Michigan State will be without its best player for the next two to three weeks.
Tom Izzo announced Monday that Denzel Valentine will miss the next several weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery Monday morning.
Valentine injured himself while attempting a layup during practice on Sunday. Izzo does not believe that the injury will have long-term effects.
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Valentine is having a sensational senior season and is viewed by many as a candidate for national player of the year awards. He leads the Big Ten with 7.1 assists per game, ranks second in the Big Ten averaging 18.5 points a game and third in the conference with 8.3 rebounds a game. He's second in the league with 36 made 3-pointers. He's recorded a pair of triple-doubles this season, scoring 29 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and handing out 12 assists in a win over Kansas and scoring 29 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and handing out 10 assists in a win over Boston College.
Michigan State is the No. 1 team in the country and has one non-conference game remaining Tuesday against Oakland before beginning Big Ten play against Iowa on Dec. 29.
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 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.