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BTN LiveBIG: Michigan State professor 'powers up' efforts to promote kids' nutrition

A series that covers the true revolutionaries, Game Changers explores how innovators from Big Ten universities — students, faculty and alums — are inventing or reinventing their chosen fields. The causes of childhood obesity in America are numerous. As most parents are aware, steering kids toward healthy food options is a never-ending battle. Michigan State professor Lorraine Weatherspoon looked at the problem and helped shed light on something many parents may have missed: how unhealthy foods are being marketed to kids through online computer games. This isn’t about changing the symbols in “Candy Crush” to carrots and broccoli and calling

Penn State, lacrosse families react to Connor Darcey's death

Penn State redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Connor Darcey, 21, died in a car accident early Friday morning in Boston. Darcey, a Wellesley, Massachusetts, native, compiled a .553 save percentage and a 5-9 record in 2015, his first season as the starter. He was named to the inaugural Big Ten All-Tournament Team in May and claimed the conference’s first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor, following a 15-save performance in his first start Feb. 7 vs. Vermont. Penn State released the following statement Friday afternoon: Our hearts go out to Connor Darcey’s family, teammates, friends and everyone who knew him.

Unit Rankings: OSU headlines Big Ten East offensive backfield list

The Big Ten East is home to two of the conference’s top backfields at Ohio State and Michigan State. In fact, the Buckeye backfield may be the best in the nation. Quarterback issues loom at Michigan, Rutgers and Maryland, while Penn State, Indiana, Michigan and MSU need to solidify their running back spots. [ MORE: East OL | West OL | East WR/TE | West WR/TE ] Here is a ranking of the Big Ten East backfields. 1. Ohio State. Loaded. In fact, this may be the best backfield in the nation. It begins with running back Ezekiel Elliott, a

Best of Week 9: Jim Harbaugh vs. Jerry Kill highlights the slate

Trick or treat! This is an abbreviated schedule with just five games on the slate. [ MORE: Best of Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 ] Minnesota beat Michigan for the Little Brown Jug last season for the first time since 2005 and just the fourth time since 1967. The last time the Gophers won two in a row vs. the Wolverines? It was when Minnesota won four meetings in succession from 1960-63. Penn State is 14-4 vs. Illinois since joining the Big

Big Ten race shirts are in! See them all & sign up for BTN's Big 10K

The shirts are ready! The shirts are ready! And we’ve got the pictures. Runners who register for the BTN Big 10K by July 1 will receive a gender-specific, sized technical race shirt corresponding to the Big Ten school of their choice. After July 1, inventory is not guaranteed, so early registration is suggested. Ohio State great Eddie George is this year’s Grand Marshal for the July 25 event in Chicago. The Heisman Trophy winner and former Tennessee Titans running back will also take pictures with fans. Now in its fourth year, the BTN Big 10K has become one of the top

Tonight on BTN/BTN2Go: Penn State's 2008 comeback win at Ohio State

Over the next month, BTN will profile 18 different classic games, ranging from 2007-2014. Tonight’s game is a top-10 conference matchup, which took place back in 2008 and featured No. 3 Penn State at No. 9 Ohio State. The game will air at 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go. With Daryll Clark on the sideline and Penn State trailing midway through the fourth quarter, backup Pat Devlin led the Nittany Lions on two late scoring drives, including a one-yard touchdown run with just over six minutes left to go up 10-6. Penn State went on to add a late field goal

BTN LiveBIG: Wisconsin student discovers healing powers of gardening

Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section. Lily Mank never had to stop to smell the roses. She was most likely planting them. “Just look at my name,” said the 2015 University of Wisconsin graduate who specializes in therapeutic garden designs. “It was only natural that I gravitated towards nature.” At an earlier point in her life, Mank considered a career in pre-med — for about a split-second. “It didn’t feel exactly right for