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Here is the latest Big Ten Conference sports news from The Associated Press

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 9, 2017 at 6:14 a.m.



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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kentucky, Syracuse and the Big Ten recorded three of the top NCAA basketball attendance marks during the 2016-17 season. The Wildcats led the nation with an average attendance of 23,461. The Orange was the only team to top 400,000 in total attendance. The Big Ten bested all conferences in men's basketball attendance for the 41st consecutive season, totaling more than 3 million.

UNDATED (AP) — Defending Big Ten champion Penn State brings back a Heisman Trophy candidate at running back and a record-setting quarterback this season. It still finds itself picked behind Ohio State in the Big Ten East. The Buckeyes are loaded and motivated to atone for an embarrassing finish to last season. Wisconsin is favored to win the West.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Former Nebraska receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. will enter a pretrial diversion program on two misdemeanor marijuana charges. His case would be dismissed if he complies with terms of the program for one year. Johnson was ticketed in June after a campus resident director reported suspected drug use in a dormitory room.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke says former Iowa field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum has joined the Blue Devils as a volunteer assistant coach. Griesbaum spent 14 seasons coaching the Hawkeyes before being fired weeks before the 2014 season. She was let go amid claims by former players that she mistreated them. An internal university review had found no policy violations by Griesbaum. Iowa settled with Griesbaum for $1.5 million to avoid a June trial. She had a 169-107 record with the Hawkeyes.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Women's wrestling could someday be an NCAA-sanctioned sport. A group called Wrestle Like A Girl and its partners say they have submitted a bid seeking emerging sport status from the NCAA. It's a combined effort from USA Wrestling, the U.S. Olympic Committee and other organizations to make women's wrestling a collegiate sport as quickly as possible. The bid will be reviewed next month.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke says former Iowa field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum has joined the Blue Devils as a volunteer assistant coach. Griesbaum spent 14 seasons coaching the Hawkeyes before being fired weeks before the 2014 season. She is thanking Blue Devils coach Pam Bustin for the chance to get back into coaching.

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