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Field Hockey Sweeps Weekend Games in Ohio

After splitting two games in Washington D.C. last weekend, No. 19 Michigan State women’s field hockey came back with a pair of wins in Kent, Ohio, defeating Kent State 4-3 in overtime and Richmond 6-1. In both games, the Spartans had to play catch up.

The Spartans got in a 2-0 hole in their first game against Kent State after the Golden Flashes notched a pair of goals in a span of 4:27. Michigan State was not discouraged, however, as sophomore Megan Fenton tallied her third goal of the season with an assist by Abby Barker to cut the deficit to 2-1. Kent State regained a two-goal lead to make it 3-1 around the 56th minute, which prompted head coach Helen Knull to take a timeout.

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Women’s Tennis Completes First Tourney of the Season

The Michigan State women’s tennis team enjoyed a successful weekend at the 25th annual Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational with 13 total victories on the first day and 12 on day two.

MSU hosted the University of Detroit-Mercy, Indiana-University Purdue-University Fort Wayne and Toledo at this year’s invitational.

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Chapman Gives Spartans Third Win of the Season

After a game full of turnovers against the Valparaiso University Crusaders on Thursday, the Spartans regained composure and their shutout streak against the Loyola University Chicago Ramblers, 1-0 Sunday.

Right from the sound of the opening whistle, Michigan State began relentless pressure on Loyola’s defense.

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Golden Gophers Slip past Spartans in Overtime

After losing to the University of Wisconsin on Friday, Michigan State dropped their second Big Ten game against the University of Minnesota in overtime, 1-0.

The Spartans were out shot by the Golden Gophers 17-7, but the game was much closer than the numbers on the stat sheet, despite tired legs and a few injured Spartans.

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Cross Country Competes at Spartan Invite

Cross country is not a sport where each play can be planned out. The coach gets one shot to discuss the race plan, and from there it is all up to the athletes who rely on each other more than anything.

After a fast and intense race last week in Oregon, the Michigan State cross country team went in with a much different plan for the Spartan Invite on Friday, Sept. 12.

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Crusaders Hand Spartans First Loss of Season

In a physical and offensive battle that saw a combined 32 shots from both teams, Valparaiso University edged out No. 7 Michigan State, 1-0 in a close game.

From the start of the whistle, the Spartans and Crusaders battled it out for the first 18 minutes of the game until senior forward, Adam Montague, collided with Valpo goalkeeper, Nico Campbell, on a 50-50 ball inside the Crusaders’ six-yard box.

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Lions Den – #11- 9/11/14

It was a Monday night party in the Motor City as the Lions demolished the Giants in their home opener, winning 35-14.

Michael and Louis are back for another episode of Lions Den. Each hosts will discuss what their first impressions were following the Monday night victory.

They also make their bold predictions for the Week 2 matchup against the Panthers.

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Comparing Septembers: Why Tigers Fans Should Not Worry and Expect Playoffs

Entering September 10, the Detroit Tigers are sitting at 80-65, which is tied for the lead in the American League Central Division. For a team coming off of three-straight division titles, and three consecutive ALCS appearances, with a World Series appearance mixed in, this is not where the Tigers were expected to be.

Heading into the season Detroit was the heavy favorite in the American League, and projected to win their division by the widest margin of any team in baseball. However, in mid-September, the Tigers find themselves in the thick of a pennant race, scratching and clawing for every win.

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Athlete of the Week: Jason Bull

Jason Bull is in his second year as a member of the MSU Underwater Hockey Club. Currently, Jason serves as the vice president of the club and is a senior majoring in computer science.

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Three Weeks to Live: A Tigers Tale

The American League Central has been baseball’s easiest waltz into October for years now – over three years, to be exact.

Slightly above average has been the barometer for success in the Central, and when it comes to mediocrity, the Tigers have reigned supreme.

This year is different. This year, Detroit needs to rise above the adequacy of the baseball midwest and prove they can compete for months with a team that has the drive to win.

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Spartan Red Zone – #19 – 9/9/14

On the latest episode of Spartan Red Zone, hosts Dan Tyler and Andre Sims break down MSU’s Saturday loss to the No. 3 Oregon Ducks.

Despite the Ducks winning by 19 points, Sims and Tyler both agree that the game was much closer than the score would indicate, and there are good things to take from the game.

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Tiger Talk – #10 – 9/9/14

September is now in full swing, and the Tigers’ chances are still looking up in the division. Host Tony Garcia and co-host Richie Cozzolino are back to take a look at Detroit’s chances.

After a less than stellar series against the San Francisco Giants, the Tigers headed into their biggest series of the season against the Kansas City Royals.

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Giants Beaten Black and Honolulu Blue Monday Night

Monday Night Football headliners are screaming just what Detroit Lions fans have been wanting to see all offseason.

The Lions defeated the New York Giants 35-14 on the first Monday Night Football matchup of the 2014 NFL regular season.

The Lions started off the new season in a strong fashion putting up 35 points on the Giants’ defense.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #19 – 9/7/14

Austin Goodman is behind the microphone, this time he will be previewing the 2014-2015 season. As training camp nears, Austin is answering questions for his listeners.

Who is going to impress in preseason? Who is going to win a spot with an influx of forwards?

Goodman will break down the expectations and answer all questions regarding preseason and give an Alfredsson and DeKeyser update on the 19th edition of Octopi Hockeytown.

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Lady Spartans Extend Winning Streak to Six Games

After defeating the Western Michigan Broncos 3-2 in double overtime, Michigan State tied its third-longest undefeated streak to start a season in program history.

The Spartans longest winning streak was eight games, which they have done twice. Once in 1986 (8-1-0) under former head coach, Joe Baum, and then in 2008 (8-0-0) under current head coach, Tom Saxton.

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Women Win Oregon’s Bill Dillinger Invite, Men Finish Second

The Michigan State cross country team started their season like they never had before, in Eugene, Ore.

Battling not only a nationally ranked team but also 90-degree temperatures, the Spartans found themselves up for the challenge.

The women took home first place in the five-team portion of the 6K event with top three individual finishers, while the men placed second behind Oregon in the 8K race.

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Spartans Show Improvement, but Fall to Duke in Five Sets

Big Ten-ACC Challenge play continued for the No. 14 Spartans Saturday evening against No. 19 Duke.

The Spartans displayed more cohesive offensive play than in Friday’s three-set loss to No. 20 North Carolina, but fell to the Blue Devils 3-2 in five sets: 25-13, 22-25, 25-23, 23-25, 10-15.

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No. 3 Oregon Defeats No. 7 MSU in Eugene

Connor Cook and the Spartan offense responded to an early deficit against the Oregon Ducks’ high-speed offense. But they were only able to score three points in the second half, and ultimately fell short, losing 46-27.

Marcus Mariota led the Ducks on their first scoring drive after a Cook interception, with running back Thomas Tyner scoring on a one-yard touchdown run.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #18 – 9/6/14

Austin Goodman is back in East Lansing to host the 18th episode of Octopi Hockeytown. This episode of Octopi, Goodman will discuss the current defensive units that the Red Wings have aligned for the 2014-2015 season. Through the first 15 minutes, Goodman gets fiery and explains to listeners that the defense will be okay come October.

After a heated discussion on the defense, Goodman will once again update the listeners of Octopi on Daniel Alfredsson and whether or not he will remain a NHL player for his 19th consecutive season.

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