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Terps capitalize on Georgetown mistakes to make crazy last-second comeback

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Terps capitalize on Georgetown mistakes to make crazy last-second comeback

It sure didn't seem like Maryland was going to win this one. But that's why you never say never in college hoops.

In an insane finish more suited for March than November, the Terps chipped away at a nine-point deficit with two and a half minutes remaining and continuously capitalized on head-scratching Georgetown screw-ups to pull closer and closer in the game's final seconds. Melo Trimble buried a couple free throws with seven seconds left, and a Maryland block at the other end sent Mark Turgeon's crew to a 76-75 win in Washington that had to be seen to be believed.

Two Georgetown free throws put the Hoyas on top by a 68-59 score with about two and a half minutes to play. Trimble then rattled off four straight points, one on a layup and two from the free-throw line, to cut things to a five-point game with about a minute and a half to go.

Georgetown responded with a layup, but Kevin Huerter buried a 3-pointer for Maryland to make it a four-point affair with under a minute to play. Anthony Cowan made it a three-point game, 73-70, with a pair of free throws, and then a Hoya slipped while receiving an inbounds pass and traveled, giving the ball back to the Terps. Georgetown then committed a foul on a moving screen before Maryland even inbounded the ball, leading to two more Terps free throws and a stunning one-point deficit with 18 seconds remaining.

Two more Georgetown free throws were countered by a quick Trimble layup, and the Hoyas made another inexplicable turnover when a player receiving an inbounds pass stepped out of bounds with eight seconds left. The Terps inbounded to Trimble, who was stunningly fouled by Georgetown and sent to the free-throw line with a chance to put Maryland in front. He did just that with a pair of free throws, giving the Terps a 76-75 lead.

With seven seconds remaining, Georgetown's Jagan Mosely raced down the court and got a layup attempt at the basket, but Huerter stuffed the shot at the rim, saving the game for Maryland and sealing the unbelievable comeback.

The Hoyas' late collapse was almost unbelievable, but Georgetown sure didn't help itself by shooting just 32 percent from the field on the night. The Hoyas did knock down a whopping 37 free throws, though.

The Terps tied the Hoyas in the turnover games (15 apiece) and had almost the same amount of rebounds (35-34, Georgetown), while shooting an ugly 7-for-27 from 3-point range.

Trimble finished with a game-high 22 points. Justin Jackson also scored in double figures, with 17 points off the bench, including nine on three made 3s. Cowan had 11 points to go along with five rebounds, five assists and three steals.

The improbable win sent Maryland to 2-0 on the young season.

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.