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Ezekiel Elliott will wear these custom cleats at 2016 NFL Combine

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.  

Allen Robinson gets tattoo to commemorate 2013 catch

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

Video: Ohio State raises Evan Turner's No. 21 to the rafters

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

Ohio State to honor 2010 national player of the year Evan Turner

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 highlights Big Ten at 2016 NBA All Star Game

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

D'Angelo Russell scores 22 points in BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

D’Angelo Russell helped lead USA to a 157-154 victory over the World in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night. [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] The former Ohio State point guard and consensus 2015 Big Ten Freshman of the Year scored 22 points, on 9 of 15 from the field, and dished out seven assists in 16-plus minutes off the bench. The USA team featured the game’s top first- and second-year players born in America, including MVP Zach LaVine, out of UCLA. Russell, the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft,

Bennie Fowler gives 2-point conversion ball to Peyton Manning

Former Michigan State wide receiver Bennie Fowler didn’t register an official catch in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday night, but he’ll likely be on the receiving end of future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning’s final NFL pass. [ MORE: Here’s how Big Ten names fared in Super Bowl 50 ] Confused? Don’t be. Fowler caught the two-point conversion that gave Denver a 14-point lead in the final minutes of its 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium. But, for whatever reason, two-point conversion attempts don’t count in the official stats. Still, everyone knows the play happened. Fowler certainly

Ex-Michigan G Zack Novak to be in BTN studio Wednesday night

Former Michigan guard and Academic All-Big Ten regular Zack Novak will be in the Big Ten Network studio Wednesday night for the Wolverines’ game at Minnesota (9 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go). Novak, Michigan’s all-time leader in career minutes (4,357) and just the second Wolverine to serve as captain for three seasons, gradated in 2012 and spent the 2012-13 season with Landstede Basketbal in Zwolle, Netherlands. That proved to be Novak’s one and only pro season, as the Ross School of Business graduate opted to put his degree to work. He has spent the past year as an operations associate at Uptake

Super Bowl 50: Jordan Norwood highlights ex-Big Ten names

Who has the longest punt return in Super Bowl history? [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] After Sunday night, the answer is former Penn State wide receiver Jordan Norwood, who returned a punt 61 yards in Denver’s 24-10 victory over Carolina in Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Norwood was one of 16 former Big Ten stars competing in Super Bowl 50, and one of nine, not including Vernon Davis, who played at Maryland before the school entered the Big Ten, to win an NFL championship ring. Here’s how all

Illinois great Dee Brown pens open letter to Illini Nation

Make no mistake, Illinois is struggling on the hardwood. The women’s team is 1-11 and in last place, while the men’s team is 3-8 and ahead of only winless Minnesota and Rutgers. [ MORE: Big Ten standings (Men) | Big Ten standings (Women) ] Illinois men’s basketball great and 2005 Big Ten Player of the Year Dee Brown is aware of the struggles, and the special assistant to the director of athletics doesn’t want “Illini Nation” to give up on the programs in the wake of another pair of disappointing seasons. So much so that Brown recently penned a letter