Profiling Michigan State's Mahoney

Michigan State’s Kathryn Mahoney suffered a life-altering injury doing what she loved most: competing in gymnastics. One moment, she’s honing her craft on the vault, and the next she’s motionless. Mahoney fractured her C6 vertebra one day in practice, leaving her paralyzed and wheelchair-bound. Ever since the incident, Mahoney has received support in all walks of life. “It’s been incredible,” Mahoney said, “I can’t even thank all of the people who have been supporting me.” Watch her inspiring story.

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2011 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Released

The pairings for the 13th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, held November 29-30, were announced Tuesday afternoon. Seeking its third straight victory in the event and just its third win overall, the Big Ten will face a tough test this winter. For one, the Challenge has been very close in recent years, with the victor winning 6-5 each of the past three seasons. On top of that, the ACC figures to boast a pair of top 5 teams, including likely No. 1 North Carolina. See the full schedule here:

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12 Other Things To Talk About This Spring

Spring football is long over and kickoff is still three-plus months away, so there’s not much to do but talk our way through the lull before the college football season. Below, I looked at all 12 Big Ten teams, listed the most popular topic(s) I’ve heard/read and offered another possible discussion item that each team must address before fall arrives.

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Iowa Men End Run of Big Ten Futility

One of the closest Big Ten Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships in history resulted in a program breaking a its long run of futility. For the first time since 1967, Iowa won the annual event, with 125.5 points, just enough to nip runner-up Minnesota (123). Ohio State (109) placed third. The Hawkeyes won three Big Ten titles and also recorded five runner-up finishes on their way to hoisting the conference crown for the first time since in more than four decades.

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Ohio State Women Win First Outdoor Crown

Ohio State is no stranger to Big Ten success, but its athletic program had never won a Big Ten Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship. That all changed this spring, as the Buckeyes, behind the strength of winning six events, took home their first crown. Ohio State finished with 135 points, topping runner-up Penn State (122) and third-place finisher Indiana (96).

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