Brunt: Back at the Olympics and blessed

Women's basketball venue, Rio de Janeiro.

I’m back covering the Olympics, and it’s still hard to believe. It’s been a long, winding road. Covering the 2008 Games in Beijing was spectacular and life changing. I was out of a job in 2012, only to come back and be invited to cover the Games in 2016.

Calinger: Clinton-Sanders similar to Brady-Manning

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By J.W. CALINGER ISL Correspondent For those who follow politics, the 2016 Democratic primary reminds me so much of the most intense football rivalry of the last 16 years, Brady vs. Manning, it’s scary. Bernie Sanders is Peyton Manning. He’s popular, has a sense of humor, is extremely likable, and most importantly to his fans, […]

Purdue youngsters Swanigan, Thompson send seniors out in style

Caleb Swanigan scored a career-high 27 points as Purdue closed the regular season with a win over Wisconsin. Photo by Jerome Lynch.

By KEITH CARRELL ISL Correspondent Purdue’s underclassmen sent their four seniors out in style with a 91-80 victory over Wisconsin on Sunday in the final game of the Big Ten regular season. The win put Purdue in a four-way tie for third in the Big Ten, behind Big Ten champion Indiana and runner-up Michigan State. […]

Carrell: Purdue finds a way this time, holds off Maryland

Purdue's Isaac Haas throws it down against Maryland. Photo by Jerome Lynch.

By KEITH CARRELL ISL Correspondent WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue survived a late scare from Maryland to hang on for an 83-79 win on Saturday. It may have ended with fans on edge, seeing the team repeat the same flaws again in anticipation of another blown opportunity, but the Boilers were able to ride out […]

Cline helps Purdue beat Northwestern in shaky performance for Boilers

Flag at Mackey Arena. Photo by Keith Carrell.

By KEITH CARRELL ISL Correspondent WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ Freshman guard Ryan Cline knocked down critical threes to help Purdue put Northwestern away 71-61 in an otherwise lackluster performance. The Boilermakers just needed to win this game, arguably their easiest tilt remaining on paper, to help propel them into the postseason. Coming off of a […]

Rapheal Davis, Purdue finally get Michigan State

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By KEITH CARRELL ISL Correspondent WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ It wasn’t easy — it couldn’t be easy. But Rapheal Davis’ free throw late in overtime allowed Purdue to squeak out an 82-81 victory over No. 8 Michigan State Tuesday at Mackey Arena. Now, some perspective on why the win was such a big deal: Spartans leader […]

Calinger: Panthers remind him of old-school Huskers

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By J.W. CALINGER ISL Correspondent I suppose that in many ways, Husker football always will be at the root of the way I watch the game. I’m a Steelers fan partially because so many relatives of mine live around Pittsburgh, but also because in the mid-90s, they had the same power-running game and light but […]

Hammons scores 32 as Purdue dominates Nebraska

Purdue vs. Nebraska. Photo by Keith Carrell.

By KEITH CARRELL ISL Correspondent WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ A.J. Hammons. That’s really all that needs to be said about this game, as Hammons had a career-high 32 points in leading Purdue over Nebraska 89-74 on Saturday. In fairness to the rest of the Boilermakers, he certainly didn’t do it alone, but … A.J. Hammons. […]

Carrell: Purdue surges past Ohio State

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By KEITH CARRELL ISL Correspondent WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue used a late surge to overtake Ohio State 75-64 late Thursday night. Purdue bucked the norm in the Matt Painter-Thad Matta saga by closing out a close, back-and-forth, game against Ohio State to come away with the victory. It certainly wasn’t an easy win and Ohio State couldn’t […]

Edwards scores 19, leads Purdue past Penn State

Vince Edwards. Photo by Ben Fahrbach.

By KEITH CARRELL ISL Correspondent WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Vince Edwards and Dakota Mathias used heady to help Purdue return to the win column late Wednesday night with 74-57 victory over Penn State. Edwards scored a season high 19 points on 6 of 8 field goals, including 4 of 4 from three point range. “I felt like […]