It’s a genre of music invented by former African slaves and their descendants just a few decades after emancipation. Though novel, the rhythms and melodies were the result of a fusion between the native musical forms they brought over from their home continent and instrumentation they encountered in their new country. As it evolved and grew more popular, it became an emblem of national pride, unity and ingenuity. We’re talking, of course, about Brazilian samba. Americans can be forgiven for assuming the description above referred to jazz or blues. After all, that’s their frame of reference, and the history of
Put it in the history books! Johns Hopkins defeated Ohio State 13-6 on Saturday night en route to winning the first-ever Big Ten men’s lacrosse tournament. Senior Eric Schneider was outstanding in goal, recording 11 saves and helping the Blue Jays secure the conference championship. “We scratched and clawed, and really, just kept fighting,” Schneider said following the game. “It’s a team effort and I’m just really proud of these guys.” Junior attackman Ryan Brown added two goals in the game, setting the single-season goal-scoring record at Johns Hopkins. It also marked the 31st straight game he has scored a
Junior attackman Ryan Brown is a flat-out star on the lacrosse field. With just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter of Saturday’s Big Ten tournament championship game, Brown scored his 53rd goal of the year, which set the single-season goal-scoring record at Johns Hopkins. Brown has now scored in 31 consecutive games, which marks the longest goal-scoring streak in the nation. Brown and the Blue Jays went on to defeat Ohio State 13-6 en route to winning the Big Ten championship. Well done, Ryan!
With its 9-1 victory over Penn State on Saturday afternoon, the Michigan softball team (47-6, 20-2 Big Ten) clinched at least a share of the Big Ten Championship and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. The Wolverines secure the 19th conference championship in program history and eighth consecutive title. Sophomore leftfielder Kelly Christner registered her second straight three-hit performance, going 3-for-4 with two runs batted in, to headline the Wolverine offense. Junior centerfielder Sierra Lawrence and sophomore third baseman Lindsay Montemarano both connected on two-run homers. Montemarano went 2-for-2 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch; she
This shouldn’t be the last time you see Alec Olund’s diving catch from Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: Check out other #BTNStandout plays ] Olund robbed Michigan State of a extra bases and a likely insurance run with a highlight-reel diving grab on the warning track, right before the hill in front of the fence, in right-center field. With the Boilermakers trailing 9-7 in the bottom of sixth, Olund sprinted to his left and laid out to end the inning. Best of all: The dust. Look at the cloud of dust Olund found himself in after making the grab. Good stuff.
The third and final day of the 2015 NFL Draft was a big one for the Big Ten on Saturday. Twenty players were selected in Rounds 4-7, giving the Big Ten a total of 35 draftees. See all of the picks inside.
The drought is over. Brandon Scherff was selected No. 5 by the Washington Redskins in the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday night, ending the Big Ten's streak of no top 10 picks since 2008.
Randy Gregory was one of the top prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was invited to Chicago to attend the event in the Green Room, after all. [ MORE: Get our NFL draft coverage | View Round 2 & 3 Big Ten picks ] However, due to off-field issues, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound pass-rusher had a longer-than-expected wait to hear his name called. Thursday’s first round came and went without Gregory making the walk across the stage. On Friday, with the second round winding down, the Dallas Cowboys ended Gregory’s wait, taking the ex-Nebraska star with the 60th pick. Gregory,
This was cool: Former Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes held a Twitter Q&A with Minnesota Vikings fans Friday afternoon.
The San Diego Chargers introduced first-round pick Melvin Gordon on Friday, one day after trading up to select the former Wisconsin running back with the 15th pick.