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​​​100-year-old grandma of former Michigan Wolverines Fab 5 member Jalen Rose sends message to Loyola of Chicago's Sister Jean 

    ANN ARBOR (CCN) — The Michigan Wolverines made some national news Monday when former Fab 5 member Jalen Rose took to Instagram with a video of his 100-year-old grandma. She revealed to Sister Jean that Loyola of Chicago's "ride is over" in the NCAA's March Madness basketball tournament. Sister Jean is a 98-year-old nun who has become Loyola's good luck charm during its Cinderella style run to the Final Four. Loyola faces the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday with a spot in Monday's national championship game on the line. The UM-Loyola winner plays the winner between Kansas and Duke. A video of the Instagram message is below.

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​​Former aspiring female sports journalist files lawsuit alleging 3 MSU basketball players took turns raping her in 2015 incident

  EAST LANSING (CCN) — The Michigan State University campus was rocked by another scandal Monday when a federal court lawsuit was filed by a woman who alleges that three of the school's basketball players took turns raping her in 2015. The lawsuit says the incident took place on MSU's campus after the team returned home home following its 2015 loss in the Final Four to Duke. The woman, then an aspiring sports journalist, alleges in the lawsuit that she went to a MSU counselor to report the rape but was discouraged from reporting it to police. The victim is referred to in the lawsuit as "Jane Doe" and the three MSU basketball players are referred to as John Doe 1, John Doe 2 and John Doe 3.

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​​MSU sloppy but survives on road as Illinios proves Big Ten doesn't allow any contenders to enjoy easy night  

  The Michigan State Spartans played well enough to win on the road against an opponent that hasn't won a Big Ten Conference game in eight attempts so far this season. They turned the ball over 25 times, yet shot the lights out (68.2 percent which is the best ever by an Illinois opponent at its State Farm Center) to beat an upset-minded Illini squad that was energized by 13,3552 rowdy fans.

   Miles Bridges scored 17 points before halftime when he didn't miss a shot. He finished 11-of-13 from the field and took a cue from Coach Tom Izzo's recent edict to be more selfish. It's Izzo's worst advice in an illustrious career.

   You can't depend on one star player to win the NCAA championship. Illinois hasn't won a Big Ten game, and there were times before halftime that it seemed like an upset was on the horizon. Click Here to Read More

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​​23-year-old armed with knives shot and killed by Police in Troy

  TROY (CCN) — A 23-year-old man armed with multiple knives was shot and killed by Troy Police Monday, according to multiple Detroit media outlets quoting a Troy Police Department spokesman. The shooting came after family members called 911 to report that they had locked themselves inside bedrooms of their house after the 23-year-old starting screaming and becoming violent. 

   It was the fourth domestic violence visit by Troy police to the house since last July, according to Troy police who said it was the first time one of their officers had shot anyone in more than two decades.

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Opening day postponed until Friday at 1:10 pm as rain beats Detroit Tigers on Thursday at Comerica

  DETROIT (CCN) — The Detroit Tigers will have to wait 24 hours for opening day. It will be same time, same place on Friday at 1:05 pm, if the weather man cooperates. Thursday's scheduled game at Comerica Park was called off at 9 am after it became apparent that rain wasn't letting up long enough to play any baseball.

​​​​​Michigan Wolverines punch ticket for NCAA Frozen Four by beating Boston University 6-3 on Sunday in college hockey's quarterfinals 

   WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS (CCN) — The Michigan Wolverines were picked to finish next-to-last in Big Ten Conference hockey this season, but they are now two victories away from being national champions after a 6-3 victory over Boston University on Sunday in front of 5,499 fans at DCU Center in Worcester. It's the first time UM has been to the Final Four since 2011 and the school became only the second in NCAA history to have Final Four qualifiers in the same season for their hockey and men's basketball programs.

   Michigan State University is the only other school to achieve the feat in NCAA history.

   Michigan became one of three Big Ten teams in this year's Frozen Four field when Jake Slaker's goal with 13:37 remaining broke a 3-3 tie and ignited a three-goal final period flurry for the Wolverines. They now have 11 days to get ready to face Notre Dame on Thursday, April 5 in St. Paul. Ohio State plays Minnesota-Duluth in the other semi-final match-up. The championship game will be staged two nights later in St. Paul.

   Michigan beat Notre Dame twice late in the season during a home-and-home sweep when the Fighting Irish were ranked No. 1 in the national polls — winning 1-0 in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Yost Arena in Ann Arbor just two nights after winning a 5-4 thriller in South Bend. Notre Dame beat Providence 2-1 on Sunday to advance to its second straight Frozen Four appearance.

UM wins 58-54 over Florida State for trip to FInal Four in NCAA's March Madness for men's basketball

    LOS ANGELES (CCN) — The Michigan Wolverines beat Florida State 58-54 Saturday night to advance to the Final Four round of NCAA's March Madness tournament for men's basketball. UM now plays Loyola of Chicago, and has seven days to get ready for the school that has captured the nation's heart with their Cinderella style run that has featured 98-year-old Sister Jean as their good luck charm. Kansas knocked off Duke and Villanova beat Texas Tech to set up the other match-up in next week's Saturday semi-finals in San Antonio. The national championship game will be on Monday, April 2.

​​​Michigan Wolverines break open 3-3 tie in bottom of 7th to beat CMU 8-5 in non-league baseball affair

   ANN ARBOR (CCN) — The Michigan Wolverines scored three times in the bottom of the 7th inning Wednesday to break up a 3-3 tie and went on to win 8-5 in a non-league college baseball game against visiting Central Michigan. It was the ninth victory in a row for the Wolverines who now have a four-game weekend series at home against non-league rival Delaware.  
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Western Michigan stuns MSU for second straight year; Downing Spartans 6-1 in East Lansing

   EAST LANSING (CCN) — Western Michigan scored a second straight victory in East Lansing by beating the Spartans 6-1 in college baseball action Wednesday. It was the fifth time since 2003 that the Broncos have beaten a Big Nine Conference opponent. WMU evened its overall record at 11-11 with Wednesday's victory. It was a great tune-up for a big Mid-American Conference series this weekend in Kalamazoo against Kent State. Western lost two of its first three MAC games last weekend against visiting Toledo.  
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New chief deputy director named by Michigan's Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

  LANSING (CCN) — A new deputy director has been named for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). Director Gordon Wenk announced the selection of Ken McFarlane, effective on Monday.

   McFarlane began working at MDARD in June 2014 as Director of Strategy and Business Performance. He has been overseeing the administration and operation of the department’s Food & Dairy Division, Laboratory Division and the Office of Organizational since February of 2016.

   McFarlane worked in the private sector as a civil engineering consultant on public infrastructure and large land development projects in the midwest and western United States prior to joining MDARD. He's a graduate of Trine University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and from the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in Public Administration. He is a registered Professional Civil Engineer in both Michigan and Nevada.

   “Ken has been integral in multiple enterprise-wide strategic planning and implementation efforts involving service delivery, employee engagement, sustainable operations, and information technology,” Wenk said.



June 4, 2018

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