Pavelski, Sharks Beat Wings in the Shark Tank

Joe Pavelski has 12 goals in his past 15 games played, and that did not stop against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday in the Shark Tank.

Pavelski and the San Jose Sharks took it to the Detroit Red Wings from the start of the game in Thursday’s contest. The Shark forward put the first goal of the game behind Red Wings goaltender, Jimmy Howard, just about five minutes into the game.

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Spartans Hold off No. 3 Buckeyes, Win in Overtime, 72-68

“We survived.”

Tom Izzo had the best description of the Spartans’ performance in their 72-68 overtime win against No. 3 Ohio State Tuesday night.

Michigan State was once again short handed and plagued by injuries. The team was without Travis Trice due to illness. Adreian Payne nearly did not play because of a sprained foot, and Keith Appling battled leg cramps throughout most of the game.

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Preview and Predictions for Tonight’s Top-Five Matchup

If the Michigan State Spartans want to make a claim for the Big Ten regular season title, a win tonight against the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes would go a long way.

MSU (13-1) is facing an extremely experienced and talented (15-0) Ohio State team that is off to their best start since the 2010-2011 season. Led by their captain, fifth-year senior Aaron Craft, the Buckeyes are probably the Spartans’ biggest threat at a Big Ten title. Read More…

Marquee Matchup: Aaron Craft vs. Keith Appling

When talking about Ohio State, the first player that comes to mind is most likely point guard Aaron Craft.

In his senior season with the Buckeyes, Craft is the leader of an undefeated and third-ranked team heading into only its second true road game of the season. He is not expected to put up 20 points a night, but defense is how he earns his keep.

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Pistons Weekly Recap: December 28 – January 5

Detroit looked to get their winning ways back on track against the Washington Wizards Saturday night. Unfortunately for the Pistons, the Wizards had other plans.

Washington scored 62 points in the first half, in which the Pistons put forth their worst defensive effort of the season.

Coach Maurice Cheeks was so upset with his team, that he decided to bench Josh Smith for the entire second half. Read More…

Spartans Get Shutout in Hawkeye Country

Michigan State’s wrestling team, fresh off a victory at the Cradle Gear Invitational in Lock Haven, Pa. on December 29, went into Carver-Hawkeye Arena with some lofty expectations on Saturday. Unfortunately, the third-ranked Hawkeyes had other plans for the men of Sparta as Michigan State fell 41-0.

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Spartans Start 2014 with Win over Hoosiers

Michigan State started 2014 on the right foot Saturday, defeating the Indiana Hoosiers 73-56 in Bloomington, Ind.

The Spartans received a career performance from Gary Harris, who continued his impressive play in Assembly Hall, scoring a career high 26 points. Keith Appling joined Harris in double figures, scoring all 14 of his points in the second half after early foul trouble. Read More…

Howard Resolves Issues, Zetterberg and Team Light Lamp

Carrying over from his performance in the Winter Classic, Jimmy Howard once again stood on his head, stopping the game’s first 12 shots.

Although a seemingly low number, the Dallas Stars were challenging Howard with strategic play and a boost of energy that the Wings were not able to keep up with. That was until Henrik Zetterberg had a say in the matter.

“It’s important because it got us off on the right foot here on this road trip,” Howard said. Read More…

Pepped Up at the Rose Bowl

PASADENA, Calif. – Even if it broke the bank, they traveled either way.

It was a rare occasion, for the Michigan State Spartan football team and its fans, to smell roses in Pasadena. The Spartans waited 26 years to make the Rose Bowl, and it was daunting.

But the spontaneity of the B1G Championship had no effect on Spartan faithful, as many students, alumni, and fans had their hearts set on the ‘grandaddy of them all’.

Meet the Spartan faces who traveled from a variety of different places, in the heart of LA Live. Read More…

Dawson Stars in Return as Spartans Rally Past Nittany Lions

With Branden Dawson and Matt Costello returning to the lineup, MSU (12-0, 1-0) looked to steamroll the up-and-coming Nittany Lions (9-5, 0-1). Dawson missed the New Orleans game with an injured shin, and Costello missed the last four games with mono.

In his last press conference, Tom Izzo said his team would have their work cut out for them in Happy Valley.

The Spartans stumbled out of the gates, finding themselves in a 10-3 hole in the opening minutes of the game. Read More…

Green Roses

PASADENA, Calif. – Completion.

It was the one word Mark Dantonio said throughout the entire season and he was able to say it once more Wednesday night.

MSU defeated the Stanford Cardinal in a hard-fought nail-biter, 24-20, at the 100th annual Rose Bowl.

“The Rose Bowl to me is the pinnacle of what we do in the Big Ten Conference,” coach Dantonio said. Read More…

Octopi Hockeytown Special Edition: Elements of the Winter Classic

The temperature was 13 degrees and heavy snow was continuously falling during the 2014 Bridgestone Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs in Ann Arbor, Mich.

On Octopi Hockeytown, Austin Goodman brakes down the elements of the largest outdoor game to be played in NHL history. Read More…

2014 Bridgestone Winter Classic Game Review

Temperatures were frigid, snow was falling, and players were gritty, determined, and focused during parts of the game.

The crowd came in at 105,491 as fans stuffed into the Big House on New Year’s Day for the 2014 Bridgestone Winter Classic, between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Dion Phaneuf and Jonathan Bernier led their Maple Leafs team to a 3-2 victory over the Red Wings, who were led by a returning Jimmy Howard along with rising defenseman Brendan Smith.

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Back Strong After Christmas Break

Defense led the MSU women’s basketball team to a 50-point win over the Colgate Raiders on Sunday, Dec. 29 at the Breslin Center.

Tori Jankoska overcame her slump and led MSU with 25 points. Seventeen of her points were scored in the first half. All but one player on the Spartan roster scored at least one point. The team shot 50 percent from the field. Read More…

MSU Wrestling Puts Cradle Gear Invitational in…Cradle

Michigan State’s wrestling squad got a late Christmas present by winning the Cradle Gear Invitational by a 19-point margin. They surpsassed second-place Bloomsburg University, who had a scoring total of 86 points.

Three of MSU’s wrestlers fought their way to first place: 149-pounder Nick Trimble, 184-pounder John Rizqallah and heavyweight Mike McClure.

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Howard Continues Struggles, Wings Lose in Final Period

Jimmy Howard made his debut against the Nashville Predators after being out for almost three weeks due to an injured MCL, sustained in the beginning of December. Although the starting goaltender was recently elected to represent the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics, he was not able to pull it together to get two important points for the Red Wings on Monday. Read More…

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