MSU football ranked No. 8 in preseason coaches poll

Coming off the best season in school history, Michigan State will enter this fall ranked No. 8 in the preseason USA Today Amway Coaches poll.

It marks the highest ranking for the Spartans in the USA Today preseason rankings since the national newspaper began administering the poll in 1991. MSU’s preseason No. 13 ranking in 2012 was previously the highest the Spartans have started a season in the USA Today poll. Continue reading

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Spartans land Texas offensive lineman Tyler Higby

Michigan State added to its 2015 recruiting class Wednesday night with another commitment from the Lone Star state.

Tyler Higby, a 6-foot-5 offensive lineman from Kinkaid High School in Houston, announced his commitment to MSU via Twitter. Continue reading

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MSU football: Shilique Calhoun tabbed as Big Ten player to watch

CHICAGO — Michigan State junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun was one of 10 players named to the preseason Big Ten Players to Watch list, the conference announced this morning. The list was selected by a media panel and contains five players from each of the Big Ten’s divisions. Continue reading

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Former Spartan Draymond Green named to USA Select Team

Former Michigan State standout Draymond Green has been named to the USA Select Team, USA Basketball announced today.

Green, who will be heading into his third season with the Golden State Warriors, is one of 13 players selected to the team that will train with the USA National squad next week in Las Vegas. Continue reading

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ESPN: MSU football has two of top 25 games from 2013

As it looks ahead to the college football season, ESPN will be televising what it viewed as the top 25 games from the 2013 season. Michigan State had two games make the list – its Rose Bowl victory over Stanford and its win over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game.

The Rose Bowl checked in at No. 25 on the list, while the Big Ten Championship Game was No. 9. ESPN begins its countdown by televising the Rose Bowl at 7 tonight on ESPNU. The Big Ten Championship Game will not be televised due to rights restrictions.

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Spartans in the pros: NBA summer league edition

Summer league play in the NBA wraps up Monday with the championship game in Las Vegas.

Here’s a look at how former Michigan State and Lansing-area players performed in the summer league sessions in both Orlando and Las Vegas. Continue reading

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Q and A with MSU captain Denzel Valentine

DIMONDALE — Denzel Valentine has been one of the top scorers at the Moneyball Pro-Am at Aim High this summer. Here’s a quick question and answer session the Michigan State junior captain had with the media following his performance at the Pro-Am on Tuesday.  Continue reading

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Shilique Calhoun named to Paul Hornung Award watch list

The college football watch lists have started to be unveiled and Shilique Calhoun figures to attract plenty of preseason accolades.

The Michigan State junior defensive end was named to the watch list for Paul Hornung Award on Monday, which is annually given to the most versatile player in major college football. Continue reading

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ESPN tabs Izzo as third-best coach

The folks over at ESPN have had a series listing the nation’s top 50 college basketball coaches over the last few weeks and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo was unveiled as No. 3 on the list this afternoon.

Izzo is one of three Big Ten coaches in the top 10 as Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan is No. 7 and Michigan’s John Beilein is No. 9. Continue reading

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MSU hockey: Josh Jacobs taken by Devils in 2nd round of NHL draft

Incoming Michigan State freshman Josh Jacobs was selected in the second round of the NHL draft by the New Jersey Devils on Saturday morning, the only future Spartans to be drafted.

New Jersey took the 6-foot-1 3/4, 193-pound defenseman with the 41st overall pick of the seven-round draft. It is the highest a future Spartan has been selected since Daultan Leveille (first round/29th pick by Atlanta in 2008).

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