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Purdue former Volleyball standout Faye Adelaja nominted for NCAA Woman of the Year

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Adelaja Nominated for NCAA WOTY


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue graduate and former volleyball standout, Faye Adelaja has been nominated for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year award. Her commitment to giving tireless effort on and off the court throughout her time at Purdue has made her a worthy candidate for the accolade.

In her time sporting the black and gold, Adelaja was an AVCA and Prep Volleyball All-America Honorable Mention, as well as a two-time All-Big Ten honorable mention and AVCA First Team All-Northeast Region recipient. She is this year’s female recipient for the Purdue Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award and was named to four all-tournament teams throughout her career.


The middle blocker is ranked second in Purdue history for career hitting percentage (.362) and is eighth all-time in career block assists (341). Two of her four years competing as a Boilermaker rank among the top 10 best all-time seasons for hitting percentage as she hit .397 in 2015 to rank second all-time and .367 in 2016 to rank fifth all-time. Her 127 block assists in 2013 place her ninth in program history. She is just one-of-12 student-athletes to ever record 700 kills and 350 blocks as a Boilermaker.

As a Movement & Sport Sciences major she was recognized as a four-time Academic All-Big Ten Selection and was the College of Health & Human Sciences Banner Bearer for the December 2016 graduation ceremony. Throughout her time at Purdue, Adelaja was featured frequently on Purdue University’s Dean’s List as well as Purdue Athletics Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and Coach’s Honor Roll. If she wasn’t studying or polishing her craft on the court she was active in the community as she volunteered or participated in 15 community service initiatives or leadership projects. Her service spanned across a number of areas including athletic leadership programs, volunteering in the medical field, educating children and charity events.

Each conference office reviews the nominations from its core member schools and submits its conference nominee(s) to the NCAA. Then, the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee selects the Top 30 – 10 from each division and then three finalists from each division. The Committee on Women’s Athletics selects the winner from the Top 9. All 30 Woman of the Year honorees will be recognized, and the 2017 Woman of the Year announced, at an awards dinner in Indianapolis on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017.



Badgers’ Cierra Runge notches Top-5 at National Swimming Championships


Wisconsin sophomore claims fifth place in 400-meter freestyle.


June 30, 2017


INDIANAPOLIS – Cierra Runge’s run of strong finishes at the USA Swimming National Championships continued Friday with a fifth-place showing in the 400-meter freestyle at IU Natatorium.


The Wisconsin sophomore clocked a time of 4 minutes, 8.43 seconds to claim fifth place in the race, which was won by Katie Ledecky in a U.S. open record time of 3:58.44.

Cierra Runge


Runge will race in her fourth and final event of the championships on Saturday, the meet’s final day, when she competes in the 1500 freestyle. In addition to her fifth-place finish in the 400 freestyle, she also took fourth in the 800 free and sixth in the 200 free.


Saturday’s preliminary rounds are set for 8 a.m. (CT) and the finals to follow at 5 p.m. Universal HD will air the finals session live from 5-7 p.m., with a live stream also available via the NBC Sports app.


Wisconsin Results – Friday

Women’s 400 Freestyle

5. Cierra Runge (4:08.43)

30-p. Abby Jagdfeld (4:16.89)


Women’s 100 Breaststroke

19-p. Maria Carlson (1:09.72)

28-p. Marissa Berg (1:10.84)


Women’s 100 Backstroke

42-p. Beata Nelson (1:02.70)


Men’s 100 Backstroke

19-p. Brett Pinfold (55.82)


(“p” denotes preliminary round placing)


- #OnWisconsin -




Notre Dame enters Big Ten as Sports Affiliate Member in Men’s Ice Hockey

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The University of Notre Dame officially became a sport affiliate member for men’s hockey Saturday. The Fighting Irish join Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin to give the conference seven hockey programs for the 2017-18 season. Notre Dame will make its Big Ten debut Nov. 3-4 with a series at Ohio State.

With the addition of the Fighting Irish, schedules for each of the seven conference programs will move to a 24-game format that concludes with the 2018 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament, to be held the first three weekends of March with all games taking place on the campus of the higher-seeded teams.

The 2017-18 season marks the 58th year of men’s hockey at Notre Dame. Under the guidance of head coach Jeff Jackson, the Fighting Irish have qualified for the NCAA Tournament eight times in 12 seasons, reaching the Frozen Four three times, most recently in 2017.

Notre Dame has previously shared a conference with five of the six Big Ten hockey programs. The Fighting Irish were members of the CCHA (with Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State) from 1992-93 through 2012-13. Prior to that, they were members of the WCHA (with Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin) from 1971-72 through 1980-81.

Notre Dame hockey becomes the conference’s third sport affiliate member, following the Johns Hopkins men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. The Blue Jays joined the conference in men’s lacrosse in 2015, while the women’s team opened its inaugural Big Ten season in 2017. The Big Ten is committed to broad-based sports opportunities, and the addition of affiliate members helps to support the growth of sports less broadly sponsored by Big Ten institutions.

The seven current Big Ten hockey programs have combined to record 23 national championships, 272 All-Americans and nine Hobey Baker Award winners. Michigan leads the nation with nine national championships, while Wisconsin has won six, Minnesota has claimed five and Michigan State has three.




Crew SC back home tonight to take on Montreal Impact at 7:30

Black & Gold return home to host the Montreal Impact and open a two-match homestand at MAPFRE Stadium

For Immediate Release: June 23, 2017



COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (7-9-1, 22 points) hosts the Montreal Impact (4-4-6, 18 points) at MAPFRE Stadium, Saturday, June 24. The match kicks-off at 7:30 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, with Neil Sika, Dwight Burgess and Clay Hall on the call. Coverage on The CW Columbus begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, “Crew SC Matchday,” the pre-match show, begins at 7:00 p.m. ET, with “Crew SC Post-Match” immediately following the action. Saturday’s match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English, featuring simulcast audio from the television broadcast. La Mega 103.1 FM has the match airing in Spanish, with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The Spanish radio calls are also set to be streamed in Spanish on the LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM. The club’s official website,, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online. Saturday’s match marks the return of Half Price Night, meaning supporters can enjoy half-off select beers (for supporters ages 21-and-over), Pepsi products, brats and pretzels through the 15th minute. The offer is available at all permanent concession stands.


The match is the second of two regular-season meetings between Crew SC and the Montreal Impact in 2017, as well as the 16th all-time regular-season meeting between the two clubs. Crew SC holds a 7-5-3 regular-season record against the Impact, with a 5-1-1 record at MAPFRE Stadium. Earlier this season, the Black & Gold recorded a 3-2 victory over Montreal on May 13 at Stade Saputo. In that match, Justin Meram scored his first career hat trick, which included scoring the game-winning goal in the first minute of stoppage time.


Heading into the match against the Impact, Crew SC forward Ola Kamara is one goal away from reaching his 25th tally with Crew SC. Since joining the club in February of 2016, he has made 42 regular-season appearances (36 starts), registering 24 goals and four assists over that span. In 2016, Kamara led the team in goals with 16 tallies in 25 regular-season appearances (20 starts). This season, he is tied with Justin Meram for most goals in regular-season action, with eight goals in 17 regular-season appearances (16 starts). If Kamara reaches 25 goals, he will become one of only four players currently on the Crew SC roster to have scored at least 25 goals for the club, joining Federico Higuain (46 goals), Justin Meram (32 goals) and Ethan Finlay (30 goals). Kamara’s goals per 90 minutes ratio since joining Crew SC in the beginning of the 2016 MLS season is 0.67, the third highest in MLS for players who have scored more than 15 goals in that same span.

Crew SC Midfielder Federico Higuain made his 139th appearance for Crew SC in last week’s match against Atlanta United FC, tallying his seventh goal of the MLS regular season. The goal also solidified Higuain’s hold of third place on the list of all-time regular-season goal scorers for the Black & Gold. Since joining Crew SC in 2012, Higuain has registered 46 goals in 139 regular-season appearances (134 starts). The Argentine playmaker is behind only Jeff Cunningham (64 goals) and Brian McBride (62 goals).

Crew SC defender Harrison Afful made his 50th career start in 51 regular-season appearances for the Black & Gold in the match against Atlanta United FC. Afful played the entire 90 minutes and registered an assist by providing the helper in Federico Higuain’s goal against Atlanta. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Zack Steffen made his 17th start for Crew SC in regular-season action in that same match, recording four stops against Atlanta. Steffen passed the 50-save mark with his four stops and now has 53 saves in the 2017 MLS regular season. Midfielder Justin Meram also made his 17th start of the year and earned Team of the Week honors for the fifth time this season for his performance.

Columbus Crew SC vs. Montreal Impact

Saturday, June 24 – 7:30 p.m. ET – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)


Regional Television: The CW Columbus (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET), Spectrum Sports, BCSN2 (Pre-match show “Crew SC Matchday” begins exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2 at 7:00 p.m. ET)

Regional Television Channel Guide:

Crew SC Radio: CD102.5 FM (English); La Mega 103.1 FM (Spanish), Spanish radio broadcast also simulcast on LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM, English radio broadcast also simulcast on

International Television: Abu Dhabi Sports (Middle East and North Africa), BeIN Sports (Asia, Australia) and FOX Sports Africa (Sub-Saharan Africa).



Iowa Hawkeyes slugger Jake Adams garners seventh All-American award

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa junior Jake Adams earned his seventh All-America distinction, garnering second-team All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings.

The Brandon, South Dakota, has earned second-team honors from the ABCA/Rawlings, Perfect Game, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, Collegiate Baseball, and College Sports Madness, while being a third-team selection by Baseball America.

Jake Adams

Adams, who was selected June 13 (and has since signed) in the sixth round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros, earned the distinction after being tabbed as the unanimous Big Ten Player of the Year and the only unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2017.  He leads the NCAA lead with 29 home runs in his first season of Division I baseball, while ranking first in home runs per game (.48), third in total bases (183), fourth in slugging percentage (.747), and seventh in RBIs (72).

Adams was also named a semifinalist for USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award on May 31, an honor that is given to the top amateur player in the United States.  He is the first Hawkeye to be selected to the prestigious list.

In 61 games, Adams led the Big Ten Conference in home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage, runs (55), and total bases, while also ranking second in hits (82), sixth in batting average, 12th in on-base percentage (.417), and 14th in doubles (14).  Adams hit .335, having hit safely in 46 games and reached safely in 53 contests. He had 27 multi-hit and 16 multi-RBI games this season.

Adams shattered Iowa’s single-season home run record of 22, which had stood since 1986, and he broke the all-time single-season Big Ten Conference record.  He had four multi-home run games, including a three home run game at Kansas State on March 19, where he went 3-for-4 with four runs and seven RBIs.

Adams’ presence in the middle of Iowa’s lineup helped guide the Hawkeyes to the first Big Ten Tournament title in school history and the program’s second NCAA Regional appearance in three seasons.  Iowa won 39 games, the fifth most in a single season in program history.




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