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Purdue's Caleb Swanigan declares for NBA Draft, maintains amateurism by not hiring agent

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Purdue's Caleb Swanigan declares for NBA Draft, maintains amateurism by not hiring agent

Caleb Swanigan is entering his name into the NBA Draft, but it doesn't mean his days at Purdue are officially over.

Swanigan, who was named to the Big Ten's All-Freshman Team this season, will put his name into the draft but not hire an agent, which will keep his NCAA eligibility intact.

According to a Tuesday-night release from the school, Swanigan will for now be eligible to be drafted in this summer's draft, and he can attend NBA team workouts, as well as the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago in mid-May. The final deadline for him to decide whether to keep his name in the draft or withdraw it is May 25, a little less than a month before draft day.

If he decides to withdraw, he can return to Purdue next season with three years of eligibility remaining.

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In 34 games during his first year in college basketball, Swanigan averaged 10.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

Swanigan was part of the Boilermakers' gigantic frontcourt, which earned the "skyline" nickname. Swanigan is a few inches shorter than seven-foot teammates A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas, but he was rarely dwarfed by them and proved just as effective a post player. He also knocked down 21 3-pointers this season.

Purdue was bounced from the NCAA tournament in a shocking upset loss to Little Rock last week, a premature ending to what many believed could have been a deep tournament run after the Boilers lost by just four in the Big Ten Tournament title game to Michigan State.

Purdue finished with a 26-9 overall record this season, going 14-7 against Big Ten competition.

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.