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Tigers Bullpen Finds Relief in Hanrahan

It took one month for Dave Dombrowski to realize his team needed some major help.

With Bruce Rondon in the midst of Tommy John surgery, Luke Putkonen on the 15-day DL and a bullpen ERA of 5.37, the Tigers were floundering. On Friday, it was announced that Detroit acquired for closer Joel Hanrahan from the Red Sox. Hanrahan’s deal is set at one-year, $1 million dollars. His role will revolve around being a set up man in the future. Read More…

19th Hole – #1 – 5/3/14

This week on 19th Hole, hosts Aaron Whitlock and Tony Garcia bring in special guest Casey Lubahn, head coach of the men’s golf team at Michigan State University.

Lubahn came in to discuss the Spartans’ recent ninth-place finish at the Boilermaker Invitational, as well as this weekend’s Big Ten Championships in French Lick, Ind. Read More…

Women’s Golf Wins Big Ten Championship

The Michigan State women’s golf team won the Big Ten Championship on Sunday, April 27 in French Lick, Ind.

The Spartans split the Championship with Big Ten foe Ohio State, as the teams each shot a 31-over-par 895. This marks the third time in four years the Spartans will be taking home the hardware, and that speaks to the consistency of the program under head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll.

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Getting to Know Marvin Clark Jr.

The recruiting class of 2014 got a little better with the signing of Marvin Clark Jr.

The 6-foot-7, 219-pound small forward committed to Michigan State a month ago, joining Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn and Javon Bess. He is a three-star recruit, according to rivals.com.

Clark is from Bel Aire, Kan. and played for Sunrise Christian Academy, the same school as Nairn.

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Secret Society – #11 – 4/30/14

Moose is back on Secret Society!

Fellow Impact Sports multimedia journalist, Romero Hardy, sat in on the podcast with host Bradley Allen to talk with the women’s ultimate frisbee club.

The hosts discovered the teammates their favorite extracurricular activities, and the relationships they have developed through ultimate frisbee.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #9 – 4/29/14

The playoffs have come and gone quickly for the Red Wings this season, as they took an early five game loss to the Boston Bruins to close out a roller coaster season.

Game One fell in favor of the Red Wings with a beautiful goal scored by veteran Pavel Datsyuk with three minutes left in the third period – giving a victory to the Wings at TD Garden to lead off the series.

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The Pact – #28 – 4/28/14

Fino opens this week’s episode of The Pact with a rant on the alleged racist comments of L.A. Clippers’ owner, Donald Sterling.

After a quick break, Lou and Austin wrap up the Bruins vs. Wings series and Lou cashes in on the two’s pre-series bet.

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Racism in the NBA

With news of Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s alleged racist remarks comes a new firestorm whether or not racism is still alive in the NBA.

Sterling himself has denied being a racist and the Clippers organization has officially denied Sterling’s potential racism as well. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has made his own comments in response to the whole situation in a very professional manner. Read More…

Softball Celebrates Senior Day at Secchia

The senior Lady Spartans took the field at Secchia Stadium for their final time on Sunday. The five seniors, four players and Bryan Rourke, four-year student manager,were joined by their family members on the field to be honored for their contribution to the program over their collegiate years. The seniors gathered with their family members to create an unforgettable moment singing the fight song together for the final time on their home field.

Senior, Emma Fernandez was escorted on the back of her brother with her parents at her side with the goal to make sure the day was fun rather than something to be upset about.

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White Defeats Green 20-13 in Spring Game

35,000 fans flocked to Spartan Stadium Saturday afternoon to watch the defending Big Ten and Rose Bowl champions compete in their spring game.

The White squad got off to a hot start after Jermaine Edmondson intercepted Tyler O’Connor on the first play of the game. Their offense capitalized immediately, as quarterback Damion Terry rushed for a 23 yard touchdown on the first snap.

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Spartans Head South for Race against Virginia

With their season coming to a close, the Michigan State women’s rowing team will head to Charlottesville, Va. for races against the No. 5 Cavaliers and the Duke Blue Devils.

MSU had a strong showing at their last outing at Clemson. And for their efforts, they now sit just eight points out of the No. 20 spot in the NCAA polls. While the Spartans did not do so well against Virginia in their first race of the season, MSU has gotten better and has proven that they can compete with ranked teams.

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Sparty Wins Close One in First Game of Series against Wildcats

The Spartans had their ace on the mound Friday, as they tried to get rid of the bad Big Ten taste in their mouth from last weekend.

Starter Mick VanVossen said it was an improvement over last weekend.

“Just trying to keep things simple, every time I go out I just try to put the team in a position to win,” VanVossen said.

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Buckeyes Bounce Spartans from Big Ten Tournament

Despite going blow-for-blow against the No. 2 ranked team in the country, No. 1 seed Ohio State edged out the No. 8 seed Michigan State men’s tennis team 4-2 in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals held in East Lansing, Mich.

The loss brings the Spartans’ final record to 12-14 and their home record to 11-2, with both losses coming to the Buckeyes.

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Spartan Red Zone: Spring Game Preview

Hosts Dan Tyler and Andre Sims break down the upcoming spring game, as well as the NCAA’s recent ruling to grant college athletes unlimited meals and snacks. Listen to the podcast to hear some names to look out for on Saturday and more.
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Lacrosse Fights Pittsburgh for Number Two Seed in Conference Tournament

The No. 8 Michigan State lacrosse team has a chance to take second place in their division with a win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Michigan State currently sits second in the CCLA with a 4-1 division record, 10-3 overall. Pittsburgh (6-6, 3-2) is close behind at third in the division.
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Track and Field Looking to Keep Their Momentum This Weekend

The school year may be quickly coming to a close, but Michigan State track and field athletes are just getting started.

For the third weekend in a row, the team will be splitting up competition in three different locations. The Spartans will be represented at the Drake Relays (Des Moines, Iowa), the GINA Relays (Hillsdale, Mich.) and Ashland University Alumni Open (Ashland, Ohio). Each location was picked specifically for certain events, in an effort to find the best competition in preparation for the Big Ten Outdoor Championship taking place May 16-18.
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Could Have Been Them

A No. 8 seed beating a No. 1 seed-that is exactly what basketball fans have witnessed three times so far this postseason. The Indiana Pacers are currently down two games to one to the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the playoffs.

Atlanta’s playoff success is important for a few reasons. First off, it shows that the best record does not necessarily reflect the best team. Second, it shows how quickly a team can collapse, especially when its 7-foot-2 center is completely absent from his own body and the team’s star scorers are not performing well either. Third and probably most importantly to Pistons fans, it shows what could potentially have been theirs: a first round playoff series win.

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