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Report: Louisville transfer, former four-star recruit Anton Gill joining Huskers

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Report: Louisville transfer, former four-star recruit Anton Gill joining Huskers

This offseason has featured a mass exodus out of Lincoln, but Tim Miles appears to have brought in at least one notable replacement.

According to a Tuesday report from ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Louisville transfer Anton Gill will be coming to Nebraska.

Gill was a four-star recruit out of high school, a member of the Class of 2013, and saw limited action in his two seasons playing for Rick Pitino at Louisville. He averaged 2.5 points in 9.4 minutes per game last season, only a slight uptick from his 1.3 points in 5.7 minutes per game the season before.

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Despite his sparing play, he did contribute on a big stage this spring, scoring seven points in Louisville's Sweet Sixteen win over North Carolina State. He twice scored in double figures: a season-high 15 points against Florida International and 14 points against Florida State.

"I want to thank all of my coaches and teammates for two great years," Gill said in a statement published by The Courier-Journal back in March. "I really appreciate all of the support I received from everyone. I've talked to my family and will take my time to look at my next step after I finish out this semester. I'm just looking for a fresh start to try something new."

That report also mentioned Gill's high school background at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. He averaged more than 28 points per game as a senior and twice scored 50 points in a game.

Gill will surely have to sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules, but his presence in Lincoln should help the Huskers down the road, especially after all the players they've lost this offseason. Gill could follow a similar path to Terran Petteway, the two-time All-Big Ten selection who also transferred in to Miles' program. Petteway spent a season at Texas Tech before breaking out as one of the Big Ten's best players in the past two seasons.

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.