Thursday, February 29, 2024

Sports

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Weird events make for an interesting trip up North

SAULT STE. MARIE - Something was weird in the Upper Peninsula this weekend. I don’t know if the stars were misaligned or there was an ion imbalance in the air or what, but this definitely was no ordinary trip to the Soo for the Spartan hockey team. First of all, it’s mid-January and I was walking around without a jacket.

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Spartan Stadium will switch to natural turf in 2002

The country’s best turf management school will strut its stuff on the football field.The administration unanimously agreed Friday to switch the turf on Spartan Stadium to natural grass.“I have felt very passionately about putting natural grass into the stadium,” Trustee David Porteous said.

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Hutson down with illness

Andre Hutson’s playing status for MSU’s Jan. 21 game against Ohio State is uncertain after the senior forward was hospitalized after Saturday’s win over Wisconsin.

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W-hoops head coach searches for consistent first string lineup

Sixteen games and 10 starting lineups later, the MSU women’s basketball team is still searching for the five players who can best set the tone for their games.At MSU’s loss to Illinois on Sunday, the 10th lineup - senior guard Christie Pung, senior forward Becky Cummings, senior guard Donita Johnson, junior guard Vnemina Reese and senior center Erin Skelly - gave all four seniors a chance to start.Three of those starters pulled in less than six points each - Cummings had a season-low four, Johnson had her lowest since Nov.

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U sports wrap-up weekend games

Lightning didn’t strike twice for the MSU wrestling team this weekend. After upsetting the then-third-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys 21-10 at Jenison Field House last year, the 11th-ranked Spartans got pummeled 31-3 in a dual meet against the No.

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Lady cagers fall to Illinois

The MSU women’s basketball team is still looking for one thing - consistency.They couldn’t find it Sunday when Illinois, (9-8 overall, 4-1 Big Ten), spanked the Spartans, (8-8, 2-3) at Breslin Student Events Center, 72-59.

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Richardson flying high

Michael Jordan he’s not, but Jason Richardson’s above-the-rim style draws frequent comparisons.With every alley-oop dunk the sophomore guard throws down, people whisper, “He jumps like Jordan.”The leaping ability might be similar, but Richardson knows comparisons to “his Airness” are a bit much.“It’s great to be compared to him, but I don’t compare myself to Jordan,” Richardson said.

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Mens hoops make ESPY

Despite playing for the Detroit Pistons, Mateen Cleaves has a chance to add to his college résumé. Cleaves and the 2000 NCAA championship Spartans were nominated thursday for the 2001 ESPY Awards.The 1999-2000 MSU men’s basketball team was nominated for College Team of the Year.

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Icers ready for weekend face-off

When Ron Mason takes his No. 1-ranked Spartan hockey team to Sault Ste. Marie this weekend, he promises that hockey is first and foremost on his mind.Mason will be returning to Lake Superior State, the school that gave him his first head coaching job 35 years ago, for a two-game series tonight and Saturday.

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Cager adjusts to life off court

Candice Jackson has never spent more than a few days off the court during the past 10 years.Now, the women’s basketball team’s freshman guard from Lansing Everett High School will have to spend her basketball time in physical therapy.After starting 7 of 13 games and becoming the team’s fourth-leading scorer, an MRI Tuesday morning confirmed she has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee.

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Squad looks to move past U-W

The MSU women’s basketball team is confident it can win tonight versus Wisconsin in spite of beating its last two opponents by a combined three points.After escaping Minnesota on the road Sunday, 66-65, head coach Joanne P.

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Grapplers have new coach

MSU head coach Tom Minkel was looking at an impressive résumé when he interviewed internationally renowned Cuban lightweight wrestler Alexis Vila for a vacant assistant head wrestling coach position.

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U sports give fans big relief

As students enter their first week of classes this semester after a long and relaxing holiday break, those who are supporters of Detroit professional sports teams, such as myself, should be saying one thing to themselves: Thank goodness for our sanity - we’re back.

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Icers have no worries at goalie

When Joe Blackburn was a sophomore he set MSU records for goals against average, saves percentage, earned CCHA Best Goaltender honors, was named to the All-Great Lakes Invitational team and named NCAA West All-American.Then Ryan Miller came along.Now a senior, Blackburn has lost his starting job to the sophomore phenom from East Lansing, and has almost become a forgotten member of the top-ranked Spartans.Miller has already broken Blackburn’s goals against record, earned All-CCHA honors and tied the school record for career shutouts - in only a season and a half.Miller had started 24 straight games for MSU before head coach Ron Mason finally gave Blackburn the call in net against Yale on Friday.

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Center looks to improve

In the beginning there were doubts.Critics pointed to a criminal record as a severe roadblock for him to succeed, with charges of shoplifting, battery and receiving stolen property.Then there was the hurdle of trying to qualify academically to be eligible to play Division I college basketball, as he was 20 points below the score needed on the SAT.