Baseball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State rising senior Blaise Salter has been named the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) Most Valuable Player as well as the league's Top Pro Prospect, it was announced by commissioner Sean McGrath this week.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State will make the inaugural College Football Playoff this season, according to two of the three analysts on ESPN's College GameDay preview show on Saturday. Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso predicted the Spartans will face Florida State in a College Football Playoff semifinal, with Alabama and UCLA playing in the other semifinal.
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Football freep.com —  Machado expected to contribute this season at guard. But when starting right guard Connor Kruse was lost for an undisclosed period of time with an injury in the Aug. 15 scrimmage, that bumped starting right tackle Donavon Clark inside to guard, turned backup right tackle Kodi Kieler into the starter — and suddenly, Machado was MSU’s No. 3 tackle.
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Volleyball msuspartans.com —  The Green team rallied from a deficit of as many as seven points in the third set and earned a 2-1 victory over the White team in a split-squad Green & White Exhibition Game at Jenison Field House on Saturday afternoon.
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Football mlive.com —  Montae Nicholson wasn't sure what to do when told that Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said he might be the "most physical DB" on the Spartans' football team. So he threw his head back and laughed. "I don't know how to respond to that,'' said Nicholson, a true freshman from Monroeville, Pennsylvania. "Coach Narduzzi is always fired up.''
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Football freep.com —  “Narduzzi’s always fired up, man, he’s always fired up, never a dull day with him,” Calhoun said. “But he definitely came in with a different approach, and he told us: ‘Hey, you know what, they won the first one, but what are you gonna do now?’ ”
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Football spreaker.com —  Jack talks with Michigan State middle linebacker, outside linebacker, would-be running back and kick returner, Darien Harris.


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Football espn.go.com —  When Michigan State Spartans athletic director Mark Hollis first told football coach Mark Dantonio about his plan to schedule a home-and-home series with the Oregon Ducks, Dantonio did not wrestle his boss to the ground, scream obscenities or start updating his résumé. As Hollis recalls, Dantonio simply smirked, shrugged his shoulders and said, "Why not?"
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Men's Basketball bleacherreport.com —  In order for the Spartans to thrive, they must come together and toe the company line for coach Tom Izzo, whose system will likely be the deciding factor this season—not the amount of pure talent at his disposal. He lost a lot of that when Keith Appling, Adreian Payne and Gary Harris moved on to the next phase of their careers and lives. Of course, Branden Dawson, Denzel Valentine, Travis Trice and Matt Costello will be important and assist in keeping the ship afloat; one of them will likely be the team’s MVP.
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Football db.lsj.com —  Former Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer struggled in his latest audition to reclaim the starting quarterback job for the Cleveland Browns. Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, his main competition, also struggled, making the quarterback situation still unsettled for the Browns. Hoyer has completed just 8 of 20 passes for 108 yards for Cleveland in its two preseason losses. He was 2 of 6 passing for 16 yards Monday night against Washington.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State middle linebacker Jon Reschke didn’t hesitate when asked to evaluate his performance in the Spartans’ Friday scrimmage. “I think I did great, I had a very comfortable scrimmage,” said Reschke, who recorded five tackles, including one for a loss. “I was running the show, almost.”
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Football mlive.com —  Hours after reports surfaced that Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, the two-time Big Ten MVP, could be out for the season with an injury, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit was crowning the Spartans the conference’s new preseason favorites. “I think it goes all of a sudden from Ohio State, overnight now I think Michigan State now is the team to beat in the Big Ten,” Herbstreit said Tuesday afternoon on a teleconference with reporters.
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Football mlive.com —  "One guy up front really that I've noticed that totally has been as consistent as possible is Lawrence Thomas, L.T., he's really been good inside,'' Narduzzi said, rambling with enthusiasm on a FoxSports Detroit preseason special. "L.T. is really the guy that has surprised me with how consistent he has been.''
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Football freep.com —  What I think people are forgetting is that Dantonio has already spent an offseason talking about “handling expectations” after a huge season, then watching his team do just that. In 2011, coming off MSU’s first Big Ten title in 20 years, the Spartans were ranked No. 17 to start the season — their highest preseason ranking since 1988, by the way — and they ended up No. 11 (and No. 10 in the coaches poll). It’s already been done. It’s already been answered, by the same people who are in charge now.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State’s fall semester is just eight days away, but the Spartan basketball team could still be looking to add a player before then. Ray Kasongo, a Class of 2014 power forward, plans to visit East Lansing Wednesday, according to reports from Zagsblog and 247sports.
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Men's Basketball atlanta.cbslocal.com —  If only he can stay healthy, we may actually witness the promises fulfilled by Spartans head coach Tom Izzo, quoting “BJ” has yet to scratch the surface of his maximum potential and could do more than just show flashes of production but must stay off the sidelines in street clothes and off the IR.
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Field Hockey msuspartans.com —  Michigan State field hockey won both of its exhibition matches on Saturday afternoon, defeating Central Michigan (5-1)and Kent State (5-3). A balanced offense led the way in both matchups, as the Spartans got goals from five different players in each game.
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Football freep.com —  Thomas came from Detroit Renaissance as a 'five-star' middle linebacker, one of three in eight recruiting classes so far under Mark Dantonio, and his first three seasons have seen a shoulder injury, a redshirt, a switch to fullback, a switch to defensive end, a back injury, a switch to defensive tackle and growing questions about whether his credentials will ever be justified.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  If there was one area where Michigan State drastically improved statistically on defense from 2012 to 2013, it was pressuring the quarterback. Although quarterback hurries can be a nebulous stat, the Spartans had drastically more hurries in 2013 (66) then they had in 2012 (34). This increase in defensive pressure can also be seen in an increase in sacks in 2013 (32) than 2012 (20).
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