolls around is a legitimate concern.

The future home-and-home series features two games an entire decade apart, with the Boilermakers and Horned Frogs playing in West Lafayette on Sept. 14, 2019, then not meeting again until Sept. 8, 2029, in Fort Worth.

Many of the players who play in the first meeting will be in their 30s by the time the second game is kicked off.

It's just the latest bit of ridiculousness involved in these future schedules. Games scheduled decades down the road are no rarity, but to see a series announced with games so far apart is something else — except Purdue's done it already. Future games against Vanderbilt will also be played in 2019 and 2029.

Anyway, when these two teams clash in 2019, it will be the third all-time meeting between the two programs. The Boilers and Frogs played in both 1969 and 1970, with Purdue winning both games.

While the 10-year separation will generate a few laughs, credit new Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm for scheduling games against a high-quality opponent. The Boilers have future games lined up with the likes of Louisville, Missouri, Boston College, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, in addition to these games with TCU. The entirety of that list might not send ticket sales soaring, but for a bottom-dwelling Big Ten team to be scheduling so many Power Five opponents says a lot about where Purdue wants to be.

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.

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.