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Photo: Ohio State product Mike Conley on SI cover

Sure is nice to be Mike Conley, isn’t it? The Ohio State product has the Memphis Grizzlies one win away from the NBA Western Conference Finals – a run that many analysts feel puts the point guard on the verge of stardom. Sports Illustrated is a believer. Conley is featured on the cover of the magazine’s latest issue, with the headline: “True Grit.”

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Video: Brady Hoke says ND 'chickening out'

Brady Hoke is a “Michigan Man,” so he knows how to excite and pump up the fan base. The latest proof came Monday in Grand Rapids, Mich., where Hoke, while speaking to a group of Michigan alumni, had some interesting words for a longtime rival. Let’s just say, Hoke isn’t a big fan of the Michigan-Notre Dame series coming to an end after 2014.

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Photos: Matt Limegrover's new, leaner frame

There was a time when Minnesota offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover weighed more than 400 pounds. To be exact, he was 403 pounds in January 2012. Failed diet after diet, Limegrover opted for gastric bypass surgery last May. Fast forward one year, and the offensive coordinator tips the scales at 235 pounds. Having shed nearly 170 pounds from his frame, Limegrover looks and feels like a new person. See the before and after photos in this post.

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The week that was: BTN.com's top 10 stories, videos

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Indiana's #1 Fan Throws the First Pitch

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It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to take a look at BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories and most-watched videos from the past week. See both lists in this post.

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Video: This is a first pitch to remember

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Indiana's #1 Fan Throws the First Pitch

Zach Mezger is not your typical Indiana baseball fan. The Bloomington High School North student is known as the “No. 1 IU baseball fan,” is a close friend with head coach Tracy Smith’s family, and has delivered a couple postgame speeches. Sunday, he had the honor of throwing out the first pitch in the Hoosiers’ inaugural home finale at Bart Kaufman Field.

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Saturday's catch of the day: Mueller or Edwards?

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Michelle Mueller Big Catch

Saturday’s Big Ten softball tournament semifinals featured a pair of highlight catches. The first one came in the first game, when Wisconsin third baseman Michelle Mueller battled the sun, wind and fence down the left-field line to make the grab; the second one happened in the second game, when Nebraska catcher Taylor Edwards went to her knees to record the out near the backstop. Which catch was better? Watch both here and vote in this post.

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Twitter: Fun Big Ten end zone design ideas

Pictured above is Wyoming’s new football field. It’s pretty sweet, isn’t it? The illustrations of the state’s Teton Mountains in both end zones is the headliner. Wyoming’s decision to include the iconic mountains in the end zones got me thinking: What thing synonymous with Big Ten towns/cities would be cool additions to Big Ten end zones? I asked the question on Twitter, and Big Ten fans responded.

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The week that was: BTN.com's top 10 stories, videos

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Jim Delany on B1G Conference News

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It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to take a look at BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories and most-watched videos from the past week. See both lists in this post.

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Obama delivers commencement speech at Ohio State

President Barack Obama delivered the commencement speech Sunday at Ohio State’s graduation ceremony. Obama’s speech marked the third delivered by a sitting President at Ohio State, following George W. Bush (2002) and Gerald Ford (1974). Catch up on some of the highlights of his speech with tweets in this post. Plus, watch Obama’s 2010 commencement speech at Michigan.

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GIF: Check out Urban Meyer's golf stroke

We all know Urban Meyer can coach. But what about his golf game? Meyer and other big-name coaches hit the links Monday at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Challenge – an event that paired BCS coaches with celebrity partners who competed for $20,000 in scholarship money for their respective universities.

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The week that was: BTN.com's top 10 stories, videos

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Cammi Prantl Amazing Diving Catch

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It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to take a look at BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories and most-watched videos from the past week. See both lists in this post.

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Gardner completes pass with eyes closed

Apparently, Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner and wideout Jeremy Gallon have some good chemistry and mojo. Check out this video posted by Gardner on his Twitter account of him hitting Gallon with a pass—with his eyes closed.

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Photos: Rain, Mother Nature bring nice view

Weather has pounded much of the Midwest lately, and it’s impacted plenty of Big Ten sporting event schedules. If April showers truly bring May flowers, Big Ten country is in for some pretty big blossoms. Here’s a look at two images you may have missed. They were captured by BTN’s camera’s during Wednesday’s softball doubleheader between Michigan State and Ohio State in Columbus.

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Video: Another Nik Stauskas trey fest

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Nik Stauskas promised it on Twitter. On Wednesday, he delivered the goods. The Michigan guard put on another remarkable shooting exhibition (watch earlier one) on his outdoor court and posted the proof on YouTube. Once again, the sharpshooter drained trey after trey despite bad weather conditions. This time, Stauskas traded the cold for rain.

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Video: Watch Cammi Prantl's diving catch

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Cammi Prantl Amazing Diving Catch

Cammi Prantl had one of those catches players practice and hope to make when the lights are on in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader vs. Michigan State. With one out in the sixth inning of a 1-1 game, McKinzie Freimuth smacked a tailing liner down the left-field line. Innocent foul ball, right? Nope, Prantl, who had Freimuth positioned perfectly, read the ball off the bat and dove to make a terrific diving grab. Watch the play here.

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The week that was: BTN.com's top 10 stories, videos

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Bill O'Brien Loud Speaker Plays

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It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to take a look at BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories and most-watched videos from the past week. See both lists in this post.

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Video: Wildcats vs. Wolverines at Wrigley Field

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Wildcats and Wolverines Face-off at Wrigley Field

As part of its partnership with the Chicago Cubs, the Northwestern baseball team hosted Michigan on Saturday night at Wrigley Field. The Wildcats shut out the Wolverines, 6-0, behind Luke Farrell’s three-hit complete game gem. Read the full NUSports.com recap and view the box score. Watch our feature on the game at Wrigley Field now.

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Video: McLane Baseball Stadium under water

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Spartan Baseball Stadium Flood

It’s a good thing the Michigan State baseball team wasn’t scheduled to play at home this weekend, because McLane Baseball Stadium was under water. That’s right, Mother Nature flooded the Spartans’ entire complex. Turns out, snow and unplayable field conditions wiped out Michigan State’s three-game series at Minnesota, so it didn’t really matter after all. Watch a quick video of the scene at the stadium here.

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Video: Penn State's Bill O'Brien on loud speaker

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Bill O'Brien Loud Speaker Plays

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Penn State introduced a pretty cool wrinkle to its Blue-White Spring Game on Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. Early in the third quarter, head coach Bill O’Brien called the team’s plays over the PA system, for all the fans to hear.

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This time, Denard Robinson reaches plate on first pitch

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Denard Robinson 1st Pitch at Michigan Baseball Game

One week after throwing out the first pitch at Comerica Park, Michigan product Denard Robinson was at it again at Tuesday’s Notre Dame-Michigan game. This time, Robinson did the honors in a No. 42 Michigan jersey, an obvious tribute to Jackie Robinson Day. Oh, and unlike the Tigers’ game, Robinson reached the plate and came close to throwing a strike. Much better, Denard!

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