Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Sports

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Prosecution unlikely for those who gamble on NCAA Tournament via Internet

FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Criminal justice sophomore Brad Collins said he enjoys betting on the NCAA Tournament because “it’s fun to be in a pool with a group of your buddies.” But Collins, who said the pools he enters normally have small entrance fees, admitted there should be red flags waved when betting on college athletes goes too far. “I see it being a problem because people are winning and losing money based on amateurs’ performances,” he said.

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Spartans five wins from national title

The top-ranked Spartans took the first step of what they hope will be a monthlong climb to a national championship this weekend at Munn Ice Arena.With the two-game sweep of Alaska-Fairbanks in the first round of the CCHA playoffs under its belt, MSU is likely five wins away from its first national title in 15 years.“We came out and needed to get on the board (in the playoffs) and we did,” MSU head coach Ron Mason said.

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Its a great time to be a hoops junkie

I’ll never forget the first time I realized why - besides that first 60-degree day of spring semester when Spartan women start sunbathing on the banks of the Red Cedar - this is the most special time of the year.

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Icers squeak out win in CCHA playoff series

John Nail is glad the top-ranked Spartans had to play Alaska-Fairbanks in the first round of the CCHA playoffs.Not because the senior right wing and his teammates wanted a pushover to start their postseason run - as one might have expected from the 10th seed in the tournament - but because Nail wanted a challenging series right away.“On your way to the championships, there’s always going to be games like this,” Nail said.

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Spartans sent packing early

CHICAGO - Instead of providing a tune-up for the NCAA Tournament, the Big Ten Tournament served as a breakdown for the third-ranked Spartans.MSU (24-4, 13-3 Big Ten) went to Chicago hoping to capture its third-straight tournament title, but a 65-63 loss to Penn State (19-11, 7-9) in the Spartans’ first game Friday left players hanging their heads.During the post-game press conference, senior forward Andre Hutson had little to say with his shoulders slouched and a blank stare upon his face.“We just have to accept it,” Hutson said after a brief pause.

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Guards struggle in loss to Lions

CHICAGO - Despite MSU’s lack of floor leadership in its 65-63 loss to Penn State Friday, there looks to be no changing of the guards for the squad’s upcoming first round game in the NCAA Tournament.

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Senior night win could grab title

Even though Michigan (10-16 overall, 4-11 Big Ten) is having a down year - losing 10 of its last 13 games - MSU head coach Tom Izzo is convinced the struggling Wolverines will step up their play Saturday in an attempt to spoil No.

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Big Ten could make or break grapplers

For the MSU wrestling squad, its version of March Madness is about to begin. The Big Ten Wrestling Championships will take place this weekend in Evanston, Ill., while the NCAA Championships are March 15-17 in Iowa City, Iowa.

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Team must win Big Ten tourney to get NCAA bid

The MSU women’s basketball team has one hope of getting a berth in the women’s NCAA Tournament - it must win the Big Ten Tournament, which begins today at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.Ninth-seeded MSU plays in the first game of the tournament against eighth-seeded Ohio State at 4 p.m.

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W-hoops seniors finishing strong

For five MSU women’s basketball seniors, today marks the beginning of the end.Guards Christie Pung and Donita Johnson and center Erin Skelly will have at least one more chance to finalize their career totals and make a mark in Spartan history, as MSU begins Big Ten Tournament play today against Ohio State.But no matter what the outcome will be, all three, along with forward Becky Cummings, have ended their careers listed in the top 10 in at least one category.

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Seniors to play last game at home

The finality is starting to hit Sean Patchell.The senior left wing - and five of his classmates - will step on and off the ice at Munn Ice Arena for the last time tonight against arch-rival No.

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Track stars earn Big Ten honors

The team may have finished eighth out of 10 teams, but that didn’t stop junior Andy Lixey and senior Paul Terek from putting MSU at or near the top of the podium at the men’s track Big Ten Indoor Championships in State College, Pa.

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Miller ranks third in Hobey fan balloting

Sophomore goaltender Ryan Miller is currently in third place in the online fan voting for the Hobey Baker Award, college hockey’s most prestigious individual trophy.Miller trails North Dakota forward Jeff Panzer, the vote leader, and Maine forward Niko Dimitrakos in the standings.

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Major-leaguers share gripes, debate salaries

The Associated Press Frank Thomas seems to have done the impossible. He’s united baseball players and owners - against him. Mark McGwire is incredulous that players making $9 million or $10 million a season are grumbling they’re underpaid. “Nobody puts a gun to your head to sign a long-term deal,” the St.

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Baseball loses opening weekend

It wasn’t a good start to the season for the MSU baseball team this weekend as it dropped two games to Troy State, in Alabama, both by identical 5-4 scores, according to MSU Sports Information. The two teams were supposed to play a three-game series, but Sunday’s game was canceled because of severe weather.