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Rasheed Sulaimon leads No. 8 Maryland past No. 3 Iowa

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Rasheed Sulaimon leads No. 8 Maryland past No. 3 Iowa

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Robert Carter Jr. and Rasheed Sulaimon each scored 17 points, and No. 8 Maryland used a late charge to beat No. 3 Iowa 74-68 on Thursday night, ending the Hawkeyes' nine-game winning streak.

The Terrapins led 62-60 before freshman center Diamond Stone dunked off a pass from Jake Layman with 1:24 left. After a steal on the other end by Melo Trimble, Jared Nickens made a layup for a six-point lead.

Maryland (18-3, 7-2 Big Ten) made the margin stand up by making eight free throws over the final 49 seconds. Coming off a defeat at Michigan State on Saturday, the Terrapins improved to 10-0 following a loss over the last two seasons.

Peter Jok scored 14 points for the Hawkeyes (16-4, 7-1), who lost for the first time since Dec. 10. Adam Woodbury had 11 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 2:47 left.

Hawkeyes star Jarrod Uthoff, who entered with a Big Ten-leading 18.9 points per game average, missed all five of his field goal attempts in the first half and finished with nine points on 2-for-13 shooting.

The defeat comes in Iowa's first game since climbing to No. 3 in the rankings, its highest position since 1987.

Iowa went 5 for 24 from 3-point range, 3 for 15 in the second half.

Maryland shot even worse. The Terrapins were 9 for 27 from the floor after halftime and missed all 10 of their 3-point tries over the final 20 minutes.

Trimble and Layman both scored 11 points.

Iowa scored the first seven points of the second half to take a 42-41 lead, but Maryland answered with a 6-0 spree.

The score remained close because neither team shot particularly well. Iowa went more than five minutes without a point, and the Terrapins missed 12 of their first 14 shots from the floor in the second half.

Maryland led 57-56 when Sulaimon made a layup and was fouled. He missed the free throw, but the Terrapins grabbed three straight offensive rebounds before Damonte Dodd was fouled and made one of two for a four-point cushion with 4:34 remaining.

Iowa cut the gap to a basket, but could not get closer.

Sulaimon scored 11 points, and the Terrapins hit six 3-pointers to take a 41-35 halftime lead.

Despite shooting 50 percent from the floor (14 for 28), the Hawkeyes spent much of the half playing from behind.

Maryland led 17-9 before the Hawkeyes used a 10-2 run to pull even. After the Terps went back in front, Iowa scored six straight points to move ahead 29-28.

Suliamon and Trimble responded with 3 pointers to spark an 11-2 spurt that made it 39-31.

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.