PHOTOS: Ben Affleck Visits Michigan State Football Practice

It’s a pretty good time to be a member of the Michigan State Spartans right now.

The defending Rose Bowl champions are back in the college football playoff hunt. And Thursday they were visited by Oscar winner Ben Affleck, who has been working out at the Michigan State facility as he films “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” in the Detroit area.

A couple shots of Affleck at practice, from the MSU football Twitter account:

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Back Injury to Jodie Meeks Presents Some Early Concerns For Detroit Pistons

pistons-logo1Even after coming to terms with Stan Van Gundy, arguably the biggest coup of the NBA offseason not named LeBron James, the Detroit Pistons still can’t catch a break.

Unfortunately for them, they caught a stress reaction when it was revealed that Van Gundy’s first major free agent signee Jodie Meeks would miss eight weeks with the injury. Meeks is not expected back for “a couple of months,” per Van Gundy through Perry A Farrell of the Detroit Free Press. Continue reading

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Detroit Tigers Free Agency: Victor Martinez ‘Prefers to Work Something Out With the Tigers’

Detroit Tigers fans will be crossing their fingers that a report by the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo concerning Victor Martinez is on the money.

According to Cafardo, Martinez “prefers to work something out with the Tigers, so they will get first crack at him.” He mentions Baltimore, Texas, Chicago (presumably the White Sox) and Toronto as other suitors should Martinez hit free agency; Cleveland also would figure to be near the top of the list given that Martinez played there for several successful seasons.
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From the Spartan Sideline: Boilermaker Edition: Michigan State vs. Purdue Preview

Michigan-State-Spartans-Logo-jpgIn a game that finished closer late than it probably needed to, the Michigan State Spartans hung on to defeat the Nebraska Cornhuskers last Saturday night in chilly, rainy Spartan Stadium, netting their first win of the conference slate.

This week, they hit the road for the first time in Big Ten play, and the destination is Indiana for an afternoon date with the Purdue Boilermakers. Last season, Purdue was the only team to put a scare into the Spartans during the Big Ten slate, nearly pulling the upset on the road and losing 14-0.

How will this year’s Boilermaker squad—by all accounts an improved one from last year—finish off the upset this time around? Spartan Sideline has some ideas for week two in the conference. Continue reading

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VIDEO: Gustav Nyquist Scores Game-Winner in Detroit Red Wings’ Win Over Boston

Not a bad way to start the season.

The Detroit Red Wings opened the 2014-15 campaign by taking down the Boston Bruins on Thursday night, with Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist lighting the lamp. Nyquist’s power-play goal in the second period stood up as the game-winner in the 2-1 victory.

Here it is:

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Detroit Red Wings Season Preview: Players to Watch and Issues Facing Hockeytown In 2014

detroit_red_wings_logoWith the changing of the seasons comes cooler weather, and the unpleasant reminder that winter in Michigan isn’t far away. A sure, more pleasant sign of winter, however, are the Detroit Red Wings, who make their return to the ice Thursday night against the Boston Bruins.

Last season, Detroit struggled with inconsistency and injury on the way to an uncharacteristic first round exit. The team did make the playoffs, however, extending their elongated 23 year streak. This season, they will be looking to stay healthy and make some noise should they push it to a legendary year 24.

Can they get it done? What issues will help or hurt that? Which players are worth watching? Today, we answer some of those questions and more, previewing the Red Wings’ season. It’s time to shift the focus back to hockey after a long summer. Continue reading

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VIDEO: Brandon Jennings Nails Half-Courter in Detroit Pistons’ Preseason Win

Brandon Jennings hit just one of his four 3-point attempts on Tuesday night, in the Detroit Pistons’ 111-109 preseason OT win over the Chicago Bulls.

He made that one triple count.

As the halftime buzzer sounded, Jennings swished a 50-footer from the edge of The Palace’s midcourt logo.

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Detroit Red Wings Rumors: Ken Holland ‘Very Active’ Trying to Move Jakub Kindl

The Detroit Red Wings sent promising defenseman prospect Xavier Ouellet down to Grand Rapids on Tuesday, but he might be back up before Thursday night’s opener if GM Ken Holland can find a taker for Jakub Kindl.

The Wings are currently carrying seven defensemen: Niklas Kronwall, Brendan Smith, Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey, Danny DeKeyser, Brian Lashoff and Kindl. Ouellet might leapfrog from Grand Rapids into the top six if the Wings can find him a roster spot.

From Sportsnet’s Greg Brady:

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