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Rob Gronkowski helps former Maryland football player pull off WrestleMania 33 upset

Rob Gronkowski helps former Maryland football player pull off WrestleMania 33 upset

On Sunday night, The WWE held WrestleMania 33, their biggest pay-per-view of the year.

In the event's opening match, a bevy of WWE superstars competed in the annual "Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale," and in a stunning turn of events the match was won by Mojo Rawley.

While this may not mean much on the surface, it should be pointed out that Mojo Rawley is the character portrayed by former Maryland Terrapins defensive lineman Dean Muhtadi.

After a solid career at Maryland in which he set numerous team weight room records and became the only player in school history to play every position on the defensive line in a single game, Muhtadi spent two seasons in the NFL as a member of the Cardinals and Packers practice squad. Muhtadi turned to pro wrestling and signed with WWE in 2012, becoming Mojo Rawley .

On Sunday night, Rawley scored undoubtedly the biggest victory of his career, besting the likes of Sami Zayn and Braun Strowman. But it wasn't without some outside help from none other than Rob Gronkowski. The real-life friend of Muhtadi hopped into the ring and helped Mojo Rawley gain the upper hand and eliminate the final two superstars.

As you will see in the video, Rawley's trunks and pads were emblazoned with the Maryland state flag.

Yes, wrestling is scripted. But heading into WrestleMania, few could predict Rawley be one of the final superstars left in the Battle Royale, let alone win it. But it wouldn't be WrestleMania without some outside celebrity help, and there are few celebrities inside the sports world bigger than Rob Gronkowski.

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Another injury scare limits Maryland in loss to Indiana

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Another injury scare limits Maryland in loss to Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Juwan Morgan scored 10 of his 25 points during Indiana's decisive late run Monday night, leading the Hoosiers to a 71-68 victory over Maryland.

Robert Johnson had 12 points and eight rebounds as the Hoosiers (12-8, 5-3 Big Ten) closed out the game on a 14-6 spurt to win their fourth straight at home.

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Anthony Cowan Jr. had 18 points and Kevin Huerter finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (15-7, 4-5), who haven't won a conference road game since Dec. 3.

Both had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds but Cowan's 3-pointer bounced high off the rim with six seconds left and, after Indiana's Zach McRoberts missed two free throws, Huerter's half-court heave hit nothing but air.

Maryland's offense struggled early and late and eventually, it proved costly.

After going more than 6 minutes without a basket in the second half, the Terrapins used a 9-0 run to charge back and take a 62-57 lead with 4:53 left.

But Indiana scored seven straight and retook a 64-62 lead on Johnson's layup with 3:18 left.

Maryland never led again.

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: Coach Mark Turgeon knows the road is a tough place to find consistency. And if the Terrapins want to make a late-season push, that's what they must do. They've now lost four straight conference road games since beating Illinois -- and this one was within their grasp.

Indiana: The Hoosiers have improved steadily this season, and Monday's game was another example of how far they've come. At times, the Hoosiers' defense confused Maryland. And when the Terrapins started making 3s, the Hoosiers had an answer each time. That hasn't always happened this season.

KEY STATS

Maryland: Freshman Bruno Fernando did not the play the final 15 minutes after appearing to hurt his lower right leg or right ankle. ... The Terrapins were 4 of 13 on 3-pointers in the second half after starting 5 of 10. ... Maryland outscored Indiana 16-2 on second-chance points, 26-10 in bench points and outrebounded the Hoosiers 39-28.

Indiana: Morgan missed the final 22 minutes of Friday night's game with an injured right ankle and the Hoosiers weren't sure until Monday whether he would play. He finished with five rebounds and four assists, too. ... Justin Smith had 12 points. ... The Hoosiers had 10 steals and were 9 of 16 at the free throw line. ... Indiana was 6 of 18 on 3s and forced 18 turnovers.

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Maryland snaps two-game skid, control Minnesota at home

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Maryland snaps two-game skid, control Minnesota at home

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Kevin Huerter scored 19 points, Anthony Cowan Jr. had a career-high 10 assists and Maryland used a strong second half to beat cold-shooting Minnesota 77-66 Thursday night.

Michal Cekovsky delivered 10 of his 17 points during an 18-2 run that gave the Terrapins a 50-34 lead against the weary Golden Gophers, who could not summon the energy to make a comeback.

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Maryland (15-6, 4-4 Big Ten) snapped a two-game skid and improved to 12-1 at home. Cowan did his part by distributing the ball and scoring all 15 of his points over the final 12 minutes.

Jordan Murphy had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, his nation-leading 19th double-double of the season. The Golden Gophers are in the middle of a stretch of three games over six days, concluding with a matchup against No. 22 Ohio State in New York on Saturday afternoon.

Minnesota (14-7, 3-5) finished 23 for 64 (36 percent) from the floor and made only three baskets in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.

The Golden Gophers led 32-29 before Huerter hit a 3-pointer to spark the decisive run. The 7-foot-1 Cekovsky followed with the first of his five dunks in a span of just over 5 minutes, most of them on alley-oop passes from his guards.

With Huerter leading the way, Maryland made 10 of its first 12 field-goal tries after halftime.

In the first half, the Terrapins trailed 16-10 before Huerter scored eight points in a 13-0 run. It was 29-21 before Minnesota rattled off seven straight points to end the half.

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BIG PICTURE

Minnesota: The Golden Gophers can be forgiven for their recent slump, given that they're missing two of their best players. But they can't afford to feel sorry for themselves if they want to survive this stretch that features one home game from Jan. 15 to Feb. 3.

Maryland: The Terrapins desperately needed this victory after losing three of four. Now at .500 in the conference after beating a depleted Minnesota squad, Maryland can regroup during a stretch in which it plays just one game over the next nine days.