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The NBA draft was held last week. Former Spartans Branden Dawson and Travis Trice now hope to make pro teams.


    

After years of single-minded dedication that began very early in her life, Jordyn Wieber’s stellar gymnastics career reached pinnacles in 2011 and 2012. Those were the years she won a world championship in "all around" competition and a gold medal in the London Olympics. Earlier this year, the Dewitt native announced her retirement from elite competition.

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Veteran soccer coach Eric Rudland leads the Lansing United squad as head coach and general manager for a second season. In his first year at the helm, Rudland led the club to a 10-3-4 record and a Midwest Region championship.

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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.

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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.”

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