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Will Hoosiers' Nate Sudfeld, Jordan Howard be ready for Week 6?

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Will Hoosiers' Nate Sudfeld, Jordan Howard be ready for Week 6?

Indiana is just two wins away from the program's first trip to a bowl game since 2007 and just its second since 1993. But the health of the Hoosiers' two best players will be a huge factor in if and when they can reach those six requisite wins.

Quarterback Nate Sudfeld and running back Jordan Howard both left Saturday's 34-27 loss to Ohio State with injuries and did not return to the game.

Monday, head coach Kevin Wilson didn't put any timelines on Sudfeld and Howard, sticking to saying that the injuries weren't major and that if both players are healthy, they'll play.

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"I don't know, everybody's different to me," Wilson said. "(Minnesota Vikings running back) Adrian Peterson came off a six-month ACL in four and a half. It's a timeline. Some guys heal slower. If you say, 'Hey, you're out a week,' and it takes two, a kid gets psychotic and thinks it's worse. The more you sleep and get your treatment and better you eat and better you live and say some prayers out there, it kind of goes the way it's supposed to go.

"(Howard)'s a little gimped up, both of them on ankles. They play positions, but there's no position you play that you don't have to move. We're not going to put a kid out there that can't play. I just felt the other day like Nate tried to come back in the game. It was a little tender going into the game. He just looked like he couldn't move. I don't know if it was smart for him.

"I don't think any of those injuries are major, though. So is it by Saturday? A week? Fourteen (days)? Time will tell. We're not going to push it."

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While the Hoosiers' success is greatly impacted by the presence or absence of Sudfeld and Howard — Sudfeld was one of the Big Ten's leading passers heading into last week, Howard was the nation's leading rusher — Indiana got big performances from the backups to those two players against Ohio State. Backup running back Devine Redding had two touchdown runs, and backup quarterback Zander Diamont had a 79-yard touchdown run.

Indiana plays at Penn State on Saturday.

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.