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Purdue grants scholarship release to quarterback Danny Etling

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Purdue grants scholarship release to quarterback Danny Etling

After losing his starting job in the middle of last season, Danny Etling is going to play quarterback somewhere besides Purdue.

The Boilermakers announced Thursday afternoon that Etling has been granted release from his scholarship.

“We appreciate all the hard work and dedication that Danny has put into the Purdue program,” Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell said in the team's announcement. “We wish him nothing but the best in his future both on and off the football field.”

Etling took over for Rob Henry as the Boilermakers' starting quarterback in the middle of the 2013 season, his freshman year. He started the team's final seven games, completing 55.8 percent of his passes on the season for 1,690 yards to go along with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

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Etling then beat out fellow sophomore Austin Appleby for the starting job to begin the 2014 campaign, but he was replaced by Appleby not long into the season. Last year, Etling played in just five games, completing 54.9 percent of his passes for 800 yards to go along with six touchdowns and five interceptions.

Appleby, who will now almost certainly be the Boilermakers' starting signal-caller this fall, didn't fare much better after taking the reins of the Purdue offense. In 10 games, he completed 52.9 percent of his passes for 1,449 yards to go along with 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Purdue's offense has sputtered in two seasons under Hazell. In 2013, the Boilermakers ranked last in the Big Ten in total offense and scoring offense. Last season, they ranked 11th in both categories.

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.