Thursday, February 29, 2024

Sports

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Icer up for nations top award

In college football, the Heisman Trophy traditionally goes to the player who single-handedly makes his team great.College hockey’s equivalent, the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, might wind up in East Lansing at season’s end if sophomore goaltender Ryan Miller keeps up his amazing play.The East Lansing native is listed on USA Today’s 14-player Hobey Baker Watch and he is one of 40 players that advanced past the award’s first official cut-down earlier this month.The award presentation will take place April 6 at the Frozen Four in Albany, N.Y.“When they first mentioned the Hobey, I got really nervous,” Miller said.

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Mens hoops get ready for Wildcats, several away games

Holding only 8,117 fans, Northwestern’s Welsh-Ryan Arena looks more like a high school gym than a collegiate athletics center. But Charlie Bell knows it can provide just as deadly results against opponents. “It’s one of the tougher places to play,” the senior guard said.

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Womens hoops need support for game

For a moment, imagine you’re in the position of the MSU women’s basketball team. For months, you’ve been weight lifting, training and preparing for another unpredictable Big Ten season.

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U coach leaves

After six seasons as MSU football’s defensive secondary coach and one as the associate head coach, Mark Dantonio opted to leave the Spartans for the defensive coordinator position at Ohio State.“It was a very difficult decision to leave Michigan State,” Dantonio said in a prepared statement Monday.

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Cagers consider NBA

The only thing elevating more than Jason Richardson dunking over opponents this season could be his professional stock as an NBA prospect. Richardson is averaging 16 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists this season and has scored in double figures in 14 of No.

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Icers prepare for LSSU rematch, goalie could break record

If the possibility of knocking off the No. 1 team in the nation isn’t enough motivation for Lake Superior State tonight at Munn Ice Arena, they will also have revenge on their minds. Nine days ago, top-ranked MSU (20-1-4 overall, 13-1-3 CCHA) looted the Lakers on their home ice and stole four CCHA points from Sault Ste.

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Gridders recruiting new talent

In the first few weeks of the new year, MSU football has made a push to boost its 2001 recruiting class.News of their most recent addition came Tuesday when Robert Strickland, a four-star wide receiver out of Detroit’s Denby High School, verbally committed to the Spartans.Strickland, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound senior is ranked the twenty-ninth best wide receiver in high school football by popular recruiting publication www.rivals.com.

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Super Bowl may turn out super boring performance

CBS has a good reason to be a little worried about televising Super Bowl XXXV.This year’s Super Bowl has the potential to be the “Super Bore.”The New York Giants versus the Baltimore Ravens doesn’t really send people frantically rushing to television sets.

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Nail brings more goals

John Nail’s surname used to be a good indication of his style of play on the ice - tough.But somewhere along the way, the senior right wing developed an effective scoring touch that has almost caused fans to forget about his hard-nosed reputation.He leads the top-ranked Spartans in game-winning goals with five, ranks second on the team with 11 total tallies and recorded his first career hat trick Saturday night against Miami.“It was a lucky night for me, I guess,” Nail said.

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Randolph steps up

It only took freshman center Zach Randolph less than five minutes of play in Sunday’s win over Ohio State to realize it would be a crash course in “Humility 101.” Luckily the McDonald’s High School All-American earned a passing grade.After connecting on his first shot - a layup from sophomore forward Adam Ballinger - Randolph received a look from freshman guard Marcus Taylor two feet from the rim, only to see it smacked away by Buckeyes center Ken Johnson.

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U ready for OSU

Injuries to seniors Andre Hutson and Mike Chappell will force MSU to go deeper into its bench Sunday against Ohio State.The No.

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Hockey prepares to faceoff against Miami (Ohio)

It’s been six years since a team has swept a series from MSU at Munn Ice Arena.But Miami, the most recent team to accomplish the feat, will be gunning for a repeat this weekend.In February 1995, the RedHawks stormed into Munn and departed with 1-0 and 3-2 wins, but this year’s Spartans (18-1-4 overall, 11-1-3 CCHA) are ranked No.

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Lady cagers prepare for Purdue

The MSU women’s basketball team isn’t in a desirable position.After a two-game home losing streak, the Spartans (8-8 overall, 2-3 Big Ten) will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to face conference leader and No.

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Anagonye accepts new role

It’s a simple fact of college basketball; If you can’t stay on the court, you can’t help your team win.That’s been a constant battle for sophomore forward Aloysius Anagonye.In his freshman season, where he averaged a foul every 4.9 minutes, it seemed he was whistled just for stepping on the court.Not much has changed since this season began.

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Mens hoops reserves will get more time

Game films, bench seats and bruises in practice are what they are most accustomed to, but that could all change for MSU’s inexperienced frontline reserves.With senior forward Andre Hutson out indefinitely with pneumonia and senior guard Mike Chappell suffering a chipped bone in a finger on his shooting hand after the Jan.

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NCAA may allow athletes to skip college and return

On Jan. 9, the National Collegiate Athletic Association approved Division II pre-enrollment amateurism legislation allowing high school athletes to participate in certain activities previously not allowed under amateurism by-laws.Prior to full-time college enrollment, prospects can be drafted by a professional sports organization, enter into a professional agreement, receive compensation for athletic competition, participate on a professional team and accept prize money based on place finish, all activities that, once, would negate NCAA eligibility.However, those athletes who choose to participate in professional competition and do not enroll at a collegiate institution in the next academic term following their high-school graduation will begin to use up seasons of competition.For example, for every year of professional play, the athlete will lose one year of eligibility.However, if they choose to leave the pros for college, they must first fulfill a year of residence at the collegiate institution before being eligible to play.While the new legislation does not affect MSU, a Division I institution, the NCAA is currently working on a similar piece of legislation that would apply to all Division I schools.“There is a subcommittee within the NCAA that has been studying amateurism by-laws for three years,” said Jane Jankowski, NCAA assistant director for public relations.

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Lugnuts hire new GM

Despite his promotion from assistant general manager of operations to general manager on Dec. 19, 2000, Greg Rauch has been actively involved in all facets of Lansing Lugnut operations.“When (Greg) first came here he was responsible for all of our ticketing operations; he then picked up all stadium operations; last year he picked up the marketing operations; now he will be the person responsible for running the entire organization,” said Tom Dickson, president and co-owner of the Lansing Lugnuts.Rauch began with the Lugnuts in 1996 as ticket director, coming over from the Oklahoma 89ers, where he began as an intern. “The general manager at the time, who was the previous general manager of the Oklahoma 89ers, hired me as an intern right out of college,” Rauch said.