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


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.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal


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.