Last Leg – #6 – 4/5/14

School is starting to wind its way down, but the outdoor MSU track and field season is just revving up.

In episode six of Last Leg, Alexa is joined by Coxswain host Nathaniel Gaynor in studio as mid-distance freshman runner Aubrey Wilberding and distance coach Lisa Senakiewich stop by to talk about the season.

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Nittany Lions Rain on Spartans’ Parade

Rain and defeat poured over the Spartans at the hands of the visiting Nittany Lions as the Spartans lost their first game of the series, 9-3.

This was the Spartans’ first game on their home field at Secchia Stadium after their original home opener against Western Michigan had been cancelled due to weather.

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Spartans Begin Weekend Series against Siena

After a tough loss in the exhibition matchup against the Lansing Lugnuts in the Crosstown Showdown, the Spartans look to bounce back against Siena College this weekend in a three game series at McLane Stadium.

This series will mark the first time ever that Michigan State and Siena take the field against each other. Siena plays out of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and is 5-20 this season. Their pitching staff has a combined ERA of 7.79 and an opponent batting average of .348.

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Men’s Lacrosse Takes on Minnesota-Duluth

The MSU men’s lacrosse team will play an out-of-conference game against Minnesota-Duluth of the Upper Midwest Lacrosse Conference in East Lansing on Sunday.

The Spartans are on a six-game win streak, while Minnesota-Duluth had its 3-game streak broken by Davenport in a 12-11 loss on Friday.

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Illinois Stomps Michigan State

The Michigan State men’s tennis team lost 6-1 to No. 11 Illinois, snapping their two-game win streak.

The Spartans (8-11, 2-4) came away with only one singles win as they continue to adjust to life without senior co-captain Aaron Pfister, who missed the game with an injury.

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Spartans’ Draft Stocks after NCAA Tournament

After a disappointing loss to UConn in the Elite Eight, four Spartans now have time to think about their NBA futures.

Adreian PayneKeith ApplingGary Harris and Branden Dawson are all targets of NBA scouts and general managers. Their draft stocks have gone up and down throughout the season, especially in the tournament. Here is where each player’s draft stock stands.

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Trash ‘Em or Keep ‘Em

The 2013-14 NBA season is winding down, and the Detroit Pistons are sitting outside of the playoffs for the fifth straight season.

What personnel deserves to return next season? Horsepower takes you through “Trash ‘Em or Keep ‘Em” where the coach, general manager and each player are evaluated and given a final result of ‘trash ‘em or ‘keep ‘em.

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Spartans Battle in Crosstown Showdown, Lose 3-2

Michigan State took on its crosstown rival in Lansing in the Crosstown Showdown for an eighth consecutive year. The Spartans geared up ready for the game despite the elements. The temperature at first pitch was 39 degrees.

“Most of the guys were pretty impressed with the crowd,” MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. said. “I think especially it being a cold night, a lot of people came out still.”

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Crew Club Closes Scheduling Gap by Picking Up the Cincinnati Regatta

After their home race, the State Cup in Lansing, was canceled, MSU Crew Club had a large gap in their schedule between their spring training trip that ended on March 8 and their next race, the Lubbers Cup which starts on April 12.

That has now changed, as the men’s rowing club picked up a race on Saturday, April 5 on Lake Besha in Bethel, Ohio.

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Octopi Hockeytown: Weekly Recap

This past week, Detroit encountered a five-game stretch, all against Eastern Conference foes who are either battling for a playoff spot or firmly secured as a playoff team. With road games at Columbus and Toronto, and attempting to protect home ice against Eastern heavyweights Montreal, Tampa Bay and Boston, the Red Wings had their hands full.

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Coxswain – #1 – 4/3/14

The ice is finally melting and the women’s rowing season has begun.

In the first episode of Coxswain, host Nathaniel Gaynor recaps MSU’s weekend races against Rutgers, Boston University, Brown and Princeton and later talks with MSU women’s rowing coach Matt Weise about breaking ice off of the river, coaching against former Spartans and past issues with team culture.

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Last Leg – #5 – 4/4/14

Spring has sprung and that means it is finally outdoor season for MSU track and field.

In this episode of Last Leg, Alexa talks about the team’s first outdoor meet and then talks to assistant coach Randy Gillon about the team’s expectations and their upcoming home meet. Alexa also talks to senior runner Sara Kroll about what it is like to travel so much throughout the year and their anticipations for this weekend.

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Spartan Lacrosse Holds off WMU

The MSU men’s lacrosse team defeated the WMU Broncos 13-9, at Ralph Young Field Wednesday night.

The win moves MSU to 8-2 overall, and 4-0 in CCLA play.

The teams traded goals for the first half, with the Broncos holding a 4-3 lead late into the second quarter.

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After 23 Games Away, Spartans Back at McLane

Michigan State baseball opened up their home season against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on Wednesday.

“It’s good to finally be home,” MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. said. “We love playing here.”

Redshirt senior Chase Rihtarchik was on the mound for the Spartans. The righty looked to improve on his 0-2 record against the Golden Grizzlies.

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Coveted Defensive Lineman McDowell Officially Signs with Spartans

Michigan State received a few big, last-minute verbal commitments on National Signing Day, but none was bigger than five-star defensive end Malik McDowell.

McDowell, the top rated player from the state of Michigan, chose the Spartans over in-state rival Michigan, Ohio State and Florida State.

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Spartan Playbook: Weight Throw – Antonio James

MSU track & field’s Antonio James teaches how to become an expert in the weight throw. When it comes to these events, James takes it to another level.

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Spartan Playbook connects sports fans to the most high-profile athletes at Michigan State University. In each episode of Spartan Playbook, the most strategic moves in each sport are explored.

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