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Terps, Hawkeyes, Spartans go 2, 4, 8 in latest AP poll

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Terps, Hawkeyes, Spartans go 2, 4, 8 in latest AP poll

The latest AP poll is out, and the Big Ten makes up nearly a third of the top 10.

Maryland moved up to No. 2, Iowa moved up to No. 4 and Michigan State moved up to No. 8 when the newest batch of top-25 rankings were released Monday afternoon.

The Terps, up from No. 4 and receiving 13 first-place votes, are on a four-game winning streak and sit at 21-3 overall and 10-2 in the conference after wins last week over Nebraska and Purdue. Maryland has an odd non-conference game against Bowie State this week before a game against Wisconsin this weekend.

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The Hawkeyes, up from No. 5 and receiving 11 first-place votes, sit alone in first place in the Big Ten with a 19-4 overall record and a 10-1 league mark. Iowa picked up wins over Penn State and Illinois this week and has a big game on the docket this week against Indiana before a weekend matchup with Minnesota. The Hawkeyes have lost just once since mid-December: two weeks ago to the aforementioned Terps.

The Spartans, up form No. 10, are back on track, on a four-game winning streak after that three-game losing streak. Michigan State is 20-4 overall and 7-4 in the Big Ten following a big win over the weekend at Michigan. This week brings two huge matchups against Purdue and Indiana.

Elsewhere in the top 25, Purdue stayed at No. 18 after losing over the weekend at Maryland. The Boilermakers are 19-5 overall and 7-4 in league play and this week tangle with both teams from the Great Lakes State, Michigan State and Michigan.

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.

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.