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Major League Soccer elected 20 players to play in its 2014 Chipotle Major League Soccer Homegrown Game, August 4, in Portland against the Portland Timbers U-23 team at Providence Park.

The roster includes three players with Big Ten roots.

Goalkeeper Matt Lampson, who played at Ohio State from 2009-2011, was named second team All-Big Ten in 2011 and earned first team All-Big Ten honors in 2010. He was the 2009 Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year and a second team All-Big Ten selection. Lampson was also named to the 2009 Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

Northwestern's Chris Ritter enjoyed a stellar college career. In 2013, Ritter was honored as first team All-Big Ten recipient and was named a second team All-American. At the conclusion of the 2012 season, Ritter was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and was a first team All-Big Ten selection. In 2011, he was tabbed second team All-Big Ten. As a freshman in 2009, Ritter was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

Tommy Thompson, a forward from Indiana, was named the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year after scoring five goals and recording three assists. Thompson was also named second team All-Big Ten and was a member of the All-Freshman Team.

In conjunction with the MLS director of player programs Alfonso Mondelo, who will also coach the team, the 20-man roster was decided.

The game will be streamed live on August 4 at 10 p.m. ET on WatchESPN and MLSsoccer.com.

Former Big Ten standouts Shane Conlan of Penn State and Dave Butz of Purdue each have been named part of the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame announced on Thursday. The 16 inductees were selected from the national ballot of 75 All-America players and six elite coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and the 87 players and 26 coaches from the divisional ranks.

A native of Frewsburg, N.Y, Conlan was instrumental in the Nittany Lions posting a 23-1 mark his last two seasons, capped by the 1986 National Championship. A senior co-captain in 1986, Conlan led Penn State to a stunning 14-10 win over No. 1 Miami (Fla.) in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl to capture Penn State's second national title in five seasons. Conlan capped his career by leading a superlative defensive effort in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl to earn the game's Most Valuable Defensive Player, recording eight tackles and two interceptions to lead Penn State past previously unbeaten Miami for the national title. A four-year letterman and a three-year starter, Conlan was a consensus first-team All-American in 1986. As a junior in 1985, Conlan was selected a first-team All-American by Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) and named a second-team All-American by UPI and Football News in 1985.

Butz, who played for head coach Bob DeMoss from 1970 to 1972, is the 15th Boilermaker (10 players and five coaches) to be chosen for college football's ultimate shrine. Butz is the fourth Purdue player to be elected in the last nine years, following quarterback Mike Phipps in 2006, quarterback Mark Herrmann in 2010 and halfback Otis Armstrong in 2012. Over the course of his collegiate career, the 6-foot-7, 280-pound Butz became widely regarded as the best defensive lineman in the country. He was a consensus All-American as a senior, the recipient of the Zipp Award as college football's outstanding player and a finalist for the Lombardi Award (presented to the best lineman or linebacker). His career statistics included 108 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and eight pass breakups. In 1987, Butz was chosen to Purdue's All-Time Team spanning its first 100 years of football, and he was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004.

Butz, Conlan and the rest of the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be inducted together at the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 9, 2014, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The inductees will also be honored at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 1, 2015, and they will be recognized at their respective collegiate institutions with on-campus salutes during the fall.
Ten Big Ten student-athletes were named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, presented annually to the best center in Division I football. Big Ten standouts appearing on the watch list are Indiana's Collin Rahrig, Iowa's Austin Blythe, Maryland's Sal Conaboy, Michigan State's Jack Allen, Minnesota's Tommy Olson, Nebraska's Mark Pelini, Northwestern's Brandon Vitabile, Purdue's Robert Kugler, Rutgers' Betim Bujari and Wisconsin's Dan Voltz. Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman. Six Big Ten standouts have earned the Rimington Trophy in Nebraska's Dominic Raiola in 2000, Ohio State's LeCharles Bentley in 2001, Michigan's David Baas in 2004 and David Molk in 2011, Minnesota's Greg Eslinger in 2005 and Penn State's A.Q. Shipley in 2008.
Seventeen Big Ten student-athletes earned first-team Capital One Academic All-District honors, as announced on Thursday. The honorees are now eligible for Academic All-America consideration. The complete list of Big Ten Academic All-District award recipients can be found below.

Men's At-Large Academic All-District
District 2
David Taylor, PSU - wrestling

District 5
Mike Wilner, ILL - gymnastics
Eric Ress, IND - swimming & diving
Connor Jaeger, MICH- swimming & diving
Greg Wolfe, MSU - ice hockey
Michael Newburger, OSU - gymnastics
Jamie Bissett, PUR - swimming & diving

District 6
Nick Caldwell, WIS - swimming & diving

District 7
Eric Schryver, NEB - gymnastics

Women's At-Large Academic All-District
District 2
Laura Gebhart, PSU - field hockey
Gabrielle Shishkoff, PSU - swimming & diving

District 5
Shae Fournier, IND - water polo
Brooklynn Snodgrass, IND - swimming & diving
Courtney Beidler, MICH - swimming & diving

District 6

Kimberly Dinh, WIS - golf
Elizabeth Schoenfeldt, WIS - rowing

District 7
Emily Wong, NEB - gymnastics

For the complete list of honorees, click here for men's and here for women's.
Photo Gallery: David M. Parry Video Command Center Dedication

The Big Ten's state-of-the-art video command center based in the conference's new office and meeting center in Rosemont, Ill., has been named in honor of David M. Parry, the Big Ten Coordinator of Football Officials for two decades who passed away in 2011. The Big Ten held a dedication ceremony and installed a plaque in his honor on May 3, with conference dignitaries and the Parry family in attendance.

Parry served as the Big Ten's Coordinator of Football Officials from 1990-2009, where he played a crucial role in the implementation of the first collegiate football system of instant replay in 2004, which the NCAA approved for use among all conferences in 2006. An NCAA official for 20 years and a National Football League (NFL) official for 15 years, Parry's extensive experience included 20 NCAA Tournaments, 12 NFL playoffs and four NFL championship games. In 1983, he officiated Super Bowl XVII.

Parry was also named the first National Coordinator for College Football Officiating in 2008, and served as the National Coordinator for Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) officiating from 1996-2008. The David M. Parry Award is annually presented to the nation's most outstanding officiating coordinator.

Every nationally-televised Big Ten football, men's basketball and hockey contest is evaluated at the David M. Parry Command Center. The games are recorded and captured in the command center and immediately available for the commissioner and staff to review. The conference has the capability to evaluate each of the officials' calls and provide them the proper critique and training. The center houses eight 60-inch televisions and one 130-inch monitor.

Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune featured the Big Ten's video command center after visiting the facility last November.


     
 

2014-15 Big Ten Volleyball Matchups Set

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Big Ten schools on Monday revealed a breakdown of their opponents for the 2014-15 Big Ten volleyball  season. The 14 Big Ten teams will compete in an 20-game conference schedule, playing seven teams both home and away and six teams once. Each team will play 10 home and 10 away matches.

Below is the breakdown of each team's single play opponents. Dates, times and television information will be announced at a later date.

ILLINOIS
Home: Maryland, Minnesota, Purdue
Away: Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State
Home/Away: Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

INDIANA
Home:  Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin
Away: Iowa, Maryland, Northwestern
Home/Away: Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue, Rutgers

IOWA
Home: Illinois, Indiana, Purdue
Away: Michigan, Minnesota, Rutgers
Home/Away: Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin

MARYLAND
Home: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State
Away: Illinois, Ohio State, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers

MICHIGAN
Home: Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern
Away: Maryland, Purdue, Rutgers
Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin

MICHIGAN STATE
Home: Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Away: Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State
Home/Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers

MINNESOTA
Home: Iowa, Nebraska, Rutgers
Away: Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State
Home/Away: Indiana, Maryland, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin

NEBRASKA
Home: Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue
Away: Minnesota, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State

NORTHWESTERN
Home: Indiana, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Away: Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State
Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State, Purdue

OHIO STATE
Home: Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern
Away: Indiana, Nebraska, Purdue
Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

PENN STATE
Home: Illinois, Michigan State, Rutgers
Away: Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State

PURDUE
Home: Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State
Away: Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska
Home/Away: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Rutgers, Wisconsin

RUTGERS
Home: Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska
Away: Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State
Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, WIsconsin

WISCONSIN
Home: Maryland, Nebraska, Penn State
Away: Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern
Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers
Nebraska fullback C.J. Zimmerer became the sixth winner of the Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award, as he took home the 2014 honor on Saturday. Zimmerer becomes the third Big Ten student-athlete to win the trophy, joining fellow Husker Rex Burkhead (2012) and Penn State's Eric Shrive (2013). The award is presented annually to a leader in the world of college football who has realized his or her potential to make a positive and lasting impact on the rare disease community. Zimmerer will be presented the trophy at the Maxwell Club Awards Gala on March 14, at Revel Casino in Atlantic City.

Uplifting Athletes Release


Nebraska fullback C.J. Zimmerer was named one of five finalists for the 2014 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award. The award is presented annually to a leader in the world of college football who has realized his or her potential to make a positive and lasting impact on the rare disease community. The winner will be presented at the Maxwell Club Awards Gala on March 14, 2014, at Revel Casino in Atlantic City. Big Ten student-athletes have won the past two Rare Disease Champion awards, as Penn State's Eric Shrive took home the honor last season and Nebraska's Rex Burkhead was tabbed the winner in 2012.

To read more about Zimmerer's cause, click here.
To vote for Zimmerer through Jan. 31, click here.

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 20 - Conference Championships

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Cliff Avril, DE, Seattle Seahawks (Purdue) - Notched one solo tackle, one sack and one forced fumble in Seattle's 23-17 win over San Francisco

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos (Wisconsin)
- Rushed for 43 yards and tallied 13 receiving yards in the Broncos' 26-16 defeat of the Patriots

NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Led the team with 14 tackles, including six solo, one sack and one forced fumble in San Francisco's 23-17 loss to Seattle

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 277 yards on 24-of-38 passing and one touchdown in the Patriots' 26-16 loss to the Broncos

Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos (Minnesota) - Caught five passes for 73 yards, averaging 14.6 yards per catch, in Denver's 26-16 win over New England

Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, New England Patriots (Illinois) - Reeled in two catches for 33 yards, averaging 16.5 yards per catch, in New England's 26-16 loss to Denver

Kevin Vickerson, DT, Denver Broncos (Michigan State)
- Registered two solo tackles and a sack in the Broncos' 26-16 victory over the Patriots

Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco 49ers (Ohio State) - Posted four tackles and a pass deflection in the 49ers' 23-17 loss to the Seahawks

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw for 215 yards on 16-of-25 passing and one touchdown in the Seahawks' 23-17 victory over the 49ers

Five Big Ten men's soccer players were selected in the 2014 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Indiana's A.J. Corrado and Nikita Kotlov, Michigan's Fabio Pereira, Michigan State's Kevin Cope and Wisconsin's AJ Cochran were all drafted by MLS clubs.

Corrado was drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes with the No. 47 overall pick in the MLS draft. He led the Hoosiers in assists (7) and tied for the team lead with 13 points. He earned second-team All-Big Ten honors and was a Capital One Academic All-America third team selection.

Kotlov was named to the Portland Timbers with the 73rd overall pick. He finished his senior year tied for the team lead in goals (five), while also adding three assists. He was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick and earned first-team honors in 2011.

Pereira was a fourth-round draft pick of the Seattle Sounders FC in the MLS draft. He ended his career as Michigan's career leader in shots with 194, second in assists (22), eighth in points (48) and ninth in goals (13). He was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team and was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2013.

Cope was drafted 25th overall in the MLS SuperDraft to the Philadelphia Union. The center back helped the Spartans pace the Big Ten in fewest goals allowed (17), and also scored two goals with two assists this season. He contributed to nine shutouts, was named first-team All-Big Ten and was an NSCAA third-team All-American selection.

Cochran was drafted 16th overall by the Houston Dynamo. He anchored a back line that earned seven shutouts during the season, while also scoring three goals. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree and first-team NSCAA All-American.

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