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United Center to host 2022 NCAA tournament regional

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United Center to host 2022 NCAA tournament regional

The NCAA tournament will return to the United Center in 2022.

The home of the Bulls and Blackhawks will play host to the NCAA tournament's Midwest Regional during the 2022 edition of the event, the NCAA announced Tuesday.

The United Center did the same just a year ago, playing host to the 2016 Midwest Regional, won by Syracuse.

Each NCAA tournament site is hosted by a school or conference. Northwestern will be the host school for that 2022 regional.

The United Center will be the hardwood home for several big-time college hoops events in the coming seasons. In addition to the 2022 NCAA tournament, the UC will again be the home of the Big Ten Tournament in 2019 and 2021. The Champions Classic — which annually features Michigan State, Duke, Kansas and Kentucky — will again be played at the United Center on Nov. 14.

The NCAA announced locations for the 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 events Tuesday. Other host sites in Big Ten Country include Columbus, Des Moines and Washington (2019); Omaha, Cleveland, Indianapolis and New York (2020); Detroit and Minneapolis (2021); Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Cincinnati (2022). It was previously announced that Minneapolis will host the Final Four in 2019 and that Indianapolis will host the Final Four in 2021.

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.