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Winter Olympics: Dangers of Short-Track Speedskating Mean Risks and Rewards

By Allyson Burger | BSU at the Games

During the semifinal 500-meter race at the 2010 U.S. Olympic trials for short-track speedskating, J.R. Celski let out agonizing screams as blood poured from a large wound

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Winter Olympics: Five-Time U.S. Olympian Skier Bode Miller Finds Peace for Sochi [Video]

By Allyson Burger | BSU at the Games

Samuel Bode Miller has won more major races than any other American male alpine skier in history.

The 36-year-old New Hampshire native is heading into what may be his fifth and final Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. While some critics see Miller as past his prime, Miller knows how to make a lasting impression on the slopes, skeptics be damned.

“I have so many more of the pieces in place now to make me feel solid and capable of putting together the exact performance I’m going to need on a given day in a race,” he said.

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Sochi’s 9 Hours Ahead: It’s Already Time to Go Bar-Hopping at the Winter Olympics

By Ryan Howe | BSU at the Games

Traveling to Russia can have its share of ups and downs.

While one gets to experience new culture and surroundings, it also means leaving your favorite bar, club or hangout behind.

Finding one that suits your desires when overseas in places like Russia can be difficult and frustrating.

Luckily, customer reviews and tour guide Pavel Senkiv, who has an affiliation with Sochi Magazine, helped narrow a long list of nightspots in Sochi, Russia, to explore during the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Just make sure to shake off your jet lag quickly, because there's a nine-hour time difference between Sochi and Grand Rapids.

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Michigan State Student from Middleville Dies After Off-Campus Apartment Shooting

One of two victims transported to Sparrow Hospital after a Friday evening shooting in the Cedar Village Apartments complex near Michigan State University has died, the East Lansing Police Department said.

Dominique James "DJ" Nolff, a 20-year-old Michigan State University student from Middleville, was pronounced dead at 9:23 a.m. this morning resulting from multiple gunshot wounds, according to police and Sparrow Hospital officials.

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WGRD Pond Hockey Classic: 2014 Championships Coverage

The third annual WGRD Pond Hockey Classic came down to three championship games Sunday afternoon in which the title-clinching teams had plenty of familiarity with each other.

The Dematic Wolves, with a core of former players from Davenport University's American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II national title teams from 2008 to 2010, squeaked out a 10-8 win over the Wolfpack in the Gold Division championship.

Beer 30, with a nucleus of players with experience on Kenowa High School's varsity team, ran away with a 26-9 win over the Cold Ones in the Silver Division championship.

The Grifters defeated Maroon Union 12-9 in the Bronze Division championship. The game was a match-up mostly of players from the same team in a Grand Rapids men's rec league.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Ball Kid Gets Hit in the Face at Australian Open [Video]

Did you know that the average forehand of a college tennis player is roughly 70 miles an hour? And that is just college players.

So, imagine you are living your dream of being a ball kid at a professional tennis tournament like the Australian Open.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: From Inside the Cabin During an Airplane Crash [Video]

If you're not a fan of flying or will be flying in the very near future, you may want to refrain from watching this.

This ABC News video courtesy Fernando Puentes shows what you would see if your plane crashed into the ocean from the view of the cabin.

It's very surprising to see how calm everyone re

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Detroit Tigers Ace Max Scherzer Headlines Whitecaps Winter Baseball Banquet

American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer headlines the first West Michigan Whitecaps event after the Fifth Third Ballpark blaze last Friday and the polar vortex.

The Detroit Tigers ace is part of the 20-member Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan for the 20th annual Whitecaps Winter Baseball Banquet, which is Jan. 23 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.

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