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Terps bounce back with blowout win over Buckeyes

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Terps bounce back with blowout win over Buckeyes

For Maryland, the effects of a Tuesday-night upset loss to Michigan were obviously not long lasting.

The Terps bounced back from their first loss in conference play with an absolute throttling of the visiting Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday afternoon in College Park, winning in a 100-65 runaway.

Maryland shot a scintillating 62.7 percent from the field on the game, on fire in both halves, shooting 63.3 percent in the first 20 minutes and 62.1 percent in the final 20 minutes.

Robert Carter and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 47 points, Carter scoring 25 and Sulaimon pouring in 22, each making four 3-pointers.

Things didn't even get out of hand until the final few minutes of the first half and the opening minutes of the second half. Ohio State was actually within single digits, trailing by eight after a Trevor Thompson layup with five and a half minutes remaining before halftime. But Maryland closed the first half on a 14-4 run, Sulaimon scoring seven of those points, to build an 18-point halftime advantage.

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Then the Terps exploded out of the break, outscoring the Buckeyes by a stunning 29-7 margin over the first nine minutes of the second half. Maryland's lead got as big as 44 as Ohio State was just completely inept on the offensive (and defensive, for that matter) end. The Buckeyes shot just 29.6 percent from the field in the second half, scoring just 17 points in the first 12 and a half minutes of the period.

Carter's 25 were a game high, a season high and a career high. He was 10-for-13 from the field and 4-for-4 from 3-point range. Sulaimon finished with 22 points, missing just one of his field-goal attempts, going 9-for-10 and 4-for-5 on 3s. Diamond Stone added 15 points, and Jake Layman finished with 10. A game after scoring just two points against Michigan, Melo Trimble looked far more like his usual self, scoring just eight points but making one brilliant pass after another and finishing with nine assists.

The Buckeyes suffered their worst loss during Thad Matta's tenure as the team's head coach. Keita Bates-Diop had 15 points to lead Ohio State, with JaeSean Tate adding 12 and Thompson accounting for 10.

The win sent the Terps to 16-2 on the season and 5-1 in conference play. Next up is a Tuesday game against Northwestern.

The Buckeyes dropped to 12-7 overall and 4-2 in league play with the loss. After going on a seven-game winning streak, they've lost two of their last three games. Next is a Thursday trip to face Purdue.

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.