Millions of people around the world are wild about a sport many native-born Americans have never played. Cricket is second only to soccer in global popularity. There are several adult cricket leagues in the Lansing area, and it’s not uncommon to see an evening game in progress at a local school playground, but this summer, officials in Okemos will offer the sport to young children for the first time.
In the 1960s, MSU football coach Duffy Daughterty made the first major recruiting efforts to bring African-American players from the deep south into the sport…players who could not be admitted to segregated schools. That pool of talent wound up bringing championships to East Lansing. Maya Washington is the daughter of one of those players, Gene Washington. She’s making a documentary film about her dad called “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar.”
MSU football fans made history over the weekend. A record 48,000 people packed Spartan Stadium on Saturday to witness this year’s Green and White scrimmage. It was the largest attendance ever recorded for the annual spring tradition.
One of the rising stars of the MSU football team is junior linebacker Riley Bullough. His football pedigree is well known: his grandfather Hank Bullough played at MSU in the 50s; his father, Shane, was a Spartan in the 80s; his brother Max was here through the 2013 season, and another brother, Byron, is a redshirt freshman at MSU. Beyond that, his other grandfather, Jim Morse, played at Notre Dame, and three uncles also played college football.
Michigan State will play Duke Saturday night in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Final Four. This team has had an impressive run through the latter stages of the Big Ten season, the Big Ten tournament and now the NCAA tournament. Can MSU beat the Blue Devils and then, either Kentucky or Wisconsin in the championship game on Monday night?
Michigan State won two more games over the weekend, including yesterday’s thrilling 76-70 overtime win over Louisville to win the East regional of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Tom Izzo is taking the Spartans to the Final Four for the seventh time in his 20 years as head coach.
The Michigan State men’s basketball team beat Georgia and Virginia last weekend to advance to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. The Spartans have now made it to the Sweet 16 in seven of the last eight seasons. Tonight, MSU will try to advance against the Oklahoma Sooners. The game will be played in Syracuse, New York shortly after 10 p.m. tonight.
The MSU men’s basketball team has beaten Georgia and Virginia to advance to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16. MSU will play Oklahoma in the next round of the tournament. The game will be Friday night in Syracuse, New York.
The No. 8 Haslett Vikings girls basketball team defeated Benton Harbor in the Class B state semifinal, 63 to 52, at the Breslin Center to advance to the state championship tomorrow at 6pm against Detroit Country Day. Senior Forward Makenna Ott lead the team with 16 points and eight rebounds, as four of the five Vikings starters scored in double-digits.
The surging MSU hockey team is heading into the Big Ten Tournament in Detroit this weekend with a number 2 seed. That earned them a bye into the second round, where they’ll play tomorrow against the winner of today’s Michigan-Wisconsin game.
For many people, the first sign of spring isn’t the return of the robin to Michigan. It’s when pitchers and catchers report for spring training. That happened last week, so baseball fans in Michigan are watching the news out of Lakeland, Florida, where the Detroit Tigers have begun prepping for the 2015 season.
By Spencer Impellizzeri: Current Sports Beat Reporter
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men’s tennis team had their first home dual met of the season Saturday, and came away with a pair of 7-0 victories over Toledo and Detroit Mercy at the MSU Tennis Center.
Last week on this show, Current State's Scott Pohl reported on the growing popularity of pickleball, a racket sport that looks like a cross between tennis and badminton. Well, if you liked that, you’ll probably love what’s coming up this weekend. The annual Michigan Senior Olympics winter games kick off Saturday in Oakland County, and pickleball is on the program.
This post-Super Bowl Monday gives the New England Patriots NFL bragging rights for the coming year. But who’s number one in the combined professional and college football world? According to the personal finance-social media network WalletHub, it’s East Lansing.
There’s a new sport catching on in the Lansing area. Its appeal lies in its reliance on physical activity that isn’t too strenuous. Already popular with retirees in the south, pickleball is moving north with indoor play in colder climes.
College football’s first ever national championship game is set for tonight. Ohio State and Oregon vie for the honors beginning at 8:30 on ESPN. The Oregon Ducks are six-point favorites, although both teams share identical 13-and-one season records.
The Detroit Lions improved to 11-4 yesterday by beating the Chicago Bears 20-14 in Chicago. With one game left to play, Detroit has secured a place in the NFL playoffs for the first time in three years. That last game will be next Sunday at Green Bay, the team they’re tied with for first place in the NFC North, so a lot will be at stake.
Todd Martin’s days on the professional tennis circuit are behind him, but the East Lansing native has launched a new phase of his career that is keeping him active with the sport he loves. In September, he became CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum in Newport, Rhode Island.
The Michigan State football team wrapped up the regular season on Saturday with a 34-10 win at Penn State. The Spartans wind up with a 7-1 mark in Big Ten play and a 10-2 overall record, the fourth time in the last five seasons reaching ten victories. They won’t be playing in the Big Ten championship game; that will be Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, but a choice bowl invitation awaits for MSU.
The MSU Women’s Cross Country team stood on college running high ground Saturday, capturing the NCAA National Championship in Terre Haute, Indiana. It was the university’s first national championship since MSU men’s hockey in 2007, and the second women’s national championship in school history.
By GEOFF PRESTON - "CURRENT SPORTS" HIGH SCHOOL BEAT WRITER
As Grand Ledge football (4-3 overall) prepares for a playoff run, head coach Matt Bird is stressing to his players that keeping the tradition of Comet football in mind is going to be an essential piece of a playoff puzzle.