Ice Hockey isportsweb.com —  Michigan State University drops the puck on their season Friday night against the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The two teams will play back-to-back games with the second puck drop coming on Saturday at 7 p.m. (ET). The Spartans look to bounce back this season starting with the leadership of newly elected captain, Michael Ferrantino (JR), and returning goaltender, Jake Hildebrand (JR).
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The Spartans are tasked with replacing Gary Harris, who led the team in minutes at 32.3 per game and scoring at 16.7 points per game before leaving for the NBA following his sophomore season. Several Spartans are competing to fill his spot in the starting lineup.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  "What's Your Why?" asks the rubber wristband around Branden Dawson's right wrist -- a motivational reminder for the Michigan State senior, courtesy of freshman teammate Lourawls Nairn. The answer is simple, Dawson said at Big Ten basketball media day today. He's doing this for his 4-year-old son, My'Shawn, and Dawson's mother, Cassandra.
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Football msuspartans.com —  Making an opposing offense one-dimensional is the Michigan State defense's objective every week. That won't change Saturday at Indiana when the Spartans try to stymie one of college football's best rushing attacks and make the Hoosiers beat them through the air.
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Football detroitnews.com —  The Spartans know all about it, and quite frankly, they don't necessarily want to keep hearing about it. But it's hard to ignore the fact that Michigan State, as prolific as it has been offensively this season, has had all sorts of trouble putting points on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter. And in the last two weeks, it's become even more of an issue as two straight victories became a lot closer than they ever should have.
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Football freep.com —  Five plays. That's how long Michigan State recruit Grayson Miller's senior year of high school football lasted before he went down with a season-ending injury.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State returns to the state of Indiana this week to complete its only back-to-back combination of road games this season. The No. 8-ranked Spartans (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) have had no problems bringing focus into games, and most would assume the team will do the same against the Hoosiers (3-3, 0-2) on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State was ranked No. 18 in the USA Today men's basketball coaches poll released on Thursday afternoon. The Spartans opened last season No. 2 in the polls before a win over then-top ranked Kentucky led Michigan State to a three-week stint ranked No. 1, the longest streak of its kind in school history.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State is losing three of its best players from last year to the pros in Adreian Payne, Gary Harris and Keith Appling. But as he took the podium to start the season at Thursday's Big Ten basketball media day, coach Tom Izzo was ready to anoint a new "big three" for 2014-15: guards Denzel Valentine and Travis Trice and forward Branden Dawson.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Asked about a "muddled" Big Ten race behind consensus favorite Wisconsin, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo agreed. "With who you play once and where you play them, 'muddled up' is a good word," said Izzo, whose team was picked second by Big Ten media today. "I've got a couple other words that mean the same thing. Not as many letters, but I think you spoke well about what you're saying."
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Michigan State men's basketball coach Tom Izzo is pinning his team's hopes on a different "big three," and it's not exactly like the trio that carried the Spartans to the Elite Eight last season. With Gary Harris, Adreian Payne and Keith Appling off to the NBA, Michigan State will turn to seniors Branden Dawson and Travis Trice and junior Denzel Valentine.
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Field Hockey msuspartans.com —  Michigan State (7-6, 2-3) plays host to a pair of ranked opponents this weekend when it welcomes No. 12 Iowa to East Lansing on Friday at 3 p.m. and No. 9 Northwestern on Sunday at 12 p.m. The Spartans are looking to bounce back after a tough weekend and remain in the thick of things in the Big Ten race, as MSU currently sits in the middle of the pack in a tie for fourth place with Iowa and Penn State.
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Women's Soccer impact89fm.org —  It’s the final stretch of the season for the Spartans. With five games to go, two at home and three away, Michigan State sits in the middle of the Big Ten table with seven points and needs to come away with four or five wins in order to have a chance at qualifying for the Big Ten Tournament. “Anything is possible. We really have to take care of the next one and I know that’s coach speak,” head coach Tom Saxton said. “We just know where we are right now. We’re in a pack of teams that are all chasing for those last one or two playoff spots and it’s doable.”
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Women's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Prior to Big Ten Basketball Media Day held Thursday at the Hyatt Regency in Rosemont, Ill., the conference released the Preseason Coaches and Media Polls, in addition to the five-member preseason All-Big Ten team. Michigan State women's basketball was selected second in both polls, while redshirt sophomore guard Aerial Powers was a preseason All-Big Ten selection by the coaches. Discuss »
Ice Hockey msuspartans.com —  Coach Tom Anastos believes there is a lot to like about his Michigan State hockey team this season. With the season-opening series just one day away, Anastos likes the Spartans' chemistry, work ethic and depth, and says he sees the potential for MSU to be much improved over last season.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Three starters may be gone, but the expectations are hardly going down for the 2014-15 Michigan State basketball team. The Spartans were selected to finish No. 2 in the conference in the Big Ten preseason media poll, released Thursday morning ahead of the conference's annual media day.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State kicker Michael Geiger set the expectations almost impossibly high as a freshman in 2013, going 15 for 16 and setting the school record with a 93.8 percent accuracy rating. And even though the numbers may not bear it out so far, he says he's an even better kicker now than he was then.
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Football mlive.com —  When Mark Dantonio suggested last year that Connor Cook is capable of a 100-yard rushing performance, many rolled their eyes. Including Cook. But in a 45-31 win at Purdue last Saturday, the Michigan State quarterback would have been approaching the magical three-digit number had his 27-yard run not been negated by a holding call on Donavon Clark. As it was, Cook finished with seven carries for 34 yards -- instead of eight for 61 yards.
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Football freep.com —  Quarterback recruiting is always a priority and 2016 is no different. The Spartans are looking to bring in an elite prospect that can battle for a starting position after a red-shirt season. Jake Zembiec of Aquinas Institute High School in Rochester, New York is at the top of the recruiting board for head coach Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State staff.
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