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Yogi Ferrell to return for senior year with Hoosiers


Yogi Ferrell to return for senior year with Hoosiers

Yogi Ferrell will be back in crimson and cream next season.

Indiana announced Sunday that the All-Big Ten guard will not enter this summer's NBA Draft and instead return to Bloomington for his senior season with the Hoosiers.

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Ferrell's return is the latest boost for the Hoosiers, who will also see James Blackmon Jr. and Troy Williams return, making Indiana one of the expected teams to beat in the Big Ten next season.

Ferrell has been a spectacular scorer for Tom Crean's team in each of the past two seasons. He averaged 17.3 points per game as a sophomore during the 2013-14 season, ranking fourth in the Big Ten, and averaged 16.3 points per game this past season, the sixth-highest mark in the conference.

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The Indianapolis native saw his shooting percentages rise from his sophomore to junior season, shooting 43.9 percent from the field, 41.6 percent from 3-point range and 86 percent from the free-throw line in 2014-15.

He led the Hoosiers in points, assists, free-throw percentage and minutes played in each of the past two seasons.

Ferrell and the Hoosiers snuck into the NCAA tournament this past season after missing out on the Big Dance the year prior. Indiana's season ended with a Round of 64 loss to Wichita State last month.

Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately


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


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.