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Three TDs for Ezekiel Elliott in Buckeyes' shutout of Hawaii

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Three TDs for Ezekiel Elliott in Buckeyes' shutout of Hawaii

With Ohio State up just 17-0 after three quarters, everyone might've been ready to slap the panic button.

But as the Buckeyes showed in last week's season-opening win — a game they trailed at the half — there's no reason to panic over the No. 1 team in the country.

Ohio State blew out Hawaii, 38-0, to improve to 2-0 on the season.

A week after Braxton Miller dropped jaws with his efforts, Ezekiel Elliott was the star of the show Saturday in Columbus, rushing for 101 yards and three touchdowns. Elliott scored the Buckeyes' first two touchdowns and added his third in the fourth to make it 24-0.

[MORE BIG TEN: Illini crush Western Illinois, two straight dominant wins under Cubit]

The Ohio State defense had a big day, holding Hawaii to 165 total yards, forcing four turnovers and scoring a touchdown on a fumble recovery, with Vonn Bell taking the ball 14 yards for a fourth-quarter score.

Comparatively, it wasn't the huge day we're used to seeing on offense from the reigning champs. Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett both played at quarterback. Jones was 12-for-18 for 111 yards, and Barrett was 8-for-15 for 70 yards. Miller, after his big performance against Virginia Tech, carried the ball eight times for 57 yards and caught two passes for 16 yards.

The No. 1 team in the country is now 2-0 with the win. A Week 3 game against Northern Illinois is up next.

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.