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Jabari Parker committed to Duke, leaving MSU fans saddened.

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Jabari Parker, nation's No. 2 overall basketball recruit, commits to Duke Blue Devils - ESPN Chicago
I guess Spartan fans aren't getting an early Christmas present this year.

Vincent Brown to practice, Baker promoted | UTSanDiego.com

"The Chargers added running back Edwin Baker to the 53-man roster and announced that receiver Vincent Brown will practice Wednesday, although Brown isn't expected to play against the Jets."

NBA Development League: The Dev Report: Week Seven

Durrell Summers is back on the NBA radar!

Adams accepts invite to Senior Bowl | Spartan Shadows

The Senior Bowl will take place at 4 p.m. on January 26th and will be broadcast on NFL Network.

Spartans' motivated Branden Dawson picks up game, chatter vs. Bowling Green | Michigan State Spartans | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

"Branden Dawson dunked twice, blocked three shots, scored 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had something to say after almost every play he made. It was a different, more fiery Dawson on Tuesday in No. 20 Michigan State's 64-53 win over Bowling Green at Stroh Center."

Alan Anderson leads Raptors against Pistons for fourth win in a row | Raptors | Sports | Toronto Sun

"It’s not a coincidence that Alan Anderson’s return to health has coincided with the longest winning streak the Raptors have enjoyed in two seasons."

Michigan State tailback Le'Veon Bell 8 pounds lighter, still undecided on football future | MLive.com

"Bell, who anticipates getting the NFL report before the Spartans play the Horned Frogs, has dropped eight pounds - down to 234 - in an effort to improve his breakaway speed."

MSU seeks redemption, momentum in bowl - Big Ten Blog - ESPN

"Michigan State's 6-6 season was a big disappointment for a team that many, including the Spartans themselves, thought was ready to win a Big Ten title"

Spartans' Pat Narduzzi: Lawrence Thomas has made 'huge, huge' improvement since move to DT | Michigan State Spartans | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

"MSU coach Mark Dantonio said Thomas will play at defensive tackle and fullback against TCU on Dec. 29."

Michigan State football defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi 'not rushing out' to become a head coach | MLive.com

Well, that's good to hear.

Examining Michigan’s transition offense — UM Hoops.com
"The numbers say that Michigan has played progressively slower basketball in every year since John Beilein arrived in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines were the nation’s 189th fastest team in Beilein’s first season, 2008, and rank 328th in adjusted tempo thus far this season."

Big Ten Geeks: Michigan State and Turnovers « Big Ten Network
The turnover monster is one of the main reasons the Spartans don't look as impressive this year.