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Video: Illini, Gophers bring the dugout antics

Illinois Baseball

Illinois Keeping Loose at B1G Tournament

During Friday’s Big Ten Baseball Tournament elimination game between Illinois and Minnesota, players from both teams looked like they were rather loose. During the game, Minnesota’s players had some fun behind the back of Minnesota coach John Anderson. For Illinois, several players acted out a little pantomime before the game, with one player playing the role of a dog. Just watch the videos in this post to see what we’re talking about.

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Video: Nebraska pitcher's must-see quirks

Kyle Kubat

The Antics of Kyle Kubat

There’s a reason people think baseball players are superstitious and quirky. Guys like Nebraska pitcher Kyle Kubat perpetuate that notion. The Nebraska southpaw put on a show, both inside and outside the lines, in the Huskers’ opening game of the Big Ten tourney Wednesday.

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Video: Player A robs Player B, Player B returns favor

Connor Schaefbauer

Thomas Lindauer Sliding Catch

Baseball players don’t forget when an opponent robs them of a potential base hit. And nothing makes them happier than returning the favor. The opportunity doesn’t always present itself, but it did in the first game of the Big Ten tournament Wednesday. Three innings after Illinois’ Thomas Lindauer made a diving grab to retire Minnesota’s Connor Schaefbauer (video above), the latter got revenge in the eighth inning. Both catches were nice, but which was better?

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Video: Surgical mask a must for Gophers assistant

Todd Oakes

Pitching Coach Todd Oakes Returns After Cancer Battle

Nebraska product and longtime Minnesota baseball assistant Todd Oakes was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia nearly a year ago. But that won’t keep him from doing what he loves most: coaching baseball. Oakes, in his 15th season with the Gophers, continues to serve as Minnesota’s pitching coach. The uninformed fan wouldn’t even know about Oakes’ illness – if it weren’t for the surgical mask around his face.

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Photo: Michigan footballs dislike Ohio State, too

If any school other than Michigan put “Made in USA, Not in Ohio” on a football, it would probably go ignored. But when Michigan does it, you better believe, people will talk about it. Michigan redshirt freshman Bo Dever tweeted the picture above of a football that includes the aforementioned phrase stamped on it.

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Photo: Badgers' Gary Andersen works at Culver's

Gary Andersen continues to win over Wisconsin fans. Today, the first-year football coach was grilling and hand delivering butter burgers at a local Culver’s. It was all part of Wisconsin’s “Day of Giving,” with all proceeds going to Badger Honor Flight, which according to @BadgerFootball, pays to fly vets to memorials in Washington D.C.

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Dienhart: $6,100 bid for Hoffman card goes unpaid

Jack Hoffman

Seven-Year-Old Jack Hoffman Runs For Touchdown

The biggest spring football star in the Big Ten may have been a 7-year-old. Jack Hoffman is a cancer patient who stole the hearts of America and the show at the Nebraska spring game, taking a handoff and racing 69 yards for a touchdown. Highlights of the run went viral, as little Jack’s story swept the nation.

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Video: Ex-Badger J.J. Watt visits leukemia fan

Is it possible not to like Wisconsin product J.J. Watt? Not after watching the video above. Watt, an NFL superstar who does as much good off the field as on it, recently reminded us how likeable he is. After hearing the story of a local leukemia fan who named the robot that goes to school for him “Watt,” the former Badger defensive lineman paid the boy, Cristian Beasley, a surprise visit.

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

Indiana Baseball

Kyle Clark Announces Michigan Baseball Lineup

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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Photo: Huskers surprise coach with Gatorade bath

Huskers.com

Huskers Talk Victory Over Stanford

Nebraska sat through three weather delays before claiming the NCAA Lincoln Regional championship Sunday. So, what was a little more water following the historic 10-5 victory over Stanford? While celebrating the program’s first Super Regionals berth – Super Regionals were adopted in 2005 – the Huskers soaked coach Rhonda Revelle with a bucket of water.

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Photo: Does this logo look a little familiar?

The Sun Belt Conference released its new logo Sunday afternoon. You might be asking yourself, “OK, what does that have to do with the Big Ten?” Nothing, really, other than it looks like the conference may have used the Big Ten basketball tourney logo for inspiration. Everybody loves pinwheels!

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Video: Michigan pitcher's Harry Caray impersonation

Kyle Clark

Kyle Clark Announces Michigan Baseball Lineup

Who doesn’t enjoy a good Harry Caray impersonation? There’s no shortage of examples, from Will Ferrell to Ryan Dempster, but we’re going to go ahead and put Michigan pitcher Kyle Clark’s rendition near the top of the list. Clark showed off his best Caray impersonation while introducing the Michigan lineup prior to Saturday’s game at Nebraska. Watch the entertaining intro here.

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Illini duo perform must-see player introductions

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Milazzo, Roberts Introduce the Illinois Starting Line-Up

Before Friday’s baseball game between Illinois and Minnesota on BTN/BTN2Go, Illinois players Anthony Milazzo and Bryan Roberts introduced their team’s starting line-up in a most amusing way. It’s only the latest in what we hope is a never-ending series of great Big Ten baseball game lineup introductions — and we’ve posted them all here.

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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

Brady Hoke

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

Zach Mezger

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?

Michelle Mueller

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

Devin Funchess

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

Denard Robinson

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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