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Report: Terps' Dez Wells to play with Wizards in summer league, expected to make roster

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Report: Terps' Dez Wells to play with Wizards in summer league, expected to make roster

Maryland product Dez Wells didn't get to hear his name called in Thursday night's NBA Draft, but he might still be well on his way to earning a spot on an NBA roster.

The former Terp will play with the Washington Wizards in the upcoming NBA summer league, and according to CSNWashington.com Wizards Insider J. Michael, he's expected to make the roster for the 2015-16 season.

Here's more from Michael:

"Wells, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who averaged 15 points as a senior for the Terrapins, is expected to make the 15-man roster for the 2015-16 season because of his ability to score and it fills a need off the bench."

[MORE BIG TEN: Wizards select Hawkeyes' Aaron White with the No. 49 pick in NBA Draft]

That's great news for Wells, who spent the past three seasons playing at Maryland, which is just a Metro ride away from the Verizon Center.

Last season, during the Terps' first year in the Big Ten, he was terrific, averaging 15.1 points and 5.3 rebounds a game en route to earning All-Big Ten honors. Wells was perhaps the most important player in what was Maryland's best season in years. The Terps finished with a 28-7 record, finishing second in the Big Ten and cracking the top 10 of the AP poll.

Wells could be a future teammate of fellow Big Ten alum Aaron White. The Wizards drafted the Iowa forward in the second round Thursday night. But Wells might also make the team before White, as White could wind up playing overseas.

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.