Madhouse in Madison

Over the weekend, the Spartan wrestling team competed at the Big Ten Championship in Madison, Wis. And while the team placed last with 21.5 points, there were bright spots for the men of Sparta.

Senior Bobby Nash, 165 pounds, placed ninth after his 7-3 victory over Purdue’s Pat Robinson. Junior John Rizqallah, 184 pounds, placed seventh thanks to a 4-2 decision over Indiana’s Luke Sheridan. Rizqallah also earned his second-straight trip to the NCAA Championships after his victory.

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Octopi Hockeytown: Weekly Recap

This past week, the Detroit Red Wings experienced four games, a trade deadline, the jersey retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom and two more key players going down with injuries. The week had its ups and downs, but the Red Wings remain tied with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

In the first game this week, Detroit traveled to the Prudential Center to take on the New Jersey Devils. Adam Henrique opened up the scoring for the Devils within the first minute of the game, but the Red Wings responded with goals from Johan Franzen and Brendan Smith.

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Opinion: Spartans Played Best Game Yet

What was it? Was is head coach Tom Anastos’ timeout early in the first period? Was it the sellout crowd at Munn Ice Arena? Or was it the grit and determination of the senior class?

Whatever the reason, one thing is predominantly clear: the Spartans played their best game of the season last Saturday against No. 12 Michigan.

While it was not the first time the Spartans have rallied back to win a close game this season, no game had the stakes as high as this one. Read More…

Number Eight Haunts Playoff Contenders

By the end of the first quarter of Friday’s game against the Chicago Bulls, the Detroit Pistons were down by 18 points. The game did not get better for the Motor City team. They ended up losing their eighth-straight game on the road.

Eight. That is the amount of road games Detroit has lost in a row. Coincidentally, that is also the number of games Detroit has lost in the last 10 games.

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Michigan State Falls to Harvard

The Harvard Crimson proved to be a little too strong for the Spartans, as Michigan State lost their second-straight match to bring their record to 5-7.

Harvard swept Michigan State in doubles play, but it was not easy.

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Spartans Finish with a Loss

There were missed opportunities in the final minute of the game Sunday afternoon. But Ohio State held on to beat No. 22 Michigan State, 69-67.

On senior day for the Buckeyes, senior Aaron Craft was his usual, pesky self, setting the all-time Big Ten record for steals with his first steal of the game on Keith Appling. Craft scored 12 points, had seven assists and four steals.

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Spartans Finish Regular Season against Buckeyes

Michigan State plays in its second senior night, in as many games, as they head to Columbus, Ohio Sunday to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. It wraps up the Big Ten regular season.

Two months ago, this game looked like it could decide the Big Ten regular season champion. Now these teams are just looking to get hot as the postseason tournaments approach.

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A Will to Win

After being embarrassed last night in Ann Arbor, Mich. 7-1, the Michigan State Spartans were looking to end their season series against Michigan on a good note. Before five minutes ticked away in the opening period, the No. 12 Wolverines already had a 2-0 lead over the Spartans.

Michigan’s Luke Moffatt buried a goal just 1:15 into the game and Cristoval Nieves added another just over three minutes later. It was not until midway through the first period when the Spartans found the back of the net on a goal by senior captain Greg Wolfe.

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Spartans Prepare for Postseason Push

In any sport the regular season can be seen as a precursor for what is to come. This weekend at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. the Michigan State wrestling team looks to come out and show the Big Ten Championship exactly what they are made of.

The road will not be easy, much like the rest of the Spartans’ season, for the grapplers of Sparta.

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Spartans Head to Semi Finals of Big Ten Tournament

With the regular season over and a Big Ten championship title under their belt, the No. 2 seed Michigan State Spartans headed to Indianapolis, Ind. to start the tournament.

The Spartans first game of the tournament was played against, No. 7 seed Michigan. The Spartans beat Michigan 61-58 and are now headed to the semi finals.

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Spartans Bounce Back against Hawkeyes

Thursday night was senior night at the Breslin Center, but it was the sophomores and juniors who stole the show as Michigan State beat Iowa, 86-76.

Travis Trice was 4-5 from the field and led the Spartans with 17 points off the bench. Denzel Valentine looked well on his way to a triple-double in the first half, but finished with 13 points, six rebounds and nine assists.

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Opinion: Pistons Must Avoid Isiah Thomas as next General Manager

Joe Dumars still holds the title of Detroit Pistons general manager, but could another former Piston great, and Dumars’ teammate, soon be the next owner of that job?

In a season where playoffs were once a realistic expectation, the Pistons have underwhelmed the city of Detroit. The Pistons are 24-37 and are in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.

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Spartans Finish Home Schedule against No. 24 Hawkeyes

With their shot of at least a share of the Big Ten regular season completely gone, Michigan State tries to build their tournament resume as they take on Iowa Thursday tonight in East Lansing.

The Spartans have dropped their last two games and three out of their last four. Including tonight’s Iowa game, MSU has two games left before the start of the Big Ten tournament.

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Opinion: Lions Should Dip Paws into Free Agency This March

The Detroit Lions’ offseason agenda is so hazy, not even a fortune teller could predict it.

Mark your calendars because March will be a big month. March 8 is when the free agency flirting begins followed by the March 11 date of when signatures and dollar signs can be inked into contracts. The Detroit Lions can start camp two weeks earlier than the normal April 21 offseason workouts because of the recent signing of new head coach, Jim Caldwell. These dates are creeping up, and the decisions are about to be made.

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Impact Izzone: Let’s Get Ready for Madness

Here it is. The mythical month of March.

The month where, all of a sudden, you need to know how well Virginia Commonwealth’s Havoc defense will go against a high-paced offense.

It is the month where, before the “second round” starts, you must strategically plan which games to stream on your laptop and or tablet and which one to put on TV. Or which booth at the bar will provide you with optimal game viewing opportunities.

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Six Tigers, Six Spring Days: Ian Kinsler

If you have not been following the Detroit Tigers as religiously as others, you will be happy to learn about the multitude of new faces that will grace the field come April. Since we did not want to leave you in the dark and have you terrified when Opening Day rolls around, we will give you the rundown of every new starter wearing the Old English D.

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