Former Ohio State and NFL standout Will Smith was murdered following a traffic accident late Saturday night in New Orleans’ Lower Garden District. Smith, a father of three, was 34. [ MORE: Read OhioStateBuckeyes.com’s full release ] According to New Orleans Police, Smith’s car was struck from behind by an orange Hummer H2, and his vehicle then struck the car in front of his as well. Police say Smith and the driver of the Hummer “exchanged words,” before the driver of the Hummer pulled out a gun and shot Smith multiple times. Smith’s wife, Racquel, was shot twice in the leg.
It’s MLB Opening Day, and that means it’s time to take a quick look at the Big Ten names on the league’s official 25-man rosters. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten pros coverage ] Thirteen former Big Ten stars will be suited up on MLB Opening Day, which this year includes Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, headlined by ex-Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber and former Minnesota pitcher Glen Perkins. Four schools have multiple players (Indiana; Michigan; Northwestern; Ohio State), paced by the Buckeyes and Wolverines’ three apiece. Here’s a look at the complete list, listed in alphabetical order of Big
Wisconsin fans still love Frank Kaminsky. And Kaminsky still loves Wisconsin. [ MORE: NCAA tourney bracket | AP recap | Box score | Play-by-play ] If there was ever any doubt about the latter, it was squashed by the 2015 national player of the year’s must-see reaction to Bronson Koenig’s game-winning buzzer-beater vs. Xavier on Sunday night. The reaction was posted to Twitter (see the tweet above), and it was exactly what you’d expect from the always fun and entertaining Kaminsky. The video starts with Kaminsky getting up from his couch and squatting as the play develops and the shot
It’s official: Future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning has retired. The former Indianapolis and Denver signal-caller made the announcement Sunday, nearly one month after leading the Broncos to Super Bowl 50. Manning finishes his career with a laundry list of NFL records, including all-time touchdown passes (539). For a little fun, and to put a Big Ten perspective on Manning’s retirement, let’s take a look at the Big Ten names who caught at least one of the quarterback’s 539 career scoring strikes. Dallas Clark (Iowa): 44 Eric Decker (Minnesota): 24 Ken Dilger (Illinois): 7 Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio State):
The nation’s top draft-eligible college football players are in Indianapolis through Monday participating in the 2016 NFL Combine. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten pros coverage ] As is the case every year, there’s no shortage of former Big Ten stars showing off their athleticism at Lucas Oil Stadium. Names such as Jack Conklin (Michigan State), Ezekiel Elliott (Ohio State) and Christian Hackenberg (Penn State), to name a few, are busy trying to improve their draft stock. It has been an eventful trip for several Big Ten names, too. There’s been good, like Jason Spriggs (Indiana) winning the
Ezekiel Elliott will turn plenty of heads at the 2016 NFL Combine. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten pros coverage ] Between the former Ohio State running back’s do-it-all skills, his much-talked-about midriff, and his head-turning St. Louis/Ohio State-inspired Nike custom cleats, he’s going to be tough to miss in Indianapolis. Elliott, a St. Louis native, tweeted the pictures above late Wednesday morning. Safe to say, Ohio State fans are going to love the Buckeyes-inspired design. Elliott will work out Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium. View the full Combine schedule.
Like all Penn State football fans, Allen Robinson will never forget his leaping sideline grab vs. Michigan in a 2013 quadruple-overtime thriller at Beaver Stadium. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten pros coverage ] That’s because Robinson, fresh off a Pro Bowl campaign in just his second NFL season, recently got a tattoo to commemorate the highlight catch that helped send the game to overtime. Check out the tattoo in the tweet embedded at the top of the post. Not bad. If we’re to nitpick, though, it doesn’t capture just how high Robinson leaped to make the incredible
Former Ohio State basketball standout Evan Turner had his No. 21 raised to the rafters at Value City Arena on Tuesday night during a halftime ceremony at the Michigan-Ohio State game. Turner, the 2010 national player of the year and No. 2 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, averaged 15 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.7 blocks in his three seasons in Columbus. During his memorable 2010 season, Turner averaged 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game while leading the Buckeyes to a 29-8 record and a first-place tie among the Big Ten standings. Check
As if the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry game Tuesday night needed extra juice, the Buckeyes will honor Evan Turner in a halftime ceremony. [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] Among the festivities, Turner, the 2010 national player of the year and No. 2 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, will have his No. 21 raised to the rafters at Value City Arena. Turner shot 50 percent and averaged 15 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.7 blocks in his three seasons in Columbus, Ohio. His memorable 2010 season included these head-turning stats: 52
Draymond Green, he of an NBA-leading 10 triple-doubles this season, is the Big Ten’s lone representative in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. That doesn’t mean the former Spartans star and 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year is the only Big Ten name who will be involved in the numerous All-Star Game festivities this weekend in Toronto. Michigan State’s Keith Appling (NBA D-League All-Star Game), Northwestern’s Reggie Hearn (NBA D-League 3-point Contest) and Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell (Rising Star’s Challenge) will join Green, who also will be involved in the Skills Challenge on Saturday night. Rising Stars Challenge When: 9