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Michigan has a lot to like about next season’s team which is in pursuit of the school’s first Big Ten title since 2004, but one glaring issues is the lack of a pass rusher. Who will it be?
The Big Ten softball season came to a close Sunday, and for the sixth consecutive season it was Michigan claiming the Big Ten crown. How much will the Wolverines’ dominance impact the All-Big Ten teams and superlative winners? That’s to be determined, but BTN analysts Garland Cooper and Tammy Williams offered their predictions on Sunday’s “Big Ten Diamond Report.” See the analysts’ winners in the video here.
President Barack Obama delivered the commencement speech Sunday at Ohio State’s graduation ceremony. Obama’s speech marked the third delivered by a sitting President at Ohio State, following George W. Bush (2002) and Gerald Ford (1974). Catch up on some of the highlights of his speech with tweets in this post. Plus, watch Obama’s 2010 commencement speech at Michigan.
Michigan State baseball beat Illinois on Sunday afternoon at McLane Stadium, 4-3, thanks to a three-run home run to left field by junior Joel Fisher. The Spartans (26-14, 9-6 Big Ten) were trailing 3-1 in the eighth before Fisher sent the seniors home with a win in the final home weekend at McLane. Illinois fell to 28-15 and 9-9 in the conference. Read full MSUSpartans.com recap and get all of Sunday’s scores and stats in this post.
Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the third, junior Caitlin Blanchard crushed a two-run homer to put No. 10 Michigan on top for good in a 9-3 victory over Northwestern on Sunday at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. Blanchard swung at the first pitch she saw and drove in freshman Sierra Romero, who had reached after being hit by a pitch. Read full MGoBlue.com recap and get all of Sunday’s scores and stats in this post.
Darius Paul, the younger brother of Illini product Brandon Paul, tweeted late Saturday night that he is transferring to Illinois. Paul, who must sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules, averaged 10.4 points and 5.7 rebounds as a freshman at Western Michigan.
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The 2013 NBA Draft isn’t until Thursday, June 27, but our “Journey” producers have compiled several of the show’s best feature stories on the Big Ten’s top draft eligible players. From Illinois’ Brandon Paul to Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas, check out all of the well-done stories on the Big Ten players who are now preparing for the draft.