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Men’s Soccer Falls to Friars in Elite Eight

Fighters fight, and Michigan State fought until the final whistle in their Elite Eight match against Providence College.

“The guys wanted this day and this game so much,” head coach Damon Rensing said. “I think when you look at the five goals scored, these are five incredible goals.” Read More…

Men’s Basketball Snaps Losing Streak with Blowout Win

Michigan State got back to its winning ways Saturday afternoon with an 85-52 blowout over Arkansas Pine Bluff.

After struggling mightily against Notre Dame, the Spartans were able to use their superior size and athleticism to beat the Lions handily. Read More…

Horsepower – #22 – 12/6/14

On this episode of Horsepower, Cameron Billes is out so Colin Jackson takes the reigns, assisted by the newest member of Horsepower, Isaac Constans.

Colin and Isaac talk about the NBA, the Pistons’ tough season and forecast the winter games. Is there any way that the Pistons can patch up all of the holes that have led to their terrible start? Tune in to Horsepower to find out. Read More…

Men’s Soccer Hosts Providence with Final Four on Line

Michigan State has made the Elite Eight again, for the second time in the past two years. However, you will not hear anybody on the soccer team bragging about that; they want more.

Preparing to face the Providence Friars with a chance to drive down to the college soccer Final Four (or the College Cup), the Spartans soccer team will be looking to defend their home field as well as they have defended their goal this season. With a trip to Cary, North Carolina on the line and guaranteed national ESPN coverage, this is State’s biggest game of the year. Read More…

Gophers Beat Spartans in Big Ten Home Opener

Over 5,000 fans left Munn Ice Arena disappointed Friday night, as the Michigan State Spartans fell to the No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5-0 in Michigan State’s Big Ten home opener.

The Spartans started strong and set the pace early in the game, but an early penalty by JT Stenglein gave Minnesota’s powerplay (which was .293 coming into this game) a chance to take the momentum. A nifty passing play set up Travis Boyd (no relation to Ron Boyd of MSU) for a tap-in and an easy power-play goal, which made it 1-0 Gophers. Read More…

Tigers Trade for RHP Shane Greene in Three-Team Deal

The Detroit Tigers made the first of what is sure to be many moves in the 2014-15 offseason.

The Tigers acquired starting pitcher Shane Greene from the New York Yankees in a three-team deal that sent starting pitcher Robbie Ray and minor-league infielder Domingo Leyba to the Arizona Diamondbacks, as they sent shortstop Didi Gregorious to the Yankees. Read More…

Wrestling Hosting Northern Illinois for Dual Meet

When you think of a huskie, what pops up? Is it a cute dog with a fluffy tail? Yeah, you should probably forget that image.

The MSU Wrestling team goes up against the Northern Illinois Huskies this Friday in Dekalb, Illinois. The Huskies are 6-0 on the year, coming off a 3-0 dual meet at West Virginia, Binghamton, and Sacred Heart. The dual will start at 8 p.m. Friday night.   Read More…

Women’s Basketball Defeats Georgia Tech in Overtime

The Spartans took on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Thursday evening as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Starting for the Spartans was Tori Jankoska, Jasmine Lumpkin, Aerial Powers, Anna Morrissey and Becca Mills.

Jankoska led the team with 21 points, followed by Powers who recorded her sixth double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds.  Center Jasmine Hines also scored 16 points. Read More…

Weekend Hockey Preview – Minnesota

This weekend, the Michigan State Spartans (1-1-0) (5-8-0) will welcome the No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers (0-0-0) (8-4-0) to Munn Ice Arena this Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm and 5:00 pm respectively. This weekend will be the Gophers’ first conference contest of the season, meanwhile Michigan State is in a four-way tie with Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State. for first in the Big Ten. Read More…

Corner Kick – NCAA Men’s Soccer Elite Eight

December is here, and amongst the start of the winter college sports seasons is the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament. Michigan State, Providence College, University of Virginia, Georgetown University, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Creighton University, North Carolina and UCLA remain in the NCAA tournament.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and Travis Clark, reporter for topdrawersoccer.com, break down the Elite Eight matchups and make their predictions on who has what it takes to advance to the College Cup and who will win the National Championship.

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Spartans Make a Splash with Seven Letters of Intent

In a relatively quiet offseason so far for Michigan State baseball, the Spartans made some noise with the signings of seven highly regarded prospects for the 2015-2016 year.  These seven players signed to National Letters of Intent fill a need the Spartans will have following this season according to head coach Jake Boss.

“This is another talented class that addresses the needs we will have going into the 2015-2016 year and, most importantly, six young men are from the Midwest, with four calling the state of Michigan home,” Boss said. “All seven of these student-athletes will represent Michigan State in a positive way moving forward, and we are thrilled to call them Spartans.” Read More…

Lions Den – #24 – 12/4/14

The Lions gave their fans something to be thankful for last Thursday, coming out with a 34-17 win over the division-rival Chicago Bears.

On this episode of Lions Den, hosts Michael Higer, Louis Bilotta and Chris Boggus return from their Thanksgiving break ready to talk some Lions football. The guys recap the Lions’ win over the Bears, take a look at the NFC playoff picture and discuss wheather the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers stand a chance at Ford Field this Sunday. Read More…

Behind the Mask – #14 – 12/3/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal recap Michigan State’s Thanksgiving road trip to Princeton.

Later on, they go around the boards and check in on other Big Ten teams as they prepare to take the plunge into conference play. They also preview MSU’s highly anticipated home series against the No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers. Read More…

Octopi Hockeytown – #23 – 12/2/14

On this edition of Octopi Hockeytown, Zach Fanko and Brian Bobal discuss the recent hot streak by the Red Wings and how they have been winning games.

Later in the show they talk about a possible comeback for the legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur. This and more on this week’s edition of Octopi Hockeytown. Read More…

Men’s Basketball Drops Orlando Classic Final to Kansas

Michigan State Basketball went into the final round of the Orlando Classic looking like the team to beat. Squaring up against the No. 11 Kansas Jayhawks, there was a chance for Izzo’s squad to come out and take a game.

Instead, Spartan fans were left with a bit of a sour taste in their mouths. The Spartans lost 61-56 to the Jayhawks. Read More…

Men’s Soccer Advances to Second Straight Elite Eight

When the Michigan State Spartans and Washington Huskies met in Fort Wayne, Indiana on August 21 for a preseason match, both teams were figuring out their starting lineups as the Huskies won the game 1-0.

With both lineups set this time, these two teams would meet again in a match that would hold a little more significance, as the fate of both teams’ seasons would ride on this Sweet 16 match at DeMartin Stadium. Read More…

Men’s Hockey Splits Series in New Jersey

For the fifth time in five series, Michigan State earned one win and one loss. This time, the Spartans split their series with Princeton in New Jersey.

Friday night, Michigan State got on the board first on a power-play goal by Michael Ferrantino just over two minutes into the second period. Matt Berry and Travis Walsh assisted on Ferrantino’s team-leading sixth goal of the season. Read More…

Defense, Special Teams Pace Spartans to 34-10 Victory in Happy Valley

Things got off to a quick start for Michigan State Saturday afternoon, as RJ Shelton returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.

Michael Geiger added two field goals, one from 36 and the other from 39 yards out, in the first quarter as the Spartans raced out to a 13-0 lead. Read More…

Lions Den – #23 – 11/27/14

There is perhaps no greater time of the football season than Thanksgiving and on this episode of Lions Den hosts Michael Higer, Louis Bilotta and Chris Boggus are in the Thanksgiving spirit.

The guys break down the Detroit Lions’ 34-9 loss to the New England Patriots and discuss if anything came out of that game that they can be thankful for. They will also discuss why they are not so thankful for Eric Ebron and which team was better — the 2014 Lions or the 2011 Lions that made the playoffs. Read More…

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