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Michigan State Spartans News and Views: July 19

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Deyonta Davis is still working to find his NBA role with the Grizzlies.

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After leaving MSU, Deyonta Davis still out to prove himself in NBA - DFP
The former Muskegon and Michigan State standout, who many thought was a late lottery pick, fell to the first pick of the second round in 2016, and it's been an uphill climb ever since.

Moneyball highlights: Jaren Jackson Jr. vs. Xavier Tillman - 247
The MSU freshmen went head-to-head on Tuesday night in the Moneyball Pro-Am.

MSU commit Foster Loyer is building a lasting prep legacy | MLive.com
In an era when posterizing an opponent gets you popularity on social media, Loyer is too small to get in on that with his 6-foot frame. Still, thanks to his dedicated study and grasp of basketball, almost every basketball fan in the state of Michigan knows the name Foster Loyer.

Spartans Add Five Student-Athletes to Incoming Class - Michigan State Official Athletic Site
Michigan State hockey head coach Danton Cole has announced the addition of five players for the upcoming season. Forwards Tommy Apap, Gianluca Esteves, Austin Kamer, Jake Smith and Brody Stevens have all signed National Letters of Intent to join the Spartans for 2017-18.

MSU basketball strength coach being investigated for driving distracted in fatal crash | MLive.com
Todd Moyer, 38, has been with Michigan State for the last two seasons.

Kirk Cousins fully exploited franchise tag; Mike McCarthy debate
It's always interesting watching NFL players react to the big-money contracts NBA players sign in free agency. The whopping deals inked by marginal-to-mediocre hoopers not only elicit envious responses from gridiron greats, but these massive payouts seemingly make the collective rethink contractual viewpoints, particularly when it comes to the amount of guaranteed money included.

Meet Calvin Roberts, the 61-year-old seriously trying to make an NBA roster - SBNation.com
Calvin Roberts last played professionally in 1999, at the age of 43. That didn’t stop him from trying desperately to play in the NBA Summer League.

How the NBA's new 2-way contracts work and why some agents are worried about them - SBNation.com
The new two-way contracts are great for teams but worse for most players. Let agents explain why.

Le Docteur | The Players' Tribune
It was a late night in the ER at Montreal General, when two police officers walked in with a suspect in cuffs. One of the officers had suffered a bad gash on his arm while making the arrest and needed stitches... When I introduced myself to the officers, the injured one immediately perked up. “Aren’t you that NFL player from McGill?” he asked. “It has to be you!”

Samuel L. Jackson REALLY didn’t want the Patriots to win Team of the Year at the ESPYs - SBNation.com
That’s the issue Falcons diehard and very famous actor Samuel L. Jackson faced when presenting the ESPY for Team of the Year. One of the nominees was the New England Patriots, and Jackson was not about to let that happen: Can you blame him?

Behind the Glass: Carson Palmer gives 'players' coach' definition - NFL.com
Is Bruce Arians a players' coach? What about Pete Carroll or Marvin Lewis? Carson Palmer joins the "Dave Dameshek Football Program" to discuss what a "players' coach" might actually be.

Ranking college football's top 130 players for 2017. | Sports on Earth
Media days have begun, preseason practice is nearing and our seven weeks of preseason position rankings are finished. That means it's time for an annual Sports on Earth tradition: a comprehensive ranking of college football's top players.

Non-moving teams rake in $55 million from Rams, Chargers, Raiders | ProFootballTalk
The Rams and Chargers and Raiders are adding value to their franchises by moving. But it's lucrative for the teams staying put as well. According to Darren Rovell of ESPN.com, each team in the league that isn't moving will get $55.

How the NFL Is Cheating Rookies out of Millions of Dollars
NFL rookies are generally viewed as better seen and not heard. They are drafted, in some cases, to take the jobs of veterans. That makes them threats. And that means rookies often aren't liked by veteran players but merely tolerated. So when longtime NFL players express sympathy for rookies about anything, especially their earning ability, it's significant.

Roger Goodell, Adam Silver, others discuss prospect of legalized sports betting - ESPN
Commissioners Roger Goodell, Adam Silver, Rob Manfred and Gary Bettman gathered for a panel Tuesday and discussed the prospect of legalized sports betting in the U.S.