Walton, speaking from experience, heartened college athletes are protesting and urges ‘to keep going’

By TOM SHANAHAN Bill Walton’s mind cheerfully hums songs illuminating life’s complexities, but he burst out with renewed hope last spring and summer. The chord struck was college athletes outspokenly supporting Black Lives Matter protests. “I’m all for it,” Walton said. “It’s fantastic -- a dream come true. It’s what I grew up hoping the future would be; now it’s here.” What Bob Dylan song might Walton be singing to himself? Maybe, “Blowin’ in the Wind.” How about…

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Spartans’ Lauren Freeland, aka Duffy History Champion, wins Big Ten women’s 1,500 title

PHOTO: Michigan State All-American Lauren Freeland, a graduate student from Kent City, won the 2024 Big Ten women's 1,500 title at Ann Arbor. Visit my website home page, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN In honor of Michigan State's Lauren Freeland winning the Big Ten's women's 1,500-meter title, I'm reposting a story on her that first appeared in The State News and is reposted here in the Michigan State College of Arts and Letters website. MSU Alumnus Honors Historic Legacy…

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Bob Apisa’s guest appearance on Aloha Friday

Bob Apisa appeared May 10 on the podcast Aloha Friday that is produced by the Sandwich Islands Social Network. Apisa was college football's first Samoan All-American player as a fullback with speed and power on Michigan State's 1965 and 1966 national title teams. He has been enshrined in the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame and the Michigan State Hall of Fame. He was born in American Samoa, but his family moved to Honolulu when he was in elementary…

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