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
The second day of the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books. A total of 12 former Big Ten stars were selected in the second day of the NFL Draft, with eight of them landing in the second round, and four in the third round.
The Big Ten had three first-round picks last night to kick off the 2015 NFL Draft. That brings the Big Ten school’s total first-round picks to 57 in the last 11 drafts. Ohio State leads the way with 13 first-round picks, almost twice as many as No. 2 school Wisconsin which has had seven. On Thursday, Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff went No. 5 to the Redskins, Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes went No. 11 to the Vikings and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon went No. 15 to the Chargers. It is a bit of a surprise to see Illinois No.
Just three Big Ten schools had players picked in the opening round of the draft, with Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin being represented. When could other schools see their first player picked? Here is a look at the player most likely to be picked first (or next) from each Big Ten school over the next two days of the draft. You can track the draft at FoxSports.com. Illinois: TE Matt LaCosse, 7th round-FA Indiana: RB Tevin Coleman, 2nd-3rd round Iowa: DT Carl Davis, 2nd-3rd round Maryland: WR Stefon Diggs, 3rd-4th round Michigan: WR Devin Funchess, 3rd-4th round Michigan State: RB
Three former Big Ten standouts were selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday night in Chicago, paced by former Iowa tackle Brandon Scherff (No. 5, Washington).
Now that we know who will be back for the 2015-16 season, BTN.com's Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina combined to release a super-early power rankings.
No Big Ten school has produced defensive backs like Ohio State over the past 10 years. Since the 2005 draft, the Buckeyes have had 12 defensive backs taken with a league-high three of those coming in the first round–Donte Whitner in 2006; Malcolm Jenkins in 2009; Bradley Roby in 2014. Nebraska is right behind Ohio State with 11 picks, including two first-rounders: Prince Amukamara in 2011 and Fabian Washington in 2005. [MORE: Read all of our Big Ten NFL Draft coverage. ] The Big Ten has had 70 defensive backs picked, with 10 first-round selections, over the last 10 years. Michigan
In Thursday's Big Ten links, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany talked to reporters at the College Football Playoff spring meetings about the satellite camps this week. "I view it as permissible practice," Delany said. Also, get some last minute Big Ten updates before tonight's NFL Draft
Spring football 2015 is in the books. It's never smart to put too much emphasis on what we see in the spring, but that doesn't mean we should highlight the best of the best performances.
This much is known: No team, in any sport, had a better month of April than the Illinois baseball team. [ MORE: View the latest Big Ten baseball standings ] The Illini, who clinched a perfect April by downing Southern Illinois on Tuesday night, finished the month 16-0, including 11-0 in Big Ten action. In all, Dan Hartleb’s team has won a program-record 18 consecutive games, the longest active streak in college baseball and the second-longest this season (24, Texas A&M). The games haven’t been all that close, either. Just check out the tweet above for all of the stats.