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Quidditch Gallery: Winter Fantasy Tournament

Lansing, Mich. – The Spartan Spitfires, Michigan State’s co-ed quidditch team hosted a tournament at the Holt Soccer Complex Saturday. Ohio State, Bowling Green, Ball State, Central Michigan, Southern Illinois, Toledo and Miami of Ohio were some of the colleges represented at the tournament.
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Hoyas Stun Spartans

It’s not often that Michigan State plays a non-conference game in the middle of the Big Ten season. It is even more rare when the Spartans lose away from the Breslin Center.

Both of those things happened Saturday afternoon as Georgetown defeated Michigan State 64-60 at Madison Square Garden. Georgetown had lost five straight going into Saturday’s game.

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Howard and Hank Return in First of Home-and-Home with Washington

Shootouts have plagued Jimmy Howard and the Red Wings shooters this season. The team has lost eight of 12 shootouts along with three overtime losses.

Sitting three slots out of the wild card slot in the Eastern Conference, the team was looking for an answer from two essential elements returning to the lineup.

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Nittany Lions Roar in Spartan Country

It was a difficult Friday night in East Lansing. The Michigan State Spartan wrestling team went up against the top-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions and hoped for a different result than last week with No. 15 Illinois at home.

They got a different result, just not the one they were looking for.

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Depleted Spartans and Hoyas Battle at MSG

Two storied programs will matchup at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. The Michigan State Spartans (19-2, 8-1) and the Georgetown Hoyas (11-9, 3-6) will meet for an inter-conference battle.

Michigan State is coming off an overtime road win at Iowa. The Spartans are still undefeated away from the Breslin Center.

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Last Leg – #1 – 1/31/14

Indoor track and field season is well underway and the Spartans are taking on the University of Michigan Wolverines this weekend.

In episode No. 1 of Last Leg, host Alexa McCarthy talks with MSU head coach Walt Drenth and student-athletes Kurt Schneider and Sara Kroll about the upcoming meet.

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Spartans Fall to Rival Michigan in First Away Meet

The Michigan State gymnastics team is still in search of their first victory after Friday night’s effort against No. 4 Michigan. This was the team’s first away meet of the season. The final score of the meet was 196.800 – 193.900 and was a 1.15 increase from the Spartan’s previous meet.

The Spartans started out on the uneven bars for the first time this season. It turned out to be to MSU’s advantage as they posted a 48.675, which was their highest score of the season. Spartan Lisa Burt led the event with a season-high 9.8. Also, Ashley Noll posted her career high score of 9.750 and Michigan’s Joanna Sampson won the event with a 9.975.

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Spartan Grapplers Prepare for Nittany Lions

Michigan State’s wrestling team (5-8 overall, 0-5 Big Ten) play host to the No. 1 ranked Penn State Nittany Lions (11-0, 5-0) on Friday.

The Spartans are coming off a home loss to No. 15 Illinois on Sunday and are looking to gain their first victory in the Big Ten.

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Lady Spartans Slide past the Badgers

Five Spartans scored in double digits in their 71-67 win against Wisconsin on Thursday. They are now 6-2 in conference play and remain in second place in the Big Ten.

Guard Kiana Johnson, who missed the last game due to personal issues, came off of the bench and contributed 11 points, four assists and one block. In the last two games she played, she was 2-20 from the field. Tonight she was 4-8.

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Spartans Take on Badgers

The Spartans (13-7, 5-2) will take on the Wisconsin Badgers (9-10, 2-5) tonight at 7 p.m. at the Breslin Center.

Michigan State have not had much trouble with the Badgers in recent seasons and tonight should not be any different. Last year, Jasmine Thomas and Kiana Johnson led the Spartans to a 54-48 victory.

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NBA Trade Deadline Targets: Arron Afflalo

The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching, and the Detroit Pistons are right in the middle of trade discussions. Who would look good in the Pistons’ red and blue?  Who could be packing their bags to a new hometown?

There are four weeks until the deadline, and each week until then, Horsepower will be informing you on potential deals the Pistons could make.

This week features a former Piston and one of the most under appreciated players in the entire league.

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Role Players Plugging the Hole for MSU

One slam of a hand, and MSU’s season could have been up in flames.

Without their top two rebounders, the Spartans could have imploded and limped along until Adreian Payne came back. But the role players for Michigan State have done their best to plug the gaping hole left by Payne and Branden Dawson so far. Read More…

Spartans Bounce Back against Hawkeyes

During the television broadcast of the game on Tuesday, ESPN’s Mike Tirico mentioned that Russell Byrd, “used to be a good shooter.”

Byrd proved that he has still got the magic when he hit a three-pointer in overtime to seal a 71-69 victory for the Spartans.

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Wings Fall 5-0 in Philly

As the Red Wings walked off the ice at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday evening, they had their heads hung low weighed down by defeat. The Philadelphia Flyers came out with their top lines coming to take a win on home ice. Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell led the Flyers to a demolition style defeat over the Wings as they alone had a combined six points on the night.

Solid goaltending is key in the National Hockey League. Steven Mason had a great representation of what it takes to stand tall against a Red Wing team thriving off of momentum.

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Injured Spartans Take on Hawkeyes

The No. 7 Michigan State Spartans (18-2, 7-1) are on the road once again headed to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on the No. 15 Iowa Hawkeyes (16-4, 5-2) at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Michigan State comes into this game after suffering a tough loss to Michigan, yet still being undefeated on the road.

In the Spartans last game against the No. 10 Michigan Wolverines, they fell short, 80-75.

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Pistons Weekly Recap: January 22-26

Wednesday night, the Pistons traveled to Wisconsin to challenge the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks came into the game with the worst record in the NBA at 8-32.

The Pistons led by six points at halftime, but could never break away. Detroit’s second half struggles continued and the Pistons lost the game, 104-101.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #1 – 1/27/14

The Detroit Red Wings had a solid week (3-1-1) through a five-game homestand that was long awaited after two four-game road spurts. The team has struggled with injuries and are still dealing with the inconsistencies of playing time due to multiple injuries. Every game is a new team with a new dynamic when it comes to the Wings this season. There is no consistency in net or in the goal-scoring column.

With help from up-and-coming all-stars: Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco, Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist, the Red Wings have maintained a spot in the standings that leaves them in full contention for a 23rd straight playoff appearance.

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The Pact – 15 – 1/27/14

Spartan basketball endured a devastating, 75-80, loss Saturday to their forever rival, the University of Michigan.

This week on The Pact, Lou and Faith debate the reasons for the loss and whether or not it will make a large impact on the team. Should the Spartans be seriously worried about the Iowa Hawkeyes? Fino moderates and has predictions of his own. Read More…

Opinion: State of the Pistons

While their history may be legendary, the past few years for the Detroit Pistons’ basketball organization have been the complete opposite.

The Pistons have not made the playoffs since 2009 and these past four years have been brutal on the organization. They have finished No. 12 (2010), No. 11 (2011), No. 10 (2012) and No. 11 (2013) in the Eastern Conference over the past four years and just have not been able to pull themselves out of their slump. Read More…

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