Misc. freep.com —  Paige Duren is playing golf and soccer, learning how to drive and preparing for the Okemos High homecoming dance. The 14-year-old freshman has a variety of interests, and it took a six-hour operation, two blood transfusions, 30 radiation treatments, 48 weeks of chemotherapy and a lot of faith and support to pursue them. That’s why she has one passion – fighting the disease that once threatened her life.
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Football freep.com —  If the Michigan State offense is going to “learn to finish better,” as quarterback Connor Cook declared necessary Thursday, it will need more from its offensive line. More contributors, for one thing — MSU went with a six-man rotation in last week’s 46-27 loss at No. 2 Oregon, the sixth spot belonging to impressive freshman Brian Allen. And more reliability from some of the veterans.
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Football mlive.com —  An ESPN weekly college football poll provided a ringing endorsement for Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, among others. Of 128 FBS coaches, 98 participated when asked if they had a son playing college football -- and they were no longer coaching -- which current FBS coach would you want him to play for? Dantonio finished in a five-way tie for sixth place that included Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Oregon State’s Mike Riley, Kansas State’s Bill Snyder and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin.
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Field Hockey msuspartans.com —  No. 19 Michigan State (3-2) erased a two-goal deficit in the second half at Kent State on Saturday afternoon to come back and defeat the Golden Flashes 4-3 in overtime. Senior midfielder Becky Stiles put home the game-winner, giving the Spartans a win in their fourth overtime game in five contests so far this season.
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Football rantsports.com —  The Michigan State Spartans will always be contenders as long as head coach Tom Izzo is around, but things will be a little tougher this year with the losses of guard Gary Harris and center Adreian Payne. Both players are now in the NBA, which may mean a few steps back for a team that was hoping to win the championship last season. One important player still remains on the team, however, in forward Denzel Valentine, and he is versatile enough to lead the Spartans to another Final Four.
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Women's Tennis msuspartans.com —  The rain and cold could do nothing to cool down the Spartan women's tennis team on the first day of the 25th annual Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational. MSU finished the day with a total of 13 victories.
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Football freep.com —  Taiwan Jones finished up his media interviews Thursday after Michigan State’s lone practice of the week and walked past MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who was far from finished. In fact, Narduzzi was explaining how Oregon tacked on a meaningless touchdown in its 46-27 win over MSU last weekend with some uncharacteristic gap blocking — the Ducks usually go with zone blocking on running plays — and how Jones didn’t detect it.
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Football lansingstatejournal.com —  As off-the-radar games against Eastern Michigan and Wyoming approach, this is the time to push away the noise and enjoy what you have. For perspective, channel memories of the 16 five-loss (or more) MSU football seasons between 1991 and 2007. These times, by comparison, should be fun — even if the Rose Bowl is no longer the Grail, and the Big Ten’s authority as a football power is being challenged.
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Women's Golf msuspartans.com —  The Michigan State women's golf team shot a 23-over-par 599 (307-292) in two rounds at the Mary Fossum Invitational on Saturday at Forest Akers West Golf Course and lead the 15-team tournament by seven shots heading into Sunday's third and final round. Freshman Sarah Burnham is atop the leaderboard at 1-over 146 (75-70).
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Volleyball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State snapped a three-match skid with a four-set win over Oregon State (26-24, 24-26, 25-23, 25-21) on Saturday in Corvallis. MSU improves to 5-3 on the season, while OSU suffers its first loss of the year (7-1).
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner and the Spartans’ staff went over the Oregon game one final time before Thursday’s practice, and then it was time to move on. “As a coach you never stop thinking about it,’’ Warner said Thursday. “But we had quick meeting before practice and talked about it a bit more and put it to bed."
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Football mlive.com —  In its first major test of 2014, with new starters at safety and cornerback, the Spartans had multiple coverage breakdowns leading to the second-biggest passing day for a Michigan State opponent since 2010.
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Volleyball msuspartans.com —  No. 18 Oregon took a 3-1 win (25-22, 13-25, 15-25, 12-25) over No. 23 Michigan State on Friday night in Eugene, sending MSU to its third straight loss (all to ranked teams.) The Ducks improve to 7-0 on the season, while the Spartans fall to 4-3 overall.
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State football’s coaching staff has been on the road visiting top recruits across the nation. Some prospects have received offers, while others have set up visits to MSU
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said not too many of the recruits he went to visit earlier this week asked him about the Spartans’ national top-10 showdown with Oregon played last Saturday. But that doesn’t mean they weren’t watching the game, and it’s not necessarily an indicator that State has lost its recruiting momentum, even though it has been more than a month since the Spartans received their most recent verbal pledge.
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Women's Tennis msuspartans.com —  The Michigan State women's tennis team will begin its fall schedule Sept. 13-14 when it hosts the 25th-annual Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational. The tournament will be held at the MSU Outdoor Tennis Courts.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Less than a week after allowing as many points as it has in the last four seasons, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi was lamenting the missed opportunities in a 46-27 loss to Oregon while suggesting there could be changes to the lineup.
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Football freep.com —  'He's the best quarterback we've faced since Russell Wilson, in my opinion,' Narduzzi said Thursday of the former Wisconsin and current Seattle Seahawks star. 'He's a guy that can hurt you with (his) arms and feet. I was impressed with him.'
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Cross Country statenews.com —  The 25th annual Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational took place Friday afternoon, where 30 teams from across Michigan came out to compete. After returning from Oregon Sunday, MSU’s cross country team was exhausted from the traveling and the intense meet that past, meaning the athletes looked at the Spartan Invite as more of a workout than a high-intensity meet, according to redshirt junior Leah O’Connor.
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