Thursday, February 29, 2024

Sports

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Spartan teams reflect on loss

The plane crash that killed 10 people Saturday, including two Oklahoma State basketball players, has sent a wave of emotion throughout the area.“I think they said it right on TV, where when you do coach, all the players become sons for the period of time they are here,” MSU men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo said.

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U searching for someone to be next Spartan mascot

Miss out on MTV’s “Wanna Be A VJ?” Still longing for public notoriety? MSU can help.The Student Alumni Foundation is looking for applicants who want to be Sparty, MSU’s mascot.“(The experience) was incredible, one of the best in my life,” MSU graduate Jeff Miller said of his time as Sparty.

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Cagers struggle on the road

Columbus, Ohio - The Spartans may be the best team in the nation at home but they’re no better than average on the road in the Big Ten. MSU’s 64-55 loss to Ohio State (13-7 overall, 4-4 Big Ten) dropped its conference record to 5-2, 1-2 on the road. “We have some young guys right now that just don’t understand what it’s like to win on the road in the Big Ten,” MSU head coach Tom Izzo said.

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Nittany Lions kick women cagers when theyre down

State College, Penn. - There’s no other way to describe the MSU women’s basketball team’s 97-49 loss to Penn State than total Nittany Lion domination. MSU’s (2-5 Big Ten, 8-10 overall) poor shooting, holey defense, and overall lackluster play paved the court for PSU freshman guard Kelly Mazzante to sink 28 points and grab a career-high seven steals, while all five starters hit double digits. “Penn State just has excellent players,” head coach Joanne P.

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Icers Defense allows four goals in loss to rival U-M

DETROIT - In the end, 65 minutes was just too much to ask of four defensemen.When Michigan right wing Andy Hilbert blew past MSU sophomore defenseman Brad Fast and scored the game-winning goal in overtime Saturday night, it was the culmination of the most taxing game the NCAA-leading Spartan defensive corps has faced all year.

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Spartan offense struggles, looks for improvement

Columbus, Ohio - It was a similar scenario, a game Charlie Bell refers to as “The Twilight Zone.”MSU shot under 40 percent from the field, its leading scorer was held below his average, and opposing fans flooded the court after upsetting the Spartans.

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Spartans lose to U-M, again

Make it 0-3 for MSU athletic teams against Michigan in the past four days. The 8th-ranked Spartan wrestling team was the latest casualty Sunday, losing to the 7th- ranked Wolverines 20-12 before a raucous crowd at Jenison Field House.

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It\'s time for someone to step up

Wincing in disgust even thinking of the possibility, I still realize it could happen. Driving back from Columbus late Saturday night, foreshadowing images were running through my mind - visions of turnovers, careless passes and weak rebounding. It was those failed aspects of the game that made all the difference in MSU’s 64-55 loss to the Buckeyes.

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Backup wrestlers enjoy extra playing experience

They work their hardest in practice and push the starters to the limit every day. Then as match time approaches, they promptly sit and watch, hoping the next time it will be them on the mat trying to contribute to the eighth-ranked MSU wrestling squad in the same way their counterparts in practice do.

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Spartan hockey team prepares for rivalry with Wolverines

The Baltimore Ravens’ record-setting defense will get most of the national attention this Super Bowl weekend, but there’s also a dominant defensive crew based in East Lansing. The top-ranked Spartan hockey team (21-1-4 overall, 14-1-3 CCHA) has suffocated opposing offenses in 2001, allowing only one goal in seven games in the new year.

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Detroit Lions hire 49ers offensive coordinator for head coach

By LARRY LAGE The Associated Press Marty Mornhinweg, offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, was hired Wednesday to replace Gary Moeller as coach of the Detroit Lions. Mornhinweg was one of five coaches interviewed for the job since Matt Millen took over as president of the Lions earlier this month. Moeller, who took over in midseason for Bobby Ross, was fired to make way for Mornhinweg. The 38-year-old Mornhinweg reached an agreement with the team following a final interview Tuesday, said a football source who spoke on condition of anonymity. The Lions did not immediately schedule a news conference. According to www.ESPN.com, Mornhinweg agreed in principle to a five-year deal worth about $5 million and the Lions are expected to introduce him Thursday. Mornhinweg has spent the last four seasons as the 49ers’ offensive coordinator after two years as an offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach for the Green Bay Packers. Moeller was given a three-year contract when hired.

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Womens hoops get ready for old rival

Joanne P. McCallie heard stories about the rivalry between MSU and Michigan during her collegiate years at Northwestern.Today McCallie, the MSU women’s head basketball coach, will get her first real taste of just how bitter that rivalry can be.The Spartans (2-3 Big Ten, 8-9 overall) will host the Wolverines (4-4, 11-7) today at 8 p.m.