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Terps' Melo Trimble named Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year

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Terps' Melo Trimble named Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year

Maryland is one of the preseason favorites to reach the Final Four, so it's not too much of a surprise that a Terp was picked as the Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year.

Sophomore point guard Melo Trimble was tabbed as the Big Ten's preseason player of the year by conference media, the league announced Wednesday, a day before Big Ten basketball media day in Rosemont.

Trimble was one of the conference's best players a season ago, averaging 16.2 points per game as a freshman, displaying a deadly combination of accurate 3-point shooting and an ability to get to the basket and the free-throw line. He earned All-Big Ten honors but lost out on the conference's Freshman of the Year award to Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell, who's now playing in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Trimble leads a Maryland team expected to be one of the nation's best this season after finishing second in the Big Ten a season ago. It was a huge offseason for head coach Mark Turgeon, as Trimble opted to return for his sophomore season and Jake Layman chose to return for his senior season. Plus, the Terps added much-hyped freshman big man Diamond Stone and Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon.

The conference also announced the Preseason All-Big Ten Team on Wednesday, and Trimble was one of four unanimous selections along with Michigan State's Denzel Valentine, Purdue's A.J. Hammons and Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes.

Also named to the preseason all-conference team were Indiana's James Blackmon Jr., Indiana's Yogi Ferrell, Iowa's Jarrod Uthoff, Layman, Michigan's Caris LeVert and Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig.

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.