Friday, June 5, 2020

Sports

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Icers primed to face No.1 Wolverines

Two titans will collide in Ann Arbor on Saturday, and it won’t be at the Big House.Top-ranked Michigan (6-0-2) and sixth-ranked MSU (4-1-1) will square off at Yost Ice Arena in the first of four meetings of the teams this season.“The Michigan game is always important,” MSU senior center Andrew Bogle said.

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Womens soccer to face Illini in Big Ten tourney

The MSU women’s soccer team enters this year’s Big Ten tournament today in Champaign, Ill., without senior goalkeeper and co-captain Sara Kloosterman, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Penn State.Kloosterman, who will stay on as MSU’s goalie coach next year - passed the baton to her protégé - freshman goalie Stacy Heller - prematurely when the Spartans beat Bowling Green 1-0 Sunday.

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Smith released from Pistons, returns to CBA

Antonio Smith’s dreams of making an NBA roster will have to be postponed for a little while longer.The Detroit Pistons released the former Spartan forward last weekend before they departed for Toronto for their season opener.Charles Tucker, Smith’s agent, said Smith was a victim of the Pistons having too many players.

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Fine dining available for cager fans before games

Tickets are now available for Breslin Student Events Center’s exclusive, upscale restaurant, the Tip-Off Cafe. In its fourth year, the Tip-Off Cafe offers basketball ticket holders a unique dining experience prior to every men’s basketball home game. “Many arenas, at least the ones built within the past four years, have a prefunction and bar space inside the arena,” said Scott Breckner, Breslin director.

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Its OK to be a huge Buckeyes fan in East Lansing

I admit it, I’m a Buckeye. Sure, I only lived in Ohio for the first 10 months of my life, but I proudly root for my gridiron heroes from Columbus as though I grew up in the shadow of the Horseshoe. Before I go any further, let me clarify that I consider myself a Spartan fan too.

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Safety gaining experience, improvemnt with gridder defense

If it weren’t for the wrong jersey, Thomas Wright could’ve been a wide receiver rather than a safety right now.On his first day of practice with MSU, Wright donned a white jersey that the offense wears instead of the defense’s green.Despite being an all-region wide receiver in Florida at Lake Wales High School, Wright said he was intent on playing safety.

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Basketball season charges forward

This is the first in a series of previews about the Big Ten men’s basketball teams. Basketball coaches use various methods to inspire their teams. Some offer rewards for maximum effort, while others believe in military-style discipline. New Illinois head coach Bill Self came to practice early this fall wearing army fatigues, with a T-shirt reading “War” and war paint on his face. It was the last day of a two-week preseason training session that Self dubbed “Boot Camp,” a name the former Tulsa coach said was inspired by one of his assistants. “I was trying to loosen them up and show our team that we need to have fun doing whatever we’re doing,” Self said of the “suicide” drills the Fighting Illini were performing. Illini players said they couldn’t imagine former coach Lon Kruger dressing in army duds. “That was crazy,” said Illinois forward and emotional leader Sergio McClain.

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Mens soccer faces Bowling Green in last game of the regular season

Today’s game at Bowling Green will give the MSU men’s soccer team a chance to ride the coattails of a six-game winning streak into next week’s Big Ten Tournament in Columbus, Ohio.Sunday’s 2-0 shutout versus Wisconsin gave MSU its longest winning streak since 1998, when they also won five straight.MSU head coach Joe Baum said he wants to end the season with a win so the team can contain its level of confidence going into the Big Ten Tournament.“I think we got a little momentum going now,” Baum said.

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Low scores dont deter womens team

After the MSU men’s basketball team lit up the scoreboard with flashy dunks and three pointers in its annual Green and White game, the women’s team took the court for its Green and White game - and could have kept score on their fingers.

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Green and White game lets team grade itself

The MSU men’s basketball team may have been wearing practice jerseys in the annual Green and White game Saturday at the Breslin Students Event Center, but the players dove for every loose ball, leaving the same amount of skin on the floor as they would in a regular-season game.The White team took an early lead but went to the locker room with a 42-41 halftime lead.

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Kickers finish second in Big Ten

Like Batman lurking in the shadows, the MSU men’s soccer team appeared as if from nowhere to take second place in the Big Ten this season.The Spartans (10-5-1 overall, 4-1-1 Big Ten) clinched second place, shutting out Wisconsin (9-7-1, 2-3) 2-0 on Senior Day at Old College Field on Sunday.MSU head coach Joe Baum said the win sent a message to the rest of the Big Ten.

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Star players injuries leave team benched

Restricted to the bench by injuries, seniors Jessica Sanborn and Sarah Gustin are forced to go from physical leaders for the volleyball team to vocal ones in a time of disappointment. The loss of middle hitter Sanborn to a broken foot and outside hitter Gustin to a sprained foot has left the Spartan lineup young and inexperienced.

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Best in Big Ten predicted in Chicago

CHICAGO - The Big Ten shed some light Sunday on who the major players are in both men’s and women’s basketball this season.MSU men’s head coach Tom Izzo has to deal with being at the top, while women’s head coach Joanne P.