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Michigan signing day invite list to raise awareness for #ChadTough

It will be a who’s who cast of characters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for National Signing Day on Wednesday. You’ve heard the names, by now, a list headlined by former Michigan quarterback and current NFL star Tom Brady, one-time Michigan baseball signee and former New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter and 1991 Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard. No doubt, non-Michigan fans are rolling their eyes at what they think is Jim Harbaugh’s latest gimmick (like this, for example) to make headlines in the never-ending recruiting battle. But all of the big-time personalities, also including pro wrestling legend Ric Flair, former

Bracketology: Iowa a No. 1 seed in Jerry Palm & Joe Lunardi's mocks

It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s NCAA hopes with a weekly check of the mock brackets from Jerry Palm of and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. The Big Ten continues to look like a six-bid league. But Wisconsin is making some noise in Lunardi’s mock. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of week that was | Players of the Week | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Last week, Iowa ascended to a

Video: Draymond Green triple-doubles - again - visits NBA office

How did former Michigan State star Draymond Green celebrate his NBA-leading ninth triple-double of the season? [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] By spending his off day at the NBA office in New York City. Hours after registering a historic 20-points, 10-rebound, 10-assist line that included a perfect performance from the field (9 of 9) Sunday night at Madison Square Garden, the 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year and 2015 NBA champion was treated like the star that he is. Green had plenty of fun, too, between playing pop-a-shot and designing a custom

Tom’s Take: Honors, stock watch, top performers, notes & quotes

The Big Ten race is bunched at the top, with Iowa, Indiana, Maryland and Michigan leading the pack. And keep an eye on Purdue. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of week that was | Players of the Week | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here is a look back at the week that was. Biggest surprise: Wisconsin. Don’t count out the Badgers from returning to the Big Dance just yet. Greg Gard’s program ended Indiana’s

Ex-Badgers QB Russell Wilson wins 2016 Pro Bowl Offensive MVP

Need another reason to prove the Wisconsin football program is getting it done? [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] Russell Wilson picked up Offensive MVP honors of the 2016 Pro Bowl on Sunday in Honolulu, Hawaii, marking the second consecutive season the Badgers have had one of the annual game’s superlative winners. A season ago, all-world defensive end and former Wisconsin walk-on J.J. Watt claimed Defensive MVP honors. On Sunday night, Wilson, the one-year Wisconsin standout, completed 8 of 12 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns to help lead Team Irvin to an

Big Ten links: Evan Turner jersey retirement, football updates & more

It will be nice to see Evan Turner’s No. 21 jersey hang in the rafters of Ohio State’s Value City Arena. Ohio State announced recently that it will hang the No. 21 in the rafters during halftime of the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan on Feb. 16. Turner’s number will be the fifth to hang in the rafters, joining Jerry Lucas (11), Gary Bradds (35), Jim Jackson (22) and John Havlicek (5). “It’s unbelievable for our program,” Matta said last weekend. “The one thing here is it’s very difficult to get your jersey hung in the rafters. As I reflect back

BTN LiveBIG: Rutgers celebrates illustrious past, present in pictures

To celebrate its 250th anniversary, Rutgers University — one of America’s oldest institutions of higher education — is getting the entire RU community involved in a new exhibit both at its Zimmerli Art Museum and online. This “art project,” called HereNow, features photographs submitted by Rutgers students as well as faculty and others affiliated with the university, creating a tapestry and a clear image of what it means to be a Scarlet Knight. “It occurred to me we needed to do something that would be rather like a gift to the whole university,” said Marti Mayo, the director of Zimmerli.

Johns Hopkins picked to Big Ten men's lacrosse crown

Johns Hopkins was selected as the unanimous preseason favorite to claim the Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Championship in a poll conducted by the conference’s six head coaches. The Blue Jays were followed in the preseason poll by second-place Maryland. Johns Hopkins made its record 43rd NCAA Tournament appearance last season and advanced to the Final Four after sharing the inaugural Big Ten Championship with Maryland and winning the first Big Ten Tournament. The Blue Jays are ranked No. 5 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) preseason poll. The preseason poll and complete Players to Watch list can be

Reigning champ Maryland picked to win Big Ten women's lax title

Maryland was the unanimous choice by the conference coaches as the preseason favorite to claim the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Championship. The conference’s coaches voted in the preseason poll and selected three players from their own team to a Players to Watch list. The top-ranked Terrapins, who won the inaugural Big Ten crown and captured its 13th national championship last season, were followed in the preseason poll by second-place Penn State. View the full preseason poll and complete Players to Watch list  below. 2016 BIG TEN WOMEN’S LACROSSE PRESEASON POLL 1. MARYLAND 2. Penn State 3. Northwestern 4. Ohio