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Top of the Morning, July 20, 2018

DAVE REVSINE, the Voice of Big Ten Network, is hosting Tuesday's Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

Revsine, a former ESPN announcer, has been with BTN since its inception in 2007. He was the first one to speak on the channel:

Top of the Morning, July 18, 2018

There were long flights, lost luggage and little sleep. But BRAD and HAYLIE DANCER still enjoyed their whirlwind weekend trip to Wimbledon.

"We laughed," the UI men's tennis coach said Tuesday — back in Champaign. "With four boys, Haylie and I probably spent more time together in the last 72 hours than we have all year."

UI athletics gets $1 million donation

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois athletics announced another seven-figure donation Tuesday, as the Bielfeldt Foundation has committed $1 million to provide updates to the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building and to help fund construction of the Football Performance Center.

Asmussen | Despite loss in Wimbledon final, Anderson earns respect of peers

In the 2004 movie "Wimbledon," Paul Bettany's "Peter Colt" rallies from a huge deficit to beat a heavy favorite for the championship.

That was fiction.

Real life was a lot different for former Illini Kevin Anderson. The South African, who won two titanic matches to get to Sunday, didn't have much left.

Kevin Anderson loses in Wimbledon final

KEVIN ANDERSON VS. NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Wimbledon final, Djokovic wins in straight sets

The magical run at Wimbledon for Kevin Anderson has ended.

The former Illini lost in straight sets to Novak Djokovic during Sunday's championship match in front of a capacity crowd at Centre Court despite a valiant effort in the third set.

Asmussen | Anderson raises the bar for ex-Illini success

Here's a suggestion for the Illinois athletic department, free of charge: Head to the local Best Buy and purchase enough thumb drives for every athlete on campus.

Then, ask your talented video department to load up the fifth set of Friday's Wimbledon semifinal.

I guarantee they will be fired up by the performance of Kevin Anderson. One of their own.

LIVE! Kevin Anderson wins Wimbledon semifinal match

Final two games of the fifth set ...

ANDERSON HAS BROKEN ISNER. The highlight of Game 49 was at 15-0, when Anderson fell on his behind returning an Isner serve, got up and played the next shot with his off hand, got the racket back in his right hand and won the point. He's now one game from advancing to the championship match.

Former Illini Anderson advances to Wimbledon final

LONDON — In a Wimbledon men's singles semifinal match that experienced three tiebreakers and a fifth set that lasted 50 games, the margin for error was slim as could be.

Former Illini Kevin Anderson put together a slightly cleaner game than foe John Isner. Anderson's reward for this effort: his first-ever berth in the grass-court tournament final.

Final Four: Which two will reach the Wimbledon title match?

Two 30-something former college players, including an ex-Illini, chasing their first-ever major championship. Two former Wimbledon winners seeking a return to glory. Take a closer look at today's semifinal matches at the All England Club, courtesy N-G copy editor Joe Vozzelli:

John Isner vs. Kevin Anderson

Support system key for ex-Illini ahead of Wimbledon semifinal

LONDON — The men's tennis coach's office at Atkins Tennis Center became a popular gathering place on Wednesday morning.

"People kept streaming down," Illinois coach Brad Dancer said.