Cast a vote for Jackson-area Athlete of the Week
JACKSON -- As the winter sports near their conclusion, athletes are showing their skills on the postseason stage and in the regular season stretch run with conference titles on the line. Here are some of the top performances of the past week in the Jackson area. Vote on which one you feel is worthy of Athlete of the Week honors. Voting will run through Friday morning. If you cannot see the poll, click here.mlive.com
Here are some benefits of changing sports during winter
Sports help kids build confidence and learn valuable life lessons. Most importantly, they should be fun for kids, but sometimes young athletes who find a sport they love will push themselves or get pushed by their parents into doing it exclusively.
Vote for Metro Detroit Athlete of the Week for Nov. 2-8
It is once again time to highlight fall athletes in our Athlete of the Week poll. Voting will close at 8 p.m. on Sunday night and the winners will be announced on Monday morning. If you want to nominate someone for athlete of the week voting in the future, please send stats and info to firstname.lastname@example.org
Vote for Kalamazoo-area prep football Player of the Week for Round 1 of 2022 playoffs
KALAMAZOO, MI – Athletes from around the Kalamazoo area put their seasons on the line this past weekend, as Michigan kicked off its 2022 football playoffs. For some, the pressure is too much to bear, but for others, the playoff atmosphere brings out their best.mlive.com
NCAA adopts transfer changes, including new windows for portal
There are new changes to the NCAA’s transfer process. The NCAA Division I Board of Directors on Wednesday announced transfer windows for athletes to continue to be immediately eligible at their next school the first time they transfer. Athletes most notify their school in writing of the intent to enter the portal during those periods.mlive.com
See all boys and girls qualifiers for MHSAA track & field state finals
Track and field athletes from across the state have qualified for the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Lower Peninsula state championships on June 4. You can find them all here and see where each athlete is seeded in every event based on their qualifying times in the region championships. The Division 1 L.P. finals will be held at Rockford High School while D2 will be at Forest Hills Eastern High School, D3 will be at Kent City High School and D4 will be at Baldwin Middle School in Hudsonville. Meet the boys and girls Division 1 track & field state finals qualifiersMeet the boys and girls Division 2 track & field state finals qualifiersMeet the boys and girls Division 3 track & field state finals qualifiersMeet the boys and girls Division 4 track & field state finals qualifiersmlive.com
Vote for Saginaw-area Athlete of the Week for May 2-7
Saginaw-area athletes ushered in May with some impressive performances, earning a shot at MLive Saginaw Athlete of the Week honors. Fans can check out the top athletes in the area and then vote for their favorite athlete. Fans can vote until 9 a.m. Friday.mlive.com
Top 20 Metro Detroit boys track and field athletes to watch in 2022
The boys track and field season is starting to push into full gear and athletes across Metro Detroit are ready to show what they are made of this year. The Metro Detroit coverage area is a hotspot for track and field talent and are we are providing a list of the top 20 athletes to watch moving forward this spring season. Athletes are listed in alphabetical order of last name.mlive.com
Russian athletes out of Paralympics in stunning about-face
In a stunning reversal, Russian and Belarusian athletes have been banned from the Winter Paralympic Games for their countries’ roles in the war in Ukraine, the International Paralympic Committee said Thursday in Beijing. The about-face comes less than 24 hours after the IPC on Wednesday announced it would allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete when the Games open on Friday, but only as neutral athletes with colors, flags and other national symbols removed. The IPC received immediate criticism for its initial decision.news.yahoo.com
‘We’ve always been here’: Pairs skater Timothy LeDuc becomes first openly nonbinary athlete to compete at Winter Olympics
Team USA on Sunday announced its roster of pairs skaters who will compete at the 2022 Winter Olympics -- and that roster includes Timothy LeDuc, the first openly nonbinary athlete to compete at a Winter Olympics.
Vote for the Metro Detroit football player of the week from playoff openers
Athletes from around Metro Detroit opened the state playoffs with some pretty impressive efforts. Now, it’s time to look back at some of the top performances from the around the area and vote for the next Metro Detroit Player of the Week. NOTE: The results of the poll have no influence on any of MLive’s postseason honors and are strictly for bragging rights and to express fan appreciation.mlive.com
Vote for Kalamazoo-area high school football Player of the Week for Round 1 of 2021 playoffs
KALAMAZOO, MI – Athletes from around the Kalamazoo area put their seasons on the line this past weekend, as Michigan kicked off its 2021 football playoffs. For some, the pressure is too much to bear, but for others, the playoff atmosphere brings out their best.mlive.com
‘Blatant sexism’: State lawmakers demand equity for female Michigan State University athletes
Two Michigan lawmakers are taking issue with female college athletes being excluded from a $500 per month athletics scholarship available for all members of Michigan State University’s Spartans football and men’s basketball teams.
Michigan football preparing for opponents ‘like we’re playing Ohio State’
Prepare every single week like we’re playing Ohio State. Michigan has lost eight straight games and 15 of the last 16 to Ohio State, winners of four straight Big Ten championships. “We’re preparing every day like we’re playing Ohio State,” starting tight end Joel Honigford said. Players of the past, and even Harbaugh himself, would often take the “one game at a time” approach when asked about Ohio State. When practice comes or the way we’ve been practicing — just practice like we’re preparing for Ohio State.mlive.com
Tokyo Olympics: Why is Russia called ‘ROC’ and why are they allowed to compete?
If you have been watching the Tokyo Olympics and noticed Russian athletes competing under the title “ROC,” you may be wondering what those initials stand for. But unlike most athletes at the Olympics, these Russian athletes are not allowed to use their country’s name, flag, or anthem at the games. Instead, they compete under the acronym ROC, or “Russian Olympic Committee.”So how are these Russian athletes allowed to compete even though their country and their nationality is banned? Russia was banned from the 2021 Olympics by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for the country’s massive doping scheme. Russian athletes who did not take part in the doping scheme are still allowed to compete in the games, but only as neutrals.mlive.com
How Metro Detroit olympians managed to keep training through COVID pandemic
Four elite athletes put in the work despite the coronavirus pandemic even though the Olympics were postponed. Athletes had to put their lives on hold and train for another year when the postponement was announced. “Had to train on hills or train on grass,” Sember said. AdSoftball player Amanda Chidester said she did what a lot of people did -- purchased home workout equipment. But all the athletes kept a great perspective and were willing to adjust.
Cleary University in Howell recruiting for esports team, scholarship money available
HOWELL, Mich. – Cleary University in Howell is recruiting for its esports team. The business school is preparing to break ground on an esports arena in March. Its esports coach, Jarod Ericksen, is recruiting for the first time ever. You have to be a full-time student and have some ability at your esport of choice. There is scholarship money available if you’re good enough.
Detroit Pistons launch new effort to keep girls playing sports
DETROIT – Many athletes know the valuable lessons learned on courts, fields and in arenas, but young girls are dropping out of sports twice as much as boys are. The Detroit Pistons are working to change that to make sure girls stay involved. The Pistons’ Game Growers’ team will develop and test their idea and create a game plan to grow sports participation for Detroit girls. You can apply online at the official Game Growers website here. Detroit Pistons reveal new ‘Motor City’ uniformThe Detroit Pistons have revealed their new “Motor City” uniforms.
Ann Arbor Public Schools postpones start of winter sports season
ANN ARBOR – Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools, Jeanice Kerr Swift, announced on Thursday that the winter sports season will be delayed until January due to concerns over COVID-19. “Participation in indoor practices and competitions during a public health pandemic comes with a risk to the health and safety of those involved.”The announcement comes two weeks after Swift urged the Michigan High School Athletic Association in a public letter to postpone the winter sports season. Since Swift’s original letter on Oct. 30, new county and statewide cases have skyrocketed, breaking numerous one-day infection records. “Don’t wait for a call from the Health Department,” Jimena Loveluck, health officer for Washtenaw County Health Department, said in a statement. Schools across Metro Detroit have begun to shift from in-person to remote learning due to the surge in new COVID-19 cases.
High school football returns to Metro Detroit
OAK PARK, Mich. – High School football returned to Metro Detroit Friday -- albeit under very different circumstances. There are rules limiting the number of fans allowed to keep everyone safe. West Bloomfield took on Oak Park Friday night. A second positive COVID-19 test in the Lake Orion High School Varsity Football Program led to Friday’s game against Oxford to be canceled.
Metro Detroit high school football athletes, parents gear up for season with COVID-19 restrictions implemented
Orchard Lake – Before people were allowed into the stadium at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s on Thursday, they had to wear a mask, have their temperature checked and their name checked off of a guest list. Each participant is allowed two people to attend -- the stands were filled primarily with parents and had plenty of room. Thursday night’s game against Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Walled Lake Western was the first of the season. The game went on, parents cheered their hearts out and the kids were just happy to be on the field. Final score was 28-7 with Orchard Lake St. Mary’s taking the win.
Florida Sen. Rubio introduces NIL bill to push NCAA changes
FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks to media on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ron DeSantis signed into a law a bill that would open up that market for college athletes in the state. The bill gives the NCAA until June 2021 to have new rules in place that will supersede states laws. These kids deserve to make a little bit of money while they're in college, Rubio said. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) examining names, image and likeness compensation for college athletes, though Rubio's bill was separate from that group.
Who are the famous people with coronavirus? A list of all the celebrities, politicians, athletes tied to COVID-19
Tom Hanks and Rita WilsonThe couple were in Australia when they tested positive. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person.”Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. Last night, on the advice of my doctor, I went into hospital for some routine tests as I’m still experiencing coronavirus symptoms. Idris ElbaThe actor and his wife, Sabrina Dhowre, have coronavirus, according to social media along with published news articles. I tested positive for COVID19.
Compete for Team USA in the Rio Olympics? First you have to survive the US Trials
DETROIT – Athletes train their entire lives for a chance to win Olympic Gold, but before they can compete in Rio, they have to win their spot on Team USA. Watch our inside look at the competition that, for some, is more intense than the actual Olympics.