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Reports: Ohio State freshman RB Mike Weber sidelined with torn meniscus

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Reports: Ohio State freshman RB Mike Weber sidelined with torn meniscus

One of the top incoming freshman from Urban Meyer’s 2015 recruiting class will miss the next few weeks.

Mike Weber, the Detroit-native running back who famously flipped this offseason from Michigan to Ohio State, tore his meniscus during practice and will be sidelined the next three to four weeks, according to several Monday-night reports.

Weber was the seventh-rated running back in the Class of 2015, a four-star recruit according to Rivals. The No. 1 player in the state of Michigan, he committed to the Wolverines while Brady Hoke was still the head coach, but after Michigan’s season spiraled embarrassingly out of control last year, he announced his decommitment on Twitter right when Michigan surrendered a go-ahead touchdown to Maryland during a loss. He committed to the Buckeyes not long after.

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There was more drama with Weber when, after he signed his Letter of Intent to play for the Buckeyes, former Ohio State running backs coach Stan Drayton — who helped bring Weber to Ohio State — left to take a job with the Bears. That angered Weber, and Jim Harbaugh even slammed Ohio State on Twitter for the move. But everything was eventually smoothed over.

Unfortunately for Weber, more drama has hit, and after establishing himself as firmly in the competition to back up Heisman favorite Ezekiel Elliott this season, he will be sitting out for the next few weeks.

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.