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Terps, Spartans stay second, third, Purdue up to No. 11 in AP poll

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Terps, Spartans stay second, third, Purdue up to No. 11 in AP poll

Maryland and Michigan State remained at their Nos. 2 and 3 rankings from a week ago, while Purdue vaulted up to No. 11 when the latest AP poll was released on Monday afternoon.

The Terps, Spartans and Boilermakers all remain undefeated through the season's first couple weeks, and all have high rankings because of it. They are the only three Big Ten teams ranked in this week's top 25.

Maryland scored wins over Illinois State, Rhode Island and Cleveland State last week and will take a perfect 6-0 record into Tuesday night's huge showdown against No. 9 North Carolina as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

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Michigan State performed remarkably during its three-game trip to California for the Wooden Legacy Classic, beating Boston College, Boise State and Providence. Denzel Valentine recorded another triple-double against Boston College before setting a new career high in scoring with 32 points against Boise State. The Spartans are 7-0 and face Louisville on Wednesday.

Purdue jumped up five spots from No. 16 to No. 11. The Boilers keeps on winning, moving to 6-0 after beating Lehigh in their only game of the week. They visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

Indiana dropped out of the top 25 after an ugly showing at the Maui Invitational, where the Hoosiers lost to Wake Forest and UNLV.

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.