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Warning Track – #6 – 5/24/14

Brett Kast takes the reins filling in for host Zac Swierad and is joined by Alex Scharg to talk about the Big Ten baseball tournament. As the end of the season looms ahead, Kast and Scharg discuss who the most important players have been for the Spartans and also which of those players may be heading to the pros early.

Kast and Scharg also get heated on how to sum up this season. Was it average? Below average? Find out their rankings on this tournament edition of Warning Track.

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Football Distances from Notre Dame, Adds Arizona State in Schedule

Michigan State and Notre Dame Taking a Break

For the first time in over sixty years, Michigan State will go more than two consecutive seasons without playing Notre Dame in football. The rivalry took a year off in 1953, then the teams faced off 57 times, taking a break only during the 1995 and 1996 seasons. In what is usually an every year occurrence, the Battle for the Megaphone will be fewer and farther between than ever in upcoming years.

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Big Ten Hockey Schedule Released

Michigan State’s Big Ten schedule has been announced and, like last year, the Spartans will face each of their Big Ten conference foes four times during the regular season.

The major difference is that this year the Big Ten Tournament will be held at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit as opposed to Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

Also, no word has come as to the date of the annual Joe Louis game between the Spartans and the Wolverines.

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Spartans Post Best Score In Second Round of National Championships

In the second round of the national championship, the Michigan State Spartans beat the other top 23 teams in the country to earn the best score at three-over-par (283).

It is beginning to sound like a broken record at this point, as the Spartans were led by their three seniors who all have three Big Ten Championship titles to their credit.

Allyssa Ferrell, who kept the Spartans from falling too far out of contention in the first round by posting a one-under-par 69, made sure that people knew that was no fluke. Read More…

Tough Day for Rowing at Big Ten Championships

The women’s rowing Big Ten Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. were rough for the Spartans, as MSU came home with only one boat taking away a medal, finishing in fifth place at the regatta on the Eagle Creek Reservoir.

MSU’s fourth-seeded varsity four took third place to win the only medal of the day while the fifth-seeded varsity eight finished fifth.

Though it was a rough day for MSU collectively, a few Spartans managed to take home individual awards.

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Brown’s Hat Trick Gives Lansing United First Win

After scoring zero goals in their home opener, Lansing United seemed to have no trouble finding the back of the net on Sunday night against the Michigan Stars, especially their captain, Matt Brown.

Brown traveled 3,696 miles from his hometown of Dordon, England to play soccer for United, and he showed the crowd why team owner, Jeremy Sampson, and manager, Eric Rudland, wanted him on the team.

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The Pact – #31 – 5/19/14

The show kicks off with a special guest, Zac Sweirad, Impact Sports’ MSU baseball reporter, who adds to the panel’s discussion of the team’s season and what to expect in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament.

The topics then shift to playoffs and begin with a heated debate about the Chris Kreider-Carey Price collision in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The show wraps up with a discussion about the NBA playoffs and how much the Serge Ibaka injury will hurt the Oklahoma City Thunder against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.

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Progress Made and Lessons Learned for Track and Field

The way head track and field head coach Walt Drenth sees it, having a presence is better than none at all.

The Spartans ended their weekend at the Big Ten Outdoor Championship with a total of 10 medals and lessons learned. The women finished sixth with a total of 85 points and the men finished 11th with 37.

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Opinion: A Special Squad’s Secret to Success

Detroit is not just the best team in baseball. They are also the most enjoyable to watch.

Coming into Fenway against rowdy Boston fans would make any team sweat, right? You would think a team sitting at the top of the competitive MLB would have some pressure to continue winning.

If there is, they sure are not showing it.

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So Much for the Underdog

The NBA’s Eastern Conference has been notably worse than the Western Conference this year. Although some teams like the Toronto Raptors quietly succeeded, all the focus in the East went toward the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers.

Stories like the brief return of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah’s domination took away from this narrative occasionally, but the focus always returned to Miami and Indiana. ESPN even went so far as to spend days of programming building hype for LeBron James and Paul George’s final regular season meeting.

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Happy Ride Home for Spartan Baseball

Leading up to this point, Michigan State baseball did what they needed to reach the Big Ten tournament in Omaha, Neb.

They needed one victory yesterday in a double-header against Penn State to clinch a spot and they did just that.

At the same time, they were looking to hold onto their half-game lead over Iowa in the conference standings.

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Lansing United Draw in Home Opener

In front of a crowd of 975 fans on Friday night, Lansing United opened up their first National Premier Soccer League season against the Indiana Fire at East Lansing Soccer Complex.

“It definitely was a good surprise,” Michigan State University starting goalkeeper Zach Bennett said. “I didn’t know 900-some were going to come out tonight, so it was really awesome to see the support.”

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Middle Man

He was once a two-sport, star athlete at Lansing Sexton High School.

Drew Valentine set school records, garnered all-state acclaim and received top-notch offers from the most storied programs across the country (Florida State and Michigan State to name a few).

But little did Drew imagine that injuries would put him on the hardcourt sideline with his brother, Denzel, five years later.

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Wisconsin, Minnesota and Others Opt out of Gentleman’s Agreement

Several members of college hockey’s royalty appear to be disenchanted with the rest of the league.

After a vote by the American Hockey Coaches Association Convention moved to keep the “Gentleman’s Agreement,” several hockey programs, including Minnesota and Boston College, announced they would no longer adhere to the agreement and not recognize the verbal commitment as binding.

Instead, they would only recognize the NCAA National Letter of Intent. Soon after, Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves announced his program would follow suit.

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Spartans Looking to Fill Gaps at Big Ten Outdoor Championship

Spartan track and field is heading to Indiana to show the Big Ten the progress they have made in the short months, since the conference last convened in early March.

After an arguably more successful, but scattered, outdoor season than indoor season, the team is looking to fill the gaps they left open and have since filled since the Indoor Championship.

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Justin Abdelkader Named Captain of Team USA , and Performs Well

Not only did Justin Abdelkader receive the tremendous opportunity to represent the stars and stripes of Team USA in the 2014 IIHF World Championships, but he was also chosen as the captain of the team.

Abdelkader, along with alternate captains Craig Smith (Univ. of Wisconsin/Nashville Predators), Colin McDonald (Providence College/New York Islanders), and Tim Stapleton (Univ. of Minnesota Duluth/AK Bars Kazan of the KHL), will have the responsibility of leading a very young Team USA throughout the tournament. Read More…

A Wild Week in Baltimore

A quiet May series in Baltimore has led to drama and determination for Detroit.

Detroit entered the Orioles’ Camden Yards after playing 13 consecutive days. A rain delay halted the series by over a half-hour for its inaugural game. With Drew Smyly and Rick Porcello as the men on the mound, the Tigers were not expecting fireworks to end their road trip.

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Central Completes Season Sweep of MSU

Blowing leads in late innings has been a problem all year long for the Spartans. And after the Clash at Comerica between MSU and the Central Michigan Chippewas, it is apparent that the problem has yet to be fixed.

“(We) let it get away from us in the eighth, something that’s happened on more than one occasion this year,” coach Jake Boss said. “It’s very frustrating.” Read More…

More Fish in the Sea

Almost a full month has passed since former president of the Pistons organization Joe Dumars stepped down from his position. Dumars’ long awaited departure from the general management position added a second vacant spot on the team. The first and longest vacant position the team has is that of head coach.

Dumars had a long history of firing head coaches after short periods with the team and let Maurice Cheeks go halfway through this past season. Since then, John Loyer, an assistant coach who worked with Cheeks for many years in three different cities, has been running the team.

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Secret Society – #13 – 5/14/14

Breaking golf clubs and quitting jobs were just two of many items of discussion on this week’s Secret Society. Charlie Inman and Kyle Sawyer of Michigan State club golf joined host Bradley Allen to talk about building the club team from the ground up just two years ago.

MSU men’s club golf finished 10th at Nationals in New Jersey recently after winning Regionals.

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