Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  At the age of 13, Lourawls Nairn Jr. found his seat on a one-way flight to the United States; leaving behind everything he had known in efforts to find a better way of life for his family.
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Football mlive.com —  Mark Dantonio remembers the number of the top of his head: 23. That's the number of career rushing yards running back Jeremy Langford had entering his junior year at Michigan State in 2013, after bouncing around between wide receiver, cornerback and special teams. To Dantonio, that makes his spot in the Michigan State record books all the more impressive.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  15 points and 10 rebounds per game combined out of Costello and Schilling. Costello said the key to doing that consistently lies in aggression.
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Ice Hockey theonlycolors.com —  This past weekend the Spartan hockey team traveled to Columbus, Ohio opening the B1G season against the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Spartans put together possibly their best full effort on Thursday night, defeating the Buckeyes 3-1 to be the B1G leader for one night. However, a poor second period Friday led to a 3-0 defeat to the Buckeyes, bringing the Spartans record to 4-7 on the season.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  This was a complete showing against an overmatched opponent, and just the second time all season that MSU led in every Five Factors metric (the other was against Jacksonville State).
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Football mlive.com —  With Jackson likely sidelined until the bowl game -- the ankle injury he suffered was described as a "high sprain" by a teammate and he needed crutches to return to the sideline -- Michigan State will need to dig deeper into its offensive line rotation. True freshman Brian Allen might be an option at left guard, or MSU could opt to move sophomore Kodi Kieler into the starting lineup at right tackle, and slide Donavon Clark inside to right guard and move Connor Kruse from right guard to left guard.
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Football mlive.com —  Currently, Wisconsin ranks No. 1 in the Big Ten in total defense, allowing 259.3 yards per game, followed by Penn State (267.2) and then Michigan State (299.0). The No. 10-ranked Spartans (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) have no control over the Badgers' future. Wisconsin hosts Minnesota on Saturday, and with a win would face Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game Dec. 6. Michigan State can, however, take matters into its own hands where the Nittany Lions (6-5, 2-5) are concerned when the teams meet at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Beaver Stadium.
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Football freep.com —  Goals are very important and, to some, so are bowls. Both are driving the Michigan State Spartans through the East Coast holiday portion of their schedule, which should end Saturday at Penn State in a third straight easy win. That would leave the Spartans 10-2 with their fourth double-digit-win season in five years, and right in the mix to qualify for the new "it" lineup of bowls.
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Football detroitnews.com —  "I think they have done an outstanding job," Dantonio said Sunday in his weekly teleconference. "I've always said that we have got great senior leadership here and great chemistry. And that's what chemistry shows you, your ability to handle the down times with the good. And we have always talked about it and worked on little things."
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Football freep.com —  Assuming he returns for his senior year — and he never has indicated he won’t — Cook has a shot at becoming the Spartans’ highest-drafted quarterback in the modern era. He is a big-armed prototype with good balance, a quick release, solid mobility and a touch of linebacker.
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Football freep.com —  Penn State stands in the way of another 10-win season for Michigan State, but the Spartans are past the Ohio State hangover watch — and their coach couldn’t have asked for a much better pill. Wins over Big Ten newcomers Maryland and Rutgers by a combined score of 82-18 were mismatches, yes, but also business-like efforts by the No. 10 Spartans (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten). And that was especially true of Saturday’s 45-3 win over Rutgers on Senior Day, which coach Mark Dantonio called one of the most complete performances of the season.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  There was one big problem with the three-point shot Michigan State junior center Matt Costello took in last week’s 81-71 loss to Duke in Indianapolis — that he hesitated to take it. “I didn’t hear a thing,” Costello said of the bench reaction to the first three-point try of his career. “All I heard was, ‘Be ready to shoot right away.’ ”
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Football msuspartans.com —  Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio held a media teleconference Sunday evening to discuss his team's performance in 45-3 win over Rutgers.
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Swimming & Diving msuspartans.com —  The Michigan State men's swimming and diving team finished in first place at the Northwestern TYR Invitational, which concluded Sunday. The Spartans compiled a score of 1,350 points to win the event for the first time since 2009. The women's team finished in second place with 856 points. Combined, Michigan State finished in first place of 14 of the 48 events on the weekend. The Spartans finished the weekend with 20 new times in the top-10 all-time fastest times, including two new school records.
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Football statenews.com —  Football is a serious, physical and intense game. Especially at a high competitive level like in the Big Ten. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Head coach Mark Dantonio made it fun for MSU Saturday with some unconventional play calling that led to a number of smiles following the 45-3 victory over Rutgers in the Spartans’ final home game of the season.
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Football freep.com —  Free Press sports writer Joe Rexrode breaks down three lessons learned Saturday
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Field Hockey statenews.com —  While MSU student athletes come from many parts of the world, not many teams are as well represented as field hockey. Players hail from countries including Scotland, Ireland and New Zealand.
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Football mlive.com —  A day after Michigan State made an unconventional move in part to boost senior Tony Lippett's NFL draft potential, it looks like his stock could be on the rose. Lippett has accepted an invitation to play in the 2015 Senior Bowl Jan. 24 in Mobile, Alabama, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said Sunday. The annual event serves as a showcase for NFL prospects.
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Football detroitnews.com —  As well as Tony Lippett played at cornerback in Michigan State’s victory over Rutgers on Saturday, it shouldn’t be viewed as a negative for sophomore Darian Hicks, coach Mark Dantonio said. Discuss »
Football mlive.com —  Michigan State added another verbal commitment to its class of 2015 on Sunday night, when receiver Darrell Stewart from Houston, Texas, pledged his services to the Spartans. Stewart was one of three players on the East Lansing campus this weekend on an official visit, joining early MSU signee Tyriq Thompson and Chicago defensive end prospect Raquen Williams.
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