Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 7:55 PM EDT Mar 22, 2019 DES MOINES, Iowa — Nick Ward attacked the glass and flashed a steely glare on defense. He posted up hard and scored at will on offense. He even moved the ball and hit shots with some range. That was back in early February against Minnesota, before a hairline fracture required surgery, forced him to miss five games and weakened in the Michigan State forward’s left hand, which he shoots with. Now, Tom Izzo expects more of that again from the junior when the 2-seed Spartans (29-6) face the 10th-seeded Gophers (22-13) on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA tournament with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line. “I think Nick is getting to the point of getting back,” Izzo said Friday. “I think he’s gonna be an important part of this game for us.” More: Tom Izzo challenged Aaron Henry. Michigan State freshman responded well More: Michigan State's big second half the reason for … [Read more...] about Michigan State’s Nick Ward ‘starting to feel like myself’
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Matt Charboneau The Detroit News Published 5:26 AM EST Jan 18, 2019 Lincoln, Neb. — Michigan State is the best 3-point shooting team in the Big Ten and among the best in the nation this season. The Spartans are making 39.8 percent of their 3-pointers this season and it’s clear who the best shooters are. Junior guard Cassius Winston is probably Michigan State’s best while senior Matt McQuaid can get rolling from deep and junior Joshua Langford, when healthy, is shooting nearly 40 percent. But none of them are perfect from 3-point range. That distinction lies only with junior big man Nick Ward. “Yes,” Ward exclaimed on Thursday. “I am the best shooter in MSU history!” Of course, Ward was having some fun after No. 6 Michigan State had just knocked off Nebraska, 70-64, for its 11th straight victory. But it also included a 3-pointer from Ward, making him 2-for-2 for his career. “I was just saying that before the game,” Ward said. … [Read more...] about Nick Ward rates a perfect 1 for Michigan State Spartans
In Las Vegas every year there’s a show that celebrates all that is outrageous in the automotive world. Huge engines are the name of the game, and fuel consumption isn’t something that strikes high on the agendas of the visitors. You can smell the fuel from miles away. And yet… the star of this year’s SEMA was a 1949 Mercury converted into an EV, an electric vehicle, from which not a puff of carbon monoxide will emerge. It looks, deliberately, as though it has just emerged from a remote barn after decades covered in chicken and straw but under the apparently dilapidated skin is current Tesla technology. And this is by no means the first classic car to receive electric power. In fact, all around the world there are new companies sparking into life, turning beautiful classic cars into high-tech EVs. Some produce kits for the proficient DIYer, others build flawless turn-key cars for top dollar prices. One Californian company even runs on-site courses to teach EV … [Read more...] about Classic cars with electric hearts
Chris Solari and Graham Couch and Shawn Windsor and Jeff Seidel Detroit Free Press Published 7:10 AM EST Nov 4, 2018 Our Free Press sports writers and columnists peer into their crystal balls to predict how Michigan State basketball will fare during the 2018-19 season: Chris Solari Best-case scenario: Cassius Winston and Nick Ward put the team on their back, Joshua Langford becomes an all-around scorer and defender, and the rest of the role players around them blossom into contributors. Worst-case scenario: MSU’s big men get into continual foul trouble and can’t stay on the floor together, forcing Tom Izzo to use smaller lineups. Not having a true backup point guard leads to fatigue for Winston and sloppy turnovers. Leading scorer: Logic says Ward, and it could be if he gets some interior help and opposing post players can’t focus solely on him. Winston remains the engine and can score from the perimeter and attacking the basket off the bounce. Big Ten … [Read more...] about MSU basketball predictions: How good can Spartans be?
Across the country, some of America's hotels have histories that are centuries old — and reportedly still have guests that've long overstayed their welcome. Spend a night at some of these notoriously haunted hotels — some with celebrity ghosts — if you dare. Staff, guests, and even ghost hunters have spotted spirits at these hospitable properties. Some are among the scariest places in America. 21 PHOTOS 20 most haunted hotels See Gallery 20 most haunted hotels THE STANLEY HOTEL Estes Park, Colorado The Stanley Hotel, a historic Colorado property with stately Georgian architecture that originally opened in 1909, was the real-life inspiration for Stephen King's book "The Shining," after the author stayed here with his wife for a night in 1974. Hotel staff host nightly ghost tours, and say the hotel's original owner, F.O. Stanley, haunts the hotel along with his wife, dressed in formal attire on the main staircase. Guests have reported hearing ballroom … [Read more...] about The 20 most haunted hotels in America