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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.



Crew SC welcomes expansion Atlanta United FC to Mapfre Stadium tonight for the first time


Black & Gold to host Military Night during Saturday’s match;
Fireworks Extravaganza presented by OhioHealth to occur after match

For Immediate Release: June 30, 2017



COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (8-9-1, 25 points) hosts Atlanta United FC (7-7-3, 24 points) at MAPFRE Stadium tomorrow, Saturday, July 1. 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 Alex Stec 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. Friday’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.

Crew SC is set to host Military Night during the home match against Atlanta United. All military members are able to attend the match at a discounted rate and supporters planning to attend the match are encouraged to bring items to benefit Operation Buckeye. The items donated will be sent to servicemen and women overseas. Additionally, for each Military Night special ticket purchased by supporters, another ticket will be donated to an active duty, reserve or veteran to attend the match. Tomorrow’s match is also set to feature a post-match Fireworks Extravaganza, presented by OhioHealth. The Fireworks Extravaganza is scheduled to begin shortly after the end of the match and supporters are encouraged to remain in their seats for an in-stadium display.


Saturday’s match is the second of two regular-season meeting between Crew SC and Atlanta United and the first at MAPFRE Stadium. This week’s contest also marks the second all-time regular-season meeting between the two clubs. Two weeks ago, Crew SC and Atlanta squared off in Atlanta at Bobby Dodd Stadium on June 17. In the previous meeting between the two clubs, midfielder Federico Higuain scored his, then, seventh goal of the season.


This past Saturday, June 24, the Black & Gold defeated the Montreal Impact 4-1 at MAPFRE Stadium. Crew SC midfielder Federico Higuain opened the scoring in the 17th minute through a direct free kick. Montreal Impact forward Anthony Jackson-Hamel equalized in the 19th minute. Crew SC substitute Kekuta Manneh scored the game-winning goal in the 70th minute courtesy of an Ola Kamara assist, just one minute after coming into the match. Manneh then returned the favor by providing the assist on Ola Kamara’s 72nd-minute goal to put Crew SC 3-1 up. In the 88th minute, Higuain completed his brace to give the Black & Gold a 4-1 victory.


Federico Higuain made his 140th appearance for Crew SC and recorded his eighth regular-season brace for the club, bringing his total goal count to 48 in regular-season action. In 17 appearances this season, Higuain has scored nine goals, tied for the team lead with forward Ola Kamara. Higuain was named’s Team of the Week for the fifth time this season for his performance against the Impact.

Heading into tomorrow’s match against Atlanta, Federico Higuain has scored in four consecutive regular-season matches and is one of only seven players in club history to have a scoring streak of four or more consecutive matches. The other players to have achieved this feat are Jeff Cunningham, Ross Paule, Ethan Finlay, Brian McBride and Stern John; John achieved this feat on three different occasions. Should Higuain score against Atlanta United tomorrow, he would tie Brian McBride’s nearly two-decade record of scoring in five consecutive regular-season matches.

Forward Kekuta Manneh scored his first goal and recorded his first assist of the season in his sixth appearance for the Black & Gold. Manneh came off the bench in the 69th minute and scored his first goal for Crew SC in the 70th minute after Ola Kamara back-heeled the ball into Manneh’s path. Manneh then provided an assist on Kamara’s team-leading (tied with Federico Higuain) ninth goal of the season in the 72nd minute. Manneh and Kamara were both named’s Team of the Week for the first time this season.


In addition to Manneh, two other Crew SC players recorded their first assist for the club: forward Adam Jahn and goalkeeper Zack Steffen. Steffen played a long ball to Jahn, who then headed the ball to Federico Higuain, allowing Higuain to score the fourth goal in the 88th minute.  This season, Adam Jahn has made 13 regular-season appearances (one start) for the Black & Gold. Zack Steffen has made 18 appearances (all starts) for Crew SC in the 2017 MLS regular season. With his secondary assist, Steffen became the seventh goalkeeper in Crew SC history to register an assist for the club in regular-season action.

Columbus Crew SC vs. Atlanta United FC

Saturday, July 1 – 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: R-Media/Canal 11 (Honduras), FOX Sports (Latin America), Abu Dhabi Sports (Middle East and North Africa), DSports/ATR (India), BeIN Sports (Australia, Asia)




Northwestern University alum Luke Farrell to make MLB debut with KC Royals today

EVANSTON, Ill. – The Kansas City Royals have promoted Northwestern alumnus Luke Farrell ’13 from AAA Omaha to start game one of a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. Farrell will make his major league debut when the Royals and Twins meet on Saturday, July 1, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Kan., at 1:15 p.m. CT.

Farrell was added as the 26th man for the doubleheader without a corresponding roster move, although a 40-man roster move will need to be made after Friday night’s game to get him on the roster.

Luke Farrell (courtesy Omaha Storm Chasers)

The 26-year-old right-hander boasts a 3.83 ERA in 82.3 innings with 77 strikeouts and 27 walks for the Omaha Storm Chasers this season. Farrell is reigning the Pacific Coast League Pictcher of the Week (June 26). He posted a 2-0 record and 1.29 ERA (2 ER/14.0 IP) in his two starts between June 19-26, yielding just six hits and no walks while fanning a league-best 18 batters. Included in that frame was an eight-inning gem on June 19 at Iowa in which he relinquished a lone earned run on just three hits, striking out nine while setting a single-game career-high for innings pitched.

Farrell was selected in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals. The Westlake, Ohio, native ranks eighth all-time at Northwestern with 208 career strikeouts and he finished his career 10th all-time in single-season ERA with a 2.13 mark. Farrell received the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2013.




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.




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