May 2010 Archives

The start lists for those student-athletes who have qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships has been released by the NCAA. Click here to check out the complete lineups for the national meet, which will be held June 9-12 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore.

BASE: All-Tournament Team

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At the conclusion of the 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament, the Big Ten announced the All-Tournament Team:

2010 ALL-BIG TEN BASEBALL TOURNAMENT TEAM

Pitcher*:
Jarred Hippen, Iowa
Bobby Brosnahan, Michigan
Phil Isaksson, Minnesota
Scott Matyas, Minnesota
Matt Bischoff, Purdue

Catcher:
Kyle Knudson, Minnesota

First Base:
Mike Dufek, Michigan

Second Base:
Anthony Toth, Michigan

Shortstop:
AJ Pettersen, Minnesota

Third Base:
John Lorenz, Michigan

Outfield:
Alex Dickerson, Indiana
Kurtis Muller, Iowa
Ryan LaMarre, Michigan

Designated Hitter:
Drew Madia, Purdue

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER:
Kyle Knudson, Minnesota


*Additional honorees due to ties

BASE: Tournament Updates

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Minnesota won its Big Ten-leading ninth conference tournament title with a 15-5 win over Iowa on Saturday. The tournament championship is the Gophers' first since 2004 and gives them the Big Ten's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

Iowa Recap

Minnesota Recap

Game 10 Box Score

Game 10 Postgame Quotes

Completed Tournament Bracket

BASE: Tournament Updates

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Iowa trailed by as many as seven runs, but clawed back to win Game 9 of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament, 11-8, earning the right to advance to tonight's championship contest. The Hawkeyes advance to the championship game for the second time in program history and the first since 1983. Iowa's rally began in with a four-run sixth inning that included a two-run double by Ryan Durant. A four-run eighth capped the comeback, led by a two-run double by Kurt Lee. The Hawkeyes advance to face Minnesota at 7:05 p.m.

Iowa Game Recap

Michigan Game Recap

Game 9 Box Score

Game 9 Postgame Quotes

BASE: Tournament Updates

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Saturday features two Big Ten Baseball Tournament games, beginning at 3:35 p.m. ET as No. 2 Michigan takes on No. 4 Iowa. The Wolverines and Hawkeyes are playing for the second spot in the tournament championship game, the first of which was clinched by Minnesota last night.

Game 9 - 3:35 p.m. ET
No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 4 Iowa
Live Stats

Game 10 - 7:05 p.m. ET
No. 1 Minnesota vs. No. 4 Iowa
Live Stats

BASE: Tournament Updates

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Minnesota fell into an early hole in Game 8 of the 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament, but dug out with one run in the seventh and two in the eighth, tying the game at 3-3 through nine innings. Gophers catcher Kyle Knudson came through in the 11th with an RBI single to give Minnesota the 4-3 win, advancing his team to tournament's championship game for the second straight year.

Michigan Game Recap

Minnesota Game Recap

Game 8 Box Score

Game 8 Postgame Quotes

Updated Tournament Bracket

BASE: Tournament Updates

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Led by a record-breaking day from outfielder Kurtis Muller, Iowa advanced in the Big Ten Tournament with an 8-3 win over Purdue on Friday afternoon. Muller tied a tournament record with three stolen bases in the game, increasing his tournament total to five, which also ties a tournament mark. The Hawkeyes scored a season-high seven first-inning runs to earn the win.

Iowa Game Recap

Purdue Game Recap

Game 7 Box Score

Game 7 Postgame Quotes

M TEN: Big Ten Concludes Action at NCAA Championships

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The Big Ten's remaining student-athletes were eliminated from their respective draws during the round of 16 at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships on Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus.

For a complete wrapup of the round of 16 at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, click here.

The 2010 Big Ten women's tennis season came to an end Friday afternoon in the NCAA Singles Championships round of 16 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus.

Northwestern's Maria Mosolova, who was the final remaining singles player in the draw, saw her run for a national championship come to an end as she fell to Jana Juricova of California, 6-3, 7-6(8). The Wildcat junior was one of three conference singles players and three doubles teams that were selected to the annual tournaments.

BASE: Tournament Updates

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Freshman Kevin Plawecki had three hits and three RBI, while Drew Madia hit his ninth homer of the season, leading Purdue to a 15-5 win over Indiana in Game 6 of the 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. With the loss, Indiana is eliminated from tournament play.

Indiana Game Recap

Purdue Game Recap

Game 6 Box Score

Game 6 Postgame Quotes

BASE: Must-See TV

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BASE: Play Ball!

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Day 3 of the 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament features three games, including two elimination contests. The day begins with a matchup of in-state rivals as No. 5 Purdue takes on No. 6 Indian at 12:05 p.m. ET. The winner of that game advances to play No. 4 Iowa at 3:35 p.m. ET. The day wraps up with a primetime contest between the tournament's top two seeds as No. 1 Minnesota faces No. 2 Michigan at 7:05 p.m. ET. All games are broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.

No. 5 Purdue vs. No. 6 Indiana - 12:05 p.m. ET
Live Stats

No. 4 Iowa vs. No. 5 Purdue/No. 6 Indiana - 3:35 p.m. ET
Live Stats

No. 1 Minnesota vs. No. 2 Michigan
Live Stats

BASE: Tournament Updates

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No. 1 Minnesota edged out No. 6 Indiana, 10-8, in Game 5 of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday night.

Indiana Game Recap

Minnesota Game Recap

Game 5 Box Score

Game 5 Postgame Quotes

Updated Tournament Bracket

BASE: Tournament Updates

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No. 2 Michigan downed No. 4 Iowa, 18-4, in Game 4 of the 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament on Thursday afternoon.

Iowa Game Recap

Michigan Game Recap

Game 4 Box Score

Game 4 Postgame Quotes

BASE: Tournament Updates

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No. 5 Purdue def. No. 3 Northwestern, 11-1, in Game 3 of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament.

Northwestern Game Recap

Purdue Game Recap

Game 3 Box Score

Game 3 Postgame Quotes

FB: Three Elected to College Football Hall of Fame

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The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced on Thursday the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame Class with three members of this year's class tied to Big Ten universities.

Former Purdue quarterback Mark Herrmann, former Michigan wide receiver Desmond Howard and former Wisconsin coach and current Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez will be inducted at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 7, 2010, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City and will officially be enshrined in 2011.

Click here for more information on this year's Big Ten inductees.

BASE: Tournament Updates

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The 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament continues Thursday with three games. No. 3 Northwestern and No. 5 Purdue open with an elimination contest at 12:05 p.m. ET, followed by No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 4 Iowa at 3:35 p.m. ET and No. 1 Minnesota vs. No. 6 Indiana at 7:05 p.m. ET.

No. 3 Northwestern vs. No. 5 Purdue - 12:05 p.m. ET
Live Stats

No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 4 Iowa - 3:35 p.m. ET
Live Stats

No. 1 Minnesota vs. No. 6 Indiana - 7:05 p.m. ET
Live Stats

BASE: Highlight Reel

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Indiana center fielder Tyler Rogers and Iowa second baseman Mike McQuillan earned the No. 1 and No. 2 top plays on ESPN's SportsCenter. Click HERE to watch!

BASE: Recapping Day 1

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Click HERE for the Big Ten Network's recap of Day 1 of the 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament.

W TEN: A Couple of 'Cats Move on to Second Round

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A pair of Northwestern student-athletes moved on to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championships after posting wins during Wednesday's first round at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus.

For a complete recap of Wednesday's first round at the NCAA Singles Championships, click here.

Four Big Ten men's tennis standouts advanced to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championships with wins during round one on Wednesday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus.

To find out which Big Ten student-athletes advanced in the draw, click here.

BASE: Tournament Updates

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No. 6 Indiana defeats No. 3 Northwestern in Game 2 of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament, 5-0.

Indiana Recap

Northwestern Recap

Box Score

Postgame Quotes

Updated Tournament Bracket

BASE: Tournament Updates

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Iowa defeats Purdue, 7-4, in Game 1 of the 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament.

Iowa Recap

Purdue Recap

Box Score

Postgame Quotes

BASE: Take Me Out to the Ballgame

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The 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament begins today from Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio!

Can't join us in person? Be sure to catch all the action live on the Big Ten Network!

Wednesday's Schedule:
No. 5 Purdue at No. 4 Iowa - 12:05 p.m. ET
Live Stats

No. 6 Indiana at No. 3 Northwestern - 3:35 p.m. ET
Live Stats

SB: Ahead of the Class

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The 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America teams were announced today. Congratulations to the two Big Ten Softball student-athletes who earned the distinction.

Michigan's Angela Findlay (Sr., Psychology) earned second-team honors while Penn State's Ashely Griffith (Sr., Kinesiology and Movement Science) was named to the third team. 

BASE: Conference Office Announces All-Big Ten Teams

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On the evening before the start of the 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament, the Big Ten Conference announced the season's All-Big Ten teams and individual honors, recognizing Indiana's Alex Dickerson as the Player of the Year, Ohio State's Alex Wimmers as Pitcher of the Year, Michigan State's Ryan Jones as Freshman of the Year and Minnesota's John Anderson as Coach of the Year.

Click here for the complete list of All-Big Ten honorees and individual award winners.

M TEN: Michigan's Jung Wins ITA/Arthur Ashe Award

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Michigan junior Jason Jung was named the winner of the ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced on Tuesday afternoon. The award is given to the player who has exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership, as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.

For complete information on the award, follow this link on the University of Michigan Web site.

ROW: CRCA Announces 2010 All-Region Team

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The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association announced the 2010 All-Region Teams on Tuesday with 17 Big Ten student-athletes comprising the 20-woman All-Central Region Team. It was also announced Wisconsin's Bebe Bryans was named Central Region Coach of the Year and assistant Karen Kraft Rigsby was named Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year. The association also announced its Scholar-Athlete award winners.

To view the complete All-Central Region Team, click here. For the list of Scholar-Athlete award winners, click here.

The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten Conference announced on Monday the pairings for the annual ACC/Big Ten Women's Basketball Challenge, which is in its fourth year of what began as a four-year agreement and has been extended until 2012.

The 2010 Challenge will take on a two-day format again this year and is slated to open on Wednesday, Dec. 1, as Illinois and Michigan host ACC opponents, and Michigan State and Northwestern go on the road for their Challenge contests. On Thursday, Dec. 2, Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin will host Challenge games, while Indiana, Iowa and Penn State will be on the road.

Click here for the complete release.

The Ohio State Buckeyes' season came to an end on Sunday afternoon with a 4-0 loss to Southern California in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships. Ohio State ends the season with a 35-2 record.

For a complete recap of the Big Ten in the NCAA Championships, click here.

Illinois and Penn State qualified for the 2010 NCAA Championships, scheduled to be held June 1-6 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn., by finishing in the top five of their respective regionals on Saturday afternoon.

For a complete recap from the final day of the 2010 NCAA Regional Championships, click here.

BASE: Friday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. INDIANA, 17-12
Recap and Box Score
A six-run seventh inning lifted Illinois to a 17-12 win over Indiana on Friday. Three Illini had three hits in the game, including Brandon Hohl who went 3-for-4 with three runs, three RBI and two home runs. Corey Kimes earned the win in relief, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings. Chris Squires was tagged with the loss, giving up four unearned runs. Micah Johnson and Tyler Rogers had three hits each for the Hoosiers, and Johnson hit his 10th homer of the year.

IOWA def. PURDUE, 7-2
Recap and Box Score
Iowa took Game 1 of a doubleheader with Purdue on Friday, 7-2. Jarred Hippen recorded his fourth complete game of the year, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk with nine strikeouts. Trevor Willis led the Hawkeyes at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored and three RBI. Kevin Plawecki had two hits for the Boilermakers, while Jonathan Lilly and Nick Overmyer had an RBI each. Matt Bischoff took the loss.

IOWA def. PURDUE, 5-1
Recap and Box Score
Iowa completed the doubleheader sweep over Purdue on Friday with a 5-1 win over the Boilermakers in the nightcap. Kurtis Muller had three hits and a double to lead the Hawkeyes, while Zach McCool had a pair of RBI and a stolen base. Nick Brown earned the win, allowing one run on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts in eight innings, while Zach Robertson picked up the save, giving up just one hit in 2.1 innings of work. Calvin Gunter took the loss for Purdue, and Cameron Perkins led the Boilermakers at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

PENN STATE def. MICHIGAN, 6-5
Recap and Box Score
Jordan Steranka hit a walk-off single in the ninth, capping a five-run Penn State rally, leading the Nittany Lions to a 6-5 victory over Michigan on Friday. Steranka finished the night with two hits, including a double, and a pair of RBI. Drew Irsfeld earned the win in relief, giving up just a walk in 0.2 innings. Five Wolverines had multiple hits in the game, including Anthony Toth who went 3-for-5 with a run, an RBI and a stolen base. Matt Gerbe was tagged with the loss for Michigan.

MICHIGAN STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 2-1
Recap and Box Score
Michigan State scored one run in the eighth and another in the ninth to down Northwestern, 2-1, on Friday afternoon. Ryan Jones and Jonathan Roof had three hits each to lead the Spartans on offense, while Kurt Wunderlich picked up the win, giving up one run on four hits and two walks in eight innings. Kurtis Frymier earned his eighth save with a perfect ninth. Paul Snieder took the loss in relief for the Wildcats, while Chris Lashmet led Northwestern on offense, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

MINNESOTA at OHIO STATE
Suspended
Friday's Minnesota at Ohio State game was suspended in the second inning with the Buckeyes owning a 1-0 lead. The game will resume Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET with the day's regularly scheduled game to begin following its conclusion.

W GOLF: Purdue Wins NCAA Championship

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The Purdue women's golf team won the first national championship in program history on Friday night at the 2010 NCAA Women's Golf Championships at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. The Boilermakers finished one-over par to stave off a strong charge from Southern California, which finished one stroke behind at two-over par. It is the first NCAA Women's Golf Championship for any Big Ten school.

For complete coverage of Purdue's championship, click here.

W TEN: Muresan Featured on USTA.com

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After helping Michigan to its first Big Ten Championship since 1997, Denise Muresan led the Wolverines to the NCAA Championships Round of 16 this season. The junior, who was also named Big Ten Player of the Year, spoke with USTA.com about the Wolverines success this year.

Track and Field: NCAA Preliminary Round Lineups Set

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The NCAA announced on Friday the qualifiers for the 2010 Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field East and West Preliminary Rounds, scheduled for May 27-29. The East Region Preliminary Round will take place in Greensboro, N.C., while the West Region will compete in Austin, Texas.

The top 48 competitors in each event and 24 relay teams from each region will compete at their respective site. The top 12 finishers in each event from each region will advance to the NCAA Championships, scheduled for June 9-12 at the University of Oregon.

Men's East Region | Men's West Region
Women's East Region | Women's West Region

Men's Decathletes Selected to NCAA Championships
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Women's Heptathletes Selected to NCAA Championships

BASE: Thursday's Results

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INDIANA def. ILLINOIS, 11-5
Recap and Box Score
Indiana combined to hit six home runs, including two each from Michael Earley and Ethan Wilson, en route to an 11-5 win over Illinois on Thursday afternoon. Earley finished the night with three hits, two runs scored and three driven in, while Wilson also recorded three RBI and scored three times. Drew Leininger picked up the win, allowing five runs while scattering 11 hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over eight innings. Illinois was led by Pete Cappetta, who went 3-for-3 with two runs and a pair of RBI with his second home run of the year. Lee Zerrusen took the loss for the Illini.

PURDUE at IOWA
Postponed
Rain in Iowa City forced the postponement of Thursday's Purdue at Iowa game. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader starting Friday at 3 p.m. CT.

MICHIGAN def. PENN STATE, 6-3
Recap and Box Score
Michigan clinched a spot in the 2010 Big Ten Baseball tournament with a 6-3 victory at Penn State on Thursday night. John Lorenz and Nick Urban had two hits and two RBI each for Michigan, while Chris Berset also had a pair of hits and scored two runs. Alan Oaks earned the win, with three runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts over six innings. Tyler Burgoon picked up his 10th save of the year with two scoreless frames. Mike Wanamaker was tagged with the loss. Ben Heath hit his 19th homer of the year for Penn State, and Jordan Steranka went 2-for-5.

MINNESOTA def. OHIO STATE, 16-2
Recap and Box Score
Minnesota clinched a spot in the Big Ten Tournament and retained sole possession of first place in the conference standings with a 16-2 win at Ohio State on Thursday. The Golden Gophers combined for 21 hits, including five home runs. AJ Pettersen and Kyle Geason each had four hits for Minnesota, while Geason contributed two home runs, scored four runs and drove in four more. Seth Rosin earned the win, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out nine in seven innings. Drew Rucinski took the loss for the Buckeyes. Ohio State was led at the plate by Ryan Dew, who hit his seventh homer of the year and scored two runs.

NORTHWESTERN def. MICHIGAN STATE, 2-1
Recap and Box Score
Eric Jokish threw 8.2 innings and allowed just one run while scattering eight hits and three walks while striking out three to lead Northwestern to a 2-1 win over Michigan State on Thursday afternoon. Paul Snieder closed out the win with his 12th save of the year. Arby Fields and Geoff Rowan had two hits each for the Wildcats, while Chad Noble and Colby Everett drove in the Northwestern runs. Chris Roberts led the Spartans at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, hitting his eighth homer of the year. A.J. Achter was the tough-luck loser for Michigan State, taking the loss despite allowing just two runs on seven hits and two walks in eight innings of work.

SB: District Honors

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The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced the 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Region teams, honoring the top student-athletes from each region. Seventeen Big Ten student-athletes earned the distinction.

GREAT LAKES REGION
First Team
Jordan Taylor, P, MICH
Dorian Shaw, 1B, MICH
Maggie Viefhaus, 3B, MICH
Nikki Nemitz, UT/P, MICH
Michelle Batts, UT/DP, NU
Bree Evans, OF, MICH
Angela Findlay, OF, MICH

Second Team
Emily Allard, SS, NU
Molly Spence, UT/DP, WIS

Second-ranked Michigan was the only team on this year's list to place all six of its nominees on the first team.

MIDWEST REGION
First Team
Melanie Nichols, P, OSU
Sam Marder, C, OSU
Meredith Hackett, 1B, ILL
Danielle Zymkowitz, 2B, ILL
Molly Garst, 3B, PUR
Alicia Herron, SS, OSU
Hope Howell, OF, ILL

Second Team
Lindsey Digmann, UT/DP, IOWA

BASE: Semi-Final Countdown

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Indiana's Alex Dickerson, Ohio State's Alex Wimmers and Penn State's Ben Heath have been named to the list of 25 semifinalists for the 2010 Dick Howser Trophy, given to the top player in collegiate baseball.

BASE: Bench Warmers

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Three Big Ten backstops are among the 16 semifinalists for the Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced. Michigan's Chris Berset, Ohio State's Dan Burkhart and Penn State's Ben Heath remain in the running for the award that honors college baseball's top catcher. COMPLETE RELEASE
Twenty-four Big Ten student-athletes were named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Teams for the at-large division, it was announced Thursday by the Academic All-America Committee.

To be nominated for Academic All-District, a student-athlete must be a starter or a key reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and must be a sophomore in both athletic and academic standing. All First Team Academic All-District honorees from each of the eight districts will be placed on the national ballot and are eligible to be selected to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team.

The complete list of Big Ten CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District members include:

District 2
First Team:
Brandi Personett, Women's Gymnastics, PSU
Second Team:
Amy Bonenberger, Field Hockey, PSU
Miguel Pineda, Men's Gymnastics, PSU

District 4
First Team:
Chelsea Davis, Women's Swimming and Diving, OSU
Lindsay Quintiliani, Field Hockey, OSU
Stefan Sigrist, Men's Swimming and Diving, OSU
Second Team:
Kent Caldwell, Men's Gymnastics, MICH
Sarah Curtis, Women's Gymnastics, MICH
Kelsey Knutson, Women's Gymnastics, MICH
Ian Makowske, Men's Gymnastics, MICH
André Schultz, Men's Swimming and Diving, MICH
Brad Smith, Men's Golf, OSU

District 5
First Team:
Lachlan Ferguson, Men's Tennis, IND
Emily Kasavana, Rowing, IND
Kelsey Lindenschmidt, Women's Golf, NU
David Colturi, Men's Swimming and Diving, PUR
Christine Inman, Women's Swimming and Diving, PUR
Second Team:
Allison Buckley, Women's Gymnastics, ILL
Abe Souza, Men's Tennis, ILL
Aaron Fortunato, Men's Gymnastics, MINN
Kaylee Jamison, Women's Swimming and Diving, MINN
Tyler Duncan, Men's Golf, PUR

District 7
First Team:
Brent Metcalf, Wrestling, IOWA
Second Team:
Patricia Dean, Field Hockey, IOWA

Men's Academic All-District Teams / Women's Academic All-District Teams

The 2010 NCAA Men's Golf Regional Championships are underway as six conference squads hope to be one of the 30 teams advancing to the NCAA Championships by weekend's end

For a complete preview of the men's golf regionals, click here.

SB: In the News

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Players of the Week Named. Illinois' Howell and Michigan's Nemitz earn the final honors of the season.

Keep On Playing...Three Big Ten teams will compete in the NCAA Tournament Regional this weekend. Illinois, Michigan and Ohio State will represent the Big Ten this weekend.

Check back later this week for NCAA Tournament Release.

Columbia Regional - May 21-23 at Columbia, Missouri
No. 9 seed Missouri* (46-11) vs. Creighton (37-21)
DePaul (38-16) vs. ILLINOIS (43-6)

Columbus Regional - May 21-23 at Columbus, Ohio
No. 11 seed California (41-17) vs. Bucknell (28-18-1)
Kentucky (31-25) vs. OHIO STATE.* (37-12)

Ann Arbor Regional - May 21-23 at Ann Arbor, Michigan
Notre Dame (45-10) vs. Illinois State (32-18)
Wright St. (30-28-1) vs. No. 2 seed MICHIGAN* (46-6)


W GOLF: Purdue Heads To NCAA Championships

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The Purdue Boilermakers will represent the Big Ten at the 2010 NCAA Women's Golf Championships, scheduled to begin Tuesday at the Country Club of Landfall Pete Dye Course in Wilmington, N.C. Purdue finished third in the Central Regional Championships on May 8, and will be making its 11th-straight appearance at the national championships.

For a complete preview and PDF notes of the NCAA Championships, click here.

The final day of the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex at Indiana University saw the Minnesota men and Penn State women successfully defend their championships from a year ago.

More information and complete results can be found here.

BASE: Saturday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. PURDUE, 7-0
Recap and Box Score
Freshman Kevin Johnson tossed a complete-game shutout to lead Illinois to a 7-0 victory over Purdue on Saturday to even the series at 1-1. Johnson allowed six hits and two walks with four strikeouts en route to his fifth win of the season. Calvin Gunter took the loss for the Boilermakers. Casey McMurray led the Illini offense, going 2-for-2 with a double, two runs, two RBI and a pair of walks. Willie Argo went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer and a stolen base. Tyler Spillner paced Purdue at the plate with a 3-for-5 performance.

MICHIGAN STATE def. INDIANA, 10-4
Recap and Box Score
Redshirt freshman Ryan Jones went 5-for-5 and hit for the cycle to lead Michigan State to a come-from-behind win over Indiana on Saturday to go up 2-0 in the series. Trey Popp earned the win in relief, giving up just one unearned run in 2.1 innings. Jerrud Sabourin took the loss for the Hoosiers. Alex Dickerson hit his 22nd home run for Indiana, while Michael Earley, Tyler Rogers and Blake Monar had two hits each for IU.

IOWA def. OHIO STATE, 4-3
Recap and Box Score
Iowa scored four unanswered runs en route to a 4-3 win over Ohio State on Saturday, earning the series win. Mike Corbeil and Tyson Blaser led the Hawkeyes with two hits and two RBI each, while Ryan Durant also had a pair of hits and scored two runs. Zach Robertson picked up the win in relief, while Nick Brown was effective in the start, allowing two earned runs in 6.2 innings. Dean Wolosiansky took the loss for the Buckeyes. Zach Hurley fronted OSU on offense, going 2-for-4.

NORTHWESTERN def. MICHIGAN, 10-8
Recap and Box Score
Jack Havey hit his first collegiate home run, doubled twice and drove in five runs to lead Northwestern to a 10-8 win over Michigan to even the series, 1-1. Havey was one of four Wildcats with three hits in the game, joining Trevor Stevens, Arby Fields and Geoff Rowan. Fields tacked on two runs and an RBI, while Rowan scored twice. Michael Jahns picked up the win in relief, while Tyler Burgoon was tagged with the loss for the Wolverines. Michigan hit four home runs in the game, including one each by Chris Berset and Coley Crank, who both had two hits in the contest.

MINNESOTA def. PENN STATE, 5-1
Recap and Box Score
TJ Oakes pitched a career-high eight innings and allowed just one run as Minnesota secured the series win with a 5-1 win over Penn State, claiming sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings. Three Gophers finished the game with two hits each. AJ Pettersen went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, Andy Henkemeyer was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, while Matt Puhl was 2-for-4 with a run. Louie Picconi led the Nittany Lions, going 1-for-2 with an RBI, while Steven Hill took the loss.

BASE: Friday's Results

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CURRENT BIG TEN STANDINGS

PURDUE def. ILLINOIS, 8-2
Recap and Box Score
Purdue maintained a share of the Big Ten lead with an 8-2 win at Illinois on Friday evening. The Boilermakers got big innings late in the game with a four-run sixth and a three-run eighth, led by Eric Charles and Kevin Plawecki, who both had a pair of RBI. Charles went 1-for-4 with a double, while Plawecki was 2-for-4 with his eighth home run. Matt Bischoff picked up his ninth win of the year in a complete-game effort, allowing two runs on six hits and no walks with six strikeouts. Lee Zerrusen was tagged with the loss. Josh Parr led the Illini at the plate, going 1-for-3 with an RBI triple.

MICHIGAN STATE def. INDIANA, 9-8
Recap and Box Score
Chris Roberts hit a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to propel Michigan State to a 9-8 win over Indiana on Friday. Roberts finished the game 3-for-5 with two RBI, a pair of runs and a homer, while Brandon Eckerle also had a three-hit game for the Spartans, driving in a run. Kurtis Frymier picked up the win in relief, throwing a scoreless ninth. Chris Squires took the loss, coming on in relief of Drew Leininger, who allowed five earned runs in seven innings. Micah Johnson led the Hoosiers on offense, going 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI on a pair of doubles.

IOWA def. OHIO STATE, 7-5
Recap and Box Score
Kurt Lee's three-run homer busted a 4-4 tie in the eighth, lifting Iowa to a 7-5 victory over Ohio State in Friday's series opener. Tyson Blaser had two RBI for the Hawkeyes, while Mike McQuillan and Mike Corbeil each had a pair of hits. Zach Robertson earned the win in relief, not allowing an earned run in two innings, striking out two. Kevin Lee picked up his ninth save. Three Buckeyes tallied three hits in the game, led by Zach Hurley who scored two runs and drove in one, hitting his fourth triple of the season. Jared Strayer was tagged with the loss in a relief outing.

MICHIGAN def. NORTHWESTERN, 4-3
Recap and Box Score
Michigan held on to a share of the Big Ten lead on Friday evening, edging Northwestern, 4-3, in the series opener. Anthony Toth had three hits for the Wolverines, while Ryan LaMarre went 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs and a pair of RBI. Matt Gerbe earned the win in relief, while Tyler Burgoon picked up his ninth save of the year. Eric Jokisch took the loss for the Wildcats. Chris Lashmet led Northwestern, going 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBI on two home runs.

MINNESOTA def. PENN STATE, 12-7
Recap and Box Score
Nick O'Shea belted a grand slam and collected a career-high seven RBI to lead Minnesota to a 12-7 win over Penn State on Friday, helping the Gophers maintain a share of the Big Ten lead. O'Shea finished the night 2-for-5, also with a two-run double. Andy Henkemeyer went 3-for-4 with an RBI and scored three runs, while Kyle Knudson was 2-for-4 with three runs and a pair of RBI. Seth Rosin earned the win in a five-inning start, while Mike Wanamaker took the loss. Steve Snyder led the Nittany Lions, going 3-for-4 with three RBI, while Ben Heath broke a school record by hitting his 18th homer of the season in a 2-for-4 performance.

SB: Weekend Preview

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Friday and Saturday mark the final two days of the 2010 regular season. Michigan controls its own destiny for a Big Ten title when they travel to Iowa for a two-game series.

FRIDAY, MAY 14   
PENN STATE at INDIANA    4 p.m.
PSU Game Notes  |  IND Game Notes
Indiana leads the series, 27-22

NORTHWESTERN at #19/22 OHIO STATE    5 p.m.    Big Ten Network
NU Game Notes  | OSU Game Notes
Northwestern leads the series , 56-29-3

#2/2 MICHIGAN at IOWA    7 p.m.      Big Ten Network
MICH Game Notes  | IOWA Game Notes
Iowa leads the series, 52-49-1

MICHIGAN STATE at WISCONSIN    7 p.m.
MSU Game Notes  |  WIS Game Notes
Michigan State leads the all-time series, 22-10

MINNESOTA at #18/18 ILLINOIS    7 p.m.
MINN Game Notes  |  ILL Game Notes
Illinois leads the all-time series, 13-4
   
SATURDAY, MAY 15   
MICHIGAN STATE at WISCONSIN    1 p.m.
PENN STATE at INDIANA    1 p.m.
MINNESOTA at #18/18 ILLINOIS    2 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN at #19/22 OHIO STATE    3 p.m.    Big Ten Network
#2/2 MICHIGAN at IOWA    3 p.m.

BASE: Weekend Previews

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A Little Perspective: The final two weeks of Big Ten play are set up for a wild conference race to unfold. Heading into the final week, there are only two games separating first place and last in the Big Ten. Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern and Purdue are in a four-way tie for first at 10-8, while Indiana and Ohio State are tied for fifth at 9-9. Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State and Penn State are also in a four-way tie for seventh place at 8-10.

Outside of the Big Ten, the closest race nationally this year came in the Red Rolfe Division of the Ivy League (with four teams) where first-place Dartmouth was only five games ahead of last-place Yale. Conference USA and the WAC are the next closest with six games separating first and last place.

Most recently, the closest Big Ten race at the conclusion of the season in non-divisional play came when only 5 1/2 games separated first and last place in a 10-team conference in 1963. The only times first and last place have been separated by four or less games in the final standings came in 1897 (four games w/ four teams), 1914 (3 1/2 games w/ nine teams and 1938 (four games with 10 teams). (Courtesy Minnesota Sports Information)

PURDUE at ILLINOIS
Friday, May 14 - 6:05 p.m. CT
RHP Matt Bischoff (8-1, 3.45 ERA) vs. RHP Lee Zerrusen (2-5, 6.35 ERA)
Saturday, May 15 - 6:05 p.m. CT - Big Ten Network
LHP Calvin Gunter (1-0, 4.88 ERA) vs. RHP Kevin Johnson (4-2, 5.60 ERA)
Sunday, May 16 - 1:05 p.m. CT
RHP Drew Wurdack (4-3, 5.44 ERA) vs. TBA
Storylines: Purdue heads into Champaign tied for the Big Ten lead at 10-8, while Illinois looks to make up ground at 8-10. The Illini and Boilermakers are both coming off series wins last weekend with Illinois taking two of three from Ohio State and Purdue winning two against Michigan State. Casey McMurray leads the Illinois offense with a .338 batting average and .525 slugging percentage on the strength of nine doubles, five home runs and three triples. Saturday's starter, Kevin Johnson is holding opponents to a .271 average during conference play and has an overall record of 4-2. Purdue is led by its pitching staff, which holds opponents to .273 hitting with a conference-leading 368 strikeouts. Matt Bischoff is the ace of the staff, ranking among the Big Ten's best in ERA (3.45), opponents' average (.264), strikeouts (77) and wins (8). Nick Overmyer leads the Boilermakers at the plate, hitting .355. Cameron Perkins hits .326 with a team-leading .541 slugging percentage on seven homers and 14 doubles.

INDIANA at MICHIGAN STATE
Friday, May 14 - 2:05 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network
LHP Drew Leininger (7-3, 4.14 ERA) vs. RHP A.J. Achter (4-3, 4.01 ERA)
Saturday, May 15 - 12:05 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network
RHP Johnny Hoffman (2-2, 9.00 ERA) vs. RHP Kurt Wunderlich (7-3, 4.58 ERA)
Sunday, May 16 - 1:05 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network
RHP Matt Carr (1-1, 2.51 ERA) vs. RHP Tony Bucciferro (7-4, 4.66 ERA)
Storylines: Indiana and Michigan State enter this weekend's series separated by just one game in the Big Ten standings, with the Hoosiers sitting at 9-9 and the Spartans at 8-10. Indiana boasts one of the toughest offenses in the nation, leading the Big Ten with a slugging percentage of .518. Alex Dickerson leads the attack, pacing the conference in average (.423), slugging (.832), RBI (66) and home runs (21). He also ranks third in on-base percentage (.471), while Jerrud Sabourin is second in average (.404). On the mound, Friday starter Drew Leininger allows opponents to hit just .259, while closer Chris Squires is third in the Big Ten with eight saves, owning 57 strikeouts in 44.2 innings pitched. As a team, Michigan State leads the conference with a .325 combined average, also ranking in the top three in slugging (.470) and on-base percentage (.398). Eli Boike leads the squad, hitting at a .373 clip and slugging .599. The ace of the pitching staff, A.J. Achter is third in the conference with 68 strikeouts and is allowing opponents to hit just .266.

OHIO STATE at IOWA
Friday, May 14 - 6:05 p.m. CT
RHP Drew Rucinski (4-3, 4.29 ERA) vs. LHP Jarred Hippen (4-4, 4.74 ERA)
Saturday, May 15 - 1:05 p.m. CT
RHP Dean Wolosiansky (3-7, 5.74 ERA) vs. RHP Nick Brown (4-5, 6.49 ERA)
Sunday, May 16 - 1:05 p.m. CT
TBA vs. RHP Phil Schreiber (3-5. 5.40 ERA)
Storylines: Iowa enters the weekend coming off a series win over Penn State, while Ohio State is looking to rebound after having dropped its last three Big Ten sets. The Hawkeye offense has thrived during conference play, with the team hitting .306 during conference games compared to a .293 overall clip. Zach McCool leads Iowa with a .406 average during Big Ten play, reaching base at a .468 clip. Reigning Big Ten Co-Player of the Week Kurtis Muller leads the team with a .369 average and .512 slugging percentage in all games. As a team, Ohio State ranks second in the Big Ten with a .324 combined average, while Buckeyes are reaching base at a .405 clip. Last season's Big Ten Player of the Year, Dan Burkhart leads the conference with a .476 on-base percentage and ranks ninth with a .373 average. Zach Hurley provides the power with a team-leading .621 slugging percentage and .385 average. On the mound, 2009 Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Year Alex Wimmers is still day-to-day. In conference play, the right-hander limits opponents to just .198 hitting with an ERA of 1.09 and 37 strikeouts.

NORTHWESTERN at MICHIGAN
Friday, May 14 - 6:35 p.m. ET -
www.BigTenNetwork.com
LHP Eric Jokisch (4-5, 4.59 ERA) vs. RHP Alan Oaks (4-5, 3.75 ERA)
Saturday, May 15 - 1:05 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
RHP Francis Brooke (5-3, 4.28 ERA) vs. LHP Bobby Brosnahan (5-4, 4.64 ERA)
Sunday, May 16 - 1:05 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
TBA vs. TBA
Storylines: Two of the Big Ten's four co-leaders meet in Ann Arbor as the 10-8 Wildcats travel to take on the 10-8 Wolverines. Both squads are coming off series losses with Northwestern having dropped two to Indiana and Michigan losing two to Minnesota. The Wildcats are hitting a collective .318 during Big Ten play, led by two-way players Zach Morton and Paul Snieder. Morton is hitting .394 in conference games, while Snieder hits .386 with a .629 slugging percentage and .482 on-base percentage. On the mound, Snieder is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA over nine Big Ten appearances, while Morton is 3-0 in five trips out of the bullpen. As a staff, Northwestern pitchers are first in the Big Ten with a .272 opponents' average and second with a 4.52 ERA. Michigan is led by Ryan LaMarre, who is second in the conference in average (.435) and third in slugging (.710) during Big Ten play. Freshman Patrick Biondi provides the speed for the Wolverines, ranking among the conference's best in runs scored and stolen bases. On the mound, closer Tyler Burgoon has a 2.39 ERA and is holding opponents to a .260 average during Big Ten play and has struck out 36 batters in 10 appearances.

PENN STATE at MINNESOTA
Friday, May 14 - 6:35 p.m. CT
RHP Mike Wanamaker (4-2, 6.02 ERA) vs. RHP Seth Rosin (5-4, 4.44 ERA)
Saturday, May 15 - 2:05 p.m. CT
RHP Steven Hill (2-4, 5.44 ERA) vs. RHP TJ Oakes (3-3, 4.08 ERA)
Sunday, May 16 - 12:05 p.m. CT
TBA vs. LHP Phil Isaksson (4-1, 3.08 ERA)
Storylines: Minnesota looks to retain its share of the Big Ten lead, while Penn State is hoping to make up ground, just two games back of the conference co-leaders at 8-10. One of the hottest teams in the Big Ten, the Gophers have won their last three conference series, while Penn State is coming off a series loss against Iowa. Minnesota is led by its pitching staff, which paces the Big Ten with a 4.71 ERA, a number that improves to 4.36 in conference games. Sunday Phil Isaksson ranks among the Big Ten's leaders with a 3.08 ERA and .235 opponents' average, while Friday starter Seth Rosin leads the nation in control, having walked just five batters with 68 strikeouts in 75 innings pitched. Reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week Scott Matyas has five saves for the Gophers. Penn State boasts Big Ten leaders in all three triple-crown categories during conference play as Steve Snyder leads in average (.464), Jordan Steranka leads in RBI (25) and Ben Heath is tied for the lead in home runs (8). Heath has 17 dingers on the season, which ties his school's single-season record. He also leads the conference in slugging (.855) and on-base percentage (.523) during Big Ten games.

Track and Field: Big Ten Championships Begin Friday

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The Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships are set to begin Friday morning and will run through Sunday afternoon. The Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex on the Indiana University campus will serve as the host site for both the men's and women's championships.

The Minnesota men eye their second straight Big Ten title, while the Penn State women look to make it three in a row this weekend.

A complete preview of this weekend's championships can be found here.

W TEN: NCAA Championships Opening Rounds Begin Friday

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First and second round play of the 2010 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships begins this weekend at various campus sites with six Big Ten squads as part of the 64-team field. The 16 regional winners will advance to the championships host site at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus.

For more information on the opening rounds of play of the NCAA Championships, click here.

M TEN: NCAA Championships Begin Friday

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Five Big Ten men's tennis teams begin competition at the 2010 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships, two of which will be serving as hosts during the first and second rounds beginning this weekend. Sixteen teams will advance out of the regionals to the championships site at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex at the University of Georgia.

Click here for complete information on the opening rounds of the NCAA Championships.

SB: The Future is Bright

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The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced the 18 athletes who have been selected for the 2010 USA Softball Women's Futures National Team.

Michigan's Jordan Taylor has been selected as a member of the 2010 team. Taylor is a junior right-handed pitcher for the Wolverines.
Northwestern head coach Kate Drohan will serve as the head coach of the USA Futures National Team. Drohan is in her ninth season at the helm of the Wildcat program.

The Futures Team will kick off the season with exhibition games against the 2010 USA Softball Women's National Team in Canton and Ashland, Ohio, June 16-17.

M T/F: A Performance Unlike Any Other

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History was made 75 years ago in what was called the finest hour in Big Ten Championships history. An Ohio State sophomore was the talk of the record-setting crowd of more than 10,000 spectators who came out to see the 1935 championship meet. They collectively hoped for a Buckeye to flash his brilliance in front of a packed house at Ferry Field, in of all places, Ann Arbor, Mich., on the University of Michigan campus.

In the span of 45 minutes, Jesse Owens delivered four world-performances, dazzling the crowd in Ann Arbor and putting the entire world on notice. At 3:15 p.m., he tied the world record in the 100-yard dash at 9.4 seconds. Ten minutes later, he set the world standard in the broad jump at 26-8.25 inches. At 3:34 p.m., he rushed through the 220-yard dash in 20.3 seconds, and then took a breather before breaking the world mark in the 220-yard low hurdles with a time of 22.6 at 4 p.m.

That performance set Owens on pace to become one of the most celebrated track and field athletes of all time.

BASE: National Perspective

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Click HERE to see where your favorite Big Ten teams and players rank among the NCAA's stat leaders.

Notable (top 25):
Michigan State is 16th with 20 triples on the year.

Indiana is 21st, averaging 1.49 home runs per game.

Illinois ranks 14th with 101 stolen bases this season.

The Spartan defense is 11th with a .976 fielding percentage.

Penn State (1.11) and Michigan (1.09) rank 16th and 21st, respectively, in double plays turned per game.

Indiana's Alex Dickerson is third in home runs (20) and total bases (158), fourth in slugging percentage (.827), 16th in RBI (63), 19th in hits (81) and 25th in average (.424).

The Hoosiers' Jerrud Sabourin ranks 24th with 80 hits.

Purdue's Tyler Spillner is eighth with seven triples, while Michigan's Patrick Biondi is 17th with six.

Penn State's Ben Heath has 17 home runs to rank 11th.

Illinois' Willie Argo is sixth with 37 stolen bases.

Ohio State's Alex Wimmers ranks fifth win an ERA of 1.61 and sixth with nine wins.

Purdue's Matt Bischoff has eight victories, coming in at No. 21.

Northwestern's Paul Snieder is 11th with 10 saves, while Illinois' Bryan Roberts is 14th with nine.

Minnesota's Seth Rosin continues to lead the nation, averaging 0.6 walks per nine innings. Northwestern's Francis Brooke is fourth (0.84), and Purdue's Bischoff is 25th (1.41).

BASE: Where They Rank

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Kendall Rogers of Yahoo! Sports has several Big Ten players among his latest power rankings:

Alex Dickerson, Indiana: No. 4 outfielder
Ben Heath, Penn State: No. 6 catcher
Chris Berset, Michigan: No. 8 catcher
Alex Wimmers, Ohio State: No. 9 pitcher

BASE: Faces of the Big Ten

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The reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, Minnesota's Scott Matyas is one of the many Faces of the Big Ten.

 

 

W T&F: Athletes of the Week

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Women's Track Athlete of the Week:
Bridget Franek, Penn State
Sr., Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood

Franek wins the second Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week honor of her career and first of the 2010 season. The senior recorded the nation's best time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Penn State Outdoor Open this weekend, setting the track's top time in the process. She crossed the line in 9:54.70, an effort that is best in the NCAA Eastern standings by nearly 10 seconds and the fastest conference time by almost 11 seconds.

Last Penn State Track Athlete of the Week: Shavon Greaves (April 7, 2010)

Women's Field Athlete of the Week:
Faith Sherrill, Indiana
Jr., Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop

Sherrill earns her first career Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honor after scoring two first-place finishes and a school record over the weekend at the Billy Hayes Invitational. The junior topped the field in the hammer throw with a toss of 58.46 meters (191-9) to set the Indiana record in the event. She also finished first in the discus with an effort of 46.50 meters (152-7). Her day ended with a second-place effort, first among collegians, in the shot put with a throw of 15.38 meters (50-5.5).

Last Indiana Field Athlete of the Week: Stephanie Chin (April 15, 2009)

M T&F: Athletes of the Week

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Men's Track Athlete of the Week:
Gavin Robertson, Wisconsin
Fr., Milwaukee, Wis./Nicolet

Robertson takes home his first Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week honor after finishing as the top collegian in the 200-meter dash at the Wisconsin Twilight Invitational over the weekend. The freshman clocked a personal-best time in the race, finishing in 21.34. The time was good enough for second place overall, but was the top mark among collegians and is fourth-fastest in the Big Ten this season.

Last Wisconsin Track Athlete of the Week: Jack Bolas (April 22, 2009)

Men's Field Athlete of the Week:
Ryan Fritz, Penn State
Sr., Parkesburg, Pa./Octorara

Fritz claims his second career Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honor and first of the 2010 season after tying a career-best in the high jump at the Penn State Open last weekend. The senior finished the meet with a winning leap of 2.20 meters (7-2.5), a mark which ranks 10th best in the nation and third in the Big Ten this year.

Last Penn State Field Athlete of the Week: Joe Kovacs (April 21, 2010)

BASE: Must-See TV

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Big Ten Network analyst Cal Eldred breaks down the Big Ten standings and talks equipment differences between the college and professional ranks.

The Hawkeyes talk about having the opportunity to play against the Iowa Cubs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

Go behind the scenes with Minnesota's John Anderson and see how the Hall of Fame coach runs his practices.

BASE: Players of the Week

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Indiana's Alex Dickerson and Iowa's Kurtis Muller were named Big Ten Co-Players of the Week on Tuesday, while Minnesota's Scott Matyas earned Pitcher of the Week accolades. All three played important parts in helping their teams to series victories over the weekend. Matyas also closed out the Gophers' win over No. 20 Kansas State last week. FULL STORY

SB: Weekly Rankings

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The Michigan Wolverines check in at No. 2 in the latest USA Today/ NFCA poll--a spot that they have occupied for eight straight weeks beginning on March 23. Michigan is 44-6 overall and 16-1 in the Big Ten to lead the conference race.

Illinois is ranked 18th this week and Ohio State 19th. The Fighting Illini and Buckeyes.

The NCAA Division I Men's Golf Committee selected six Big Ten teams and three individuals to participate in the 2010 NCAA Men's Golf Championships, the group announced on Monday night. In total, 81 teams and 45 individuals will head to one of six, 54-hole regional championships sites, scheduled for May 20-22.

For more information on the participating teams, click here.

BASE: Monday's Results

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MICHIGAN STATE def. PURDUE, 5-4
Recap and Box Score
Michigan State scored five runs with two outs in the fifth inning to take the series finale from Purdue on Monday. Ryan Jones led the Spartans with two hits, a run scored and a pair of stolen bases. Tony Bucciferro earned the win, allowing two earned runs on nine hits and two walks with three strikeouts in seven innings. Kurtis Frymier picked up the save with two scoreless, hitless innings. Drew Wurdack was tagged with the loss. Eric Charles and Nick Overmyer led the Boilermakers with two hits and one run scored each. Charles also swiped two bases.

TOURNAMENT IMPLICATIONS: Michigan State's win on Monday dropped Purdue into a four-way tie for first place in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers are knotted with Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern, all at 10-8. The Spartans jumped into a four-way tie for seventh at 8-10, tied with Illinois, Iowa and Penn State, just two games back of the leaders. Indiana and Ohio State are tied for fifth at 9-9. With two series left to play, the Big Ten title and all six spots in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament are wide open. FULL STANDINGS

BASE: No Two Ways About It

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Indiana's Jerrud Sabourin was named to the watch list for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award. The Olerud Award recognizes a player who makes an impact both on the mound and at the plate. The first baseman/pitcher ranks among the Big Ten's top 10 in average (.408), slugging (.582) and on-base percentage (.454) and is 1-0 in eight appearances with 11 strikeouts in 17.1 innings. COMPLETE RELEASE

SB: In the News

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Michigan sweeps weekly honors as Amanda Chidester is named Player of the Week and Nikki Nemitz is Pitcher of the Week. Complete Release


SB: Home Sweet Home

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Sunday's games at Michigan State and Penn State marked the end of an era for the fields they call home.

The Spartans say goodbye to Old College Field
On May 10th, a day after the final home game of the 2010 season, construction crews will take to Old College Field to begin renovations of the new Spartan softball stadium. Completion of the stadium is expected for December of 2010, just in time for the first pitch of the 2011 season. The new 1,100-seat stadium will feature 120 chair back seats, a new press box, backstops, and handicap-accessible seating with brick accents to architecturally match the façade of historic Jenison Field House and the indoor hitting and pitching facility. Prior to the start of the 2010 season, home and visiting dugouts were constructed in-ground with each featuring an added restroom at the end of each dugout.

Penn State bids adieu to Nittany Lion Field
The 36-year history of Nittany Lion Field will ended on Sunday with the last pitch against Ohio State. Opened in 1974 after serving as the home to Penn State freshman baseball, Nittany Lion Field has seen 499 games over its time.Penn State is 265-234 (.531) all-time at the field, including 11 seasons of double digit wins. Friday,May 7, 2010 began a new era in Penn State softball history as the groundbreaking for the $10.2 million Nittany Lion Softball Park. The new 1,084-seat facility is slated for a March 2011 opening day and will feature state-of-the-art features that will make it one of the finest softball complexes in the country.
Nittany Lion Park

BASE: Sunday's Results

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OHIO STATE def. ILLINOIS, 8-4
Recap and Box Score
Ohio State overcame a four-run deficit to take the series finale against Illinois, 8-4, on Sunday afternoon. Cory Kovanda and Ryan Dew each went 4-for-5 for the Buckeyes, while Dew had a double and a homer for five RBI and a run scored. Theron Minium picked up the win in three innings of scoreless relief, while Eric Best earned his third save of the year, allowing two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in a three-inning performance. Lee Zerrusen took the loss for Illinois. The Illini were led offensively by Willie Argo, who went 3-for-4 with a run, an RBI and three stolen bases.

INDIANA def. NORTHWESTERN, 1-0
Recap and Box Score
Indiana came out on top of a pitchers' duel on Sunday, taking the game, 1-0, and the series, 2-1. Matt Carr picked up the win, allowing just three hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work. Chris Squires earned his eighth save, surrendering just one hit while striking out three in 2.1 frames. Francis Brooke was the tough-luck loser, giving up one unearned run while scattering 10 hits and a walk with four strikeouts over 7.1 frames. Paul Snieder closed out the game with 1.2 perfect innings. Alex Dickerson led the Hoosiers at the plate, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Northwestern's Zach Morton was 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base.

IOWA def. PENN STATE, 13-9
Recap and Box Score
Iowa busted a 3-3 tie with a combined 10 runs over the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to take Game 3 and the series from Penn State on Sunday. Kurtis Muller led the Hawkeyes with five hits, five RBI and three runs scored, including his first home run of the season. Ryan Durant, Phil Keppler and Andrew Host had a pair of RBI each for Iowa. Zach Robertson picked up the win in relief with 2.1 scoreless innings. Neal Herring was tagged with the loss. Jordan Steranka led the Nittany Lions at the plate, going 2-for-6 with three RBI and a run, hitting his seventh homer of the year.

MICHIGAN def. MINNESOTA, 2-1
Recap and Box Score
Ryan LaMarre gave Michigan its first lead of the day in the top of the eighth with a solo home run, giving the Wolverines a 2-1 advantage and a win in Game 3 of the weekend series. Patrick Biondi and John Lorenz each went 2-for-4 for Michigan, while Lorenz drove in the team's first run. Bobby Brosnahan earned the win in 3.2 scoreless relief innings, while starter Brandon Sinnery allowed one run on five hits and four walks in 5.1 frames. Phil Isaksson took the loss, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts over 7.1 innings. Nick O'Shea led the Gophers, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

PURDUE def. MICHIGAN STATE, 6-5
Recap and Box Score
Jonathan Lilly's two-out base hit in the bottom of the eighth pushed Purdue to a 6-5 win over Michigan State on Sunday, assuring the Boilermakers of a series victory. Drew Madia went 2-for-3 at the plate for Purdue, also driving in three runs and scoring one on his seventh homer of the year. Brad Schreiber picked up the win in relief, tossing 1.2 scoreless frames to close out the game. Kurt Wunderlich was tagged with the loss. Ryan Jones led the Spartans with a 2-for-4 performance, driving in and scoring a pair while recording his 11th double of the season.

BASE: Saturday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. OHIO STATE, 5-2
Recap and Box Score
Illinois secured a series victory with a 5-2 win over Ohio State in Game 2 on Saturday. Illini pitcher Kevin Johnson held the Buckeyes to a season-low three hits, while Bryan Roberts picked up his ninth save with a perfect ninth. Josh Parr had three RBI on his fourth triple of the season, while Craig Lutes, Mike Giller and Adam Davis had two hits each for Illinois. Dean Wolosiansky was tagged with the loss, giving up five runs on nine hits in four innings.

NORTHWESTERN def. INDIANA, 11-4
Recap and Box Score
Left-handed pitcher Eric Jokish tossed a complete game for Northwestern and Chris Lashmet collected four hits, leading the Wildcats to a win on Saturday, helping NU maintain a share of first in the Big Ten standings. Jokisch allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks with seven strikeouts, picking up his fourth win of the year. Lashmet had two RBI and scored two runs with his 12th double of the season. Alex Dickerson led the Hoosiers, going 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI on a double and a home run. Johnny Hoffman took the loss.

IOWA def. PENN STATE, 9-3
Recap and Box Score
Nick Brown pitched seven strong innings to lead the Hawkeyes to a 9-3 win over Penn State on Saturday in Game 2 of the series. Brown gave up two runs on nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts in seven innings. Mike McQuillan and Ryan Durant had three hits each to lead Iowa, while Phil Keppler was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Ben Heath and Joey DeBernardis both went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI to pace the Nittany Lions. Steven Hill was tagged with the loss in a 5.2-inning start.

MINNESOTA def. MICHIGAN, 5-4
Recap and Box Score
Trip Schultz hit a two-out, two-run single with Minnesota trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth, lifting the Gophers to a win on Saturday, keeping the team in a tie for the Big Ten lead. Scott Matyas earned the win with a perfect ninth, while TJ Oakes tossed a quality start, allowing two earned runs on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six innings. Mike Dufek and Nick Urban led the Wolverines with two hits each, while Dufek drove in a pair. Tyler Burgoon took the loss in relief.

PURDUE def. MICHIGAN STATE, 8-5
Recap and Box Score
Drew Madia snapped a 4-4 tie with an RBI single in the seventh, and Angelo Cianfrocco tacked on a three-run homer in the ninth to give Purdue an 8-5 in the series opener on Saturday. Jonathan Lilly also had a big night for the Boilermakers, going 3-for-4 with a run, two RBI and a double. Matt Bischoff improved to 8-1, giving up four earned runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts in 7.1 innings, while Joe Haase picked up his seventh save. Torsten Boss led the Spartans, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored. A.J. Achter was tagged with the loss, going 6.1 innings in the start.

MBB: Welcome Back

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The gang's all back! May 8. Deadline day to withdraw from the NBA Draft. Illinois' Mike Davis and Demetri McCamey will return to Champaign for the 2010-11 season. Penn State's Talor Battle and Purdue's JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore will all return next season. Michigan's Manny Harris has elected to remain in the draft and will not return to Ann Arbor for his senior campaign. Ohio State's Evan Turner will also remain in the NBA draft.

With the return of those five rising seniors, 10 All-Big Ten selections will return to the court next season, including four first-team members. In addition, eight student-athletes who earned honorable mention will return for 2010-11.

What they are saying about the Big Ten for 2010-11...

  • See you in Houston. FOXSports.com's Jeff Goodman says that with the return of Johnson, Purdue is a Final Four contender.

  • CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish writes that with the return of Johnson, Purdue is the Big Ten favorite and preseason top three.

  • BigTenNetwork.com's Brent Yarina with early returns for the 2010-11 season.

Check back later next week for complete updated rosters for all 11 teams.

SB: Weekend Preview

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 SATURDAY, MAY 8
WISCONSIN at NORTHWESTERN    2 p.m.     BigTenNetwork.com
It's Senior Day in Evanston as the Northwestern Wildcats welcome Wisconsin. The 'Cats are currently in fourth place at 9-5 in Big Ten play. Overall, NU leads the teams' all-time series with a 22-8 margin, including a 9-5 advantage in Evanston. The Badgers are looking to snap an 11-game losing streak to the Wildcats, having last won a game in the series in 2004. NU took both games last season in Madison by scores of 3-1 and 2-0. Northwestern faces the Badgers coming off of a 4-2 loss at DePaul on Wednesday, snapping a five-game winning streak NU. The Wildcats have won six of their last eight games though, and hold a 24-19 record overall and a 9-5 Big Ten mark. Wisconsin enters the game winners of seven of their last nine games, as the Badgers look to continue their winning ways and extend last week's conference sweep of Indiana.
   
IOWA at MINNESOTA    2 p.m.   Big Ten Network
It's a border battle as Iowa travels to Minnesota this weekend for a two-game series. Iowa leads the all-time series, 51-37. The Hawkeyes have won eight of the 10 previous meetings, with their only losses coming in 2004 (2-0) and 2008 (1-0 in 13 innings) over the 10 game stretch. The Gophers dropped a pair of games last weekend and fall to 15-33 overall, with a 1-13 mark in Big Ten action. Their conference record leaves them alone in 11th place in the Big Ten standings. The Hawkeyes have lost a season high seven straight to sit at 23-21 on the year and 8-7 in conference play. In the Big Ten, Iowa currently sits in fifth place.
   
OHIO STATE at PENN STATE    2 p.m.
The No. 19 Ohio State softball team (33-12, 12-2 Big Ten) will pack its bags for its second-consecutive Big Ten road series, this time facing Penn State. The Scarlet and Gray are 12-1 in their last 13 games after recording a 10-game winning streak, including a 5-3 victory over the second-ranked Wolverines April 28 at Buckeye Field. OSU's run was snapped with a 4-3 loss to Michigan in game two of a doubleheader. Penn State will play its final games at Nittany Lion Field this weekend as construction continues on a new facility--Nittany Lion Softball Park to open for the 2011 season. The Nittany Lions are currently on a four-game losing skid after dropping two games each to Northwestern and Syracuse (April 27). Penn State broke its last four-game losing streak with a series sweep of Iowa, 7-1 and 5-3, at home April 24-25. Ohio State leads the all-time series record vs. Penn State, 41-25. The Buckeyes are 6-1 vs. the Nittany Lions in the last three seasons.
   
INDIANA at PURDUE    4 p.m.   Big Ten Network (tape delay airing at 7 p.m. ET)
It's rivalry weekend on the softball diamond as in-state foes meet up. Purdue (26-24, 7-7 Big Ten) looks to add to its four game-win streak and continue to move up the Big Ten rankings when they face off against in-state rival Indiana this weekend.The Boilermakers went 4-0 last week against Michigan State and Minnesota. Purdue swept the Spartans 2-0 and 10-2 (6) in a doubleheader on Wednesday and downed the Golden Gophers 7-0 and 11-2 (6) in Minneapolis over the weekend. Indiana looks to snap a seven-game losing streak this weekend. The Hoosiers have lost their last seven games, all in Big Ten Conference play. The team went 0-4 against No. 18 Illinois and Wisconsin last week. IU fell to the Fighting Illini 5-4 and 9-0 (6) on Wednesday, before dropping 4-1 and 8-0 (5) decisions on the road in Madison last weekend. Purdue leads the all-time series 20-12 that began in 1994.Purdue was won the last six contests, including a pair of extra-inning wins last season. The Boilermakers are 11-5 against the Hoosiers when playing in West Lafayette.
    
MICHIGAN STATE at MICHIGAN    7 p.m.   BigTenNetwork.com
In-state rivals will meet this weekend in a home-and-home series. Michigan State (20-28, 4-12) travels to No. 2 Michigan (42-6, 15-1) for the first game of the series. The Wolverines are looking to clinch at least a share of the conference crown this weekend. The Spartans are coming off two losses to then-No. 18 Illinois last weekend. Michigan rides a three-game win streak as the Wolverines downed two non-conference foes during the week and rebounded after its first conference loss of the season vs. then-No. 19 Ohio State. Michigan leads the all-time series 67-27. Last season the two teams split with U-M winning the first game and the Green and White taking the second. 

SUNDAY, MAY 9
INDIANA at PURDUE    1 p.m.     
MICHIGAN at MICHIGAN STATE    1 p.m.   
OHIO STATE at PENN STATE    1 p.m.   
WISCONSIN at NORTHWESTERN    2 p.m.   BigTenNetwork.com
IOWA at MINNESOTA    2 p.m.   Big Ten Network

BASE: Friday's Results

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ILLINOIS def. OHIO STATE, 6-3
Recap and Box Score
Illinois busted a 3-3 tie with a three-run ninth, knocking off Ohio State in Columbus on Friday night. Aaron Johnson led the Illini, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored. Thomas Shelton and Mike Giller each recorded a pair of RBI. Wes Braun picked up the win with 1.2 perfect innings in relief, while Bryan Roberts earned his eighth save. Drew Rucinski was tagged with the loss, allowing six runs on 12 hits and four walks. Zach Hurley and Cory Kovanda had three hits each to lead the Buckeyes on offense.

INDIANA def. NORTHWESTERN, 11-9
Recap and Box Score
Indiana jumped out to a 9-0 lead after two innings en route to a win against Northwestern, who entered the game tied for first in the Big Ten. The Wildcats stormed back with six runs in the third and three in the eighth, but could not complete the comeback. Alex Dickerson went 3-for-4 with  a home run, two runs scored and three RBI, while Michael Earley was 3-for-5 with two runs and four RBI on a pair of homers to lead the Hoosiers. Drew Leininger picked up the win, while Chris Squires earned the save. Jack Havey took the loss in his first collegiate start. Paul Snieder led the Wildcats with three hits, while Trevor Stevens went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI.

PENN STATE def. IOWA, 6-2
Recap and Box Score
Penn State picked up its sixth consecutive Big Ten win with a 6-2 victory against Iowa on Friday evening. Reigning Big Ten Player of the Week Steve Snyder led the Nittany Lions with a 4-for-5 performance, scoring and driving in a run. Mike Wanamaker earned the win, allowing two runs while scattering 11 hits and striking out 10 without issuing a walk in eight innings. Jarred Hippen was tagged with the loss in a three-inning start, while Zach Kenyon was effective in relief, allowing just two hits and two walks in five frames. Mike McQuillan and Ryan Durant led the Hawkeye offense with two hits each.

MINNESOTA def. MICHIGAN, 14-7
Recap and Box Score
Minnesota moved into a three-way tie for first in the Big Ten with a 14-7 win over the Wolverines on Friday night. Michael Kvasnicka led the Gophers, going 4-for-6 with three runs and five RBI on the strength of a double and a home run. Nick O'Shea was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, hitting his 14th double of the season. Seth Rosin earned the win, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts over six innings. Eric Katzman was tagged with the loss. Chris Berset led the Wolverines at the plate, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

BASE: Weekend Previews

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ILLINOIS at OHIO STATE
Friday, May 7 - 6:35 p.m ET
RHP Lee Zerrusen (2-4, 5.94 ERA) vs. RHP Drew Rucinski (4-2, 3.97 ERA)
Saturday, May 8 - 1:05 p.m. ET
RHP Kevin Johnson (3-2, 6.14 ERA) vs. RHP Dean Wolosiansky (3-6, 5.45 ERA)
Sunday, May 9 - 1:05 p.m. ET
TBA vs. TBA
Storylines: Illinois visits Ohio State just two games back of the Buckeyes in the conference standings, but on the outside of the top six, looking in for a spot in the Big Ten Tournament. Both teams are coming off series losses to conference co-leaders with the Illini having dropped two of three to Northwestern and the Buckeyes losing a pair at Michigan. Willie Argo leads Illinois with a .443 on-base percentage and is second in average (.338) and slugging percentage (.519). With 34 stolen bases in 42 games, he is also approaching his team's single-season steals record. As a team, the Buckeyes rank second in the Big Ten with a .325 average, led by Zach Hurley and Michael Stephens who are hitting .379 and .374, respectively. Hurley is also slugging .604 on the strength of 17 doubles, while Stephens is sixth in the conference with eight homers. The OSU pitching staff, who is holding conference opponents to a .288 average, is expected to be without ace Alex Wimmers this weekend. Drew Rucinski will pick up Friday's starting duties.

INDIANA at NORTHWESTERN
Friday, May 7 - 3 p.m. CT
LHP Drew Leininger (6-3, 3.38 ERA) vs. LHP Jack Havey (2-0, 3.93 ERA)
Saturday, May 8 - 1 p.m. CT
TBA vs. LHP Eric Jokisch (3-5, 4.68 ERA)
Sunday, May 9 - 1 p.m. CT
TBA vs. TBA
Storylines: Following a series victory at Illinois last weekend, Northwestern remains tied for first in the Big Ten standings. Indiana dropped two of three to Purdue last weekend and is currently tied for sixth in the conference. The Wildcats, who have won their last four conference series, have come on strong during Big Ten play, hitting .324 with a combined ERA of 4.56 in conference games. Two-way player Paul Snieder leads Northwestern with a .400 overall average, also with a 2.01 ERA in 19 relief appearances spanning 31.1 innings. Francis Brooke is the ace of the Wildcat starters with a 5-3 record, also among the NCAA's top 10 having only allowed six walks in 67.1 innings of work. The Hoosiers possess some of the toughest hitters in the nation, as Jerrud Sabourin (.419) and Alex Dickerson (.413) rank first and second, respectively, in average in the Big Ten. Dickerson also leads the conference in slugging (.804), RBI (57) and home runs (18) and is fifth in doubles (16). Drew Leininger paces the IU pitching staff, ranking among the conference's best in ERA (3.38), opponents' average (.254) and wins (6).

IOWA at PENN STATE
Friday, May 7 - 7 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network
LHP Jared Hippen (4-3, 3.41 ERA) vs. RHP Mike Wanamaker (3-2, 6.65 ERA)
Saturday, May 8 - 4 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network
RHP Nick Brown (3-5, 7.25 ERA) vs. RHP Steven Hill (2-4, 5.44 ERA)
Sunday, May 9 - 11 a.m. ET - Big Ten Network
RHP Phil Schreiber (3-5, 5.37 ERA) vs. TBA
Storylines: Iowa and Penn State enter this weekend's series with just one game separating the two teams, both needing to make up ground to crack the top six squads that make the Big Ten Tournament field. The Nittany Lions are the Big Ten's hottest team, having won their last five straight conference contests. Catcher Ben Heath leads the PSU offense, while outfielder Steve Snyder is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week and reliever David Lutz is Pitcher of the Week. Heath tied Penn State's single-season school record with his 17th homer of the season last weekend and currently ranks first in the Big Ten in slugging (.915), on-base percentage (.534), RBI (22) and homers (8) during conference play. Zach McCool leads the Hawkeyes with a .363 average and .532 slugging percentage, while Jarred Hippen is the ace of the staff with a 3.41 ERA and 4-3 record including a complete-game win over Minnesota in his last outing. The entire series between Iowa and Penn State will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.

MICHIGAN at MINNESOTA
Friday, May 7 - 6:35 p.m. CT
TBA vs. RHP Seth Rosin (4-4, 4.43 ERA)
Saturday, May 8 - 2:05 p.m. CT
TBA vs. RHP TJ Oakes (3-3, 4.19 ERA)
Sunday, May 9 - 1:05 p.m. CT
TBA vs. LHP Phil Isaksson (4-0, 3.16 ERA)
Storylines: Michigan heads into this weekend's series tied for first in the Big Ten, while Minnesota is just one game back of the top spot in a tie for third. The Wolverines are led by Ryan LaMarre, who has been on a tear since his return from an injury sustained early in the season. The outfielder leads the Big Ten with a .520 average and is second in slugging (.800) and on-base percentage (.528) during conference play. Freshman Patrick Biondi provides the speed with 18 runs scored and five steals during the Big Ten slate. On the mound, closer Tyler Burgoon has been lights-out with a 1.54 ERA and opponents average of .244 in conference play, having saved four of Michigan's nine Big Ten wins. The Gophers have won their last two Big Ten series and are led by their pitching staff, which ranks second in the conference in ERA (4.78) and opponents' average (.287). Friday starter Seth Rosin leads the nation with just three walks allowed in 69 innings and is also among the Big Ten's leaders with 58 strikeouts. Sunday starter Phil Isaksson is fourth in the conference with a 3.16 ERA, which improves to 2.56 during Big Ten play.

MICHIGAN STATE at PURDUE
Saturday, May 8 - 1 p.m. ET
RHP A.J. Achter (4-2, 3.52 ERA) vs. RHP Matt Bischoff (7-1, 3.29 ERA)
Sunday, May 9 - 1 p.m. ET
RHP Kurt Wunderlich (7-2, 4.52 ERA) vs. LHP Calvin Gutner (1-0, 5.26 ERA)
Monday, May 10 - 1 p.m. ET
RHP Tony Bucciferro (6-4, 4.86 ERA) vs. RHP Drew Wurdack (4-2, 5.21 ERA)
Storylines: Michigan State and Purdue enter the series just one game apart in the Big Ten standings with the Boilermakers tied for third at 8-7 and the Spartans tied for sixth at 7-8. Purdue is coming off a tightly contested series win over Indiana last weekend, while Michigan State is looking to rebound from a sweep at the hands of Penn State. This weekend's matchup pits the Big Ten's best hitting team, Michigan State, against the conference's top pitching squad, Purdue. The Spartans are hitting a combined .331, led by Eli Boike and Jeff Holm, who are batting .395 and .381, respectively. Boike is also among the Big Ten's leaders in slugging (.623) on the strength of 101 total bases. The Purdue pitching staff paces the conference with a 4.77 ERA and a .278 opponents' average as well as 343 combined strikeouts. Saturday's starter, Matt Bischoff is Purdue's all-time strikeouts king and ranks among the conference's best with a 3.29 ERA, .268 average against and 70 strikeouts. Tyler Spillner leads the Boilermakers at the dish, hitting .410 and reaching base at a .471 clip in Big Ten play.

The first round of play is in the books for the Big Ten's five women's golf teams at the NCAA Regional Championships as Purdue leads the charge in the team standings in the Central Regional at Otter Creek Golf Club in Columbus, Ind. The Boilermakers are third in the team standings at 15-over par, six strokes back of first-place Arizona State.

In the West Regional in Stanford, Calif., Ohio State is eighth in the team standings after finishing with a 12-over par 296.

For more information on round one results from the NCAA Regionals, click here.

SB: Head of the Class

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Congratulations to the 10 softball student-athletes who were named to the 2010 Softball Academic All-America Team presented by ESPN The Magazine as selected by the College Sports Information Director of America (CoSIDA) announced today.

District 2
First Team

Ashley Griffith, Penn State -- Sr., OF -- Kinesiology & Movement Science

Second Team
Danee Collett, Penn State -- So., C -- Elementary Education

District 4
First Team

Angela Findlay, Michigan -- Sr., OF -- Psychology

Second Team
Alicia Herron, Ohio State -- So., SS - Nursing

District 5
First Team

Audrey Gallien, Illinois -- Jr., C -- Anthropology
Liane Horiuchi, Purdue -- Sr., SS -- Movement & Sport Science
Hope Howell, Illinois -- Sr., OF -- Journalism

Second Team
Nicole Pauly, Northwestern -- Sr., 2B -- Human Development & Psychological Services
Sara Olson, Indiana -- Jr., DP -- Recreation & Sport Management

District 7
Second Team
Katie Brown, Iowa -- Sr., 1B -- Elementary Education

BASE: Where They Rank

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Several Big Ten players rank among the nation's best in the latest Rivals.com Power Rankings:

Alex Dickerson, IND, #4 Outfielder
Alex Wimmers, OSU, #6 Pitcher
Ben Heath, PSU, #6 Catcher
Chris Berset, MICH, #7 Catcher
Jerrud Sabourin, IND, #8 First Baseman

WREST: NWCA All-Academic Team

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On Wednesday, the National Wrestling Coaches Association announced the 74 members of the NWCA Division I All-Academic Team, which included 17 Big Ten student-athletes. The team is comprised of wrestlers who have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA and was either an NCAA qualifier or won at 60 percent of his duals. Wrestlers could also earn a spot on the team with a 3.0 GPA and was named an NCAA All-American.

Additionally, six conference squads were a part of the association's Division I All-Academic Top 30 Teams. Northwestern was the conference leader and was ranked seventh, followed by Penn State at No. 15. Purdue and Michigan State were 25th and 26th, respectively, while Ohio State was No. 28 and Michigan was No. 29.

The complete list of Big Ten wrestlers that are a part of the NWCA Division I All-Academic Team can be found below.

Clint Arlis, ILL
John Dergo, ILL
Matthew Powless, IND
Brent Metcalf, IOWA
Jay Borschel, IOWA
Anthony Biondo, MICH
Franklin Gomez, MSU
Jayson Ness, MINN
Michael Thorn, MINN
Cody Magrum, OSU
Colt Sponseller, OSU
Corey Morrison, OSU
Cameron Wade, PSU
Cyler Sanderson, PSU
Logan Brown, PUR
Lucas Manuel, PUR
Nick Bertucci, PUR

BASE: Students of the Game

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Michigan State's Brandon Eckerle, Minnesota's Kyle Knudson, Nick O'Shea and AJ Pettersen and Penn State's David Lutz have been named Academic All-District first-team selections, CoSIDA announced on Thursday. Each player is now eligible for Academic All-America selection. COMPLETE RELEASE

Six Big Ten men's tennis singles standouts were selected among the 64-player field, and four conference doubles teams earned berths in the 32-team draw that will compete at the 2010 NCAA Division I Championships, the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee announced on Thursday.

To see which Big Ten teamw will be represented at the men's singles and doubles draw, click here.

A trio of Big Ten singles players advanced to the 64-woman field, and three doubles pairs earned berths in the 32-team doubles draw at the 2010 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Subcommittee announced on Thursday.

For complete information on the singles and doubles draw, click here.

BASE: Heroes Get Remembered, but Legends Never Die

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Dave Winfield (Minnesota, 1973) and Steve Arlin (Ohio State, 1965-66) were named to the College World Series Legends Team, announced on Thursday.

Winfield was the second-leading vote getter, leading Minnesota in the 1973 College World Series as an outfielder and a pitcher. He earned Most Outstanding Player honors that year for his performance on the mound.

Arlin led Ohio State in the 1965 and '66 College World Series, taking home All-Tournament Team accolades in '65. In 1966, he led the Buckeyes to the CWS title and earned Most Outstanding Player honors.

BASE: Big Day in the Big Ten

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Ohio State head coach Bob Todd announced he will retire at the end of the 2010 season.

Minnesota's 3-0 win over No. 20 Kansas State was last night's Upset of the Day, according to Baseball America.

BASE: Award-Winning Lions

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Penn State's Steve Snyder was named to the College Baseball Foundation's National All-Star Lineup.

The Nittany Lions' David Lutz was named the Central Region Pitcher of the Week by College Baseball Insider.

W T/F: Athletes of the Week

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Women's Co-Track Athletes of the Week:
Angela Bizzarri, Illinois
Sr., Mason, Ohio/Mason

Bizzarri wins Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week honors for the third time in her career and first time of the 2010 season. She recorded the nation's second-fastest time in the 5,000 meters this year at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational over the weekend, clocking in at 15:37.21 to finish sixth overall in the race and second among collegians. The reigning NCAA Champion in the event, Bizzarri was four seconds off her school record.

Last Illinois Track Athlete of the Week: Angela Bizzarri (April 22, 2009)

Betsy Flood, Iowa
So., Des Moines, Iowa/Dowling

Flood wins Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week honors for the first time after taking first place in the 3,000 meters at the Musco Twilight over the weekend. She crossed the tape with a personal-best time of 9:22.63, which ranks as the third-fastest time in the NCAA this season and the third-fastest in program history. She takes home Iowa's first Track Athlete of the Week honor in over two years.

Last Iowa Track Athlete of the Week: Diane Nukuri (April 8, 2008)

Women's Field Athlete of the Week:
Erin Pendleton, Michigan
Fr., Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore

Pendleton wins her second straight Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honor, claiming the award off the strength of the nation's best throw in the discus her last time out. At the Jesse Owens Classic over the weekend, Pendleton recorded the NCAA's top toss of the season with an effort of 186-7 (56.87 meters), which also set a new Michigan record, winning the event for her second straight meet.

Last Michigan Field Athlete of the Week: Erin Pendleton (April 28, 2010)

W Golf: NCAA Regionals Preview

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Five Big Ten women's golf teams and two individuals will begin the march toward national preeminence on Thursday when they begin play at the 2010 NCAA Regional Championships. The three-day event gets underway Thursday morning and will conclude on Saturday. Four squads will play in the Central Region, which will be held at the Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus, Ind., while the fifth will compete into the West Regional, which will be held at the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif.

For complete information on the NCAA Regional Championships, click here.

ROW: Big Ten Announces Individual Award Winners

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The Big Ten Conference office announced the rowing individual award winners and seven sportsmanship honorees, as chosen by the conference coaches, on Wednesday afternoon. Michigan State's Emily Regan was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while Wisconsin's Mollie Kryka won Freshman of the Year laurels. Badger leader Bebe Bryans was named conference Coach of the Year after guiding Wisconsin to its first Big Ten Championship.

For complete information on the award winners and the list of All-Big Ten honorees, click here.

M T/F: Athletes of the Week

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Men's Track Athlete of the Week:
Casimir Loxsom, Penn State
Fr., New Haven, Conn./Wilbur Cross

Loxsom wins his second consecutive Track Athlete of the Week honor after recording the nation's top time in the 800 meters at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational over the weekend. Loxsom stopped the clock at 1:46.74, which is third-fastest in the Penn State records book and the eighth-fastest ever by an American 19 or younger. His time is 10th fastest in the world this year, according to the International Association of Athletics Federations.

Last Penn State Track Athlete of the Week: Casimir Loxsom (April 28, 2010)

Men's Field Athlete of the Week:
Micah Hegerle, Minnesota
Fr., Dodge Center, Minn./Kasson-Mantonville

Hegerle wins his first Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week distinction after posting first- and second-place efforts at the Musco Twilight over the weekend at Iowa City, Iowa. The freshman finished on top in the hammer throw with a toss of 211-5 feet, a mark that is 18th in the nation this year and second in the Minnesota record book. He also finished second in the discus with a throw of 175-5, one inch shy of his personal best.

Last Minnesota Field Athlete of the Week: R.J. McGinnis (April 28, 2010)

BASE: Get 'Em While They're Hot

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The 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament is three weeks away, but you can get your single-game tickets on Monday! Click HERE for more information.

BASE: National Perspective

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Click HERE to see where your favorite Big Ten teams and players rank among the NCAA leaders.

Notable:

  • Indiana is 19th with 1.45 home runs per contest
  • Michigan State is 12th in the nation with 0.48 triples per game
  • Illinois is 13th with 2.28 stolen bases per game
  • The Spartan defense is sixth with a .978 fielding percentage
  • Penn State (1.14), Michigan (1.12) and Purdue (1.09) rank 11th, 15th and 25th, respectively, in double plays turned per game
  • Indiana's Alex Dickerson ranks fourth with 18 home runs, 11th with a .804 slugging percentage and seventh with 144 total bases.
  • Penn State's Ben Heath is sixth with 17 homers, 17th with a .772 slugging percentage and 22nd with 129 total bases.
  • Indiana's Jerrud Sabourin is 12th with 78 hits
  • Purdue's Tyler Spillner (7) is seventh and Michigan's Patrick Biondi (6) is 10th in triples
  • Illinois' Willie Argo is seventh with 33 stolen bases
  • Ohio State's Alex Wimmers is seventh with a 1.61 ERA and second with nine wins.
  • Northwestern's Paul Snieder is 12th with nine saves, while Michigan's Tyler Burgoon and Iowa's Kevin Lee are tied for 22nd with eight saves.
  • Minnesota's Seth Rosin continues to lead the nation with 0.39 walks per nine innings, while Northwestern's Francis Brooke is fifth with a 0.80 average.
  • W TEN: Six Advance to NCAA Championships

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    Six Big Ten tennis teams were awarded berths into the 2010 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Subcommittee announced on Tuesday afternoon. Michigan and Northwestern earned top 16 seeds and host first- and second-round action. Michigan is the No. 4 overall seed and Northwestern is No. 6. Other Big Ten teams making the field included Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Ohio State.

    For complete info on the NCAA Championships, click here.

    M TEN: Field Set For NCAA Championships

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    The NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee announced Tuesday afternoon that five Big Ten tennis teams made the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships field of 64. Ohio State and Illinois are seeded in the top 16 and will host first- and second-round matchups, which begin May 14. Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin were the other conference teams to earn berths into the draw.

    For detailed information on the NCAA Championships, click here.

    BASE: Beyond Baseball

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  • A very special member of the Ohio State baseball team is nearing a significant milestone.
  • Penn State's game on Saturday served a very special purpose, benefitting wounded soldiers.
  • M T/F: Former Wisconsin Star Sets American Record

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    Former University of Wisconsin standout Chris Solinsky smashed the American record in the 10,000 meters at last weekend's Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., becoming the first American to break the 27-minute barrier. It was the first time he had ever competed in the 10,000 meters.

    A five-time NCAA Champion while at Wisconsin, Solinsky crossed the tape in a time of 26:59.60, breaking the old record by more than 14 seconds. He covered the final 800 meters in 1:56, including a last 56-second split on the final lap.

    Click here for a recap of the race and for some added perspective on the accomplishment, click here.

    M GOLF: All-Big Ten Teams Announced

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    The Big Ten Conference office announced on Tuesday the members of the 2010 All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners, as voted on by the conference coaches. Illinois' Scott Langley was named conference Player of the Year, the first time an Illinois golfer has won the award since 2003, while mentor Mike Small was named Big Ten Coach of the Year by his peers. Michigan's Jack Schultz was the coaches' unanimous choice for Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Also, the conference honored one student-athlete from each institution to receive the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

    For complete information on the All-Big Ten team, click here.

    BASE: Get Pumped

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    The 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament is right around the corner! If you can't be there in person, the Big Ten Network has you covered.

    BASE: Around the Horn

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  • In early April, Illinois got the call that every baseball player dreams of.
  • Get a glimpse at what Illinois baseball was like in the 1980s.
  • Baseball's Brandon Hohl is one of five finalists for Illinois' Newcomer of the Year.
  • Barry Larkin maintained his Wolverine roots throughout his storied Major League career.
  • Michigan's series win over Ohio State has made them the team to beat in the Big Ten, writes Baseball America's Aaron Fitt.
  • Minnesota baseball is a family affair for the Gophers' Mike Kvasnicka.
  • Sign up for a chance to win coffee with Minnesota head coach John Anderson.
  • View photos from Northwestern's doubleheader vs. Milwaukee at Miller Park.
  • The Big Ten race is the most intriguing in the nation, writes College Baseball Today's Eric Sorenson.
  • BASE: Faces of the Big Ten

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    Reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week David Lutz is one of many Faces of the Big Ten.

    BASE: News & Notes

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    Players of the Week
    Penn State's Steve Snyder and David Lutz were named Big Ten Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, after leading the Nittany Lions to a series sweep over Michigan State last weekend. COMPLETE RELEASE

    In the Polls
    Michigan is receiving votes in the NCBWA poll.

    SB: National Rankings

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    This week's USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll is out and Michigan remains at No. 2 behind the Pac-10's Washington Huskies (40-5). The Wolverines are 40-6 overall and sit in first place in the Big Ten with a 14-1 record--one game ahead of the second-place Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio State is ranked 19th in this week's poll and Illinois is ranked 17th. 

    SB: Player of the Week

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    The ballots are in and this week's Players of the Week are...

    Co-Players of the Week

    Michelle Batts, Northwestern

    Jr., DP, Bloomingdale, Ill./Glenbard North


    Molly Garst, Purdue

    So., 3B, Webb City, Mo./Webb City


    Pitcher of the Week

    Suzie Rzegocki, Purdue

    Jr., RHP, Lemont, Ill./Lemont


    W TEN: Northwestern Wins Big Ten Tournament

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    The No. 2 Northwestern Wildcats won their 12th-straight Big Ten Tournament championship with a 4-0 win over top-seeded Michigan on Sunday afternoon at the Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament at the University of Iowa. The Wildcats jumped to a 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point, then wins at Nos. 1, 4 and 5 singles clinched the tournament title for Northwestern, who earns the Big Ten's automatic berth into the NCAA Championships.

    For a complete recap of the 2010 Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament, click here.

    M TEN: Ohio State Wins Big Ten Tournament

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    The Ohio State Buckeyes won their fifth-straight Big Ten Tournament, ninth overall, by defeating No. 2 Illinois, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon at Indiana University and clinched the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. After Ohio State took a 1-0 lead after doubles, Illinois tied the match with a win at No. 3 singles. The Buckeyes then won three straight matches at Nos. 1, 4 and 6 singles to clinch the tournament title.

    Click here for a complete recap of the 2010 Big Ten Men's Tennis Tournament.

    M GOLF: Illinois Remains In Front After Three Rounds

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    Illinois maintained its 12-stroke lead after the third round of the 2010 Big Ten Men's Golf Championships at the Windsong Farm Golf Club in Maple Plain, Minn. As a team, the Illini fired a 300 in round three, moving their three-round total to 862. Michigan is second with 874 and is closely followed by Iowa (878) and Northwestern (879).

    For complete round three results, click here.

    ROW: Wisconsin Wins First Big Ten Championship

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    At the 2010 Big Ten Rowing Championships on Lake Ovid at Sleepy Hollow State Park in Laingsburg, Mich., Wisconsin won its first Big Ten title off the strength of four first-place efforts. With wins in the second varsity eight, first varsity four, first novice eight and second novice eight, the Badgers totaled 148 points, ahead of second-place Michigan State (132) and third-place Michigan (111). Ohio State was fourth with 105 points followed by Minnesota (66), Iowa (51) and Indiana (30).

    For more information on the championships, click here.

    Former Michigan gymnast Elise Ray will receive an Olympic bronze medal from the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia after the International Olympic Committee stripped the Chinese team of the bronze on Wednesday.

    Ray, along with teammates Tasha Schwikert, Jamie Dantzscher and Kristin Maloney, Dominique Dawes and Amy Chow, will receive the bronze instead.

    Ray was a six-time Big Ten Champion, including four wins at the 2004 championships. She also was a three-time NCAA Champion, winning the 2001 all-around title, the 2002 balance beam crown and the 2004 uneven bars championship.