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Michigan State's Derrick Nix nearly ate and drank himself out of college basketball.
"It was close," Nix said. "I almost fell off the edge."
He's a big guy with a big grin, and he can smile about it these days.
But Nix, a 6-foot-9 junior center, weighed more than 320 pounds at one point during his MSU career. He took part during the off-season in what amounted to a daily "boot camp" workout, and he's a new man because of it.
At a comparably slim 270 pounds, Nix is the Spartans' "Biggest Loser" and part of why they're winning big - 15 straight victories entering Saturday's game at Northwestern.
"I'm feeling good," said Nix, who was the state of Michigan's Mr. Basketball in 2009 while leading Detroit Pershing High to the Class A state title. "Everything's falling into place for me.
"It just comes with maturing as a person. When you mature as a person and you see stuff from a coach'...
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The University of Iowa women's gymnastics team opened its home season in Carver-Hawkeye Arena with a 193.225-190.175 win over Michigan State Friday evening. On the way to their first win of the season, the GymHawks bested the Spartans in three events and crowned an all-around competitor in freshman Emma Willis.
Michigan State senior agrees his sophomore point guard has Derrick Rose qualities.
Michigan State senior Laura Heyboer (Hudsonville, Mich.) was selected by Sky Blue FC in Friday's Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft. Sky Blue, which plays atRutgers' Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ, made the Spartans' all-time leading scorer their 19th pick in the draft. The 2012 WPS Draft was held Friday in Kansas City, and Sky Blue FC owned three of the first...
Northern Michigan victimized the Spartans with goals in the final minute of each period, as the teams skated to a 5-5 tie on Friday night in East Lansing. Michigan State got the extra point in the shootout thanks to a pair of saves by Drew Palmisano and a goal by Matt Berry.
Earthmovers and cranes are in place. Steam tunnels are being moved, and Michigan State University has hundreds of construction jobs ready to fill for a $600-million nuclear research facility. But the fate of the federally funded research center at MSU came into question Wednesday when U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu said funding for the project is uncertain.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo fretted during practice that some of his younger players would have a difficult time adjusting to the tempo and unique style of Northwestern's offense.
Northwestern looks to bounce back from consecutive narrow losses as it hosts No. 6/7 Michigan State at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Saturday. Tip time is set for 2 p.m.
In Saturday's "Daily Edition", catch up on all of Friday night's action, including hockey at Munn Ice Arena and wrestling at Jenison Field House. In addition, hear the latest news on women's soccer All-American Laura Heyboer, who was selected in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft on Friday.
Izzo coached his 561st game Tuesday against Iowa, passing his predecessor.
Michigan State built its 15-game winning streak on solid, consistent play and an ability to defend an array of teams and approaches.
The Michigan State wrestling team lost 23-12 to non-conference foe West Virginia on Friday night at Jenison Field House. The Spartans dropped the first four duals of the match, then won three straight but could not overcome the deficit.
WVU vs. Michigan St. Preview
Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody previews the Wildcats' game with No. 6 Michigan State.