Football mlive.com —  Mustafa Khaleefah was a three-star prospect with only mid-major offers from a high school not known for producing elite recruits. So when he started receiving serious interest from Michigan State, he appreciated it. "They texted me and said we want big linemen like you, even though I was only a three-star recruit with not a lot of offers, they still wanted me to go up there," Khaleefah said.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  He thought he was good enough to play in the NBA. The Memphis Grizzlies agreed and traded for his rights after the Boston Celtics took him with the first pick of Round 2. He will get paid. He will have a chance to make the roster. He will be playing alongside former Spartan Zach Randolph, who also left East Lansing after his freshman year.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  As Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg spoke to reporters Monday, Denzel Valentine sat next to him watching him closely, differently than he does people he already knows. It was as if he was learning Hoiberg, figuring out his new coach, the man who will decide his playing time and earliest NBA opportunities. It’s a new beginning for Valentine. And a restart for the Bulls, too.
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Football washingtonpost.com —  Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has spoken several times this offseason about how much more confident he feels compared to this time last year.
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Men's Basketball spartanavenue.com —  Surely Valentine doesn’t mind being mistaken for one of the most famous and beloved actors out there, but have you ever wondered if Washington minds it? Well, TMZ Sports caught up with the actor and asked him if he knew Denzel Valentine and if he was a fan of the former Spartan. To the shock and amazement of just about everyone, Washington said that he was a fan and he’s ‘tracked down’ Valentine because “how many Denzels do you get a chance to meet?”
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Big Ten and NBA champion. All-Star. Draymond Green can now add Olympian to his growing resume. The former Michigan State and Golden State Warriors star officially was added to the U.S. men’s basketball national team for the Olympics in Rio di Janeiro, Brazil. He is coach Tom Izzo's first Olympian and will be the third Spartan alum to play in the Summer Games, joining Magic Johnson in 1992 and Steve Smith in 2000.
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Football espn.go.com —  We’ve been here before with Michigan State, haven’t we? The metrics might not love Mark Dantonio’s team from year to year -- the FPI, which factors in recruiting rankings, has the Spartans basically even with Penn State for some odd reason. The advanced stats have value, but at some point you have to trust your eyes and recent history.
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Men's Golf msuspartans.com —  Michigan State men’s golfer Sam Weatherhead captured the 105th Michigan Amateur Golf Championship presented by Carl’s Golfland at Eagle Eye Golf Club in Bath last weekend. “Being from Michigan, born and raised, it was definitely a goal, and I knew I would have one of my better shots here,” Weatherhead said.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State has had only one injury through the first three months of its offseason, and Tom Izzo has been pleased with his team's progression through the summer. "It's been all good," Izzo said on Friday. "Can't say there's been any negatives. Everything's been positive now as far as our guys go."
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Football freep.com —  Shilique Calhoun, Lawrence Thomas, Joel Heath and Damon Knox -- some of the most popular players when talking about the Michigan State defensive line in recent years. But with these players moving on, what will happen to MSU’s vaunted front four? The future is now squarely on the shoulders of defensive line coach Ron Burton, now in his fourth year. This next season is an exciting and pivotal time for the Spartans as they welcome in the self-dubbed “Fearsome Foursome."
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Football freep.com —  Waynes reportedly got a number of first-team reps with Minnesota’s starting defense during OTAs this month and is pushing for a starting job. The 6-foot, 190-pound cornerback spent his first pro season as a backup and understudy to veteran Terence Newman last season, playing in 15 games and getting one start.
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Men's Basketball chicagotribune.com —  Granted, Tom Izzo is biased when it comes to Denzel Valentine. But the decorated Michigan State coach sounded like one of the architects of the Bulls' efforts to retool or rebuild or whatever you want to call it when asked to name Valentine's biggest transferable skill from college to the NBA game. "He's so multidimensional," Izzo said in an interview. "He can play so many different positions and styles."
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Men's Basketball lansingstatejournal.com —  Thursday night, Tom Izzo consoled Deyonta Davis on the floor of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Friday morning, Michigan State’s coach called his four-player freshman class into his office to caution them about believing mock drafts and online pundits.
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Misc. lansingstatejournal.com —  It’s already being labeled the golden era of Michigan State athletics. And the 2015-16 school year did little to dispel that notion. The Spartans captured their third Big Ten football title under Mark Dantonio and earned their first College Football Playoff berth. Tom Izzo’s men’s basketball team produced the school’s best start ever and won the Big Ten Tournament title. And that was just the two major sports. Here’s a look at the top stories around MSU from the past school year.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  In his way-too-early 2017 NBA mock draft, CBSSports.com's Sam Vecenie lists his top 30 prospects and has Bridges 16th to the Washington Wizards. "Bridges is an elite power athlete who is heading to the perfect situation at Michigan State," Vecenie writes. "His tough game should blossom under Tom Izzo, and as long as he can get a jump shot down there's a lot to like about his versatility in the modern NBA." DraftExpress has Bridges as its No.19 prospect.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  The Michigan State basketball team is coming off of a season in which they know they should’ve done better, but now is the time to recruit the talent to get better. The Spartans are bringing in arguably their best recruiting class in the Tom Izzo era, but looking ahead to 2017, the Spartans could get even more young talent to add to the roster. Here are three 2017 recruits the Spartans would love to land.
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Men's Basketball espn.go.com —  "He's going to have a role," Bulls GM Gar Forman said on ESPN 1000's post-draft show on Thursday night. "He's a guy who makes his teammates better because of his ability to pass and his understanding of the game. I think he's a guy who can play the system Fred wants to play with some pace. So where he plays, exactly where he fits, some of that will be worked out. But we're pretty confident he is going to fit."
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  It seemed too perfect. Certainly Cassius Winston, who said he wanted to win a Class A basketball state championship and four consecutive Catholic League titles before he enrolled at U-D Jesuit, had to be named for Cassius Clay, who later became known as Muhammad Ali? Not really.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Four years ago this fall, a freshman named Cassius Winston walked into U-D Jesuit and everything changed. In his four years as a Cub, Winston was the main reason U-D transformed into a basketball school. Despite being only a 6-foot-1 guard, Winston dominated the league over four years like no player in history.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  On a crowded New York street, Denzel Valentine caused heads to turn. Some people stopped and stared. Others approached him. Sometimes he approached them. “What do you think of Denzel Valentine?” he asked one woman. “Valentine is pretty cool, that’s what I hear,” he continued, baiting her. It was his very first professional endorsement deal — a promotional video shoot for Macy’s in Manhattan. His mother, in the meantime, went shopping so he’d have enough underwear.
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