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Michigan State Spartans embracing summer grind

Training camp is underway as the Spartans look to build towards a rebound 2017 season.

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Michigan State freshmen find life bigger, faster and tougher in first practice |
Monday's practice was in shorts and helmets and pads won't be added until Friday. Dantonio said those circumstances made it difficult to immediate judge who stood out but there's a firm learning curve all the freshmen will all have to go through.

Brian Lewerke tasked with leading reboot of Michigan State football - DFP
Lewerke broke his leg last year just as he was starting to show he could that. But that was coming off the bench against Michigan. Not coming into camp as the presumptive starter.

MSU Football Practice No. 1 Report: Player Quotes - Michigan State Athletics
"Our whole offseason was all about bouncing back and focusing a lot on fundamentals and kind of re-amping what we do and really focusing on hard work and putting in new technique, little nuances that you pick up with experience, " said offensive tackle Cole Chewins. "Obviously, we have a lot of young guys so we're just trying to bring them along and just do the best that we can."

2017 preseason All-Big Ten college football team - DFP
Free Press special writer Sean Merriman has put together his preseason All-Big Ten team, with the regular season kicking off later this month. Leading the way for the Spartans is center Brian Allen.

Michigan State becomes latest big-name offer for Indiana forward Aaron Henry |
Aaron Henry, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound forward from Indianapolis, announced a scholarship offer from the Spartans on Monday night.

Tyron Woodley asks Dana White to apologize for criticizing his UFC 214 performance - ESPN
Tyron Woodley said UFC president Dana White needs to apologize to him for comments made following Woodley's poor performance in a unanimous decision win over Demian Maia on Saturday.

NFL training camp winners and losers: Bad news engulfs Ravens -
Gregg Rosenthal provides everything you need to know about the first wave of training camp practices. Malik McDowell was injured in an ATV accident, and it's a troubling sign that coach Pete Carroll wouldn't rule out McDowell missing the entire season.

Sports broadcasters on what they eat to fuel for OT
Play by play broadcasters are just like the rest of us when a game goes long: They get hungry and thirsty. Joe Buck, Ian Eagle, Mike Emrick and more broadcasters discuss what they eat and drink to keep their energy going when their games go long.

Colin Kaepernick Had Direct Talks with Ravens, Team 'Weighing Decision'
Ravens president Richard W. Cass said the team spoke with Colin Kaepernick and is "weighing" whether to sign the free-agent quarterback, the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reported Sunday. Kaepernick remains unsigned after he voided his contract with the 49ers in March.

Here’s how hard it is to be a Heisman finalist from a non-power conference -
The list of potential winners is tiny, and the list of potential finalists isn’t much bigger. Just 13 non-power players cracked the top five in Heisman voting since 1992. That list includes Marshall Faulk, Randy Moss, Steve McNair, and LaDainian Tomlinson.

Peter King's Monday Morning QB: Training Camp Tour
We’ll head to Arizona, Colorado and California to cover the first five stops on Peter King’s camp tour here, including an interesting weekend in Orange County, with two transplanted teams practicing 6.5 miles apart in traffic-mad southern California.

NCAA wants to punish NC State basketball freshman for ... going to class? | News & Observer
Not that the NCAA’s transfer rules aren’t complicated enough on their own, but N.C. State’s basketball program is doing a remarkable job of discovering obscure loopholes in them that just so happen to invariably penalize the player.

McCaffrey, Cook among rookie runners turning heads -
While a pair of first-round QBs feel destined for redshirt rookie campaigns, that's not the case with this year's newbie running backs. Marc Sessler breaks down Monday's training camp action.

NCAA rules mean a UCF player's ineligible because of YouTube. That's as dumb as it sounds -
And nobody is better off for it. De La Haye, a rising junior from Port St. Lucie, Fla., had worked as a kickoff specialist for the Knights for the previous two seasons. The NCAA forced him to decide between making money off his name or continuing to kick off.