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First Class of College Sports: Big 5 Conferences Could Be Granted Autonomy in Thursday Vote

It is no secret that the Big 5 or the Power 5, whatever you prefer, are getting bigger and bigger in every aspect. This Thursday, the biggest athletic conferences in the N.C.A.A. could get one step closer to governing themselves.

In a vote by the Division I’s board of directors at the N.C.A.A. headquarters in Indianapolis, the Big 5 conferences could be granted autonomy from some of the N.C.A.A. rules, giving them a first class status.

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MSU Women’s Soccer Schedule Analysis — Games 8-15

University of Wisconsin Badgers

Sept. 12

3:30 p.m.

DeMartin Stadium

To open up conference play, the Spartans will play the Badgers who have had their way with Michigan State. Wisconsin is 25-4-2 overall and 6-1-0 in their last seven meetings against Michigan State. Read More…

Way-Too-Early-Predictions: Purdue (Oct. 11) and Indiana (Oct. 18)

After a big night game at home against Nebraska, the Spartans spend back-to-back Saturdays in the Hoosier State facing Purdue and Indiana. These will be Michigan State’s first games on the road in the Big Ten.

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Top Ten MSU Women’s Basketball Players Countdown – #10

Over the years, many Spartans have demonstrated their skills on the court. In the lead-up to the women’s basketball season, Impact Sports takes a look at the top 10 women’s basketball players in Spartan history.

Taking the No. 10 spot to start is recent MSU graduate Klarissa Bell, a 5-foot-11 guard from East Lansing. With East Lansing as her hometown, it seemed only right that she attended Michigan State and made a name for herself in the Spartan history books.

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Early Season Games to Challenge Young Lady Spartans (Games 1-7)

A young Spartan women’s soccer team finished the 2013 season with a record of 9-8-2, but this season a more experienced and eager team is ready for the challenge that lies ahead of them, especially in Big Ten play.

“It’s going to be a great challenge, and I think with 14 teams now, competing not only for the Big Ten title, but eight slots in the (Big Ten) tournament, I think the ratio there might be the most difficult challenge in women’s college soccer,” head coach Tom Saxton said. “I don’t think anybody else faces that kind of set of numbers. It will be incredibly difficult and yet it will also be very rewarding to make it through to the postseason.”

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Top MSU Hockey Players of All Time

The MSU hockey team has had a great history in college hockey. With their fair share of conference, regular season and tournament titles, three NCAA National Championships, and two Hobey Baker award winners, the Spartans have some great accomplishments under their belt. None of those accomplishments would have been possible if it were not for the hard work and dedication put in by countless MSU hockey players over the years.

Over the next five weeks, Behind the Mask will be releasing each of our  top five greatest spartan hockey players of all time. Starting with No. 5 and working all the way up to No. 1. Each of us giving our own reasons on why each player deserves to be there.

Who will claim the top spot on the countdown?

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Hockey Lands Verbal Commit for 2015-16 Season

It is a bit early to be talking about next year’s incoming Spartans, but a new name has been recently added to the list. Mason Appleton of Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay, Wis. has verbally committed to play for the Green and White in 2015.

“There was nothing I didn’t like about the program,” Appleton told the Green Bay Press Gazett about his commitment to the Spartan hockey program. “They just had so many positives I couldn’t turn it down.”

A late bloomer, Appleton has turned into an impressive and physical centerman with strong puck skills to back up a gritty playstyle. In his senior season alone, Appleton racked up 70 points (30 goals, 40 assists).

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Spartan Red Zone – #16 – 7/26/14

Hosts Dan Tyler and Andre Sims welcome junior cornerback Trae Waynes to the studio for the latest episode of Spartan Red Zone.

Waynes discusses offseason workouts and preparation, the new members of the “No Fly Zone,” as well as filling in for Darqueze Dennard.

Give the episode a listen to hear about those topics and more.

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Way-Too-Early Predictions: Nebraska (Oct. 4)

The Spartans will open Big Ten play with a night game at home against Nebraska. In 2013, MSU went on an unprecedented 9-0 in conference play. The 2014 season will prove difficult, if not impossible for Michigan State to remain undefeated in the Big Ten — having to open up against Nebraska, play Michigan and Ohio State in back-to-back games, and traveling to Maryland and Penn State.

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Last Leg – #9 – 7/26/14

While summer may be slow for some, MSU redshirt freshman thrower, Katelyn Daniels, has been training in East Lansing all summer and competed in the USATF Junior Championship in early July placing second in the discus and third in the shot put. This week, she is back in Eugene, Oregon preparing for the IAAF World Junior Championship on July 24-25.

Alexa McCarthy talks to the Columbus, Ohio native about the similarities between gymnastics and throwing, her recruiting journey and even Lebron James’ move back to Ohio.
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Summer Camps End, Moster Instills Love of the Game

Though in the midst of preparations for the quickly approaching 2014 season, Spartan women’s volleyball spent some time giving back and instilling the love of the game in the hearts of young girls.

All-American libero Kori Moster is one of the Spartans working this year’s summer camps.

“Really just trying to make an impact on them as a volleyball player and make them have some fun,” Moster said.

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Late Overtime Goal puts United into the NPSL Final Four

Stepping up is a simple concept, but it is harder to do when a championship is on the line and it is in front of the home crowd.

Lansing United stepped up on the biggest stage of their season so far by earning a 2-1 victory over the Fort Pitt Regiment in 120 minutes.

“It’s unbelievably tough. I mean you watch high level tournaments, players have a minimum of three days to rest, so for us to turn around and come back a day after, speaks to how well these guys have taken care of themselves throughout the year,” United head coach Eric Rudland said. “The quick turn around is just the passion and pride they have playing for Lansing United.”

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Top MSU Hockey Players of All Time

The MSU hockey team has had a great history in college hockey. With their fair share of conference, regular season and tournament titles, three NCAA National Championships, and two Hobey Baker award winners, the Spartans have some great accomplishments under their belt. None of those accomplishments would have been possible if it were not for the hard work and dedication put in by countless MSU hockey players over the years.

Over the next five weeks, Behind the Mask will be releasing each of our top five greatest spartan hockey players of all time. Starting with No. 5 and working all the way up to No. 1. Each of us giving our own reasons on why each player deserves to be there.

Who will claim the top spot on the countdown?

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The Pact – #40 – 7/21/14

This week’s debate began once again with soccer, as Lansing United gave us no choice but to keep discussing their success as they head to New Jersey to play the New York Red Bulls U-23 in the NPSL National Semifinals. In their inaugural season, United started in a league of 80+ and now sit in the final four, two wins away from at NPSL National Championship. Forward Brian Cunningham joined the panel to discuss the approach during the upcoming week, what it will be like playing away from the Lansing fans and what his plans after the season are.

The panel continued to roll right into MSU football for the first time in awhile, debating the relevancy of the watch lists and the Spartans who made a list or two. Each panelist proposed their strongest favorite to win a watch list and Fino makes it clear what he takes into account when reading the preseason lists.

Finally, with Rupert Murdoch’s recent $80 billion bid to purchase Timer Warner, the panel discusses what would change in the sports and entertainment world with Fox Sports 1 and ESPN and how they could become legitimate competitors.

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Cetera Washington Returns to Kalamazoo as Assistant Coach for WMU

Cetera Washington’s homecoming may not be a trending topic on Twitter orreceive constant broadcast coverage or get a spread in the pages of Sports Illustrated.

But the former Michigan State and Loy Norrix High basketball standout could not be more excited to join the coaching staff of her hometown Western Michigan Broncos.

“To be able to come back home and come back to the city that supported me throughout my entire career from elementary school to middle school to high school is awesome,” Washington said.

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United Roll in Regional Semifinal, On to the Championship

In a 4-1 win against a Minnesota United Reserve team that had six professional players on its roster, Lansing United dominated from the start and stepped up defensively to earn a spot in the championship game.

“The message to our guys was, ‘Hey, to be the best, you have to beat the best,’ so let’s get it poppin’ and get it on and that’s exactly what they did in the first half,” United head coach Eric Rudland said.

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A Season of Achievement

Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Without a doubt, the 2014 Lansing United season has been an unquestionable success.

Having just finished in first place of the Great Lakes West Conference in their inaugural season of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), Lansing United has come a long way since winning its first exhibition game back in May. This prosperity has grown out of the fundamental principle of working together as a team, something that has been stressed from the initial practices earlier this year.

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