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Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson to retire

Charles Woodson's return to Oakland began with hundreds of fans gathering at the team's facility urging him to come back. The second stint will come to an end following an emotional farewell at the Oakland Coliseum.

'You like that' chants growing louder for white-hot Kirk Cousins

It’s a great time to be a Michigan State fan. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten pros coverage ] The men’s basketball team is No. 1 in the nation, the football team is the No. 3 seed in the second annual College Football Playoff, and Kirk Cousins and Draymond Green, two of the school’s most accomplished recent standouts, are getting it done in the NFL and NBA, respectively. Cousins completed 22 of 28 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns, to go along with a highlight-reel scoring scamper, in a 35-25 victory vs. Buffalo on Sunday afternoon, the

Drew Brees passes Dan Marino on NFL passing touchdowns list

Another week of NFL action, another opportunity for a former Big Ten quarterback to pass Hall of Famer Dan Marino on the all-time passing touchdowns list. One week after Tom Brady (Michigan) surpassed Marino’s 420 career scoring strikes vs. Philadelphia, Drew Brees (New Orleans) did the same Sunday afternoon in a win at Tampa Bay. Brees tossed a pair of touchdowns in the 24-17 victory to give him 421 in his brilliant career. The total trails just Peyton Manning (539), Brett Favre (508) and the aforementioned Brady (425) in NFL annals. Kind of cool that two of the four all-time

Kirk Cousins gives game ball to cancer-fighting father

Kirk Cousins put on an absolute show for everyone at FedExField on Sunday afternoon. [ MORE: redskins.com: Watch Kirk Cousins greet father, give him game ball ] The former Michigan State star quarterback had a perfect passer rating, completing 20 of 25 passes for 324 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, en route to leading Washington to a 47-14 victory over New Orleans. His best highlight, however, might have come following the final whistle. Cousins, after shaking hands at midfield and congratulating his teammates, gave his father, Don, who has metastic squamous cell carcinoma, the game ball before walking into

Watch former Big Ten standouts’ Week 10 @NFL highlights

Few NFL players had more impressive Week 10 performances than a pair of recent Michigan State standouts. [ MORE: Kirk Cousins gives cancer-fighting father game ball ] Former Spartans quarterback Kirk Cousins and ex-running back Jeremy Langford were at the top of their games in Washington’s 47-14 win vs. New Orleans and Chicago’s 37-13 victory at St. Louis, receptively. Cousins was nearly flawless Sunday, completing 20 of 25 (80 percent) passes for 324 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, to go along with zero interceptions. Langford, making just his second career start, amassed 182 total yards, including a game-high 109

Watch former Big Ten standouts’ Week 9 @NFL highlights

It was another impressive week for former Big Ten stars in the NFL. Like usual, a pair of quarterbacks made the loudest statements, as Tom Brady (Michigan) and Drew Brees (Purdue) continued to do what they do best. Brady completed 26 of 39 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns, his eighth straight game with a least two touchdown passes to open the season, to help New England roll past Washington, 27-10, and move to 8-0. Brees, one week after tossing an NFL record-tying seven touchdown passes, racked up 387 yards passing and three more scoring strikes in New Orleans’

Ex-Purdue QB Drew Brees throws NFL record-tying 7 touchdowns

Think you had a good Sunday? It paled in comparison to Drew Brees’ day. The former Purdue quarterback threw an NFL record-tying seven touchdowns, to go along with a career-high 511 yards passing, to help the New Orleans Saints edge the New York Giants, 52-49, in the most entertaining game of the weekend. Brees finished the historic day 40 of 50 through the air, good enough for an 80 percent completion percentage, for the non-math majors out there. Seven other quarterbacks have thrown seven touchdowns in a single game in NFL history. See the full list, which includes George Blanda,

Thirty-three former Big Ten names on 2015-16 NBA rosters

The 2015-16 NBA season tips off Tuesday night. Thirty-two former Big Ten players, not including three former Maryland stars, are listed on NBA rosters, according to NBA.com team pages.

Watch ex-Maryland WR Stefon Diggs' highlight TD grab

Is it too early to call Stefon Diggs the steal of the 2015 NFL Draft? [ MORE: Watch Kirk Cousins yell “Do you like that?!” after historic comeback win ] Short answer: Yes. Long answer: No, not if the former Maryland wide receiver and fifth-rounder continues to play like he has the last two weeks. One week after breaking out for 129 yards receiving, Diggs hauled in six passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota’s 28-19 win at Detroit on Sunday. Those are great numbers, but it was his first career touchdown grab, a beautiful 36-yarder, that has