Impact Sports presents an in-depth preview of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Dan Krier and Brooks Laimbeer break down each of the eight groups for this year’s big soccer tournament in Brazil and make picks on the final game.
Hosts Michael Higer and Louis Bilotta are back for the eighth edition of Lions Den.
In this week’s podcasts, the hosts discuss first round draft pick Eric Ebron remaining unsigned and whether or not they believe the Lions’ secondary improved over the offseason.
With a wide range of offensive and defensive threats arriving on campus this fall, Michigan State football hopes to continue bringing in talent and building its program. With the recent verbal commitment from Noah Listermann, the Spartans are building a solid recruiting class for 2015. Here is a look at who has committed thus far:
It only took four years to get here.
Starting this Thursday, June 12, sports fans around the globe will be treated to the 2014 FIFA World Cup being held in Brazil. Never before has Brazil hosted this month-long tournament, and with all the world’s best teams ready for action, a classic for the ages is a distinct possibility.
Dan Krier & Brooks Laimbeer break down the 16 opening games of the World Cup, analyzing the current betting lines and looking in-depth at such matches as USA vs. Ghana, which will take place on June 16, and England vs. Italy on June 14. Read More…
This week marked a big show for The Pact with recent MSU football and basketball signings going down and with the seasons coming up faster than the panel expected.
Fino and Faith welcomed Dan Kilbridge of 247sports.com to discuss and debate the current signees of the 2015 football class (OG Kyonta Stallworth, OT Noah Listermann, CB Tyson Smith, QB Jayru Campbell and QB Brian Lewerke.). Read More…
On Wednesday, Pistons President Stan Van Gundy announced that his former college basketball rival, Jeff Bower, would be filling Joe Dumars’ shoes as general manager for the Pistons organization. Bower coached his first year at Marist College, where he had a 12-19 record, last season.
Before accepting the job at Marist, Bower worked with the New Orleans Hornets off and on for many years. As a coach in New Orleans, Bower secured a 34-39 record. His record as a general manager for the city’s team was slightly more positive. In 2005, he made the key decision to draft Chris Paul. Yet, the franchise still struggled with losing records, dealing with injury and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The Detroit Tigers start a long swing with their AL Central foes, and many questions remain about the ability of the team. Luckily, Tiger Talk connoisseurs Tony Garcia and Richie Cozzolino have all the answers.
The guys first discuss the previous series in Boston, praising rookie Nick Castellanos and his wonderful series versus a pesky Red Sox team. However, compliments about the bottom of the lineup end with the third basemen. With Cabrera’s lingering hamstring issues and shortstop position problems, the bats were quiet for many games during Detroit’s losing streak. Tony and Richie talk about whether Andrew Romine is truly the answer at short for the Tigers, or whether rookie Eugenio Suarez and his powerful bat can take over the position.
Last week, Impact Sports released the first of an eight-part series, previewing Michigan State’s safety unit for the 2014 football season.
This week, the focus is on the other part of the “No Fly Zone,” the cornerbacks. Last season, this unit, along with the safeties, helped give the Spartans the third-best pass defense in the nation, allowing just over 165 yards per game.
Change is in the air this summer as the NCAA Hockey Rules Committee (headed by Michigan State head coach Tom Anastos) recently proposed several rule changes to the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel last Friday.
There were a total of nine rule changes approved by the committee. The changes that could have the most significant impact on the game include new rules for faceoff procedure, (who puts their stick down first, faceoff location in the offensive zone, etc.) expanding the use of video replay, and new shootout regulations.
How does the new playoff format affect a team’s mindsets this season? Are recruiting sites, like Rivals.com, changing player rankings depending on what school they commit to? Who are the top 10 players in the Big Ten this season?
Pistons power forward Greg Monroe’s contract is up. He has been in the NBA for four years and is no closer to an NBA title than the day he was drafted with the Pistons’ first round pick in the 2010 Draft.
This last season, defense was a major issue for Monroe due to the fact that the team’s three big men had trouble discerning their defensive roles. Monroe’s average rebounds, blocks and steals all decreased the past season compared to the previous year before small forward Josh Smith was added to the roster.
From the opening minute of the match, Lansing United constantly put pressure on the AFC Cleveland defense.
United midfielder, Brendan Finnerty, started the pressure in the 9th minute by hitting a shot from 25 yards out. The shot was deflected out-of-bounds for a corner kick, which was only the beginning of the amount of corners United would receive.
It seems so long ago that the Detroit Pistons were the perennial powerhouse in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. What happened to the team that made it to six consecutive Eastern Conference Finals and back-to-back NBA Finals appearances?
June 1 marked the 10-year anniversary of when the Pistons beat the Indiana Pacers 69-65, which sent them to their first Finals appearance since 1990.
Michigan State turned their recruiting class of 2014 into one of the best with several big-name signees on the defensive line, and it was not an easy task to sign a few of them.
A week ago, the Pistons announced that they hired three assistant coaches and a team scout. Among those let go was former Detroit basketball star Rasheed Wallace. Under the Dumars administration, Wallace worked post-retirement as an assistant coach with head coach Maurice Cheeks last season.
Now with Van Gundy at the helm, Detroit is cleaning up after Dumars’ mess of letting go personnel. Along with Wallace, assistant coaches Henry Bibby and Bernard Smith will not be returning for the 2014-15 season in Detroit. Meanwhile, former interim head coach and assistant John Loyer will be lucky enough to keep his job.
Michigan State track and field just got a lot smaller after this past weekend’s NCAA Eastern Regional meet in Jacksonville, Fla.
The team had five athletes place in the top 12 of their event to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championship in Eugene, Ore.
Qualifiers include Antonio James in the shot put and discus, Leah O’Connor in the 3,000m steeplechase, Tori Franklin in the triple jump and Rachele Schulist in the 5,000m. Kurt Schneider previously posted a qualifying mark in the decathlon.
Michigan State’s offensive line solidified themselves this past season, allowing Connor Cook and Jeremy Langford to remain protected on their way to an incredibly successful season. Returning are offensive tackles Jack Conklin, Donavon Clark and Kodi Kieler.
MSU hopes to continue setting the standard for the defense in the Big Ten by adding three freshman to the defensive backfield this fall. The “No Fly Zone” defense lost its Jim Thorpe Award-winning cornerback Darqueze Dennard, but still return a lot of talent. Here are the new faces joining the “No Fly Zone”: