Cross Country msuspartans.com —  Rachele Schulist of the Michigan State women's cross country team has been named the USTFCCCA Women's NCAA Division I National Athlete of the Week, while also claiming Big Ten Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors. She is the first member of the Spartans to win the national honor this season and the second to earn the Big Ten award, joining men's teammate Nick Moon (Sept. 2). Discuss »
Football freep.com —  See, recruiting stars aren’t always meaningless — two of Michigan State’s most heralded 2014 recruits have become two essential freshmen this season. And in the trenches, no less. Offensive lineman Brian Allen (one of six “four-star” recruits in the class, according to rivals.com) and defensive tackle Malik McDowell (the only “five-star”) both said during camp that they were open-minded about playing vs. redshirting. As it turns out, No. 13 MSU (1-1) needs both badly, and both have been impressive in extensive reserve roles through two games.
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Football detroitnews.com —  If there is a team that understands it’s possible to bounce back from an early season loss, it likely is Michigan State. The Spartans’ defeat at the hands of No. 2 Oregon on Saturday was a frustrating one, especially considering how well Michigan State played through almost three quarters, opening up a nine-point lead before the Ducks exploded for 28 straight points. But the Spartans have been down this road before.
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Field Hockey statenews.com —  One of the biggest questions a coach must ask themselves after a close loss is whether her team lost out on an opportunity or left everything on the field. Following a weekend split that saw a loss to American in double overtime, field hockey head coach Helen Knull feels confident that her team is leaving everything they have on the field. After splitting two games for the second weekend in a row, it could be easy for players and coaches to get frustrated with results without looking at the whole picture.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The Sporting News had the Spartans as runners-up, just behind Wisconsin, which is coming off of a Final Four appearance. Athlon has the Spartans one spot below that in third, with Nebraska in the second spot. Lindy’s, meanwhile, has Michigan State all the way down in ninth place, behind Wisconsin, Ohio State, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Iowa and Indiana, in order.
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Men's Soccer msuspartans.com —  The seventh-ranked undefeated Michigan State men's soccer team will host a pair of games at DeMartin Stadium. On Thursday, Sept. 11, MSU will take on Valparaiso at 5 p.m. and will take on Loyola for Alumni Day on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 2:30 p.m.
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Women's Soccer msuspartans.com —  The Michigan State women's soccer team will begin Big Ten play this weekend by hosting both Wisconsin and Minnesota at DeMartin Stadium. The Spartans and No. 9 Badgers will kick off at 3:30 on Friday and the game will be televised live on BTN. On Sunday, MSU and Minnesota will meet at noon. Discuss »
Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State has been one of the most consistent basketball teams in the country, with 17 straight NCAA tournament appearances and 20 wins in nine of the last 10 seasons. But how well are the Spartans set up for the future? Pretty well, according to a recent analysis by ESPN.com. The website looked ahead to the next three seasons and ranked college basketball programs in order of likely success, looking at coaching, current talent, recruiting and more.
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Football mlive.com —  It’s rare enough for a true freshman to play on the offensive line for a Mark Dantonio-coached team. But for a true freshman to play three different offensive line positions in the second game of the year against a top three opponents is even more rare. “To be able to play center and both guard positions is really pretty amazing,” Dantonio said said Thursday night on his weekly radio show.
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Men's Soccer msuspartans.com —  The seventh-ranked Michigan State men's soccer team lost, 1-0, to a tough Valparaiso squad Thursday evening. Junior goalkeeper Zach Bennett gave up a single goal in the 58th minute, bringing 347 minutes of scoreless minutes from opponents in 2014 to a close.
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Women's Soccer statenews.com —  The women’s soccer team will take its undefeated record into the opening weekend of Big Ten conference play. And if it hopes to keep the loss column empty, it will have to defeat two very difficult opponents. MSU (6-0 overall) will take on No. 9 Wisconsin (6-0 overall) on Friday at 3:30 p.m. On Sunday, they will be back it against Minnesota (3-3 overall) at noon. Both games will be home for the Spartans at DeMartin Stadium.
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Field Hockey statenews.com —  As weather starts to cool in Michigan, MSU field hockey (2-2 overall) is looking to heat up. With so many close, competitive games against quality opponents, the Spartans might not be too far from where they want to be.
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Cross Country statenews.com —  Thirty teams from around Michigan will travel to MSU on Friday and compete in the Cross Country Auto Owners Insurance Spartan Invite at noon. The Spartans recently returned from Oregon, where they ran in 90 degree heat and still came out on top. The women took first, second and third place in their 6K distance: sophomore Rachele Schulist (19:38), who is the reigning the Big Ten National Athlete of the week, senior Leah O’Connor (19:53) and junior Lindsay Clark (20:11).
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Women's Golf msuspartans.com —  The defending Big Ten Champion Michigan State women's golf team opens its 2014-15 season this weekend (Saturday-Sunday) by hosting the 31st annual Mary Fossum Invitational at Forest Akers West Golf Course on the campus of MSU.
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Football freep.com —  Connor Cook amazed at times as a sophomore with his ability to instantly forget a bad play and follow it with a good one — a trait more often seen in, say, cornerbacks than quarterbacks. Saturday’s 46-27 loss at Oregon is a good test of the junior’s ability to self-induce amnesia, though. It’s probably more difficult with MSU getting Saturday off, and with reporters getting detailed explanations of all of Cook’s mistakes after Thursday’s practice.
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Football mlive.com —  “We did some good things, but we didn’t finish, we didn’t finish the game, we didn’t finish plays when we had the opportunities,’’ Narduzzi said following Thursday’s practice. “There will be some moves on the depth chart before the next game.’’
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Football mlive.com —  Cook, who was 29 of 47 passing for a career-high 343 yards and a career-high two interceptions, said he’ll learn valuable lessons from the defeat. “I felt pressure, and like I said, another thing I needed to do better looking back at the game is trust myself, and that’s trusting my offensive line and trusting my reads and what’s going on around me,’’ said Cook, asked about the third quarter self-sack.
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Football detroitnews.com —  With a bye this week, the Spartans have had a light week while the staff has been focusing on recruiting. But they were back on the practice field Thursday pointing toward next week's game against Eastern Michigan.
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Football spartansportsnetwork.com —  Recap of The Oregon Game. Student Athlete guests: Freshman Offensive Lineman Brian Allen and Freshman Linebacker Chris Frey
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