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Hockey lands Another Verbal Commit for 2015

Michigan State has landed another verbal commitment for the 2015-16 season.

Brennan Sanford of the Cedar Rapids Roughriders who play in the USHL has committed to play for the green and white next season.

Sanford was acquired by the Roughriders from the Austin Bruins of the NAHL.

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Late Goal Gives MSU First Win

The Southern Methodist University Mustangs may have only won three games last season, but they did not look like a three win team Friday night as they played the Spartans tough for 90 minutes.

Right from the kickoff, SMU put pressure on No. 10 Michigan State and created multiple scoring opportunities, with their best scoring chance coming in the 10th minute when the Mustangs sent a dangerous ball into the Spartans’ 18-yard box, which hit a head and forced MSU goalkeeper, Zach Bennett, to make a diving save in the air to prevent the goal.

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Spartans Shutout Eagles 3-0 in First Game at DeMartin

Playing in their first game at DeMartin Soccer Complex this season, the Michigan State women’s soccer team defeated Eastern Michigan 3-0, with goals coming from Megan Marsack, Allyson Krause and Rachel VanPoppelen.

One of the main themes this off-season for the Spartans was attention to defense as well as defensive restarts.

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Spartans Make Statement against Gamecocks

It has been nearly eight months since Kyler Elsworth made the stop on fourth-and-one. Since Andrew Maxwell, after losing the starting quarterback position, came out to take the final kneel down for Michigan State in the Rose Bowl.

Friday night, the Spartans finally got to play again.

“First off, I thought we made a statement,” head coach Mark Dantonio said to the press after Michigan State’s 45-7 win over Jacksonville State.

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Volleyball Sweeps Both Opponents to Start Season

Following last year’s NCAA Tournament run that ended in the regional semifinals, the MSU volleyball team opened its season on Friday with unfinished business.

The Spartans’ first two matches of the season were played in Birmingham, Ala. against Southeastern Louisiana and the host, Alabama-Birmingham. The day could not have gone much better for the Spartans, as they swept each of their opponents 3-0.

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Spartans Win First Game of the Season 45-7

The long anticipated season opener kicked off, for the third straight year, on a Friday night. The Gamecocks of Jacksonville State arrived at Spartan Stadium with their band, and small cohort of supporters.

After an offensive surge in the first half, MSU was off to a slow start in the second half. Tyler O’Connor took the field for the opening drive of the third quarter, which lead to a punt.

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Spartans Lead Gamecocks 38-0 at Halftime

Connor Cook completed his first nine passes for 257 yards and 3 TDs for MSU in the first half of the season opener, as the Spartans marched to a 38-0 lead at the half.

Tony Lippett exploded for two touchdown s huge touchdown receptions from Cook, one for 64 yards and the other for 71. Nick Hill added two touchdown runs of his own.

What first was a shaky start for the Spartan defense turned into a big scare for the Spartan offense. After kicking the ball off to start the game, the Gamecocks nearly caught the MSU secondary sleeping.

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Pistons Profile: D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler

After a few weeks of inactivity, the Detroit Pistons made headlines again after signing two key players in one night.

On July 15, Stan Van Gundy decided to sign veteran players D.J. Augustin (two-years, $6 million) and Caron Butler (one-year, $4.5 million with a team option).

Augustin, 26-years-old, is a traveled point guard who has spent plenty of time in the NBA dealing with adversity. In his six seasons in the league, Augustin has played for four teams, including division rivals Chicago and Indiana.

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Spartans Fall to No. 4 Duke in Season Opener on Late OT Goal

Sierra Patton made seven saves, but it was not enough as No. 16 Michigan State fell to No. 4 Duke 2-1 in overtime in the season opener Friday afternoon at Ralph Young Field.

Heading into overtime, Michigan State had momentum thanks to Abby Barker’s goal with 7.6 seconds remaining in regulation, but the seesaw affair continued.

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More than a Season Opener for Bennett

Michigan State and Southern Methodist University will face off for the first time in their programs’ history at DeMartin Stadium on Friday, but there is more to this first meeting than meets the eye.

This matchup means a little bit more to starting junior goalkeeper, Zach Bennett, of Plano, Texas.

“Obviously SMU was the closest D-1 soccer program to me when I was growing up,” Bennett said. “So (it is) a little extra motivation and obviously (SMU has) a lot of friends and guys I played against growing up through high school and stuff as well.”

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Know Your Enemy: Jacksonville State

By now, you have probably heard all the hype about the biggest game of the season. Michigan State will have to travel across the country to Eugene, Ore. to prove themselves against an elite, non-conference opponent early in the season.

But wait, there is actually a game before that?

So what is Jacksonville State all about?

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Hockey Tickets Go on Sale

Fall classes are starting to get underway at MSU, which also means that the MSU hockey season is almost upon us. With just about a month until the season starts, Spartan hockey season tickets are now available for purchase online.

Students have the option to buy season tickets or single game tickets the week of the game. With the purchase of season tickets, students receive an exclusive A-Team student section jersey. Non-students will have the same options, but they would not receive the jersey with the purchase of season tickets.

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Inside the Huddle: MSU Football – Connor Cook

Ever wonder what an athlete is thinking before he or she makes a highlight play? Inside the Huddle gives inside access.

Andre Sims hosts the first episode of a miniseries that takes viewers inside the minds of athletes before making game-changing plays.

Sims starts by visiting MSU football quarterback Connor Cook in the film room, as he explains what was going through his mind during spectacular Rose Bowl plays and regular-season Big Ten games.

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Big Ten Women’s Soccer Season Preview: A Different Look but Just as Competitive

The women’s college soccer season has already started and a few Big Ten team are off to great starts and some have underachieved.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and Top Drawer Soccer reporter, Travis Clark, discuss all 14 teams in the Big Ten, incoming freshman to watch, professional prospects and who will make the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Tournament.

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Spread-out Attack Powers Spartans in Exhibition Wins

The No. 20 Michigan State women’s field hockey team got off to an undefeated start this past weekend, winning both exhibition games against Central Michigan and Kent State.

Seven different Spartans accounted for the 10 total goals scored on Saturday.

In the opening game, the Spartans faced Central Michigan, a game Michigan State dominated from the first center pass. Goals from Allie Ahern, Abby Barker, Becky Stiles and Kristin Matula, all in the first 10 minutes of play, fueled the Spartans to a 4-1 lead at the half.

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Position Group Breakdown: Quarterbacks & Running Backs

With the college football season finally here, it is time for Impact Sports to breakdown the backfield of the Spartan’s offense.

This is the last installment of the summer position group breakdown series.

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Tiger Talk – #9 – 8/27/14

As the season comes to a close, the guys do not know what to do with themselves.

The Detroit Tigers powerhouse is in second place in the division and the panic button is getting closer and closer. Host Tony Garcia alongside co-host Richie Cozzolino break down what has been a rough few weeks.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #17 – 8/27/14

On this week’s episode of Octopi Hockeytown, host Austin Goodman discusses the potential impact of newly signed assistant coach, Tony Granato. In the first segment, Goodman shells out his thoughts on the positive impact that he thinks Granato is going to bring to the Detroit Red Wings special teams.

Towards the show’s end, Goodman gives another update on the offseason. When will the Red Wings re-sign Danny DeKeyser and Daniel Alfredsson? Can they make both work with only $5 million in cap space remaining?

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