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Experts' final mock drafts have Illinois closer Tyler Jay as top 10 pick

Just hours before the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the experts’ final mock drafts are out. To no surprise, the experts still like Illinois closer Tyler Jay. BaseballAmerica.com and MLB.com each has Jay going No. 6, while ESPN.com pegs the left-hander to go No. 9. The Big Ten has had a first-round pick in two of the last three drafts, in Purdue’s Kevin Plawecki (2012) and Indiana’s Kyle Schwarber (2014) The first round is at 7 p.m. ET Monday night. Click the links below to view the publications’ full mock drafts. BaseballAmerica.com No. 6 to Minnesota ESPN.com No. 9 to

Illinois opens first Super Regional series vs. Vanderbilt on Saturday

Fresh off its first regional championship, Illinois eyes its first Super Regional championship and College World Series berth. [ MORE: View the official NCAA tournament bracket ] The Illini are two wins away from Omaha, home of the College World Series, and only Vanderbilt, the reigning national champ, stands in the way. The good news: Illinois hosts the best-of-three series at Illinois Field, where it is a program-best 25-2 and has rattled off 19 consecutive victories, the longest active streak in NCAA. Things get started with Game 1 at 8 p.m. ET. In Super Regional history, the first game has

Big Ten announces Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners

The Big Ten announced on Wednesday the 28 honorees named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2014-15 academic year. These standouts were chosen from a group of more than 350 students honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship. One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree, and two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected from each institution. All of the Sportsmanship Award winners have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these honorees must be in good academic standing and