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Slew of Ohio State schedule news, including game vs. TCU at Jerry World and home-and-home with Washington

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Slew of Ohio State schedule news, including game vs. TCU at Jerry World and home-and-home with Washington

Ohio State announced a whole bunch of news regarding its future football schedules Thursday.

A previously scheduled home-and-home series between the Buckeyes and the TCU Horned Frogs has been sliced down to just one game in 2018, but that game will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 15, 2018. That's the same place where Ohio State won the College Football Playoff national championship game in January 2015.

Replacing the axed 2019 meeting with TCU is a home game against Miami (Ohio) at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

Ohio State also announced a home-and-home series with Washington, with those games to be played Sept. 7, 2024, and Sept. 13, 2025. The first of those matchups will be played in Seattle and the second in Columbus. Both programs played in last season's College Football Playoff, Ohio State losing to eventual champion Clemson and Washington losing to eventual runner-up Alabama.

Additionally, Ohio State moved previously scheduled games against Boston College from the 2023 and 2024 seasons to 2026 and 2027. The Buckeyes will play in Columbus on Sept. 19, 2026, and travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Sept. 18, 2027.

Also, Ohio State announced non-conference home games against Bowling Green (Sept. 5, 2020) and Tulsa (Sept. 18, 2021).

As is often the case with Urban Meyer's program, big-time matchups against major non-conference opponents are in ample supply in the coming seasons. Ohio State will take on Oklahoma this fall, TCU in 2018 and 2019, Oregon in 2020 and 2021 and both Notre Dame and Texas in 2022 and 2023. Other Power Five conference teams Oregon State and Boston College also appear on the Buckeyes' future schedules.

Non-conference scheduling has become extra important in the College Football Playoff era, with strength of schedule during non-conference play sometimes being the determining factor between two teams vying for a Playoff berth. And with the Big Ten recently shrinking teams' non-conference schedules down to three games, these games hold even more weight.

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.