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Report: Badgers send Corey Clement to Germany for hernia treatment

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Report: Badgers send Corey Clement to Germany for hernia treatment

Wisconsin running back Corey Clement will be sidelined for the next several weeks while recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia.

And while the star ball-carrier is out, the Badgers are going to some pretty interesting lengths to ensure the best recovery for the junior.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jeff Potrykus reports that Clement is traveling to Munich, Germany, to get treatment from a surgeon who specializes in this type of injury.

From Potrykus' report:

According to sources, Clement was scheduled to travel Tuesday to Munich, Germany, for treatment from a surgeon who specializes in the injury.

Ulrike Muschawek is the chief surgeon and founder of the Hernia Center in Munich, the largest European facility that specializes in hernias of the abdominal wall and groin area.

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Wisconsin announced last week that Clement would miss four to six weeks while recovering from the injury, though Clement also told reporters that how the team is performing would have an impact on whether he returns late in the season or possibly sits the rest of the year and takes a redshirt.

The Badgers are 3-1, responding to a season-opening loss to Alabama with blowout wins over Miami (Ohio), Troy and Hawaii.

While Wisconsin got off to a poor start rushing the ball — Clement had just eight carries vs. Alabama and missed the next two games before his lengthy absence was announced — but redshirt freshman running back Taiwan Deal had a huge game against Hawaii, sparking some faith in the run game with a 147-yard, two-touchdown performance.

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.

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.