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NBA G League cancels rest of 2019-20 season

There will be no more basketball for the Grand Rapids Drive this season.

Cheez-It inks title sponsorship with Florida Citrus Sports

A snack brand is moving its title sponsorship from a sports organization in Phoenix to one in Orlando, Florida.

Meijer State Games launches Virtual Games

The Meijer State Games of Michigan is hosting its first Virtual Games through June 30 with participation open to anyone.

Jack Nicklaus to speak at West Michigan Sports Commission fundraiser (update)

UPDATE (11:51 a.m. May 21, 2020): Due to COVID-19, the annual event for the West Michigan Sports Commission announced it will be moving to...

2020 Meijer LPGA Classic postponed to next year

The 2020 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, which welcomes 144 professional women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition, was canceled.
AP

Nassar-related case dismissed against ex-university chief

DETROIT — A judge dismissed criminal charges Wednesday against former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon, who was accused of lying to investigators in 2018 as they tried to learn what she knew years earlier about sexual assault complaints involving Larry Nassar.

AHL cancels remainder of 2019-20 season

The American Hockey League’s board of governors canceled the remainder of the 2019-20 AHL regular season and the 2020 Calder Cup playoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
AP

NCAA faces lawsuit over violence against women at colleges

The NCAA is facing a federal lawsuit accusing the organization of failing to address gender-based violence by male athletes against female students at colleges and universities.

USA Masters Games postponed to 2021

An international sporting event in Grand Rapids was postponed.

Whitecaps to host virtual Opening Day celebration

Although the West Michigan Whitecaps players won’t be on the field, Whitecaps fans still can celebrate Opening Day.

Organizers postpone Grand Rapids Triathlon, offer virtual race

An annual sporting event has come to a halt because of COVID-19.

Organizers postpone River Bank Run

The COVID-19 outbreak forced Amway River Bank Run officials to postpone the annual race.The race, which was originally set for May 9, will be...

NBA G League suspends 2019-20 season

​UPDATE (4:40 p.m. March 16, 2020): The Grand Rapids Drive issued a statement: "The Grand Rapids Drive and the NBA G League will continue...

Casino’s partnership adds sports betting, online gaming

Gun Lake Casino has more competitive game options for their guests.The casino launched its Gun Lake Casino Sportsbook and online gaming site last week,...

Sports commission reaps record tourism numbers

The West Michigan Sports Commission had a record-breaking year in 2019.The sports nonprofit hosted the most youth and amateur sporting events in its history....

Michigan OKs $25M to fight virus; tournaments suspended

LANSING — The Michigan Legislature on Thursday approved spending up to $25 million to combat the new coronavirus.The supplemental budget bill, which Gov. Gretchen...

Local Olympic-style winter games return

The Meijer State Games of Michigan — Winter Games will be in full swing this weekend.Hosted by the West Michigan Sports Commission, eight of the...

Youth golf program expands presence

A nonprofit youth development program will be growing into another West Michigan county.The First Tee of West Michigan will be partnering with the Kalamazoo...

Golf tournament wins national awards

A professional women’s golf tournament won two Gold Driver Awards.The 2019 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give was named the Most Family Friendly and...

Sports commission hosting first esports tournament

“League of Legends” is the game of choice for the inaugural Grand Rapids Rift Clash tournament.The West Michigan Sports Commission will host the first...

Ambulance company planning expansion

American Medical Response is entering 2020 with plans to strengthen its presence in the region.The medical transportation company plans to purchase an additional eight...

Online sports betting in Michigan will wait until 2021

LANSING — Sports bettors may be able to place wagers in person at Detroit casinos this spring but will wait until 2021 to do...

Sports commission opens downtown HQ

The West Michigan Sports Commission has relocated to a new office at 300 Ottawa Ave. NW.“We are grateful for all the years we were...

Sports organization hires national sales manager

The West Michigan Sports Commission added a new member to its staff.The organization hired Alyssa Updegrave as its national sales manager. She replaced Jamie...

Inside Track: Safe at home

From scraping gum off the concourse at Fifth Third Ballpark to becoming the CEO of the West Michigan Whitecaps, Joe Chamberlin’s journey has come...

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