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Greg Montgomery, the All-Pro punter who spent nine years in the NFL with Houston, Detroit and Baltimore, has died. He was 55.

Montgomery died Aug. 23, according to an obituary posted by Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Service in Grand Rapids.

Montgomery was an All-Pro in 1993 for the Oilers, and that was one of three times he led the NFL in punting. He finished his career with a 43.6-yard average in 142 games.

Montgomery is also Michigan State’s career leader in punting average at 45.2 yards.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer said today  that she will announce a decision “soon” on allowing gyms to re-open and for more school sports to resume.
 

The governor did not say exactly when she intends to outline her re-opening plans. She’s been facing pressure to let gyms – as well as theaters and bowling alleys – re-open after ordering them closed more than five months ago. That was to slow the spread of COVID-19 in likely hot spots.
                Whitmer said she’ll reveal her plans in the coming days, but won’t be rushed.

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The economic blow of the coronavirus pandemic is hitting the biggest, richest schools of college sports, whether they are planning to play football this fall or not.

Michigan and Texas both announced financial cuts and dozens of layoffs in their respective athletic departments on Tuesday. Both programs rank are among the biggest, wealthiest brands in college athletics. Michigan is not playing football this fall; Texas is.

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The Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences won't play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19. The decisions take two of college football's five power conferences out of a crumbling season amid the pandemic. The Big Ten's announcement that it was postponing all fall sports and hoping to make them up in the second semester came first. An hour later, the Pac-12 called a news conference to say that all sports in its conference would be paused until Jan. 1, including basketball.

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Dozens of more victims who claim they were molested by a University of Michigan doctor filed a lawsuit against the school Thursday, including a former football player who said he told legendary coach Bo Schembechler about the abuse in the early 1980s.

It’s the first time that a victim has publicly said Schembechler was aware of allegations against the late Dr. Robert Anderson, who worked at Michigan, especially with athletes, from the mid-1960s through 2003.

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The Michigan High School Athletic Association said Wednesday that competition can begin Aug. 19 and 21 for lower-risk sports like golf, tennis and cross country, but it held off on allowing the start of football, volleyball and soccer games during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Colleges athletes could be paid for the use of their names, images or likeness rights under bipartisan legislation approved Wednesday by the Michigan House, which overwhelmingly sent the bills to the Senate for consideration.

The measures would prohibit in-state schools, the NCAA and athletic conferences from blocking student-athletes from being compensated. They also would no longer make it a crime for agents to enter into contracts with student-athletes.

Muskegon Riders

For the first time in history, women’s soccer will be played Saturday night at the Mercy Health Arena—formerly the LC Walker Arena, as the Muskegon Risers, the city’s first ever semi-professional women’s soccer team takes the field.

The team derives its name “The Risers” from the iconic Muskegon: Together Rising sculpture that sits in the heart of the city’s downtown corridor, and chosen to also represent the city’s recent resurgence and revitalization.

Grand Valley State Sports Report

Nov 26, 2019
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The Grand Valley State Sports Report features the NACDA Directors Cup, an award presented annually to the best overall athletic department in NCAA Division II. 

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Founder of the Grand Rapids Sport and Social Club, Chris Wessely, is here to discuss upcoming activities including kickball and the program Sweat and Network.

Special Olympics Michigan: State Winter Games underway in Traverse City

Feb 1, 2019

Over 900 athletes will participate in this year’s Special Olympics Michigan Winter Games, and for Kent County resident Kayla Cornell, this year marks the 17th year she will compete. She says, not only does the State Winter Games allow for people with intellectual disabilities to compete in a variety of Olympic-type sports, but it also gives athletes a sense of belonging.

“For a lot of these athletes, this is their place they can come and be themselves. No one judges them and they can just be themselves and relax and have fun.”

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The Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The 1992 law barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions.

How does the ruling affect Michigan sports betting? WGVU spoke with a local attorney specializing in the field.

“You know this case potentially opens a huge can of worms.”

Michael Huff is an attorney with Grand Rapids-based law firm Mika Meyers. He is currently a member of the Sports Law Association.

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The West Michigan Sports Commission has good news, reporting that 2017 was the strongest year yet in West Michigan for sports tourism, generating $61.1 million in direct visitor spending. We talk about it this morning with WMSC President Mike Guswiler.

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Dec 15, 2017

Paralympic Snowboarder Keith Gabel joins TMS to discuss his competing in the 2018 Games.

Muskegon senior quarterback La'Darius Jefferson has been named The Associated Press Division 3-4 high school football Player of the Year. Jefferson grew up in Muskegon, but spent his first season of high school football playing in Mississippi. He moved to Muskegon for his junior season and it didn't take long for him to make his mark. He shared quarterbacking duties last fall on a state runner-up team and took over on a full-time basis in 2017. 

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