Monday, May 20, 2024



Bells future still bright

MSU graduate and basketball standout Charlie Bell didn’t share the dream of hearing his name called during the NBA Draft with fellow Spartans Jason Richardson (No.


Ohio wide receiver still considering U

Football recruit Andre Chattams has narrowed his choice to three colleges and MSU is near the top of the list. The 5-foot-11 wide receiver from Dayton Chaminade-Julienne High in Dayton, Ohio, told The State News that Purdue, Georgia Tech and MSU are his top three choices. But Chattams is in no rush to make a decision - he said he doesn’t intend to make one in the near future.


Championship in training

Big Ten football survival involves a lot of hard work - hard work that usually goes unnoticed by the fans that wake up early on fall Saturdays to tailgate and cheer for their favorite team. While these fans spend their summers at the cottage barbecuing and chatting with their peers about the upcoming season - and making their predictions for what will happen - college players around the country are sweating their summer days away to give fans the show they expect to see come fall. MSU is one of the big-time football programs that puts their players through a hard summer regimen.


Is Richardson more of a man after NBA draft?

NEW YORK - For Jason Richardson, I bet last night’s NBA Draft was a lot like my bar mitzvah when I was a 13-year-old with a face full of acne. Just to clarify for those of you unfamiliar with bar mitzvahs, it’s not when a Jewish boy is circumcised - rather it’s when he earns the status of manhood in the eyes of his religious community, regardless of his maturity level. Just to clarify for those unfamiliar with the NBA Draft, it’s not the circumcision of college basketball players either.


The Cold War on record-setting pace

The ticket sale count for the MSU vs. Michigan hockey game in Spartan Stadium is at 43,500, sports information director John Lewandowski said. That number would break the North American record for attendance at a hockey game, which stands at 28,183, set at the ThunderDome in St.


Pistons needed colors revival

It’s the sort of nostalgia that any avid sports fan - like me - needs.Detroit Pistons president Joe Dumars announced Monday that the burgundy and teal uniforms the Pistons have sported for the last five seasons will be replaced with the comforting red, white and blue of Piston championships past.


Lugnuts prevail in 11 innings

It was what a typical summer day at Oldsmobile Park should have been. The sun warmed the field, cool refreshments quenched the thirsts of young fans and the Lugnuts came back in extra innings to earn a win.The Lugnuts provided a Summer Fun Day when center fielder Mike Mallory launched a home run over the left field wall to give the Lugnuts an 11-inning, 6-5 victory over the Fort Wayne Wizards - the squad’s second-straight win.“In that situation, I was looking for a fastball, and all I needed to do was make contact,” Mallory said.“It feels good right now.


Graduation rates could impact postseason

A new suggestion from an athletics commission may force schools to emphasize education as much as sports. In an announcement made Tuesday, the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics said colleges with low athlete graduation rates should be banned from postseason play. “We’re not in the entertainment business, nor are we a minor league for professional sports,” the Rev.


West Michigan beats Lugnuts behind Baugh

COMSTOCK PARK - The second half of the Lansing Lugnuts’ season began this weekend, but the Lugnuts failed to climb out of the basement of the Midwest League’s Eastern Division by dropping three of four games to West Michigan. After posting a 28-45 record in the first half of the season, the standings were reset this weekend as Lansing (1-3) capped the series with a 4-1 loss to the Whitecaps on Sunday in front of 8,963 fans at Old Kent Park.


Wyandotte goalie inks Letter of Intent with U

MSU hockey head coach Ron Mason announced Friday the signing of 6-foot-2, 190-pound goaltender Matt Migliaccio for the 2001-02 season. Migliaccio, 20, was a member of the America West Hockey League’s Bozeman Ice Dogs last season, posting a 20-12-2 record with a 2.88 goals against average, a .913 saves percentage and three shutouts. Putting his pen to the paper of his National Letter of Intent was not a problem for Migliaccio. “It’s awesome,” the Wyandotte native said.


Spartan recruit picked by Hurricanes

Kevin Estrada may have heard his name called in the NHL Entry Draft this weekend, but he still plans on playing hockey in East Lansing next season. In the third round of Saturday’s 2001 NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Fla., the Carolina Hurricanes selected the speedy left wing with the 91st overall pick. But that won’t stop the 5-foot-11, 185-pound 19-year-old from playing in Munn Ice Arena next season. “The (Hurricanes) want me to go to school and develop,” Estrada said Sunday from Florida.


Michigans top high school QB prospect considering U

Farmington Hills Harrison senior Drew Stanton, Michigan’s top high school quarterback according to AllianceSports, is seriously considering verbally committing to MSU for the 2002 season. Stanton, who led Harrison to the Class A state title in his junior season last year, told The State News on Tuesday that the four colleges that top his list are MSU, UCLA, Oregon and Florida.


Woods had believers until U.S. Opens end

Tiger Woods is said to be the most dominating athlete in today’s sports world. Is this a reasonable proclamation to make, or is it just another attempt to hype an already incredible athlete in this ego-infested society?There is no doubt Eldrick “Tiger” Woods has made a profound impact on the game of golf.


Charity golf tourney raises money for kids

LANSING - Area residents can play golf and help a great cause at the same time from July 14-16. The 3 Course Challenge, established by Lansing entrepreneur Chris Holman, will be held to benefit the Sparrow Foundation’s Coaches for Kids Fund and Athletes for Kids.


Hall named captain

In this situation, “C” follows directly after “A.” MSU hockey coach Ron Mason announced Wednesday that senior right wing Adam Hall will be the team’s captain for the 2001-02 season.


Heathcote proud of Snow as ex-Spartan heads into Game 4

Even though it’s the middle of June, former MSU basketball coach Jud Heathcote can’t seem to stop thinking about snow.That’s because Eric Snow, Heathcote’s point guard from 1991-95, is averaging 13 points per game for the Philadelphia 76ers in this year’s NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.But Snow’s recent success in the NBA is no surprise to Heathcote - or is it?