Opinion: Fixing the Pistons

It is clear that Josh Smith is just taking up space on the Pistons’ roster.

The team needs to do some major overhauling this upcoming offseason because Joe Dumars got burned last year with the Smith signing. This year, the front office needs to be smarter in its decisions. Detroit may not be a huge basketball market anymore like Miami or Los Angeles, but as long as it markets itself well, it may be able to draw in big names.

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Why 10 Years Is Too Much, Even for Cabrera

Before the fanboys get their jerseys ruffled, let me preface this article with a statement:

Miguel Cabrera is the best baseball player in the last decade, and will be remembered as one of the best players in the history of Detroit.

Satisfied? Good. Now pay attention while I explain to you that a 10-year contract is a bad move, even when signing a Hall of Famer.

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Outdoor Track and Field Season Starts with Raleigh Relays

Spring has finally arrived, and with it brings the Michigan State outdoor track and field season.

Unlike the indoor season, running outdoors opens the gateway for a number of other events. The majority of these events take place in the middle of the day, which allows for athletes that specialize in speed and power to spend the morning physically and mentally preparing for their event.

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Spartans Take down Cornhuskers

Michigan State continued their home dominance with a win against No. 58 Nebraska. The 4-3 win marked the Spartans first conference win.

“We knew we had to start the winning ways if we were going to try and make a run,” said MSU head coach Gene Orlando. “I’m really proud of how the guys fought.”

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Sparty versus Smarty on the High Seas

It is Sparty versus Smarty on the high seas as the Michigan State women’s rowing team travels out east to face off against No. 9 Brown and No. 5 Princeton this Saturday on Lake Carnegie, near Princeton, N.J.

This will be the first race for Princeton and Brown, while Michigan State on the other hand, has several races under its belt, including one against Rutgers and Boston University yesterday.

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Spartans Survive

Nothing came easy for MSU Friday night as they upset No. 1 University of Virginia, 61-59, in one of the Spartans’ hardest fought victories of the year.

Tom Izzo’s team lost the turnover and rebounding battles, but managed to pull out a win thanks in large part to Branden Dawson who recorded a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

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Spartans Cruise by Rutgers and Boston

In a stellar opening performance, the MSU women’s rowing team cruised to victory against Rutgers and Boston, two strong squads going into yesterday’s contest.

Michigan State only raced three teams (varsity eight, second varsity eight and novice eight) due to the lack of four man squads for Rutgers.

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Spartans Match up with Cavaliers in Sweet Sixteen

Madison Square Garden will be rocking Friday night when two of college basketball’s hottest teams face off for a bid to the Elite Eight.

No. 1 Virginia cruised through their first two games of the tournament, beating No. 16 Coastal Carolina and No. 8 Memphis by a combined 29 points. The Cavaliers earned the No. 1 seed by beating Duke in the ACC Tournament and have one of the best defenses in the nation.

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A-Score – #1 – 3/27/14

Co-hosts Jalen Walker and Erin Eschels sit down with MSU women’s gymnastics head coach Kathie Klages, junior Alina Cartwright, and freshman Elena Lagoski on their first episode of A-Score.

This episode features gymnastics 101, a recap of the Big Ten Championships, a brief gymnastics history lesson, a preview for the NCAA Regionals, and much more!

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Dantonio Announces Defensive Changes as Spring Practice Starts

Michigan State undoubtedly had one of the best defenses in the nation last season. However, after losing six starting defensive players due to graduation, coordinator Pat Narduzzi has his work cut out for him in 2014.

The Spartans lost two starters on all three levels of the defense.

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Eastside Story: Spartan Alumni Lead Boston University against MSU Rowing

The weekend will be a reunion of sorts for Michigan State women’s rowing coach Matt Weise, and also for a former Spartan assistant coach and former rower. This time, however, Weise and the Spartan alumni will be operating on opposing teams.

Michigan State women’s rowing will travel east to New Brunswick, N.J. Friday for a race against  Boston University and Rutgers University. Though Rutgers will join the Big Ten Conference next season, they will be competing as a member of the American Athletic Conference this season.

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Spartan Playbook: Double Leg Takedown – Mike McClure

MSU heavyweight Mike McClure teaches how to execute a double leg takedown. He walks through each step and shows what to look for from an opposing wrestler.

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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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Warning Track – #2 – 3/26/14

In the second episode of Warning Trackco-hosts Zac Swierad and Brett Kast are joined over the phone by MSU baseball head coach Jake Boss Jr.

They discuss the upcoming schedule, this season’s team motto, players to watch, and why the Michigan Wolverines are not on the schedule.

Brett and Zac also discuss the recent struggles at Ohio State, along with a breakdown of coach Boss’ interview.

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MSU Hockey: Final Press Conference

Tom Anastos, head coach of the Michigan State men’s hockey team, addressed the media for one last time Tuesday. In his third season behind the bench, Anastos and his Spartans recorded an 11-18-7 overall record and went 5-9-6-4 in conference play.

Anastos’ opening statement recapped his team’s play in the Big Ten Tournament, and said that, “from a performance standpoint, we were obviously disappointed.”

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