Payne Returns as MSU Takes on Penn State

Adreian Payne returns for the first time in almost a month as the Spartans take on the Nittany Lions of Penn State University Thursday night. Payne missed the last seven games nursing a foot injury.

Payne will most likely play limited minutes against Penn State, but MSU will be glad to have their starting big man back.

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On-Field Success Paying Dividends with Recruiting

In recent years, Michigan State’s mantra behind recruiting has been doing more with less.

Players such as Le’Veon Bell and Darqueze Dennard, who were both two-star recruits coming out of high school, developed into nationally recognized names during their time in East Lansing.

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MSU Lands Five-Star DE Malik McDowell

Michigan State continued its football success on National Signing Day by getting a verbal commitment from Malik McDowell in front of his classmates and a live video feed that reached over 15,000 viewers.

McDowell, a 6-foot-6, 292 pound defensive lineman from Southfield, Mich is a consensus five-star prospect and the highest rated recruit in the state of Michigan.

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Spartans Stay Undefeated on the Road

After their 69-53 victory over Illinois on Wednesday, the No. 24 Michigan State Spartans have won their first five Big Ten road games for the first time in program history.

Junior Becca Mills led MSU with a career-high 22 points and also set a career-high for free throws made, going 8-8. Read More…

Octopi Hockeytown – #2 – 2/5/14

So far, it has been interesting.

The Detroit Red Wings are fifth in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference with 62 points in 56 games. They are currently in the last playoff spot of the regular season if the season were to end today. Austin talks about the Wings’ solid play that has helped them wind up in a spot where they can still compete to keep their playoff streak alive.

They go into their last two games before Sochi starting Thursday, against the Florida Panthers, and finishing up Friday against Tampa Bay. Austin Goodman breaks down past week’s play against Philadelphia, Washington and Vancouver.

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Spartans Hit the Road in Hopes to Defeat the Fighting Illini

The No. 24 Spartans will head to Champaign, Ill. to face the Fighting Illini for the second time this season. MSU lost 61-51 when they last met in East Lansing two weeks ago. The Spartans have not lost a Big Ten road game so far and are 7-2 in conference play.

Forward Becca Mills led the Spartans with 17 points in the teams’ last meeting Jan. 23.

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MSU Lands Top Commit from Wisconsin

With National Signing Day almost 24 hours away, the Michigan State coaching staff is feeling the most pressure since the Rose Bowl. Mark Dantonio and his staff are breathing a little easier Monday night as they earned a commitment from one of the top players on their radar.

Craig Evans, a 6-foot-3, 305 pound defensive tackle from Sun Prairie, Wisc., was originally a Wisconsin commit, but announced his decision to flip to MSU on Twitter Monday night.

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NBA Trade Deadline Targets: Jeff Green

With just two weeks until the All-Star break, the Pistons find themselves a half game out of the playoffs in an embarrassingly weak Eastern Conference. With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, Joe Dumars will almost certainly make a move that could make or break the season.

Jeff Green was a standout at Georgetown before being drafted No. 5 overall in 2007 by the Boston Celtics. He was traded to Seattle on draft night and spent three years with the SuperSonics and the Thunder. Green was traded back to the Celtics in 2011 at the trade deadline, but missed the entire 2011-2012 season with a heart complication

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Opinion: Was Josh Smith Worth It?

After being absent from the playoffs for nearly four consecutive seasons, the Detroit Pistons finally have a chance of returning to the NBA postseason. As the all-star break approaches, the team vies with the Charlotte Bobcats and New York Knicks for that coveted eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. A playoff berth would provide a second wind to the teams’ tiring fan base.

To whom do the Pistons owe this honor? Perhaps to Josh Smith, the new addition to the team, or perhaps not.

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Strong Goaltending and Canucks’ Lack of Offense Helps Wings

The Vancouver Canucks have struggled as of late.

Its goal scoring and behind the bench presence has been far from exemplary this year. Head coach for the Canucks, John Tortorella, returned for his first game behind the bench in 15 games, after threatening and attacking another team’s players and staff in the locker room back in January.

Vancouver could not quite get a hold on the speedy Red Wings offense, giving the team many chances. Luckily for Tortorella’s team, Eddie Lack was not lacking any sort of confidence between the pipes. The backup goaltender stopped 29 of 30 shots from the Wings and did not give them much space to shoot into.

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The Pact – #16 – 2/3/14

Superbowl Sunday was a shock to most sports fans, including The Pact.  But one panelist made the right call, picking Seattle. Harry Jadun gets a chance to gloat on this edition of The Pact.

The show kicks off with Faith and Lou talking MSU basketball’s disappointing loss to Georgetown at Madison Square Gardens. Fino moderates as the two panelists debate what the team’s biggest issue is.

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Season-High Points for Hines against Purdue

Junior Jasmine Hines’ change in mindset led to her scoring a season-high against the No. 19 Purdue Boilermakers. The Spartans beat Purdue 89-73.

Hines scored 16 points and collected six rebounds. Redshirt freshman Ariel Powers scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, leading MSU to victory.

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Pre-Signing Day Podcast: Kylie Stannard, Jay Chapman and Fatai Alashe Join in on a Recruiting Discussion

National Signing Day for men’s soccer is upon us. Wednesday, February 5th is the day high school seniors will put the pen to the paper and officially declare themselves Spartans.

Assistant coach Kylie Stannard reveals what the Michigan State soccer program looks for in a recruit, what his role as recruiter involves and how college soccer recruiting has changed over the past 20 years.

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Penalty Kill Struggles, Goal Scoring Frenzy in Capital

Alexander Ovechkin is one of the league’s most deadly shooters that the NHL has to offer, notching his 39th goal of the season in overtime on Sunday against the Red Wings.

The game was back and forth on Sunday. The first goal of the day was recorded just under five minutes into the game from Jason Chimera past Jimmy Howard, which was quickly followed by a power play goal from Washington’s Joel Ward. The first period ended with three power play goals, two for the Capitals and one for the Wings. Gustav Nyquist got the goal for the Wings, which went on to be his first of three goals and four points in 19:03 of ice time.

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Lady Spartans Get Revenge on No. 19 Purdue

The Spartans avenged themselves in their 89-73 win against No. 19 Purdue. Five of MSU’s players scored in double digits for the second straight game.

Junior Jasmine Hines came off of the bench and went 8-13 from the field. Hines had a season-high of 16 points and also added six rebounds.

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Michigan State Tennis Sweeps Doubleheader

The Michigan State men’s tennis team defeated both Ball State and Eastern Illinois, 7-0 on Saturday.

“It went great, we didn’t lose a set, and we had a good vibe,” senior Aaron Pfister said.

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Super Bowl XLVIII: A Final Look at the Colossal Numbers

On Sunday February 2nd, 2014, Super Bowl XLVIII will kick off between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks in a game that is expected to exceed previous numbers on all fronts. Let’s take one final look at the most important quantifiable categories that will make this year’s contest the biggest the sports world has ever seen. Read More…

Pistons Weekly Recap: January 28- February 1

The Detroit Pistons looked to end their four-game losing streak Tuesday night when they hosted the Orlando Magic.

Detroit completely outplayed the Magic, outscoring them by 12 points in the second quarter and eight points in the third.

Andre Drummond led the Pistons, scoring 13 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Brandon Jennings also had a solid game for Detroit, scoring 20 points and dishing out eight assists. Read More…

Avila Re-Signs with Detroit, Avoids Arbitration

Dave Dombrowski stays perfect on arbitrator-less talks with his team.

On Friday, Alex Avila agreed to a one-year, $4.35 million deal with the Tigers. The hometown talent is the last of six Tigers who called for an arbitrator back in mid-January. General Manager Dombrowski continues his perfect seven year streak of not needing a third party to settle salary disputes with players.

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