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MSU men's basketball team opens Big Ten schedule at home vs. Maryland Dec. 30

'I expect the Big Ten to be a very competitive and balanced conference, with virtually every team having legitimate postseason hopes,' Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Big Ten basketball will have a new look this season with Maryland and Rutgers joining the ranks and Michigan State will do its part in welcoming the schools to the conference. More

Michigan State football announces captains for 2014

From left, junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun, fifth-year senior guard Travis Jackson and fifth-year senior safety Kurtis Drummond will captain MSU this season. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Safety Kurtis Drummond and guard Travis Jackson, both fifth-year seniors, were joined by junior Shilique Calhoun as Michigan State's captains. More

Ohio State's loss of Braxton Miller creates ripple effect for Big Ten in national spotlight

Braxton Miller of Ohio State will be gone for the rest of the season after re-injuring his surgically repaired shoulder. Dale G. Young/Detroit News

Whether it was a combination of human polls and computers, as it was in the BCS era, or with the selection committee of the new College Football Playoff, that perception matters. More

Michigan State basketball transfer Bryn Forbes granted waiver, can play this season

Bryn Forbes played for Cleveland State last season. He was a high school teammate of Denzel Valentine at Lansing Sexton, where the pair won back-to-back state championships in 2011 and 2012. James Crisp / Associated Press

Forbes has been granted a hardship waiver from the NCAA and will be eligible to play this season for the Spartans. The transfer from Cleveland State is a native of Lansing and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. More

ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit: 'Michigan State now is the team to beat in the Big Ten'

The reported loss of Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, left, for the season is good news for the Spartans, according to ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller's reported season-ending injury will have an enormous effect on the Big Ten race and puts Michigan State in the driver's seat. That's how ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit is interpreting the news out of Columbus, Ohio. More

Michigan State's Connor Kruse out with undisclosed injury

Offensive lineman Connor Kruse is out indefinitely with an undisclosed injury suffered in Friday's scrimmage. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Kruse is not out for the season, but the depth of the offensive line will be tested. Junior Donavon Clark will move from right tackle to right guard while sophomore Kodi Kieler moves into the right tackle spot. More

Pro hockey camp brings former Michigan State players together

Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader, a former Michigan State standout, talks with teammates during a pro camp Monday at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

About 20 former Spartans and local pros are taking part in a pro hockey camp at Munn Ice Arena this week in preparation for training camp and the upcoming season. More

Analyst: Michigan State in Capital One Bowl, Michigan in TaxSlayer Bowl

Michigan State linebacker Ed Davis (43) sacks Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner in the first half of their game last season in East Lansing. John T. Greilick / Detroit News

Palm has the Spartans in a New Year's Day bowl game, taking on LSU in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Florida. He has Michigan playing a day later against Florida in the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida. More

Mark Dantonio embraces Michigan State's No. 8 ranking in AP preseason poll

Mark Dantonio has 15 players returning from last year's team that went 13-1 and finished No. 3 in the rankings. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

After winning 13 games a year ago, as well as the Big Ten championship and the Rose Bowl, Michigan State enters this season ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press preseason poll released Sunday. More

Michigan State's linebacker situation still unsettled after second scrimmage

Spartans Darien Harris appears to have stood out the most of any linebacker in Friday's scrimmage. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

As well as it appears the defense played in Michigan State's second scrimmage of preseason camp Friday, the way things will eventually shake out at linebacker doesn't appear any closer to being decided. More

Michigan State is No. 8 in AP preseason poll; Michigan gets votes

Coach Mark Dantonio led Michigan State to a Rose Bowl victory last season. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

The Spartans are coming off a season in which they were 13-1, including victories over Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game, and Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Michigan State finished last season ranked No. 3, after opening the season unranked. More

Four-star Columbus LB Anthony McKee gets 'good vibes' at Michigan State

Anthony McKee will play safety this season but is being recruited to play linebacker at MSU. Allen Trieu / Scout.com

Columbus Marion-Franklin linebacker Anthony McKee visited Michigan State last week with many expecting the four-star prospect to make a commitment to the Spartans. More

Defense edges offense in Michigan State's second scrimmage

Cornerback Jermaine Edmondson, pictured here in the Green and White game, had seven tackles in a scrimmage Friday. Freshman cornerback Montae Nicholson also had seven tackles Friday. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

From the 10-yard line, the defense forced four incomplete passes from Connor Cook, including a pass breakup on the final play by safety RJ Williamson. More

Michigan State football camp goes swimmingly

MSU coach Mark Dantonio and his players went swimming Tuesday night. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio often talks about breaking up the monotony of preseason camp. Going through the same workouts and practices day after day can be a grind. So Tuesday night, the Spartans hit the pool. More

Michigan State offensive line wants to prevent drop-off, despite losing three starters

Michigan State offensive line coach Mark Staten says he wants to see right tackle Donavon Clark, above, 'improve on finishing the play.' Dale G. Young / Detroit News

It's the play up front that will drive the offense, and for the Spartans, the plan is to see little drop-off from a unit that lost three starters from last year. More

Michigan State football has two of six-biggest matchups of the year, AP writer says

Jeremy Langford and the Spartans take on the Buckeyes on Nov. 8 Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Everybody's talking about them. Yet no coach dares mention them for fear of 'looking ahead.' They're the biggest games of the fast-approaching season. More

ESPN analyst ranks Michigan State's Connor Cook sixth-best QB in country

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook has strong NFL potential, according to ESPN analyst Brock Huard. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

ESPN analyst Brock Huard gave Cook an eight on a scale of one to 10 for his production thus far and a seven for his NFL-type skills. In comparison, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the reigning Heisman winner, received a 10 in both categories. More

Packers trade ex-Michigan State lineman Jerel Worthy to Patriots

Jerel Worthy spent much of 2013 on injured reserve with a knee injury. Morry Gash / Associated Press

Worthy had been placed on the non-football injury list. He spent much of 2013 on injured reserve with a knee injury. The Packers traded up in the 2012 draft to take Worthy in the second round out of Michigan State. More

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