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Spartans' Valentine, Terps' Trimble picked for USA Basketball roster


Spartans' Valentine, Terps' Trimble picked for USA Basketball roster

Two Big Ten players will be representing the United States at this summer's Pan American Games in Toronto.

Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine and Maryland sophomore Melo Trimble were both named to USA Basketball's 12-man roster on Sunday. The team will compete in the Pan American Games from July 21 through July 25 in Toronto.

Valentine helped guide the Spartans to the seventh Final Four appearance of the Tom Izzo Era this spring. He earned All-Big Ten Third Team honors after finishing in the top 15 in the conference in scoring, rebounding and assists. He started all 39 games for Michigan State.

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Trimble was one of the most talented freshmen in the country this past season, earning All-Big Ten First Team honors while helping lead the Terps to their first NCAA tournament appearance in five seasons and 28 wins, tied for the second most in school history.

Three other Big Ten players — Illinois' Malcolm Hill, Purdue's Isaac Haas and Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes — were among the 22 invited to participate in USA Basketball's training camp, but they were not selected for the team.

The team will be coached by Gonzaga head coach Mark Few and will train this week at the Advocate Center here in Chicago.

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.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.