Illinois product Deron Williams wins gold medal

Make it two-time gold medal winner Deron Williams. The former Illinois and current Brooklyn Net point guard helped Team USA capture the gold medal with a 107-100 victory over Spain on the final day of the 2012 London Olympics. The gold medal marks Team USA and Williams’ second consecutive Olympic championship, and it makes Williams the first Big Ten men’s basketball player ever to win multiple gold medals. See a photo of Williams and his two gold medals in this post.

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DiNardo: Minnesota football practice tweets

The BTN bus tour hit Minneapolis on Saturday, and that means it’s time for analyst Gerry DiNardo’s post-practice tweets – a feature he’ll provide after all 12 stops across Big Ten country. Did you miss our Minnesota Preview Show on Sunday night? Watch it on BTN2Go. And on Monday, we’re headed to Wisconsin practice. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s Wisconsin practice preview.

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Olympic Journal: Update from Indiana's Farrell

As a dual citizen of the U.S. and France, Indiana swimmer Margaux Farrell competed for France in the 2012 Summer Olympics. In her latest Big Ten Olympic Journal entry, Farrell recaps what she has done in London since winning her bronze medal and writes about her excitement for the closing ceremony. Read her journal entry among others in our Big Ten Olympic section.

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Dienhart: Things I learned at Minnesota

MarQueis Gray

Tom Dienhart's Take Away on Minnesota

Anytime you watch Minnesota, you can’t help but focus on quarterback MarQueis Gray. At 6-4, 250 pounds, Gray looked like a linebacker or defensive end when I stood by him at practice. He’s a physical beast. But he also has made some great strides as a passer, which were apparent in the practice we watched. Quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski told me things are slowing down for Gray in his second season in the scheme. You could sense a maturity and confidence about Gray as he worked out. He’s older and wiser—and it showed today.

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Did You See This? Illinois' Tim Beckman takes ice bath

It was a hard days work for Illinois football coach Tim Beckman on Friday. Or perhaps, he really felt like bonding with standout linebacker Jonathan Brown. Either way, the first-year head coach capped Friday’s practice with a plunge in the ice bath. No joke. And from the picture @IllinoisFootball tweeted, it sure seemed as though Beckman enjoyed the cold temperatures. See the photo in this post.

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