Grand Rapids Drive opt out of 2020-21 season

The Grand Rapids Drive will forgo the NBA G League’s 2020-21 season to focus on its 2021-22 season, which will include a new affiliation.

Grand Rapids Griffins to begin hockey season next month

The Grand Rapids Griffins will drop the puck on the 2020-21 American Hockey League season Feb. 5.

Tech company using football simulators to prepare athletes

Maybe you don’t need a team to play the game of football.

Irish Jig 5K will return in 2022

The Spectrum Health Irish Jig 5K race will resume in 2022.
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Michigan lawmakers OK bills to let college athletes be paid

LANSING — Lawmakers on Wednesday gave final approval to bills that would clear the way for college athletes to be paid for the use of their names, images or likeness rights — putting Michigan on the cusp of becoming at least the fourth state with such a law.

West Michigan Whitecaps promoted to Class A-Advanced

The West Michigan Whitecaps will become the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Detroit Tigers in 2021.

Griffins to host drive-thru Teddy Bear Toss

The Grand Rapids Griffins are teaming up with J&H Family Stores, Billy Bear Hug Foundation, Feeding America West Michigan and The Salvation Army to host a drive-thru Teddy Bear Toss & Holiday Drive from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Griff’s IceHouse at Belknap Park.
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Michigan nears launch of online sports betting, other games

LANSING — Michigan casinos could launch online sports betting and gambling games in December once state lawmakers waive the remaining time they have to review proposed licensing rules.

Sports performance center owners use shutdown to their advantage

Alpha Human Performance, a sports performance center, opened after the governor’s stay-home order halted owners Daimond and Regina Dixon’s plans for their grand opening in April.

Hunting app unveils new feature

Michigan hunters have new technology on their side this deer season.

Inside Track: Golf pro finds passion in teaching

The game of golf has been a generational sport in Jimmy Wisinski’s family. His father and grandfather were golf professionals and Wisinski has followed in their footsteps.
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Merritt Norvell, first Black AD at Michigan State, has died

EAST LANSING — Merritt Norvell Jr., the first Black athletic director at Michigan State, has died. He was 79.
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Michigan bowling alley closing after more than 50 years

BROOKLYN — The new coronavirus has knocked down the pins at a Michigan bowling alley.

Amway River Bank Run goes virtual for 2020

After initially being postponed to October, the 2020 Amway River Bank Run now will be held virtually.

TSM selects Herman Miller’s Embody chair for esports players

A professional esports organization in California signed an exclusive provider deal with Herman Miller and Logitech G to make their ergonomic gaming chair the official chair for its players.

Grand Rapids Drive ‘stand committed’ to city

The Detroit Pistons agreed to purchase the Northern Arizona Suns from the Phoenix Suns, but that won’t change the Grand Rapids Drive’s decision to stay in Grand Rapids.

West Michigan Whitecaps’ 2020 season canceled

Minor League Baseball announced Tuesday that the West Michigan Whitecaps’ 2020 season was canceled.

Minor league sports teams at a standstill

The futures of the West Michigan Whitecaps, Grand Rapids Drive and Grand Rapids Griffins are in limbo, courtesy of COVID-19.
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Michigan governor allows return of pro sports — without fans

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday allowed for the return of pro sports in Michigan as long as fans aren't in attendance.

First Tee West Michigan hires Muskegon-area director

First Tee West Michigan hired Erik Sanford as its first Muskegon-area director.

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