Olympic Journal: Getting Ready To Run

As a college runner at Iowa, Diane Nukuri Johnson racked up the honors. But before she rant for the Hawkeyes, Nukuri Johnson competed for Burundi in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney as a teenager. Now she’s back competing for Burundi in the marathon and she’s also one of a handful of Big Ten names chronicling their Olympic adventures for BTN.com. Find more journals here.

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Did You See This? Gerry DiNardo ... a long time ago

Perhaps you saw the picture posted to our BTN Facebook page Thursday. If not, you might want to do yourself a favor and click inside to see a classic photo of BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo. The photo, courtesy of Alyson B. Ryan, is of DiNardo, then a Colorado assistant, taken anywhere from 1982-1990, DiNardo’s tenure in Boulder. See the photo in this post.

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Shawn Respert, 5 others named to Michigan State HOF

Former basketball star Shawn Respert and five other Spartan products will be inducted into the Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday, Sept. 20, it was announced Friday. Respert, the program’s all-time leading scorer, is joined in this year’s class by Carl Banks (football), Emily Bastel (women’s golf), Clinton Jones (football/track), Diane Spoelstra (women’s basketball/softball/volleyball) and George Szypula (men’s gymnastics coach).

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Big Ten players on NBA Summer League rosters

Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor

Gus Johnson: Sullinger for two and the win

Longing for some basketball? The 2012 NBA Summer League tips off July 9-13 in Orlando, with eight teams represented, and continues July 13-22 in Las Vegas, with a record 24 teams in action. They’ll be no shortage of Big Ten products involved, including 2012 first-round picks Meyers Leonard and Jared Sullinger. See all the Big Ten products who will be in action in this post.

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The results are in: See how Big Ten fans voted

For the Fourth of July, we were feeling patriotic and decided to post 12 polls, half of which were holiday- or political-centric, with the hope of providing Big Ten fans a little holiday enjoyment. The polls have closed, and now it’s time to see how you voted. Which Big Ten coach do fans wish could get a second term? And which Big Ten player’s game is most fireworks-inducing? See the results for all 12 polls in this post.

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