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SPORTS GALORE: World Series championship or bust

The Oakland A’s went all in. The Detroit Tigers decided to call. On Thursday, the MLB trading deadline turned into the ultimate poker tournament. Two of the top teams in the American League, the A’s and Tigers, both spent the day trying to stack their pitching rotations, their deck, if you will.

Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: The healing power of baseball

There’s just something about a baseball field. While other sports carry their own traditions, baseball embodies a nostalgia for its rich history and maintains the ability to reach generation after generation. Father to son, grandfather to granddaughter. Each time a story is told, the home runs get longer, and the catches more elaborate.

West Michigan Whitecap Wynton Bernard takes a lead off first base. Bernard leads the team with 32 stolen bases.

Whitecap makes good with second chance

As the name of Wynton Bernard echoes through the concourse at Fifth Third Ballpark, his purposeful jog out to take his position in the outfield is something that is sure to not lose its significance to him or the fans any time soon. As the youngest of three sons to Walter and Janet Bernard, the Poway, Calif. native’s journey to pursue the game of baseball became a family affair from the beginning.

Montabella’s Hanna Stockwell makes a play at first base before Saranac’s Macaela Perry gets to the base during the first game of the teams’ doubleheader May 22.

Montabella has new softball coach

Montabella’s softball team will have their third coach in four years next season. Whisper Dawson will take over for Chara Nisonger in 2015. She will be the third coach of the Mustangs in the last four years.

Detroit Pistons radio analyst Rick Mahorn, left, and former Piston Earl Cureton sign autographs for fans at the Grand Rapids Drive open house Thursday.

Pistons ‘Bad Boy’ Mahorn visits Grand Rapids to promote Drive

Rick Mahorn has seen a lot of NBA basketball in his time. First as a member of the Detroit Pistons, then as the Pistons’ radio analyst alongside Mark Champion, Mahorn has spent a long time in basketball.

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CHIP’S CLIPS: AHL trying to ruin hockey

Apparently there were too many NHL games that went into shootouts, and they wanted to do something about it. Enter the American Hockey League, which contains teams that are the No. 1 affiliate of the NHL teams.

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THE REVIEW: One-game exhibition turns into much more

As the city of Chicago gathered to plan out the 1933 centennial celebration of the birth of the city, they set out to feature an experience that the locals would not soon forget. The monumental occasion came in the form of the World’s Fair and was held on 427 acres of land stretching along the shore of Lake Michigan. The fair featured some of the most cutting edge exhibits including a visit from the German airship, the Graf Zeppelin.

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SPORTS GALORE: James ready to accept the challenge

It was just yesterday morning, I was mocking the continuous coverage by ESPN of LeBron James and his lack of a decision regarding a future playing home. I was tired of hearing about no news as if it was new news. As of Friday morning, there was no information from James on what his decision was going to be or even when that decision was coming.

West Michigan Whitecaps third basemen Dominic Ficiciello gets ready in the on-deck circle during a game this season. He is batting .300 with six home runs and 37 RBIs in 86 games.

THE REVIEW: Ficociello brings ‘California Swag’ to West Michigan

Step into the West Michigan Whitecaps clubhouse on Game Day and you’re certain to find a colorful variety of superstitious rituals and an occasional game of cards to help pass the time before taking the field. While every player finds his own way of dealing with the nerves, you’ll be hard pressed to witness any inclination of stress in the demeanor of 6-foot-4 third baseman, Dominic Ficociello. The calm, cool persona of the lanky infielder often settles in with something as simple as listening to Stevie Wonder classics, all the while displaying no sign of being effected by the pressure.

Team Sports Galore won the men’s upper division Wounded Soldier Softball Tournament at Alan G. Davis Park on Saturday night.

Wounded Soldier softball tourney a success

The first annual Wounded Soldier Softball Tournament in Greenville was a success. In all, 29 teams competed in three levels this past weekend with Sports Galore winning the men’s upper division, Rood Dog the men’s lower division and Morning — the coed tournament.