Michigan Nabs 5th Straight Big Ten Crown

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Purdue at Michigan - Softball Highlights

The No. 22-ranked Michigan softball team is now the first Big Ten team to win five straight conference titles after sweeping a doubleheader with Purdue (8-0 in game one, 8-5 in five innings in game two) on Saturday at Wilpon Softball Complex. Click inside for Saturday’s schedule, links to school team pages,  or go to the national softball scoreboard for all the games.

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Analyzing Northwestern's 2012 schedule

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Northwestern Spring Game - Football Highlights

Now I turn my attention to Northwestern as I take a closer look at the 2012 football schedule for the Wildcats. They’ve got two challenging home games and a back-to-back set on the road that rivals any two-game stretch in the Big Ten. I circle the game on the calendar that could be the toughest and easiest for Pat Fitzgerald and his team this fall.

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Friday Softball & Baseball Roundup

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Illnois at Northwestern - Softball Wrap-up

Several Big Ten teams took to the diamond Friday as the Big Ten softball regular season comes to a close this weekend. Illinois softball suffered a pair of losses against Northwestern, falling in game one, 3-2, before dropping the second contest, 7-3. Watch highlights of that game now and jump inside for more, including baseball wrap-ups from Seattle University vs. Ohio State where Aaron Craft made a cameo visit.

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Dienhart: Ranking 2012's Big Ten QBs

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Denard Robinson - Howard Griffith Conversation

The Big Ten will be bolstered by the return of nine starting quarterbacks in 2012. The only schools breaking in new starters under center are Michigan State (Kirk Cousins gone), Northwestern (Dan Persa gone) and Wisconsin (Russell Wilson gone). Without a doubt here, Michigan’s Denard Robinson looks like the top quarterback in the league. Could he become the first Big Ten quarterback to win the Heisman since Ohio State’s Troy Smith turned the trick in 2006?

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Week In Review: Where Does Your Coach Rank?

Before we get to Friday’s Big Ten news links, let’s review the week. Monday’s post asked , “Which college fo0tball playoff format do you prefer?” On Tuesday and Wednesday we looked at the buzz around next year’s top offensive and defensive stars.  And Thursday’s post included a possible college football playoff tweak, next year’s NFL Draft prospects, and a singing coach. My bookmark-friendly weekday links are always here, and you get the RSS over here.

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Swing Away! Softball Teams Battle for Title

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Michigan Softball Practices with Fruits and Veggies

The Big Ten softball regular season comes to a close this weekend and Michigan is one of six Big Ten softball teams playing part of BTN’s softball triple-header tonight: Ohio State at Penn State, 4 p.m. ET; Purdue at Michigan, 6 p.m.; Iowa at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Full TV schedule here. Here’s a fun video from our colleagues at MGoBlue.com.  So this week Michigan coach Carol Hutchins wanted to take a bit of pressure off her team by throwing batting practice using fruits and vegetables. It’s smash time!

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Wildcats' NCAA lacrosse game on BTN2Go

BTN will stream Saturday’s NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament game between Notre Dame and Northwestern on BTN2Go. Can’t watch it live Saturday at 4 p.m. ET? There will be an online archive of the game on BTN2Go for 24 hours. You can also watch it again when BTN airs if on TV on Monday at 5:30 p.m. ET. Get more info on this game through the women’s lacrosse section of NUsports.com. You can also track the entire tourney with the excellent interactive bracket at NCAA.com.

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