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MSU Graduate. Just a city boy born and raised in south Detroit. Baseball is life, a pitcher at heart. Freelance writer for MIPrepZone (The News-Herald, Dearborn Press & Guide).

Jordan Kitna, son of former Lions QB Jon Kitna, to walk on at MSU

In the latest edition of 'Where are they now?', former Detroit Lions quarterback Jon Kitna is the head coach of the Waxahachie (TX) High School football team. His son, Jordan, is the team's quarterback. Jordan was listed by many as a two-star, pro-style quarterback, according to 247sports...

DSN Big Ten CBB Power Rankings: Log jam at the top after losses from Hawkeyes, Hoosiers

Heading into last week, the Big Ten still had two teams without a blemish in the loss column - No. 3 Iowa and No. 19 Indiana. Both teams suffered their first defeat in league play. The Hoosiers stumbled against a Wisconsin club that has all...

Spartans tie school record with 17 3’s in rout of Rutgers, 96-62

The Michigan State Spartans returned home to the Breslin Center on Sunday, welcoming in a Rutgers Scarlet Knights team that is '0fer' in the Big Ten this season and just 2-24 since joining the league last year. Not only do they steamroll their competition, they cover the...

VIDEO: MSU’s Aaron Burbridge catches Hail Mary pass to conclude Senior Bowl

Michigan State Spartans senior wide receiver Aaron Burbridge was one of three seniors representing the Big Ten champions in the Senior Bowl down in Mobile, Alabama on Saturday, along with center Jack Allen and defensive lineman Lawrence Thomas. Burbridge finished with two catches for 43 yards...

Michigan State cruises to 76-45 victory on the road at Northwestern

Coming off an impressive and emotional victory at home last Saturday against Maryland, the No. 12 Michigan State Spartans were back on the road for a Thursday night match-up with a Northwestern Wildcats club struggling to gain any sort of momentum in conference play. Behind eight three-pointers...

Lions hire Kevin Anderson, another former Patriot executive, to front office

It appears the Detroit Lions are forming their own little Patriots 'West' franchise. The team announced the hiring of Kevin Anderson to be the assistant to General Manager Bob Quinn. Anderson, who worked in the New England department of football operations for the last ten...

REPORT: U-M intends to hire UConn’s Warde Manuel as new AD

It appears that the University of Michigan has found their 12th athletic director in the school's intercollegiate athletics 150-year history. Multiple reports have come out and ESPN has confirmed that Michigan will hire University of Connecticut's athletic director Warde Manuel to the same position. Manuel, a...

MLB Expansion? DH to the NL? Commissioner Manfred weighs in

Major league baseball commissioner Rob Manfred will be entering his second season in his new role. In his first year, he was presented with a lot of topics regarding the sport and how the overall product can be improved. Nothing too drastic was made, but...

DSN Big Ten CBB Power Rankings: Is Indiana for real?

It was another wild and wacky weekend in the world of college hoops. Fifteen of last week's AP top 25 lost at least one game last week. The new poll has the red-hot Iowa Hawkeyes (16-3, 7-0 Big Ten) representing the Big Ten, ranked No....

‘Mean Green’ Spartans snap losing skid with a 74-65 victory over the Terps

On the verge of their longest losing streak at home in nearly 20 years, the Michigan State Spartans welcomed the Maryland Terrapins into the Breslin Center. It was also the first installment for ESPN's College Gameday this season. A tightly-contested game for all 40 minutes, the Spartans...

Michigan halts Huskers’ four-game winning streak with 81-68 victory

The Michigan Wolverines were back on the road Saturday facing a Nebraska Cornhuskers team that has won four consecutive games, including a victory in East Lansing this past Wednesday. Michigan took a a 6-4 lead a little over three minutes into the contest and never trailed again...

Justin Upton ‘sold’ on Ilitch’s drive to win title now

On Wednesday, the Detroit Tigers and General Manager Al Avila formally announced the signing of free agent outfielder Justin Upton. https://twitter.com/DetroitTigersPR/status/689913471408861184 Avila, Upton and Upton's agent Larry Reynolds were on hand to introduce the 28-year-old All-Star and answer some questions about how the process went down among other things. Upton...

Tigers GM Al Avila passing with flying colors in new position

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DSN Big Ten CBB Power Rankings: Iowa is second to none right now

Last week in college basketball showed that there is no clear-cut dominant team this season. Five of the AP 10 lost last week, with three of those five losing twice. Overall, thirteen different teams ranked in the top 25 ended up on the losing end...

Michigan unable to cool down the red-hot Hawkeyes

Two of the hottest teams in the Big Ten got together on Sunday. The Michigan Wolverines, who toppled No. 3 Maryland on Tuesday, had to go on the road and face an Iowa Hawkeyes club that slammed No. 4 Michigan State in East Lansing on Thursday. Michigan...

Wisconsin scores late to shock the Spartans in Madison

The No. 4 Michigan State Spartans headed into Madison on Sunday to face the Wisconsin Badgers, hoping to quickly forget about that ugly home loss on Thursday at the hands on the Iowa Hawkeyes. In what was a tightly-contested game for all 40 minutes, the Badgers were able...

Tigers agree to deal with Jose Iglesias, avoid arbitration

This was a busy week for baseball clubs as all arbitration-eligible players had to file for salary raises on Tuesday. The players and their respective teams had to come to agreement on a dollar figure by Friday, or else the two sides enter an...

Tigers reach deal with Andrew Romine, avoid arbitration

On Tuesday, the four arbitration-eligible players for the Detroit Tigers filed for salary raises in 2016. On Wednesday, the team agreed to terms with new reliever Justin Wilson to avoid arbitration. On Thursday, the club did the same with utlity man Andrew Romine. https://twitter.com/DetroitTigersPR/status/687755134957404160 This was the first time Romine...

Spartans’ Matt Costello gives inspiration for one Cadillac boy and his family

It can be truly something special to see the connection between athletes and fans. Whatever happens on the field, the court, or the ice instantly takes a backseat to the strong bod between fan and player. For Michigan State Spartans senior forward Matt Costello, his inspiration to...

Fangraphs: Tigers will finish under .500 again in 2016

The 2015 baseball season for the Detroit Tigers didn't exactly go according to plan. After an 11-2 start, the team gradually began to decline and eventually had to trade off their most valuable pieces before finishing in the basement of the American League Central. General Manager Al Avila...

Tigers sign John Mayberry Jr. to minor league deal

The Detroit Tigers added an outfielder to their weak minor league system on Wednesday, 32-year-old John Mayberry Jr. https://twitter.com/Chris_Iott/status/687394244282183680 https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/687398473289871360 Once upon a time, Mayberry was a first-round pick of the Rangers back in the 2005 draft. He made his major league debut in 2009 and spent his...

Tigers agree to deal with Justin Wilson, avoid aribtration

Tuesday marked the day for Major League Baseball players to submit a case for a salary raise to their respective ball clubs heading into the 2016 season. The Detroit Tigers had four players on their big league roster eligible for arbitration - outfielder J.D. Martinez, shortstop Jose Iglesias,...

Update on Tigers’ farmhands playing winter ball

Can you believe that in just a little more than a month, the pitchers and catchers for the Detroit Tigers will be reporting to camp in Lakland, Florida? There are plenty of reasons for fans of the Tigers to be excited for the upcoming 2016 season....

DSN Big Ten CBB Power Rankings: Spartans rise with Valentine back, Purdue stumbles

The college basketball world took a backseat to football on Monday with national championship game between Clemson and Alabama. The Big Ten got back into action Tuesday night with three games on the slate. Tuesday will also mark the third week of league play for the Big...

Top 5 current dynasties in college sports

The curtain has come down on another college football season, ending with something we have seen four times in the last seven seasons - the University of Alabama claiming the title of national champions. They defeated the then-undefeated Clemson Tigers on Monday night 45-40 in...

Michael Fulmer is new #1 prospect for Tigers; Moya drops out of top 10

Prior to this past season, the Detroit Tigers often found themselves among the best teams in baseball. Much of that success was by and large due to the aggressive front office making moves to make the team more competitive immediately and ready to win now. However,...

4-star Detroit King WR/DB Donnie Corley commits to Michigan State

On Saturday during high school's "U.S. Army All-American Game" on Saturday, many of the top-rated recruits in action made their formal announcement of declaring to a school for football. One of those was 4-star wide receiver/defensive back Donnie Corley. Corley, a Detroit Martin Luther King product...

‘College Gameday’ to open up 2016 hoops season in East Lansing

With only the national championship game remaining in the college football season, eyes shift towards the hardwood as conference place in college basketball is just getting underway. ESPN's hoops edition of 'College Gameday' has formally announced its first destination for the season. Personalities Jay Williams,...

Michigan suffers first conference loss on the road at Purdue

Thursday's game on the road against the Purdue Boilermakers marked a three-game stretch against nationally-ranked teams for the Michigan Wolverines. They were also without senior guard Caris LeVert for a second straight game due to a lower leg injury. The Wolverines were able to hang with the much...

Ken Griffey Jr, Mike Piazza elected into the Baseball HOF

Wednesday was a big day in the baseball world, as the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced the Hall of Fame class for 2016. The big name that led the class was 13-time All-Star outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. With all of the votes finally tallied, Griffey and...

5 College football conference realignment moves that make sense

  So here we are, less than 100 days from the start of the 2017 college football season. And if there is one topic that is always going to grab headlines in the off-season, it is conference realignment. Teams are always looking to come and go for...

DSN Big Ten CBB Power Rankings: Michigan, Iowa making early statement

What a first week in was for the Big Ten basketball season. The league schedule was first greeted with two of its best teams in action last Tuesday. The Purdue Boilermakers escaped Madison, Wisconsin with a win on the road then proceeded to cough up a...

Minus LeVert, Michigan uses three-ball to down Penn State

Big Ten basketball was back in action on Saturday, with 12 of the conference's 14 schools playing. The Michigan Wolverines got everything started with a noon tip-off against the visiting Penn State Nittany Lions. The Wolverines were presented with some bad news prior to the game, announcing...

WATCH: Izzo and Dantonio – The two Italian maestros of Sparta

The Michigan State Spartans football team has a to win the national championship on Thursday. Should they defeat the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Cotton Bowl, they will be one step closer having done something that has never been done before... ...win the Cotton Bowl twice in...

GAMEDAY: No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Michigan State

College Football Playoff Semifinal - Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Michigan State Spartans Where: AT&T Stadium - Arlington, TX When: December 31st, 2015 Kickoff: Approx. 8 PM ET Spread: ALA -10 O/U: 46 The wait is finally over. Come the eve of the new year, the Spartans and Tide will clash in a national...

Second half surge propels Michigan in conference opener

The Big Ten schedule got underway on Tuesday with a pair of games, and there five in total on Wednesday. Among those were the Michigan Wolverines on the road in Champaign against the Illinois Fighting Illini. Both teams struggled for much of the first half to find...

Cotton Bowl ‘Media Day’ for the Spartans

Two days before the big college playoff national semifinal game on New Year's Eve, both the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Michigan State Spartans joined in the Media Day festivities at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio and his team were front and center and...

DSN Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings: Spartans at the top, for now

For college basketball, the league schedules nationwide start to kick off this week. On Tuesday, the Big Ten slate gets underway with the conference's best each playing a conference foe on the road. At 7 PM on Big Ten Network, the #14 Purdue Boilermakers (12-1) will...

Kirk Cousins: “Dantonio and I have come a long way since we were freshmen”

When Mark Dantonio was hired prior to the 2007 season, the Michigan State Spartans were an average program at best, always fighting to just make a bowl game. He took over a program that needed a change in the culture in the worst baddest way possible. He...

WATCH: Cotton Bowl Cornhole! MSU, ‘Bama cheerleaders make history

It looks like the Michigan State Spartans are engaged in competition with the Alabama Crimson Tide in more than their national semifinal playoff game on New Year's Eve. Members from both cheerleading squads took place in what I can safely say is one of the coolest things...

DSN’s Most Memorable Moments of 2015

With the calendar soon flipping to 2016, 'tis the season to reflect on some of the most memorable moments of 2015. The DSN staff and yours truly were each given the task of selecting one moment that stood out above the rest, in their eyes....

Top 10 Detroit Tigers Moments of 2015

The 2015 season for the Detroit Tigers did not go according to plan and what Tigers' fans had grown accustomed to seeing the four years prior. An 11-2 hot start quickly fizzled late in May and the team struggled mightily to gain any sort of...

DSN Bowl Picks: Midway report card

The bowl season is typically an exciting one for any fan of college football. This year, the bowls have gotten a lot of flack from the eyes of many due to the fact of having too many bowls and an unusual amount of teams...

Rams punter commits personal foul on former Lion Cliff Avril [VIDEO]

Wait....what? Have you ever seen the words 'punter' and 'personal foul' in the same sentence? Nope, we haven't either. This makes as much sense as deep sea astronomy. But it happened on Sunday. In a game between the St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks, Rams punter John Hekker is...

Clay Matthews offers helping hand, fools Carson Palmer [VIDEO]

It's proper football protocol that anybody on the defensive side of the ball, when presented with an opportunity, is to go after the opposing team's quarterback. Green Bay Packers star linebacker Clay Matthews has earned a reputation for being one of the best at his position. He's...

WATCH: Did Louisville head coach Rick Pitino flip off UK faithful?

The holidays are meant to be a time for fun and festivities, unless you are a player or fan of the Louisville Cardinals or Kentucky Wildcats. The two college basketball powers are among the nation's best every year and their annual match-up is one of the...

DSN Big Ten Basketball Season Preview

The slate of non-conference games around the country are beginning to wind down. After Christmas, many of the conferences will begin their conference schedule as early Tuesday the 29th. The Big Ten officially starts its conference play with two games on Tuesday and five games...

DSN NFL Picks – Week 16

Happy holidays to all the football fans out there. The first game of the Week 16 slate is tonight on Christmas Eve when the Raiders host the Chargers, in what is potentially a battle for Los Angeles. The Detroit Lions won a rather exciting game this...

Lions’ MNF victory capped off $100K payout on $5 bet

A trending story this year has been gambling on sports, particularly daily fantasy leagues. It isn't out of the ordinary for people all around the world to bet on sporting events happening every day. Or, in this case, you bet on a multi-leg parlay with...

UM, MSU among Forbes top 20 most valuable football programs

With college football coming to a close, 'tis the season to reflect on what was another wild and wacky season on the college gridiron. On Tuesday, Forbes evaluated all of the college football programs, devising a list of the 20 'most valuable' in the nation....

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