Damon Rensing

Year in Review: The Biggest Sports Newsmakers of 2013

2013 has been a year of ups and downs for sports. There has been inspiring highs and devastating lows.

Below, Impact Sports looks at 10 of the biggest sports newsmakers of 2013. These newsmakers changed the human eye of sports this year and had an impact on the future of athletics.

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Corner Kick Roundtable #4

In the fourth edition of Corner Kick Roundtable, host, Jonathan Yales, invites Impact Sports reporter, Brooks Laimbeer, to discuss the Michigan State men’s soccer season which recently concluded with an Elite Eight loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament. Laimbeer expands on what he saw live from the Spartans in South Bend, Ind. and MSU head coach Damon Rensing joins the conversation.

Special Report on Lansing United: Part 1 – A New Team, a New Era of Soccer in Lansing

Lansing United is officially a reality.

The City of Lansing now has its first amateur soccer team in city history. Former local WILX sports anchor and first-time owner, Jeremy Sampson, envisioned the idea of a local amateur soccer team three years ago, and has been building upon his vision ever since.

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Spartans Fall to Irish in Elite Eight

South Bend, Ind. — Battling the cold weather and a frozen field, the Spartans fought all the way to the end, but the Fighting Irish held strong and came away with the win.

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Men’s Soccer Travels to South Bend for Elite Eight

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State football may be playing in the Big Ten Championship on Saturday and MSU volleyball may have just begun their NCAA tournament run, but MSU men’s soccer is well on its way to history with a chance to become one of the best men’s teams in the program’s 57-year history.

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Corner Kick Roundtable #1

In the inaugural Corner Kick Roundtable, host of The PactAnthony Serafino, is invited to lead the discussion as Corner Kick host Jonathan Yales, Corner Kick reporter Brooks Laimbeer and Zach Smith of The State News discuss Michigan State men’s soccer and the anticipated expansion of Major League Soccer.

The Pact – #8 – 12/02/13

Men’s soccer is Elite Eight bound, as head coach Damon Rensing joins the show and talks about what his team’s accomplishments this season. The Spartans will travel to Notre Dame Saturday to face the Fighting Irish for the second time this year.

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Spartans Look to Tame Hoyas

EAST LANSING, Mich. – On Sunday, the Spartans will take the pitch against a Georgetown University team who is looking to get back to the Men’s College Cup final, after losing to Indiana University in 2012.

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Spartans Advance to Sweet Sixteen

EAST LANSING, Mich. – All season long, head coach Damon Rensing has emphasized unity and the toughness of his 27 players, and the Spartans showed that on Sunday against the University of Louisville.

On a cold day with high winds, and a field that players could hardly get a good footing on, the Spartans found themselves locked in a tight game with the Cardinals.

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Confident with Experience

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State Spartans and Louisville Cardinals will meet on the pitch at DeMartin Stadium, Sunday, for the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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Weather Plays Crucial Role in Crowning Big Ten Tournament Champion

Michigan State (12-4-3, 4-2-1 Big Ten) and Indiana (7-11-2, 2-4-0) played as two equivalent teams Sunday, as expected in the Big Ten Tournament finale.

What was not expected was that something as trivial as the wind ended up becoming a substantial part of the game and dictated the final score.

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The Big Bear is Back

EAST LANSING, Mich. – It wouldn’t be a rivalry game between Michigan and Michigan State without drama, and there was plenty of drama on the pitch Saturday.

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Feeling the Anticipation: Men’s Soccer Prepares for Michigan

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The last five games for the Michigan State men’s soccer team have been anything but easy, and their final game of the regular season will not be any different against their rivals from Ann Arbor.

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No. 18 Michigan State Clashes with No. 1 Notre Dame, Irish Earn 2-0 Victory

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State men’s soccer team played dead-even with the No. 1 team in the nation Tuesday for all but one minute.

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Heartbreaking Double-Overtime Loss to Big Ten’s Best

EAST LANSING, Mich. – No. 14 Michigan State lost their first Big Ten contest of the season and witnessed their regular season Big Ten Championship hopes become increasingly more difficult, with a 2-1 double-overtime loss to No. 17 Penn State Sunday afternoon.

The Spartans (8-2-2 overall, 1-1-1 Big Ten) dropped only their second game of the season and their eight-game unbeaten streak was snapped by the visiting Nittany Lions (9-3-1, 4-0-0).

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Spartans Score Fast in Oakland Victory

EAST LANSING, Mich. – It took only 13 seconds for the Spartan offense to score one of the fastest goals in men’s soccer history on Wednesday afternoon, leading Michigan State to a 3-0 victory over the visiting Oakland University Golden Grizzlies.

Thirteen seconds into the game, sophomore midfielder Jay Chapman tapped in a Tim Kreutz cross from a few yards out to give the Spartans a very early lead. Read More…

Valparaiso Hands MSU First Loss

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Spartans and Crusaders met for their 15th game between one-another in Sunday’s Grizzly/Spartan Crossover Tournament. Michigan State held a 10-1-3 advantage against the Valparaiso Crusaders before a 2-1 loss, dropping the Spartans to a 2-1-0 season record.

“There’s not an easy win in Division I soccer,” Michigan State head coach Damon Rensing said to msuspartans.com. Read More…

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