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Derrick Nix #25 of the Michigan State Spartans grabs a rebound 
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Michigan St.-Penn St. Preview 1-16-13

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo insists his team has yet to play its best basketball, though it’s probably time it reaches its full potential with a tough slate looming.

97.1 The Ticket–01/16/2013

Players huddle in prayer following the Kansas City Chiefs 27-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri -- the day after Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend at their home, then drove to the Chiefs' practice facility and took his own life. (Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Sports Year: Sad Sagas The Story Of 2012

Again and again, it seemed, the sports world in 2012 saw the end of long tales with tragic or, at best, bittersweet endings.

97.1 The Ticket–01/01/2013

Community members pay their respects at the statue of Joe Paterno, the former Penn State football coach, after hearing of Paterno's death, outside of Beaver Stadium on January 22, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. Paterno, who was 85 years old, had been battling lung cancer. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Penn State Voted AP Sports Story Of Year Again

The Penn State child sex abuse scandal was selected as the sports story of the year by U.S. editors and news directors in an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press.

12/19/2012

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 27: Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Penn State Nittany Lions leads his team onto the field before playing the Ohio State Buckeyes at Beaver Stadium on October 27, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Penn State’s Bill O’Brien Named B10 Coach Of Year

Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien on Tuesday was named the Big Ten’s coach of the year, earning allocates from fellow coaches and the sportswriters reporting on the conference.

97.1 The Ticket–11/28/2012

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Is Penn St. Freshman QB Steven Bench Dating Maria Valentino? (She’s Smoking Hot)

97.1 The Ticket–11/09/2012

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Emmert: Happy With Penn St Response To Sanctions

NCAA President Mark Emmert says he is happy with the way Penn State University is responding to the sanctions handed down after the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.

97.1 The Ticket–09/21/2012

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Opinion: Penn State Is Wrong To Ban Sweet Caroline

As Penn State tries to move past the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal, a report surfaced this week that the university will no longer play “Sweet Caroline” at home games because of lyrics that may be deemed inappropriate—which is the line “touching me, touching you”.

97.1 The Ticket–08/29/2012

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Penn State Needs To Embrace Change Like Eastern Michigan University Did

With Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien confirming on Tuesday that the Nittany Lions are breaking away with their traditional nameless uniforms

97.1 The Ticket–08/08/2012

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 22:  Montee Ball #28 of the Wisconsin Badgers scores a game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 22, 2011 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Badgers 37-31 on the final play of the game.  (Photo by Mark Cunningham/Getty Images)

Big Ten Heads Into Unusual Season With PSU, OSU

Montee Ball has changed the pronunciation of his first name — it’s Mon-tay instead of Mon-tee, if you don’t mind.

97.1 The Ticket–08/01/2012

STATE COLLEGE, PA - JULY 20: Kirsten Valania, 20, of Newark, Delaware, who is graduating in August, has her photo taken with the statue of former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium July 20, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State's Board of Trustees is debating whether or not to remove the statue in the wake of the child sex scandal of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and Paterno's roll in not reporting it. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

Top Prospects Say They Are Committed To Penn State

Several of the top prospects who have given verbal commitments to Penn State have told the team’s coaches they will stick with the program despite the sanctions handed down by the NCAA last week.

97.1 The Ticket–07/30/2012

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