Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Sports

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Smoker faces rabid attack of Buckeye blitzes, sacks

COLUMBUS, Ohio - For all the success he’s had this season, Jeff Smoker is only a freshman and his youth showed against Ohio State.After MSU (4-5 overall, 1-5 Big Ten) jumped ahead 13-3 in the first quarter, the Buckeyes (7-2, 4-2) began blitzing the first-year quarterback from Manheim, Pa., disrupting Smoker and the MSU offense en route to a 27-13 defeat of the Spartans.“They didn’t blitz too much early,” Smoker said.

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Fumbling in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio - For the first quarter Saturday, the Spartans put their scoring woes behind them. MSU scored touchdowns on its first two drives of the game, and were dominating the line of scrimmage to the tune of 115 total yards and a 13-3 advantage after 15 minutes of play.Then, as has been the theme all season, the Spartans (4-5 overall, 1-5 Big Ten) succumbed to mistake-laden football, resulting in a 27-13 loss to Ohio State (7-2, 4-2).MSU was clinging to a 10-point lead when senior safety Richard Newsome intercepted Buckeye quarterback Steve Bellisari’s pass at Ohio State’s 34-yard line with 11:18 remaining in the second quarter.

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Williford learns from setbacks in U career

Sometimes sports fans get so wrapped up in the glitz and glamour of big time college athletics they forget intercollegiate athletics is more than just entertainment - it is a tool used to shape athletes as people.The core of this process can be seen more clearly when looking at athletes like MSU senior forward Steve Williford, who plays soccer - a nonrevenue sport where the media does not cake-on layers of hype.“I think I learned the most in life through soccer,” Williford said.

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Hockey rivalry still exciting

ANN ARBOR - It’s big in football. It’s big in basketball. And it’s big in hockey.The Michigan-MSU rivalry has perennially pitted two premier teams against each other, and Saturday night at Yost Ice Arena was no different.The No.

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Freshmen find ways to win over Purdue

With nicknames like “Energizer bunny” and “Rudy” it’s obvious freshman outside hitter Jenny Rood and the rest of the freshmen bring something extra to the court when the MSU volleyball team plays.MSU head coach Chuck Erbe said the freshmen are more expressive on the court and that’s something the Spartans have been missing the last few years.“I think the freshmen are much more emotional in terms of how they express their passion for the game,” he said.

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Womens soccer lose 3-1 to Illini

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The MSU women’s soccer team fell 3-1 to Illinois on Thursday in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.The fourth-seeded Spartans only managed to score one second-half goal while giving up three second-half goals to the fifth-seeded Fighting Illini.

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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.