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Luke Glendening Understands, Willing to Fight for Playing Time

Luke Glendening, 25, understands that he needs to be “an all-around better player” to make it into the lineup going into the 2014 regular season.

Glendening played at the University of Michigan and graduated in the spring of 2012. He was a free agent pickup that the Red Wings gave a shot to going into the 2012-2013 season. Read More…

Cowboys No Match for No. 9 Spartans

Michigan State moved to 3-0 at Spartan Stadium with their 56-14 homecoming victory over Wyoming.

Jeremy Langford had his first 100-yard rushing performance of the season, the ninth of his career, finishing with sixteen carries, 137 yards and one touchdown. Connor Cook completed eight of  12 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns alongside one rushing touchdown of his own.

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Michigan State Can’t Complete Comeback Against Penn State

Sophomore Kristin Matula notched her first goal of the season and Sierra Patton made seven saves, but it was not enough as No. 18 Michigan State (5-3) could not complete the comeback against No. 7 Penn State (7-2), as they lost by a score of 2-1 Friday afternoon at Ralph Young Field.

Friday’s game marked the 37th all-time meeting between these two Big Ten schools, with Penn State winning the last five in a row to give them a 27-10 head-to-head record against the Spartans.

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Spartans Look to Grab First Big Ten Win Against Rival Wolverines

On Saturday night, the Lady Spartans will head into Ann Arbor, Mich. not just looking to attain bragging rights, but to try and snap a two-game losing streak against the Wolverines.

“After (last) weekend finished up, the only word that popped in my head was ‘execute,’ redshirt junior defender, Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz said. “For me, that’s kind of the word of the week. If we can execute the little things this week and take it into the game and execute what we need to do in that game, I think we will be fine.” Read More…

What Brandon Jennings Must Do to Rejuvinate His Career

After his first season in a Detroit Pistons uniform, Brandon Jennings realizes he needs to improve his game.

“I’m going to be honest. It was my worst year,” Jennings said in an interview with the Detroit Free Press. “It was just the worst season ever, a roller coaster.”

Jennings averaged a career-low 15.5 points per game last season and had a career-high 2.7 turnovers per game. However, he did average 7.6 assists per game, which was also a career best. Read More…

Know Your Enemy: Wyoming

Can you believe it is already homecoming week?  The Spartans are set to play the Wyoming Cowboys this Saturday, and are 31-point favorites.

Here is some information about the Cowboys in this week’s Know Your Enemy installment.

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MSU Cross Country Prepares for Big Weekeend

The Michigan State cross country team travels to Minneapolis this Saturday, Sept. 27 for the 29th annual Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota.

As a whole, MSU cross country is in a unique position, with the women out to defend themselves and the men looking to prove that rankings do not mean everything. Read More…

Week 4 Preview: Lions @ Jets

Now in Week 4, the Lions travel to New York to play their first AFC East opponent of the year, the New York Jets. After a Week 3 victory over the Green Bay Packers, the Lions No. 1 ranked defense looks to stay atop the charts against a Jets sub-par offense.

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Tigers With No Need For Binoculars, Playoffs Well In Sight

The Detroit Tigers have clinched a spot in the 2014 postseason for a franchise record fourth consecutive year.

Detroit clinched a minimum of a wild card berth after the Toronto Blue Jays were able to hold off the Seattle Mariners 1-0 in 12 innings on Wednesday. However, the Tigers have bigger plans on their mind.

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Anastos Speaks at Big Ten Hockey Media Day

Can’t wait for hockey season?

Until the Spartans play their Green and White game to kick off the preseason, here are some MSU related bits from Big Ten Hockey Media Day at Joe Louis Arena.

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A Hard-Fought Battle Gives MSU Fifth Win

In a competitive match between Bowling Green and No. 16 Michigan State on Wednesday, the Spartans came out victorious, 1-0, on a late goal.

At the beginning of the game, Michigan State was put under pressure from a Falcons team that pushed their defensive line high and pushed their strikers forward to chase the ball. Read More…

Why the NFL Needs to Care

Everyone from CBS’ James Brown to the New York Times to Cosmopolitan magazine have ran articles and voiced their opinion about the recent slew of abuse charges to hit the NFL.

Ray Rice’s now infamous TMZ video of him knocking out his wife in an elevator is not the only case the NFL has been hit with. Arizona Cardinals  running back Jonathan Dwyer was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list after being arrested on Sept. 17 for charges of aggravated assault.

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Dantonio Talks Depth Chart Changes

Head coach Mark Dantonio was all smiles at his weekly press conference on Tuesday, and it’s no wonder why.

After a Week 2 loss to Oregon followed by a bye week, Dantonio had an extra week to preach to his players and the media that Saturday’s matchup with Eastern Michigan was a chance to “make a statement”.

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Lions’ Defense Too Much For Packers

The Detroit Lions bounced back from their Week 2 loss with a 19-7 win at home over the rival Green Bay Packers.

Ford Field was rocking when Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers’ electrifying offense was held to an uncharacteristic 223 total yards. The Lions’ defense continued their streak of holding opponents to less than 80 rushing yards per game. Second-year running back sensation Eddie Lacy  topped out at 11 carries for 36 yards, and his counterpart James Starks finished with eight rushing attempts for 38 yards. Read More…

Who Will be the Next Big Ten Hockey School?

It is a question that has surrounded fans for the past few years: “Will the Big Ten hockey conference ever expand, and who will step up?”

Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves re-ignited the conversation in an interview with the Journal Sentinel. In the interview, Eaves expressed his desire to see the six-team conference grow in the near future, and listed Illinois, Indiana and Northwestern as potential additions.

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New Faces for Spartans Help Finish Out Blowout Against EMU

Sixty-three players played in the first half. Seven freshmen defenders played at one time.

The No. 11 ranked Spartans bounced back after their a bye week following loss in Eugene with a 73-14 dominating performance against Eastern Michigan. Connor Cook, who only attempted six passes, ended up with 83 yards and two touchdowns.  He also had a rushing touchdown of his own. Cook sat out the majority of the second quarter and the entire second half while MSU maintained a comfortable lead. Read More…

Field Hockey Tops Ohio State, Gets First Conference Win

The No. 16 Michigan State Spartans field hockey team traveled down to Columbus, Ohio this weekend to take on Ohio State in their first taste of Big 10 competition this season. The Spartans topped the Ohio State University Buckeyes in overtime with a goal from senior forward Abby Barker to go 1-0 in conference play.

Ohio State struck first with a goal by freshman Maddy Humphrey off of a penalty corner. About nine minutes later, the Buckeyes made it 2-0 when senior Kaitlyn Wagner hit home a rebound past the Spartan goalkeeper, Sierra Patton. Read More…

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