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BTN to televise nine spring championships in May

CHICAGO – BTN is the home for complete coverage of Big Ten spring championships in May and will televise events in the sports of baseball, softball, men’s and women’s golf, rowing, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. In all, BTN will offer more than 50 hours of coverage. Broadcast coverage of Big Ten spring championships begins with the Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 7. The Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships will air at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 14. Both will be televised from French Lick,

Big Ten baseball recap: Huskers walk-off again

It was a busy and exciting day on the Big Ten diamond Sunday. Nebraska beat Ohio State, 2-1, on its second two-out walk-off win over the Buckeyes in as many days. This time, Tanner Lubach sent the Huskers to the win, a decision that wrapped up a series sweep. Catch up on all of Sunday’s action in this post. NEBRASKA 2, OHIO STATE 1 | RECAP It was quite the weekend for Nebraska (19-13, 4-2 Big Ten), which completed its Big Ten-opening homestand on Sunday with another dramatic walk-off victory. For the second straight day the Huskers plated the winning

BTN to air record number of baseball, softball games

CHICAGO – BTN will offer its most extensive baseball and softball coverage ever, with over 240 events airing on BTN, BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN) for the 2014 season. BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten baseball begins with the third game of a three-game series between Indiana and Michigan. Coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday from Bloomington. Last season, Indiana won both the Big Ten Championship and Tournament, and advanced to the College World Series, becoming the first Big Ten squad to reach Omaha since Michigan in 1984. BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten softball

Photo: Visual proof of B1G branding with Yankees

It’s no secret, the Big Ten is serious about expanding its brand and footprint eastward. The additions of Maryland and Rutgers, both of which officially join the conference July 1, were proof of that. So, too, was the eight-year bowl agreement with New York Yankees and New Era Pinstripe Bowl – a set-up that includes a significant Big Ten branding presence in Yankee Stadium. We saw the first visual proof of the branding presence during the Yankees’ home exhibition game vs. Boston on Tuesday afternoon. Check it out: Check out the ad on the backstop at @Yankees spring training facility.

Big Ten baseball tourney expands to eight teams

For the first time the Big Ten Baseball Tournament will feature eight teams starting this season when the tourney is in Nebraska. The games will be played at May 21 to 25 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, the same field that hosts the College World Series. The tournament’s double-elimination format ends with a single championship game on Sunday, with the winner earning the tournament title and the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. All eight teams will begin play in one of two brackets, with the No. 1, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 8 seeds appearing in

Robbie Wine resigns as Penn State baseball coach

Penn State baseball coach Robbie Wine announced his resignation Monday, and Penn State Director of Athletics Dave Joyner said a national search will immediately begin for his successor. “I am very appreciative of Robbie’s contributions to the baseball program and Penn State,” Joyner said. “We thank Robbie for his nine years of service to Penn State, and wish him all the best.” “I have decided to step down as the Penn State head baseball coach to pursue other opportunities in the sport of baseball,” said Wine. “I am excited to start a new chapter in my life and look forward

Big Ten releases All-Big Ten baseball teams

The Big Ten announced Tuesday its 2013 All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners. Big Ten champion Indiana was well represented, as it took home Pitcher of the Year (Aaron Slegers) and Coach of the Year (Tracy Smith). Illinois’ Justin Parr was named Player of the Year and Kevin Duchene earned Freshman of the Year honors. See the teams in this post. [ RELATED: View our 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament homepage ] ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM* C – KYLE SCHWARBER, IND 1B – David Kerian, ILL 2B – Pat Kelly, NEB SS – Thomas Lindauer, ILL SS – Kirby

Who was taken in 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft?

The 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft wrapped up Wednesday, with Rounds 16-40, and a total of 30 Big Ten products were selected during the three-day event. You can relive the entire draft with MLB.com’s Draft Tracker. On Monday, Purdue catcher and Big Ten Player of the Year Kevin Plawecki was taken with the 35th pick by the New York Mets. See all the Big Ten selections in this post, along with tweets and video. Also, visit MLB.com’s Draft Central for all your draft needs. Big Ten Players Selected 35. C Kevin Plawecki, Jr., Purdue – New York Mets Plawecki is 3rd

Big Ten releases Baseball All-Tournament Team

Following the completion of the 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament on Saturday night, the Big Ten office released the all-tournament team. Purdue won the school’s first Big Ten tourney, thanks to an exciting 6-5 victory over heated rival Indiana, and it had five players earn honors, headlined by Most Outstanding Player Kevin Plawecki. Watch one of Plawecki’s two home runs from the tournament now and see the entire team in this post. [Purdue named one of 16 NCAA Regional hosts] 2012 Big Ten Baseball All-Tournament Team P: Jonny Hoffman, Indiana P: Tony Bucciferro, Michigan State P: Lance Breedlove, Purdue C: Kevin

Nebraska eliminates Penn State, 12-3

Penn State dropped its second game of the Big Ten Tournament to the Nebraska Cornhuskers by a score of 12-3 on Thursday afternoon. With the loss, the Nittany Lions are eliminated from the tournament. Penn State finishes the season 29-27 overall, the program’s second-straight winning season. Senior Sean Deegan led the game off with a home run, his Big Ten leading 12th of the season. After that, it was all Cornhuskers, collecting 18 hits in the victory. [Read more at GoPSUSports.com and follow @psubaseball on Twitter] For Nebraska (35-22, 14-10 Big Ten), junior Ryan Hander threw a gem for the