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Terps protect their house with come-from-behind win over Purdue

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Terps protect their house with come-from-behind win over Purdue

It makes sense that the team so heavily connected with Under Armour would be the one to be so expert at protecting its house.

Maryland remained undefeated in conference home games since joining the Big Ten by scoring a big come-from-behind victory over Purdue, 72-61, on Saturday afternoon in College Park.

The Terps' two transfers played the biggest parts. Rahseed Sulaimon scored a game-high 21 points, posting a double-double with a game-high 10 rebounds, while Robert Carter Jr. hit four of the seven made 3-pointers by both teams, finishing with 19 points in the win.

Maryland and Purdue had nearly identical shooting performances, the Terps shooting 40.7 percent from the field and the Boilermakers shooting 40.6 percent. Purdue suffered from an off day from 3-point range, going 3-for-25 from beyond the arc.

Nevertheless, the Boilers were in front for nearly half the game, getting a huge performance from A.J. Hammons, who finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, his sixth double-double of the season and second in as many games.

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The Terps had a modest lead for the first half of the opening period, the advantage touching eight points before the Boilers rattled off 10 straight, getting back-to-back triples from Dakota Mathias and Vince Edwards and taking their first lead on a Hammons layup inside of eight minutes before halftime. The lead was three at the break, Hammons having accounted for 10 of his team's 30 points, while Carter accounted for 11 of his team's 27, hitting three 3s in the opening 20 minutes.

That lead, though, never got bigger than three, and Maryland was again in front not long into the second half. The Terps scored on three straight trips in the middle of the half while Hammons sat on the bench after picking up his third foul. But when the seven-footer returned, Purdue had a mini-surge, scoring six straight and retaking the lead. Four straight from Diamond Stone put the Terps back in front, then five straight from Rapheal Davis and Caleb Swanigan put the Boilers back in front, actually giving Purdue its biggest lead of the game at four.

But the back-and-forth action stopped when Maryland burst out on a 9-0 run inside of six minutes to play. Carter hit his fourth 3 of the afternoon to start the spurt, with Sulaimon, Melo Trimble and Stone contributing to what snowballed into a 16-2 run into the game's final minute. The dagger was an acrobatic three-point play by Sulaimon that made it a nine-point game before another free throw extended the lead to double digits.

Free throws were key for the Terps, who went 24-for-27 from the charity stripe. Maryland also turned nine Purdue turnovers into 10 points and had 12 fastbreak points, while there were dead heats in rebounding (37 for both sides) and points in the paint (Purdue barely edged Maryland, 36-32).

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Joining Sulaimon and Carter in double figures were Trimble, who finished with 14 despite going 2-for-12 from the field, and Stone, who had 12.

Hammons' 18 points led Purdue, with only Isaac Haas also reaching double figures with 10 points. But Edwards, Mathias, Davis and Swanigan all had at least eight.

The win elevated the fourth-ranked Terps to 21-3 on the season and 10-2 in the Big Ten. Maryland takes a four-game winning streak into Tuesday's odd non-conference game against Bowie State.

Purdue dropped to 19-5 overall and 7-4 in conference play with the defeat. Next up is another big one, a Tuesday-night showdown with Michigan State.

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.