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Big Ten announces schedule for 2015-16 college hockey season

The Big Ten office announced the dates and opponents for the 2015-16 hockey season Wednesday, featuring 20-game schedules for each of the six conference programs. The schedule concludes with the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament, to be held March 17-19 at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn. [ View the 2015-16 Big Ten Hockey Schedule ] All six conference teams will open Big Ten play Dec. 4-5. The opening weekend will feature Michigan hosting Wisconsin, Minnesota welcoming Ohio State and Penn State entertaining Michigan State. The two-time defending Big Ten Champion Gophers will make their road debut

Best of Week 3: All eyes on Nebraska vs. Miami rematch

Not a lot of “wow” factor in Week 3, with Nebraska’s trip to Miami (Fla.) earning top billing. These programs twice battled for the national title, after the 1983 and 1994 seasons. Alas, neither program is of that ilk at the moment—no Tom Osborne, no Howard Schnellenberger, no Dennis Erickson … no legit national title dreams. Still, it will be a fun trip to south Florida for the Cornhuskers, who can send a message with a convincing win under first-year coach Mike Riley. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten football coverage ] Pitt’s trip to Iowa will

Best of Week 2: Michigan State rematch vs. Oregon, anyone?

The second weekend is highlighted by Oregon’s trip to Michigan State. And Minnesota’s junket to Colorado State drips with intrigue. We also have a rivalry, with Iowa going to Iowa State in a battle for the Cy-Hawk trophy. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten football coverage ] The visit to Ames, Iowa, to play Iowa State never is easy for the Hawkeyes. In fact, the Cyclones have been a burr under Kirk Ferentz’s saddle since he got the job in 1999. How bad has it been? Ferentz is just 7-9 vs. Iowa State. Maryland needs to be

Sprinkling the cheese: A look at Michigan softball's pizza tradition

With Michigan’s softball team rolling through the College Softball World Series, we take a look back at our feature story on the Wolverines’ pizza tradition. What’s “sprinkling the cheese” mean? How about this “rolling of the dough” and “spreading the sauce,” too? Find out in this video.