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Lions Den – #17 – 10/15/14

The Detroit Lions are rolling into Week 7 with a 4-2 record following their 17-3 victory over the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday.

On this episode of Lions Den, host Michael Higer and co-host Chris Boggus delve deeper into the Lions’ win over the Vikings. Who is more to thank for the Lions’ defensive dominance, the talent on the field or the coaching staff? Also, Michael explains why one man on special teams is the most unheralded member of the team. Read More…

Tom Anastos Speaks Prior to Home Opener

On Tuesday, Michigan State men’s ice hockey coach Tom Anastos had his first weekly press conference of the season. During the conference, Anastos gave some insight on last week’s practice schedule and the Spartans’ simulated road trip.

Last weekend’s practices (which were open to the public) were very up-tempo and very productive, according to Anastos.

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Caldwell-Pope Suffers Minor Injury

Pistons fans everywhere took a sigh of relief on Monday, when the report came out that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope suffered no structural damage in his left knee after hurting it in the preseason game against the Washington Wizards on Sunday.

It was initially believed to be a left knee sprain, but now it is being classified as a left knee strain. Read More…

Dantonio Addresses Fourth Quarter Struggles

Fourth quarter woes have kept Michigan State’s perfect start to the Big Ten season seeming imperfect.

The Spartans stayed at the No. 8 spot in the AP Top 25 poll after a 45-38 win at Purdue last Saturday, in a game that was a lot closer than expected. Much like the previous week against Nebraska, MSU had a large lead turn into to a one-possession game and had to rely on a defensive stop in the final minutes to survive with a victory. Read More…

Gores Unclear of Pistons’ Playoff Future

The Detroit Pistons have not made the playoffs in the three full seasons that Tom Gores has owned the franchise. Entering his fourth season as owner, Gores is unwilling to make any playoff predictions for his team.

At the Pistons’ Media Day last week, Gores hinted at his hopes saying,“I’d like to have a championship.”

Yet, he avoided any direct statements involving the playoffs. Read More…

Field Hockey Gets Swept Out of Indiana

The No. 20 Michigan State Spartans field hockey team lost both of their games down in Indiana this weekend. The Spartans fell to the No. 18 Indiana Hoosiers by a score of 2-1, then lost a second game 2-1 in overtime the next day to the Ball State University Cardinals.

After defeating Rutgers last weekend, the Spartans improved to 2-2 in Big Ten conference play. The Spartans’ next Big 10 game was Saturday against Indiana. Read More…

Lions Defense Continues to Dominate in Win Over Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings dodged a shutout at home against their NFC North rival, the Detroit Lions in a 17-3 loss.

The Lions rose to 4-2 on the season and continued to prove their dominance on the defensive side of the ball.

Ndamukong Suh and the Lions defense have carried the struggling offense through the first six games of the season, allowing a league-best average of 13.6 points per game. Read More…

No. 8 Michigan State Avoids Fourth Quarter Collapse at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Exactly one week after a chaotic near collapse in East Lansing versus Nebraska, Michigan State avoided a shocking upset at the hands of Purdue.

Against Nebraska, it took an interception by Trae Waynes in the Cornhuskers’ final drive to seal the deal for MSU. A late interception, this time by Darien Harris, sealed the deal for MSU against Purdue. Harris returned the pick for six, making the final score 45-31 in favor of the Spartans. Read More…

Second Half Goals Give Men’s Soccer the Win

A young Wisconsin Badgers team surprised the Spartans early, but in the end the experience of Michigan State gave them the 2-1 win.

Within the first minute of the game, the Badgers earned a free kick on the left side of MSU’s 18-yard-box, 30 yards out from goal.

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Spartans Survive Scare at Ross-Ade Stadium

WEST LAFAYETTE – In what appeared to be a deja-vu of Michigan State’s near collapse against Nebraska, the MSU defense was forced to stop Purdue in the final minutes, holding on to a one-possession lead for dear life.

In the end, Darien Harris intercepted Austin Appleby, returning the pick for a 15-yard touchdown.  Michigan State held on to the lead, winning 45-31. Read More…

MSU Leads Purdue 24-17 at Halftime

WEST LAFAYETTE – Connor Cook has connected with six different receivers in the first half at Purdue, throwing for 179 yards and two touchdowns. The No. 8 Spartans lead the Boilermakers 24-17 at halftime. Tony Lippett leads the way for receivers with five receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown, while Josiah Price added a touchdown of his own. Read More…

Corner Kick: Mid-Season Edition

The Big Ten men’s soccer sesason has been in full swing and J.R. Eskilson, reporter from Top Drawer Soccer, joins host Brooks Laimbeer on this mid-season edition of Corner Kick. 

J.R. and Brooks discuss each Big Ten team, the surprises in the Big Ten, who has a chance to win Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Freshman of they Year and what team could win the Big Ten regular season and the Big Ten Tournament. Read More…

Areas the Men’s Hockey Team Must Improve on the Ice

Hockey season is upon us, and coach Tom Anastos and his crew have some work to do prior to their first regular season game against Massachusetts on Oct. 17. In his press conference at media day last Wednesday, Anastos talked about several areas in which his team needs to improve.

The most glaring issue facing the Spartans is finding a way to put the puck in the net. Read More…

Top MSU Women’s Basketball Players of All Time: No. 2

Noted as being one of the top shooters in Big Ten history, Lindsay Bowen takes our No. 2 spot on the list.

Bowen entered MSU in 2002 with many accomplishments already under her belt. She was named first team All-State by the Detroit News three times, the Detroit Free Press twice, captain of her softball team senior year, and a national society member who graduated eighth in her class. It was only right that she continue this practice of greatness while at Michigan State. Read More…

Opinion: Lack of Star Power Nothing New for Izzo

On the surface, it appears as though Tom Izzo has a recruiting crisis on his hands.

The Spartans missed out on yet another top-tier recruit in guard Jalen Brunson, who committed to Villanova University earlier in September. Brunson is the latest in a long line of missed five-star recruits in the past several years (recruiting rankings based on espn.com). Read More…

Men’s Hockey Freshmen Show Promising Start

For four freshmen, this past week was the first time they put on the Spartan uniform.

“It was exciting to put on the Spartan sweater for the first time and get used to the feeling of representing Spartan hockey,” freshman Dylan Pavelek said.

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Track and Field Loses Sprints and Hurdles Coach

The Michigan State track and field team lost a valuable member of their staff recently. Sprints and hurdles coach Randy Gillon returned to the University of Illinois, his alma mater, as assistant head coach of track and field.

“He was a great addition to our program, and did a great job while he was here,” head coach Walt Drenth said. “We’re going to miss him, but this is an opportunity for both parties to grow.” Read More…

Anastos: “Can We Turn the Corner?”

It has been a rocky road for Michigan State men’s ice hockey since making an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2012. Two subpar seasons have put Michigan State in a re-tooling phase, but coming into this season, coach Tom Anastos was feeling very optimistic about the capabilities of his team when he spoke at Media Day last Wednesday.

“I thought it was our best offseason,” Anastos said. “We challenged the guys when our season was over to go home. We didn’t have guys come back early given the renovations at Munn. We also wanted to get a nice fresh mindset before the season started. Based on our physical testing, it’s been the best in three years.” Read More…

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…

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