This one is for all the marbles. The No. 3-ranked Michigan softball team will take on No. 1 Florida in a winner-take-all game in the NCAA Women’s College World Series tonight at 8 p.m. ET at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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The Big Ten announced on Wednesday the 28 honorees named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2014-15 academic year. These standouts were chosen from a group of more than 350 students honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship.
The Big Ten office announced the dates and opponents for the 2015-16 hockey season Wednesday, featuring 20-game schedules for each of the six conference programs. The schedule concludes with the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament, to be held March 17-19 at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn.
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Not a lot of “wow” factor in Week 3, with Nebraska’s trip to Miami (Fla.) earning top billing. These programs twice battled for the national title, after the 1983 and 1994 seasons. Alas, neither program is of that ilk at the moment—no Tom Osborne, no Howard Schnellenberger, no Dennis Erickson … no legit national title dreams. Still, it will be a fun trip to south Florida for the Cornhuskers, who can send a message with a convincing win under first-year coach Mike Riley.
In Wednesday’s Big Ten links, we take a look at a story on the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, another story on why one former football coach doesn’t have a stake in his old team roster’s academic success, and a handful of other headlines from around the Big Ten. Dive in.
On this Wednesday, June 3, it’s National Running Day. So we reached back into our archives to find one of the most memorable runs in BTN history. Watch this remarkable race video from 2008 and then read our recent Q&A with the Minnesota runner who pulled it off. “After I fell, it was as if a vacuum had sucked all the energy out of the place,” the runner remembers. “Then, as I started to gain momentum, it was like a crescendo of noise and excitement, all the way to the finish line.”
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The 2015 Michigan softball team will have the chance to “sprinkle the cheese” one last time this season.