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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.

Traverse City Pit Spitters to open season July 1

The Northwoods League is scheduled to begin play next month.

Symetra Tour to resume play in Battle Creek next month

The 2020 LPGA Symetra Tour will resume its golf season in July.

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.
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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.
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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....

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