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Spartans lose Marvin Clark for six to eight weeks


Spartans lose Marvin Clark for six to eight weeks

Michigan State will be without sophomore Marvin Clark for the next six to eight weeks.

The Spartans announced Tuesday that Clark will be sidelined for the next month and a half to two months with an injury. The Detroit Free Press reported that the layoff will be due to foot surgery.

That missed time could keep Clark out at the beginning of the 2015-16 campaign. Michigan State opens its season with exhibition games against Northern Michigan and Ferris State on Nov. 4 and Nov. 9, respectively, before the regular-season opener against Florida Atlantic on Nov. 13. Four days after that, Michigan State plays Kansas in the Champions Classic at the United Center.

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Clark played limited minutes as a freshman last season, averaging 4.5 points per game and 2.2 rebounds per game in 11.2 minutes per game. He appeared in all 39 of the Spartans' games on their march to the Final Four, starting seven of those contests.

He did come up with big moments, though, late in the season. He hit two big 3-pointers in an early March win against Purdue and scored 14 points the following game at Indiana, another Michigan State win.

Clark logged double-digit minutes in four of the team's five NCAA tournament games, scoring six points in the Round of 64 win over Georgia and five in a tournament-high 18 minutes in the Elite Eight victory over Louisville.

Clark is expected to have a larger role on this year's team, though that will have to wait until he returns from this injury.

Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately


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


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.