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Terps' turnovers help Hawkeyes stay undefeated

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Terps' turnovers help Hawkeyes stay undefeated

Iowa's quest for an undefeated season took another step forward.

The Hawkeyes remain without a loss and improved to 8-0 with a 31-15 win over the visiting Maryland Terrapins on Saturday afternoon in Iowa City.

Iowa got three rushing touchdowns from three different ball-carriers and an 88-yard interception-return touchdown, capitalizing off four Maryland turnovers en route to yet another victory.

Marshall Koehn missed a field goal early, but the Hawkeyes turned a Brandon Ross fumble into their first points, with LeShun Daniels pounding into the end zone to make it a 7-0 game.

In the second quarter, Akrum Wadley followed up his four-touchdown performance from two weeks ago with a touchdown run to make it a two-touchdown lead.

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And when Maryland had to punt from its own end zone late in the second quarter, Iowa blocked the kick and took over inside the red zone. Shortly thereafter, Derrick Mitchell rushed in for a touchdown to make it a 21-0 game.

Maryland quarterback Perry Hills threw an interception in the first half and two in the second half. The second of those came with the Terps threatening to make it a 10-point game in the fourth quarter, Hills throwing the ball right at Iowa defensive back Desmond King, who intercepted his nation-leading seventh pass of the season and sprinted back 88 yards for a back-breaking touchdown that made it 31-7.

Terps return man extraordinaire Will Likely took the ensuing kickoff back more than 100 yards for a touchdown, and Maryland cashed in on a two-point conversion to bring the deficit to 16. But the Iowa defense stood tall the remainder of the game and prevented any further damage.

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Neither team reached 300 yards of offense, and Iowa totaled just 110 yards on the ground. But the quartet of Iowa turnovers made all the difference, as two of the Hawkeyes' touchdowns came off turnovers.

Hills rushed for 104 yards and threw a touchdown pass, but he also only accumulated 74 passing yards and threw three interceptions, bringing the season total for picks by Maryland quarterbacks to 23.

Iowa, currently ranked No. 10 in the country, improved to 8-0 with the win and remains on track to finish the regular season undefeated and punch a ticket to the Big Ten title game. Indiana, Minnesota, Purdue and Nebraska — four teams with a combined 13-19 record — remain on the Hawkeyes' schedule.

Maryland dropped to 2-6 overall and 0-4 in the conference with the loss, their second in two games since head coach Randy Edsall was fired.

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.