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Three Up, Three Down: Tigers’ 2014 is Done

Chris Tillman’s first inning started with three strikeouts in Game 1 to a standing ovation. Tillman was on the field two games later, jumping and celebrating to a standing, shocked Detroit.

A sweep. Baltimore over Detroit. Three games to zilch. Barely enough time to order a Detroit postseason shirt before it was over. A Vegas favorite in April tripped up and fell over the orange and black leaves in October….or were those feathers? Read More…

Athletes of the Week: Jamie Cheslik and Zach Bennett

Freshman forward, Jamie Cheslik has been nothing short of exceptional this year for the Spartans when it comes to scoring goals and showing her perseverance in matches.

Cheslik leads Michigan State with seven goals, which is tied for sixth place in the Big Ten. She also has two game-winning goals for her team this season which have come on the road against Oakland University and California State University, Fullerton. Read More…

Spartan Red Zone – #23 – 10/8/14

On the latest edition of Spartan Red Zone, Dan Tyler, Andre Sims and Brad Allen discuss the Spartans’ Big Ten opening win over Nebraska.

Sims gives the scoop on how the team prepared for the game, as well as how the team reacted when the Huskers made it close in the fourth quarter.

Tyler gives students tips on how to stay at the game longer and each guy gives their thoughts on the poor showing at the student section. Read More…

Spartans Back to Winning Ways as Bennett Breaks Shutout Record

In a back and forth match that saw Akron University with much of the possession, the Spartans found a way to put one in the back of the net and kept the Zips from scoring.

From the first whistle, Akron came out and set the tempo of the game and looked for that early goal as they had multiple chances within the first 10 minutes of the game to score. Read More…

Men’s Hockey Ties Windsor, Falls in Shootout

In Michigan State’s opening exhibition match against the Windsor Lancers, Matt Beaudoin tied the game at two for Windsor with a power-play goal midway through the third period, which eventually forced overtime Tuesday night in front of a crowd of 3,683 at Munn Ice Arena. Nobody scored in the five-minute extra session and Windsor would win the shootout 1-0 on a goal by Spencer Pommells. The game goes in the books as a 2-2 tie.

“That was an ideal exhibition game for us,” said fourth-year head coach Tom Anastos. “It’s an experienced team. It’s an older group. A lot of those players have a lot of high-level hockey experience. As a step to get ready for our first game, I wish we could play one more like that.”

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Behind the Mask – #6 – 10/7/14

Behind the Mask is back for another season of Michigan State hockey. New host Jason Ruff, along with Brian Bobal, are at Munn Ice Arena for the Spartans’ exhibition opener against the Windsor Lancers.

Jason and Brian discuss what their first impressions of the team are period-by-period. They also provide a look ahead to the upcoming regular season, which begins Oct. 17 against UMass.

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Pistons Media Day Recap

The 2014 Detroit Pistons Media Day has come and gone. During the final day before practices begin, the Pistons players and coaches spent hours talking to the media and taking pictures.

The big headline out of Detroit’s media day was the news of newly signed Piston, Aaron Gray. Read More…

Lions Den – #15 – 10/8/2014

The Detroit Lions lost a heartbreaker to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, and hosts Michael Higer, Louis Bilotta and Chris Boggus enter the Lions Den to debate who was to blame.

The guys will also discuss who will be the next Lions kicker, whether Calvin Johnson can be labeled as “injury prone” and a preview and predictions for next week’s match-up against the Minnesota Vikings. Read More…

Tiger Talk #13 — That’s All She Wrote

The Detroit Tigers’ season end came to an all too sudden end on Sunday when the Baltimore Orioles completed the 3-0 sweep in Comerica Park.

Host Tony Garcia is joined as usual by co-host Richie Cozzolino as the two do their best to keep each other’s spirits up. Garcia is beside himself about the many coaching blunders, while Cozzolino can’t control himself while talking again about a bullpen implosion that cost the Tigers their season. Read More…

Dantonio Moving Forward After Near Collapse Against Nebraska

The Spartans kicked off their Big Ten season last Saturday night with a primetime matchup against the undefeated Nebraska Cornhuskers.

The first three quarters looked great for Michigan State, as they dominated in every facet of the game and held a 27-3 lead.  However, Nebraska clawed their way back in the 4th fourth quarter before finally going down 27-22. Read More…

Women’s Tennis Finish Off Weekend in Akron

After spending last weekend in Evanston, Illinois, for the Wildcat Invite, the Spartans women’s tennis team headed east to Northern Ohio for the Akron Invitational. West Virginia and Cornell competed with MSU along with host Akron.

While the Spartans had a successful weekend in singles matches, winning 11 of 18 matches, they struggled in doubles as they were only able to come away victorious in five of 11 matches. Read More…

Greg Monroe’s DUI Arrest is Far From Settled

Detroit Pistons starting forward Greg Monroe now joins Ray Rice, Tony Stewart and P.J. Tucker as high-profile athletes in the limelight for the wrong reasons.

Monroe was arrested and processed for Driving Under Intoxication by Huntington Woods police on Feb. 13. He was charged just before the All-Star break and told police at the time of his arrest that his intoxication was due to two glasses of wine he had at Bosco, a Ferndale bar. Read More…

Women’s Soccer Get First Conference Win

There was a different pep in the Lady Spartans’ step today during warmups, and it continued into the game against the University of Nebraska.

The Cornhuskers came out and set the tempo in the first 20 minutes as redshirt senior, Courtney Clem, was tested early and came up with two big saves in the third and 14th minute off two difficult shots. Read More…

Spartans Dodge Bullet Against No. 19 Nebraska

No. 10 Michigan State had several chances to put this one away early.  They had more chances to put it away late.  After failing to put the nail in the coffin, No. 19 Nebraska nearly stole an upset victory in East Lansing.

With 5:47 to go in the fourth quarter, the Spartans sat comfortably on defense with a 27-9 lead. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. threw a pass and safety Kurtis Drummond jumped in the air to get his hands on it – he had a clear path to the end zone. Read More…

Spartan Football Withstands Nebraska Comeback

The No. 19 Nebraska Cornhuskers nearly made a miraculous comeback to upset the No. 10 Michigan State Spartans, eventually falling short 27-22.

The Spartan defense was nearly perfect in the first half, but nearly gave up the Spartans’ big lead in the fourth quarter. Read More…

Ferrantino Ready to Lead Men’s Hockey

Not long after the Spartans’ season ended in an overtime defeat in the Big Ten playoffs to Ohio State, men’s hockey coach Tom Anastos announced that forward Michael Ferrantino would be the Spartans’ 70th captain in program history.

“It means a lot. Growing up around this program and seeing the guys that have been captain before me, it’s hard for me to put it into words,” Ferrantino said. “Just to be trusted with that honor and that responsibility by your teammates and your coaches means a lot to me.”

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Tigers in Need of Motown Miracle; Drop First Two in Baltimore

The first two games of the 2014 postseason appeared to be a script out of Brad Ausmus’ worst nightmare.

After dropping Game 1 on Thursday night, the Tigers found themselves with a 5-3 lead going into the sixth inning. Anibal Sanchez, normally a starting pitcher, came out of the bullpen for the Detroit Tigers. Read More…

Week 5 Preview: The Return of Jim Schwartz

This week, the Buffalo Bills circle their wagons to the Motor City and you know who is riding shotgun in one of those wagons? Former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz.

For those of you who blocked Schwartz completely out of your life once he left, Schwartz is now the defensive coordinator for the Bills. Read More…

Spartans Continue New Rivalry with Nebraska Saturday

Michigan State is set to face Nebraska for the fourth time in four years tomorrow, and it will be Mark Dantonio’s fourth time facing Nebraska in his career.  Although it will only be their fourth meeting, Nebraska has quickly become a staple opponent for the Spartans in Big Ten play.

In his weekly news conference last Tuesday, Dantonio spoke about his experience playing Nebraska and their emergence as a new Big Ten rival. Read More…

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