Friday’s Future Red Wing: Alexey Marchenko

The Detroit Red Wings have a organization full of developing prospects that they have either drafted or picked up internationally throughout the years.

Alexey Marchenko is a 22-year-old, right-handed defenseman who has accumulated a plus-two rating and two penalty minutes against the Dallas Stars on Jan. 4, 2014.

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Fino’s Rant: Critics of Soccer and the Loss to Belgium

Fino’s Rant is back hosted by Fino, host of The Pact Monday’s from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m on 88.9FM.

This week, Fino goes absolutely off on the critics of U.S. soccer and the sport in general, and he also recaps the FIFA World Cup from the United States’ perspective.

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2014 FIFA World Cup – Quarterfinal Round Preview

Although the United States soccer team was unable to defeat Belgium in the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the eight remaining teams are about to kick off four of the most intriguing international football matches one could ever imagine.

Dan Krier and Brooks Laimbeer preview the Quarterfinal Round and give their picks on who will survive and who will go home. Does Brazil have what it takes to tackle the upstart Colombian squad? Will Belgium be able to shut down Argentina and Lionel Messi? Read More…

Jacobs the Only Spartan Drafted

It took until day two of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, but a future member of the Spartan hockey family was finally selected.

Joshua Jacobs was selected by the New Jersey Devils with the 11th pick of the second round, 41st overall, in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon. The smooth-skating defenseman from Shelby Township, Mich. was the only future Spartan to be selected in the Draft.

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Meet J. D. Martinez

Hobbies of new Detroit acquisition, JD Martinez, include dancing, long walks on the beach and knocking the pulp out of the baseball.

Julio Daniel Martinez, the 26-year-old bombshell, has been the lightning bolt in a Tigers team that was desperate for an electric player. Originally Houston’s everyday left fielder, Martinez’s mediocre numbers in 2013 led to multiple trips to the minor leagues, with an eventual release from the Astros organization.

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Hasek, Modano 2014 Hall of Fame Class Inductees

For the seventh consecutive year, a former Detroit Red Wing has received a nomination to be inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame.

The class of 2014 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario in November. This year, the Red Wings are being represented by longtime Dallas Star who ended his career as a Red Wing, Mike Modano and Dominik Hasek, who won two Stanley Cups with Detroit.

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Phil Osaer Named Director of Hockey Operations

With Adam Nightingale stepping down at the end of the pastmen’s hockey season to coach the Shattuck-St.Mary’s high school hockey team in Fairbault, Minn., a gap opened up in a vital position for the Spartan hockey program. That gap has now been filled by Phil Osaer.

Osaer is a native of Livonia, Mich. and earned his business administration degree from Ferris State University. While at Ferris he played goaltender for the Bulldogs from 1998-2001. After college, Phil spent 12 seasons in professional hockey and was an instructor at Suburban Hockey Schools in Farmington Hills, Mich.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #10 – 6/30/14

Austin Goodman, host of Octopi Hockeytown, is back behind the microphone for the first offseason edition of Octopi.

Austin’s first segment discusses what the Wings have already done in this offseason, up through the first 10 minutes of the show. Then Octopi takes a shift in gears, focusing on the 2014 NHL Draft, more specifically, which Wings were picked up in this year’s draft.

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2014 FIFA World Cup – Knockout Round Update Show

All is right with the world!

To the joy of an entire nation, the United States survived the dreaded Group of Death to advance to the knockout round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Add that fact to one of the best overall World Cups in history and you have got something very special going on right now.

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Way-Too-Early Prediction: Oregon (Sept. 6)

In what is arguably the biggest non-conference game in Michigan State football history, the Spartans will travel across the country to face Oregon in a game between two top 10 teams that has playoff implications.

A victory in a game of this magnitude and national exposure could solidify MSU as an elite football program. The Spartans open as a 13-point underdog.

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Octopi Hockeytown NHL Mock Draft

The Detroit Red Wings will have the No. 15 pick overall in the 2014 NHL Draft on Friday, June 27 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

The first round will take place Friday and then rounds 2-7 will be hosted throughout the day on Saturday.

Since the Red Wings drafted Martin LaPointe at No. 10 overall in the 1991 NHL Draft, they have not had a higher draft pick than they do this year. At No. 15, the Wings have options to fill holes at the center position, winger position or the blue line.

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Catch up with MSU Female Athlete of the Year, Allyssa Ferrell

Tony Garcia, host of 19th Hole, catches up with former Michigan State golfer Allyssa Ferrell after she finished her senior year in the spring on a high note by placing 10th individually at the NCAA Championships.

Allyssa reflects on her time in high school and winning three Big Ten Championships with the Spartans. Ferrell also gives the inside scoop on her future path and what her plans are as far as going to qualifying school to make the LPGA Tour.

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Pistons Select…Spencer Dinwiddie

Stan Van Gundy made his first roster move June 26 when the Detroit Pistons drafted Spencer Dinwiddie with the No. 38 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Dinwiddie played point guard for the University of Colorado, and stayed through his junior year. This past season he averaged 14.7 points and 3.8 assists in over 31 minutes per game.

Dinwiddie has incredible size for a point guard, measuring 6-foot-6 and having a wingspan of 6-foot-8.25.

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Horsepower – #11 – 6/26/14

This week on Horsepower Cameron Billes returns to the mic. Billes and Colin Jackson debate potential Pistons draft choices, Greg Monroe’s future with the team, the highs and lows of the last season plus what to look forward to during the summer for the NBA.
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Schedule Preview: Volleyball

With the addition of two teams to the Big Ten Conference this fall, the Spartans look to amp up their 2014 fall season with strong non-conference play and begin the battle of Big Ten volleyball with the release of the 2014-15 schedule.

In the 2013 season, eight teams from the Big Ten made it to the NCAA Tournament. The National Championship match was a Big Ten matchup between Wisconsin and Penn State, marking the Big Ten as one of the best volleyball conferences.

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Alfredsson Looks to Return for 19th Season

The Detroit Red Wings are working hard in the front office to solidify a roster that would guarantee a playoff appearance in the 2014-2015 season.

Throughout most of this offseason, general manager Ken Holland has been waiting to hear from Daniel Alfredsson on whether or not he wants to return for a 19th season in the NHL. On Monday, Holland told the Free Press that Alfredsson called him and said, “He wants to play again.”

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Wings Pick up 21-Year-Old Czech Forward

The Detroit Red Wings have began their push towards improvement, looking towards a more successful 2014-2015. Last season the team exited the playoffs in the first round against the Boston Bruins.

During this offseason, the Red Wings have already proved that they mean business when it comes to reshaping their franchise in order to win the Stanley Cup. Before resigning goaltender Jonas Gustavsson and buying out Jordin Tootoo, the Wings made their statement internationally, picking up a forward from Czech Republic’s top league.

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Could GR3 Play for Detroit?

With the 38th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons select…Glenn Robinson III?

What at once might have seemed like an impossible feat, the Pistons now might have a legitimate chance at taking the Michigan forward with their only pick in the upcoming draft on June 26.

Robinson III was once considered a lock to be a lottery pick, but after an underwhelming sophomore season, his draft stock has fallen considerably.

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Coaching Extensions and Departures

The Red Wings franchise goes much deeper than just the players that put on the Winged Wheel night in and night out. Beyond the hunt for free agents, the formulation of contracts and devising a plan to meet the salary cap, general manager Ken Holland alongside head coach Mike Babcock work to create both a great dynamic in the Wings locker room as well as their AHL affiliates.

Beyond Babcock and Holland is a long list of coaches and developers that help create young prospects into NHL superstars. The Red Wings have lived by a motto of playing three years in the AHL before playing in the NHL.

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Spartans Return from NCAA Outdoor Championship

In a sport like track and field, you win some and you lose some. In a place like Eugene, Ore., home of this year’s NCAA Outdoor Championship, it is hard to not go in with high expectations.

Michigan State track and field saw five of their top athletes take on the nation’s best this past week at the Outdoor Championship. Junior Leah O’Connor was the star of the week, with a well-planned first place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase on Friday. Since her last visit to Eugene for the 2013 Outdoor Championship, she has made it her goal to stand on the podium and take part in the “victory lap” tradition.

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