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#BTNStandout: Spartans' Ryan Krill demolishes go-ahead grand slam

Ryan Krill had a dozen home runs entering Thursday afternoon’s elimination game in the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney page | Watch #BTNStandout plays ] No. 13 was the biggest, and arguably longest, of the season. Krill demolished a go-ahead grand slam to deep right field in the bottom of the eighth inning to help No. 5 Michigan State rally past No. 8 Nebraska, 9-7. The blast, Michigan State’s first grand slam of the season, was part of a six-run eighth that saw the Spartans erase a four-deficit. Watch the video above or

David Letterman passes 'Late Show' torch to NU grad Stephen Colbert

Wednesday night was all about David Letterman, and for good reason. It was the final “Late Show with David Letterman,” this after two-plus decades of making America laugh every weeknight at 11:30 p.m. ET on CBS. Taking Letterman’s place, of course, will be Stephen Colbert, a 1986 graduate of Northwestern’s School of Communication. Well, on the final show, before saying good-bye for one last time, Letterman wished the Northwestern grad the best of luck. “I’m very excited,” said Letterman in the video above about Colbert. “I think he’s going to do a wonderful job, and I wish Stephen and his

Northwestern schedule analysis: Early look at Wildcats' 2015 slate

Northwestern is coming off back-to-back 5-7 seasons after going to five bowls in a row. It’s time for the Wildcats to get back on track. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s 2015 schedule analysis posts ] Pat Fitzgerald—who is entering his 10th season at the helm of his alma mater–will have one of his most talented teams yet in his efforts to restore NU into a contender, but questions loom on offense at quarterback, wideout and along the line. Plus, the schedule is filled with hurdles. Here is a detailed look at Northwestern’s to-do list, which features eight bowl

Big Ten links: NFL.com top 15 lists, Penn State-Pit series & much more

NFL.com has a couple of nice lists. One is of the Top 15 Heisman contenders for 2016. Hello, Ohio State quarterbacks. The other is of the Top 15 defensive players. Hello, Joey Bosa. *** Dan Duggan of NJ.com posed five questions for Rutgers football prior to spring ball. Now, he answers them. Question No. 1 was if a quarterback would emerge. And, of course, none did. *** The great Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette took a look at trophy runs, in which teams rush to an opponent’s sideline to seize a trophy after winning a game. I hope

BTN LiveBIG: Rutgers alum sets a course for adventure

Inspired by their experiences in college and elsewhere, these Pathfinders are passing by the typical, well-trod career paths and blazing their own trails. We’ll explore the unconventional approaches these Big Ten alums are taking to work. A conventional — if also comfortable — career seemed to be in the cards for Milosz “Milo” Pierwola. The Rutgers alum had put in three years as an attorney, spending most of his time at a desk, and everyone around him believed he was doing quite well for himself. There was just one problem: He was completely miserable at work. So, he quit in

Video: Michigan State players videobomb coach Jake Boss Jr.

Big Ten baseball players enjoy videobombing coaches during dugout interviews. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney homepage ] We learned this during last year’s Big Ten Baseball Tournament, and now, it looks like the trend has continued. BTN’s Kevin Kugler and Danan Hughes caught up with Michigan State head coach Jake Boss Jr. in the bottom of the fourth inning during MSU’s game against Maryland on Wednesday night. During the interview, you can see Spartan players eating bananas and making some comical facial expressions with reference to the mustaches the team is sporting. Boss Jr.’s reaction to learning his

Illinois baseball sets Big Ten record with 27th consecutive win

Illinois’ 2015 season has been filled with records and historic marks. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney homepage ] The Fighting Illini added a new mark to the record books on Wednesday, and it was a big mark. A 3-2 victory over Nebraska in the opening round of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament gave the Illini their 27th straight win this season, which marks the longest winning streak by a Big Ten baseball team in conference history. The record was previously held by Nebraska in 1983. Of course, the Huskers played in the Big Eight conference during that time.

#BTNStandout: Iowa's Nick Day hits walk-off home run to stun Ohio State

Nick Day and No. 2 Iowa were down to their final strike. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney page | Watch #BTNStandout plays ] That’s how close the Hawkeyes were to losing their Big Ten tournament opener to No. 7 Ohio State and facing the prospect of having to win five consecutive games to take the tourney crown. Day had other ideas, blasting the two-strike pitch over the left field wall for a dramatic two-run, walk-off home run to stun the Buckeyes, 3-2. Talk about the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Look at how excited the