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Tom Izzo elected to Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

Tom Izzo is a lot of things in the game of basketball, and now he's a hall of famer. The legendary Michigan State coach was announced as a member of the 2016 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class on Monday morning.

Big Ten links: Badgers at Lambeau, Gaelin Elmore tattoo & more

Wisconsin practiced at Green Bay over the weekend in anticipation of playing in the historic venue this fall vs. LSU on Sept. 3. How cool is this? *** Gaelin Elmore was so touched by Jerry Kill’s emotional resignation news conference in October that the Gophers’ junior defensive end added a tattoo of what Kill said. Ink on Elmore’s left forearm reads, “Count on your health instead of your wealth. Count on GOD instead of yourself.” With the initials “J.K.R.K” for Jerry and his wife, Rebecca Kill, beneath it. “He was a really influential guy in my life and career,” Elmore

BTN LiveBIG: ICYMI on Twitter...

There are plenty of great stories about students, faculty and alums of the universities in the Big Ten Conference. Too many, in fact, for us to cover here on BTN.com. But many of the ones we don’t get to tell in this space still get some love through our Twitter handle, @BTNLiveBIG. We’re retweeting, responding and engaging with all of the Big Ten universities — and you, dear readers — on that site. Here’s a look at some of the stories we shared recently, and exclusively, on Twitter. Via @UMengineering: Via @PurdueUnivNews: Via Nebraska’s @SheldonMuseum: Via Wisconsin’s @UWCarbone Cancer Center: Via @EngineeringAtIL:

Watch Michigan outfielder Kelly Christner break her bat

Here’s something you don’t see every day: Kelly Christner broke her bat Sunday afternoon. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] The Michigan outfielder snapped the bat in two pieces, leaving only the handle in her hands, on a routine fly out to the shortstop in short left field in the top of the second inning at Indiana. Best part: Christner’s reaction as she looks at the bat, before running to first, only to find the handle remaining. Watch the bat break in the video at the top of this post. *** Here it

Here are Big Ten names on 2016 MLB Opening Day rosters

It’s MLB Opening Day, and that means it’s time to take a quick look at the Big Ten names on the league’s official 25-man rosters. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten pros coverage ] Thirteen former Big Ten stars will be suited up on MLB Opening Day, which this year includes Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, headlined by ex-Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber and former Minnesota pitcher Glen Perkins. Four schools have multiple players (Indiana; Michigan; Northwestern; Ohio State), paced by the Buckeyes and Wolverines’ three apiece. Here’s a look at the complete list, listed in alphabetical order of Big

BTN LiveBIG: Maryland professor unveils line of brain-boosting beverages

At your local grocery store, you’ll see an assortment of energy and sport drinks, caffeinated beverages and various juices. In other words, drinks that promise to improve physical performance in one way or another. But what if there was a drink that could scientifically enhance your brain’s performance? A University of Maryland School of Medicine professor recently developed Kolé Life Foods, a Baltimore-based company offering a new line of beverages aimed at increasing several different brain functions. As of now, the start-up features four flavors of beverages: Inspire, designed to enhance alertness and focus; Happy, a mood booster; Dreams, which

Watch Carol Hutchins set NCAA softball's all-time wins record

It was only a matter of time before it happened, and it became reality Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: Read MGoBlue.com’s full game recap ] Longtime Michigan coach Carol Hutchins broke the NCAA softball wins record in an 8-0 run-rule victory at Indiana. The victory marked Hutchins’ 1,458th career win, and it’s one she’ll likely never forget. The Wolverines made sure of that, dominating on the diamond and then celebrating their coach’s achievement following the final out (not the best day for an ice bath) and on the team bus. Watch Hutchins set the record in the video above, and check

Watch Urban Meyer playfully kick out student for wearing blue

The Ohio State football team hosted its fifth annual Student Appreciation Day on Saturday. Nearly 2,500 students attended the much-anticipated event inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. After taking in an hour-long scrimmage, it was all about the students. There was a fastest student race and a post-practice autograph and photo session with coaches and players, to name a couple highlights. They even got to hear from Urban Meyer, who entertained while speaking to the students. At one point, the coach kicked out a student wearing blue, the color of fierce rival Michigan. Watch the moment in the video at

#BTNStandout: Michigan's Allison Skaggs nets spinning backhander

Water polo fan or not, one should have no trouble enjoying Allison Skaggs’ highlight goal Saturday. [ MORE: Watch our other favorite #BTNStandout plays ] Skaggs’ spinning backhander with 1:18 left in the second quarter was nothing short of extraordinary. Even better: It tied the score, at 4, and helped Michigan knock off heated rival Indiana, 11-8. Watch the incredible goal in the video above. Advice: Make sure to wait for the replays, because they are must-see stuff. *** [https://twitter.com/MichiganOnBTN/status/716324207177519104]