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Opinion: The Price of a ‘World Series or Bust’ Mentality

With the acquisition of David Price, the Detroit Tigers now own contracts of the past three Cy Young Award winners, and if Miguel Cabrera is included, also the past three MVP’s.

Detroit waited until 3:51 EST to make it official before the 4 p.m. trade deadline on July 31. The Tigers traded left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly and outfielder Austin Jackson as a part of the three-team deal with the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners that sent Smyly to Tampa and Jackson to Seattle. Read More…

Top Ten MSU Women’s Basketball Players Countdown – #10

Over the years, many Spartans have demonstrated their skills on the court. In the lead-up to the women’s basketball season, Impact Sports takes a look at the top 10 women’s basketball players in Spartan history.

Taking the No. 10 spot to start is recent MSU graduate Klarissa Bell, a 5-foot-11 guard from East Lansing. With East Lansing as her hometown, it seemed only right that she attended Michigan State and made a name for herself in the Spartan history books.

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Tatar Signs Three-Year Extension

Following a breakout season, Tomas Tatar, 23, signed a three-year, $8.25 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Tatar, a native of Ilava, Slovakia, was drafted in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted at No. 60 overall, Tatar spent his first three years playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League. Read More…

Early Season Games to Challenge Young Lady Spartans (Games 1-7)

A young Spartan women’s soccer team finished the 2013 season with a record of 9-8-2, but this season a more experienced and eager team is ready for the challenge that lies ahead of them, especially in Big Ten play.

“It’s going to be a great challenge, and I think with 14 teams now, competing not only for the Big Ten title, but eight slots in the (Big Ten) tournament, I think the ratio there might be the most difficult challenge in women’s college soccer,” head coach Tom Saxton said. “I don’t think anybody else faces that kind of set of numbers. It will be incredibly difficult and yet it will also be very rewarding to make it through to the postseason.”

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Opinion: Why Suh Contract Will Not Get Done This Offseason

Constant speculation and criticism has been surrounding the Detroit Lions’ top defensive dog, Ndamukong Suh, this offseason. The team, in order to free up cap space and shed some weight off of Suh’s monstrous contract, continues to pursue talks of a contract extension. Most recently the talks between both Suh and the Lions have been “tabled” until the offseason. Read More…

Top MSU Hockey Players of All Time

The MSU hockey team has had a great history in college hockey. With their fair share of conference, regular season and tournament titles, three NCAA National Championships, and two Hobey Baker award winners, the Spartans have some great accomplishments under their belt. None of those accomplishments would have been possible if it were not for the hard work and dedication put in by countless MSU hockey players over the years.

Over the next five weeks, Behind the Mask will be releasing each of our  top five greatest spartan hockey players of all time. Starting with No. 5 and working all the way up to No. 1. Each of us giving our own reasons on why each player deserves to be there.

Who will claim the top spot on the countdown?

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Hockey Lands Verbal Commit for 2015-16 Season

It is a bit early to be talking about next year’s incoming Spartans, but a new name has been recently added to the list. Mason Appleton of Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay, Wis. has verbally committed to play for the Green and White in 2015.

“There was nothing I didn’t like about the program,” Appleton told the Green Bay Press Gazett about his commitment to the Spartan hockey program. “They just had so many positives I couldn’t turn it down.”

A late bloomer, Appleton has turned into an impressive and physical centerman with strong puck skills to back up a gritty playstyle. In his senior season alone, Appleton racked up 70 points (30 goals, 40 assists).

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Spartan Red Zone – #16 – 7/26/14

Hosts Dan Tyler and Andre Sims welcome junior cornerback Trae Waynes to the studio for the latest episode of Spartan Red Zone.

Waynes discusses offseason workouts and preparation, the new members of the “No Fly Zone,” as well as filling in for Darqueze Dennard.

Give the episode a listen to hear about those topics and more.

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Way-Too-Early Predictions: Nebraska (Oct. 4)

The Spartans will open Big Ten play with a night game at home against Nebraska. In 2013, MSU went on an unprecedented 9-0 in conference play. The 2014 season will prove difficult, if not impossible for Michigan State to remain undefeated in the Big Ten — having to open up against Nebraska, play Michigan and Ohio State in back-to-back games, and traveling to Maryland and Penn State.

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The Impact of Joakim: Tigers Acquire Soria, Look to Patch Reeling Bullpen

The Detroit Tigers bullpen currently holds the worst batting average against at .272 and the least strikeouts of any bullpen with just 243 strikeouts. Match that with the collective 4.41 ERA, and one could argue that the Tigers own the worst bullpen of all contending teams; a huge point of contention over the past three season.

However, Dave “Clark Kent, Superman, X-factor” Dombrowski came to the rescue once more. He and the Detroit Tigers received closer Joakim Soria in their second big deal of the season with the Texas Rangers for two pitching prospects, relievers Corey Knebel and Jason Thompson, and a draft pick.

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Last Leg – #9 – 7/26/14

While summer may be slow for some, MSU redshirt freshman thrower, Katelyn Daniels, has been training in East Lansing all summer and competed in the USATF Junior Championship in early July placing second in the discus and third in the shot put. This week, she is back in Eugene, Oregon preparing for the IAAF World Junior Championship on July 24-25.

Alexa McCarthy talks to the Columbus, Ohio native about the similarities between gymnastics and throwing, her recruiting journey and even Lebron James’ move back to Ohio.
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Octopi Hockeytown – #13 – 7/23/14

On this week’s episode of Octopi Hockeytown, host Austin Goodman, explains the Red Wings depth chart, more specifically, the team’s influx of forwards and how each player will come into play during the 2014-2015 campaign.

After the first segment, at about 15 minutes into the show, Austin takes a quick turn in direction and takes the show back to the nightmare of free agency. The Red Wings have still not acquired a right-handed defenseman, yet they still have made other moves that could keep fans happy for now.

Throughout the last 12 minutes of this 13th edition of Octopi Hockeytown, Austin will talk about the Red Wings transactions from the past week including a final segment on ex-Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato, the Red Wings newly signed assistant coach.

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Summer Camps End, Moster Instills Love of the Game

Though in the midst of preparations for the quickly approaching 2014 season, Spartan women’s volleyball spent some time giving back and instilling the love of the game in the hearts of young girls.

All-American libero Kori Moster is one of the Spartans working this year’s summer camps.

“Really just trying to make an impact on them as a volleyball player and make them have some fun,” Moster said.

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Late Overtime Goal puts United into the NPSL Final Four

Stepping up is a simple concept, but it is harder to do when a championship is on the line and it is in front of the home crowd.

Lansing United stepped up on the biggest stage of their season so far by earning a 2-1 victory over the Fort Pitt Regiment in 120 minutes.

“It’s unbelievably tough. I mean you watch high level tournaments, players have a minimum of three days to rest, so for us to turn around and come back a day after, speaks to how well these guys have taken care of themselves throughout the year,” United head coach Eric Rudland said. “The quick turn around is just the passion and pride they have playing for Lansing United.”

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Top MSU Hockey Players of All Time

The MSU hockey team has had a great history in college hockey. With their fair share of conference, regular season and tournament titles, three NCAA National Championships, and two Hobey Baker award winners, the Spartans have some great accomplishments under their belt. None of those accomplishments would have been possible if it were not for the hard work and dedication put in by countless MSU hockey players over the years.

Over the next five weeks, Behind the Mask will be releasing each of our top five greatest spartan hockey players of all time. Starting with No. 5 and working all the way up to No. 1. Each of us giving our own reasons on why each player deserves to be there.

Who will claim the top spot on the countdown?

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The Pact – #40 – 7/21/14

This week’s debate began once again with soccer, as Lansing United gave us no choice but to keep discussing their success as they head to New Jersey to play the New York Red Bulls U-23 in the NPSL National Semifinals. In their inaugural season, United started in a league of 80+ and now sit in the final four, two wins away from at NPSL National Championship. Forward Brian Cunningham joined the panel to discuss the approach during the upcoming week, what it will be like playing away from the Lansing fans and what his plans after the season are.

The panel continued to roll right into MSU football for the first time in awhile, debating the relevancy of the watch lists and the Spartans who made a list or two. Each panelist proposed their strongest favorite to win a watch list and Fino makes it clear what he takes into account when reading the preseason lists.

Finally, with Rupert Murdoch’s recent $80 billion bid to purchase Timer Warner, the panel discusses what would change in the sports and entertainment world with Fox Sports 1 and ESPN and how they could become legitimate competitors.

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Cetera Washington Returns to Kalamazoo as Assistant Coach for WMU

Cetera Washington’s homecoming may not be a trending topic on Twitter orreceive constant broadcast coverage or get a spread in the pages of Sports Illustrated.

But the former Michigan State and Loy Norrix High basketball standout could not be more excited to join the coaching staff of her hometown Western Michigan Broncos.

“To be able to come back home and come back to the city that supported me throughout my entire career from elementary school to middle school to high school is awesome,” Washington said.

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