The 2015 MLB regular season came to a close Sunday afternoon, so there’s no better time to take a look at how former Big Ten players fared. It was a strong season for several Big Ten names, in addition to a handful of Maryland, Nebraska and Rutgers products who starred at their schools before they entered the conference. Seven players aren’t done playing, either. Clayton Richard (Michigan) and Kyle Schwarber (Indiana), both with the Cubs, J.A. Happ (Northwestern) and Tony Watson (Nebraska), both with the Pirates, Brett Cecil (Maryland), of the Blue Jays, Alex Gordon (Nebraska), of the Royals, and Kevin Plawecki (Purdue),
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Kyle Schwarber (Indiana), Chicago Cubs: .246 AVG, 16 HR, 43 RBI, 52 R, .842 OPS in 62 games.
It was a successful season opener for defending national champion Ohio State. After trailing 17-14 at halftime, the Buckeyes dominated the second half en route to taking a 42-24 victory at Virginia Tech. See our favorite USA TODAY Sports photos from the game below:
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Sep 7, 2015; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Kendall Fuller (11) is called for pass interference as Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) tries to catch the ball in the fourth quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
It’s World Photography Day, so I decided to take a look back at some of my favorite USA TODAY Sports Image shots from the 2014 football season. See a shot for all 14 teams below.
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Oct 11, 2014; Madison, WI, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Geronimo Allison (8) looks for a pass during the third quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin won 38-28. - Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
The Big Ten Network debuts “Scarlet and Gray Days: Inside Ohio State Training Camp” at 7 p.m. ET on Aug. 19 and our crew is sending back pictures ahead of the first show. Find a few of them in this post and look for more to come. The BTN originals (@BTN_Originals) program is an exclusive, behind-the-scenes series featuring the Ohio State Buckeyes training camp as they prepare for the 2015 football season. The in-depth, documentary style show will follow the reigning national champions over a portion of pre-season practice.
Joshua Perry meets the media Sunday as he checks into the hotel.
Carli Lloyd, a Rutgers women’s soccer player from 2001 to 2004, scored the fastest three goals in Women’s World Cup history as the U.S. routed Japan 5-2 for the championship in Vancouver on Sunday. Lloyd scored the rare hat trick in just 16 minutes. During her four years at Rutgers, Lloyd became the program’s all-time leader in points (117) and goals (50). She was also a three-time All-American and a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy. Read more about here here. Let’s have a look at the best Lloyd photos from Sunday games.
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Jul 5, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; United States midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) reacts after scoring a goal against Japan in the first half of the final of the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup at BC Place Stadium.
Happy Fourth of July, Big Ten fans! With it being the day of the Red, White and Blue, we thought we’d take a look at some of the recent patriotic Big Ten football uniform designs. See them below!
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Nov 23, 2013; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini helmet on the field before the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross Ade Stadium. Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
As expected, three former Big Ten stars were selected in the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday night. Here were the picks, in chronological order: D’Angelo Russell (No. 2, Los Angeles Lakers); Frank Kaminsky (No. 9, Charlotte); Sam Dekker (No. 18, Houston). [ MORE: Watch Branden Dawson’s reaction | Aaron White selection ] Aaron White (No. 49, Washington) and Branden Dawson (No. 56, New Orleans/traded to Los Angeles Clippers) were selected in the second round.
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Jun 25, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; D'Angelo Russell (Ohio State) reacts after being selected as the number two overall pick to the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center.
It’s Father’s Day! Happy Father’s Day to all of the Big Ten dads out there. We hope you enjoy every minute of this day dedicated to you. We also hope you enjoy this fun gallery of Big Ten dads!
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Michigan State Spartans guard Denzel Valentine (45) celebrates with his father Carlton Vanlentine after the game against the Louisville Cardinals in the finals of the east regional of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at Carrier Dome. The Michigan State Spartans won 76-70.