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  • Nebraska’s Shavon Shields (31) shoots against Northwestern center Alex Olah (22) during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday in Lincoln. The Huskers beat the Wildcats 54-47.

    Shields leads Nebraska over Northwestern 54-47Mar 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Shavon Shields had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Nebraska, which took a 10-point lead with 7 minutes left and held on to defeat Northwestern 54-47 Saturday. With the win, Nebraska (17-11, 9-7 Big Ten) is guaranteed a .500 conference record, a Big Ten first for the Huskers, now in their third season in the conference. Nebraska won nine conference games for the first time since 1998-99 and only the 10th time since World War II.

  • Hearings on college football union endFeb 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Hearings on Northwestern football players’ bid to form the nation’s first union for college athletes have concluded with three former players testifying for the university.

  • Northwestern’s Drew Crawford (1) drives around Indiana’s Kevin Yogi Ferrell (11) during the first half in Evanston Saturday.

    Indiana snaps skid, beats Northwestern 61-56Feb 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Indiana got scoring from five different players during an 18-4 run midway through the game, then held on for a 61-56 win over Northwestern on Saturday night. Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, Troy Williams, Noah Vonleh and Will Sheehey each had 12 points as the Hoosiers (15-11, 5-8 Big Ten) ended a three-game losing streak and extended Northwestern’s (12-16, 5-10) slide to five.

  • Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald addresses his players in the Nebraska game last fall.

    Northwestern coach testifies against unionizationFeb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald testified for three hours Friday about a push by his players to form the nation’s first union for college athletes, sometimes putting himself awkwardly at odds with his senior quarterback. Fitzgerald answered questions before the National Labor Relations Board, which must decide in coming weeks if the football players qualify as employees under U.S. law.

  • Referees and coaches separate Northwestern's Nikola Cerina (45) and Ohio State's LaQuinton Ross during a second-half scuffle in an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Cerina and Ross were both ejected from the game. Ohio State defeated Northwestern 76-60. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Northwestern falls to Ohio State 76-60 in chippy gameFeb 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    LaQuinton Ross scored 16 points before being ejected after a scuffle, leading No. 24 Ohio State to a 76-60 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night. The fracas late in the game delayed play for several minutes while the officials deliberated penalties for the players. Northwestern’s Nikola Cerina also was ejected. The teams shot 10 free throws as a result of the shoving match.

  • Michigan State’s Adreian Payne (5) pulls down a rebound against Northwestern’s Alex Olah (22) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. Payne led Michigan State with 20 points and 14 rebounds in an 85-70 win.

    No. 9 Michigan State beats Northwestern 85-70Feb 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    dreian Payne had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 9 Michigan State cruised past Northwestern 85-70 on Thursday night to stay tied atop the Big Ten. The Spartans (21-4, 10-2) are even in the standings with rival Michigan — and those two teams meet in Ann Arbor on Feb. 23.

  • Northwestern guard Tre Demps, right, looks to a pass against Nebraska guard Benny Parker during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., on Saturday, Feb.8, 2014. Nebraska won 53-49. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Petteway leads Nebraska past Northwestern, 53-49 Feb 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Terran Petteway scored 17 points, and Nebraska overcame a slow start to beat Northwestern 53-49 on Saturday. Walter Pitchford added 15 points, nailing three 3-pointers, and the Cornhuskers (12-10, 4-6 Big Ten) picked themselves up after getting blown out by Michigan earlier in the week.

  • Mike North video: Chris Collins making a difference at NU Feb 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Northwestern University basketball is doing something different under first-year head coach Chris Collins; they are playing defense, which they never played with Bill Carmody.

  • John Curtis High School football coach J.T. Curtis watches as Malachi Dupre signs his letter of intent for LSU in the high school’s gym on Wednesday’s National Signing Day.

    Sad to say, but signing day matters to me Feb 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mike Imrem says the circus that has become national signing day in college football is disgusting. But yet he still woke up early and immediately tuned into it as if it mattered in the wide scope of world events?

  •  Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insists that the program remains in good shape after such a disappointing 2013 season.

    Northwestern lands 15 players Feb 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald sounded almost giddy as he looked toward the future and unveiled the latest recruiting class. The Wildcats officially added 15 players Wednesday on national signing day as they try to pick themselves up from a disappointing season, including quarterback Clayton Thorson of Wheaton.

  •  Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky, left, knocks the ball away from Northwestern’s Alex Olah during the first half of Wednesday’s game in Madison, Wis.

    Northwestern upsets No. 14 Wisconsin 65-56 Jan 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Drew Crawford scored a season-high 30 points, JerShon Cobb added all 10 of his points in the second half and Northwestern upset cold-shooting No. 14 Wisconsin 65-56 on Wednesday night. It was Northwestern’s first win over the Badgers in Madison since 1996.

  • Northwestern University quarterback Kain Colter is among the college athletes, many from the Northwestern football team, seeking to unionize.

    Northwestern athletes lead push for college player unionJan 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Calling the NCAA a "dictatorship," a handful of Northwestern football players announced Tuesday they are forming the first labor union for college athletes — one they hope will eventually represent players nationwide. Quarterback Kain Colter detailed the College Athletes Players Association at a news conference in Chicago, flanked by leaders of United Steelworkers union, who are ending their organizing expertise to the effort. Colter said the NCAA dictates terms to its hundreds of member schools and thousands of college athletes, leaving players with little or no say about financial compensation questions or how to improve their own safety.

  •  Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter is a spokesman for a proposed labor union that would like to represent college football players in their dealings with the NCAA.

    NU players organize to shine light on broken system Jan 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    University administrators have only themselves to blame for Northwestern football players petitioning to have a union represent them. The problem isn't that these athletes aren't paid. It's that so much more is being asked of them.

  • Iowa center Gabriel Olaseni, right, pressures Northwestern center Alex Olah under the basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Evanston, Ill. Iowa won 76-50. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Northwestern can't keep up with Iowa, falls 76-50Jan 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Northwestern isn’t on the level of No. 10 Iowa. That was apparent Saturday. Drew Crawford had 20 points for the Wildcats in a 76-50 loss to the Hawkeyes. Northwestern (10-11, 3-5 Big Ten) had won three of four but never led and couldn’t keep up with Iowa, which outscored them 46-26 in the second half. The Wildcats only shot 36.4 percent from the field (20 of 55).

  • Associated Press Northwestern guard/forward Drew Crawford (1) blocks a final second shot by Purdue guard Ronnie Johnson (3) at the end of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday in Evanston. Northwestern won 63-60.

    Northwestern beats Purdue 63-60 in double OT Jan 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Drew Crawford scored 19 points and blocked the potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer to lead Northwestern to a 63-60 double-overtime victory over Purdue hours after a shooting on the Boilermakers’ campus on Tuesday. Crawford scored four points in the second OT and delivered the big block on Ronnie Johnson off an inbounds pass as time expired to preserve the win.

  • Northwestern's Drew Crawford (1) put up a shot against Indiana's Hanner Mosquera-Perea (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Defense carries Northwestern past Indiana 54-47 Jan 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Tre Demps scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half and Northwestern defeated Indiana 54-47 on Saturday. Drew Crawford added 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Wildcats (9-10, 2-4 Big Ten) won their first Big Ten road game since Jan. 17, 2013, at Illinois.

  • My old high school not only had this Rebel as a mascot, we raised banners reading “The South Will Rise Again,” called the student newspaper the “Stars and Bars,” and flew a confederate flag on the school flagpole.

    Clark the Cub: Maybe not the worst mascot ever Jan 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Worst mascot ever? Burt Constable thinks Clark the Cub has plenty of competition. And they all seem better than his old high school's mascot.

  •  Michigan State guard Gary Harris, right, drives to the basket as Northwestern guard JerShon Cobb defends against him during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday in Evanston.

    Harris leads Spartans past Northwestern 54-40 Jan 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Gary Harris scored 14 points and No. 4 Michigan State beat Northwestern 54-40 on Wednesday night for its ninth straight win.The preseason favorite to win the Big Ten, the Spartans (16-1, 5-0 Big Ten) continue to roll along, although it was hardly an easy night for them. They overcame a sluggish start and pulled away down the stretch even though they struggled in a big way from the outside.

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