Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Sports

SPORTS

Williams eager for Penn State

In the eyes of Spartan fans, Saturday’s win over Purdue was huge. But for head coach Bobby Williams, it was even bigger. At his Monday press conference, Williams said MSU’s 30-10 win over the Boilermakers was a win that should benefit the program in the future since the game was played on national television and in front of prospective recruits. “Winning that game really set the stage for the future of this program,” he said.

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Elite wrestler signs with U

The road to college will be short for Williamston High School wrestler Nick Simmons. About nine miles to be exact.The three-time national champion, who has never lost a single match, announced Monday he will just hop on Grand River Avenue, head west and spend his college days at MSU.“I’ve been good friends with the other wrestlers and the coaches, and that helped me make my decision,” he said.

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Swimmers and divers defeat Eastern

Swimming and divingThe men’s swimming and diving team beat Eastern Michigan on Friday in the teams’ second meeting of the year.First-place finishes in every event except the 50-meter freestyle gave the Spartans a 25-point lead over the Eagles.

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Harlem team to battle cagers

The Harlem Globetrotters are accustomed to winning.And often.The fun-loving traveling squad has won 1,270 straight games, most recently a 76-69 win over Division II National Champion Metro State on Nov.

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Dont count out Spartans for bowl bid

During the first nine weeks of the season, MSU seemed more inclined to commit 30 penalties in a game than score 30 points.Last week, the Spartans endured another mistake-ridden loss at Ohio State, blowing numerous offensive opportunities en route to their fifth frustrating conference defeat.

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Mens soccer loses to Penn State in Big Ten tournament

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The second day of play in this weekend’s men’s Big Ten Soccer Tournament witnessed the demise of the two top-seeded teams.The second-seeded Spartans lost to third-seeded Penn State 2-1 Friday, while top-seeded Indiana fell to fifth-seeded Ohio State.

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W-hoops lose in defensive battle to pro club team

Despite an impressive effort by MSU freshman guard Candice Jackson with 24 points, MSU’s women’s basketball team lost 66-57 Sunday to the Houston Jaguars in exhibition play at the Breslin Student Events Center.The Jaguars, a club team, comprised of two Women’s National Basketball Association players and former NCAA players, held on to the win with their strong defense, forcing 21 Spartan turnovers.

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Iowa looks for Big Ten title

This is the second in a series of Big Ten men’s basketball previews.Heading into Steve Alford’s second year as coach of the Hawkeyes, the team has the highest expectations of any Iowa squad in recent memory.Last year, Alford’s first after taking over for Tom Davis, the Hawkeyes went 14-16, their first losing season since 1994.But with steady senior point guard Dean Oliver returning, and a cast of talented newcomers, the Hawkeyes believe they can turn the team around and win the Big Ten.“We have a lot of new faces, and things are looking real good,” said Oliver, who last year averaged 13.6 points and 4.2 assists per game.

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Kickers advance in tourney

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The MSU men’s soccer team opened the Big Ten Tournament with a 6-0 first-round shutout over Northwestern on Thursday at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The win advances the kickers to a second-round match against Penn State at 2:30 p.m.

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Women golfers follow through with win

A record-shattering day resulted in a tournament victory for the women’s golf team in Pinehurst, N.C., on Wednesday.The squad won the three-day Pine Needles Invitational by firing a 288 in the final round, breaking the school mark of 290 set twice last season.Pinehurst will be the site of the 2001 U.S.

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Icers eye on Northern Michigan

The exhibition basketball game between MSU and Northern Michigan wasn’t much of a contest, with the Spartans winning 93-40, but this week’s series between the two schools’ hockey teams promises to be more competitive.The hockey series will feature two squads that are nationally-ranked and in a three-way tie atop the CCHA standings.No.

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Smoker gains maturity, unexpected playing experience in freshman season

Sue Smoker insists it’s her humble son, not a cocky Big Ten quarterback, who telephones home periodically just like any other college freshman.But, as the mother of a talented football player, Smoker realizes her son Jeff isn’t living the normal college experience.“Jeff will say, ‘Mom, it’s not normal to have to turn your phone off, or to have 70 e-mail messages every day,’” Sue Smoker said from the family’s Manheim, Pa.