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Michigan paralympian works to make ballroom dancing to be accessible for everyone

Do not let a spinal cord injury get in the way of achieving your goals. For Cheryl Angelelli, that meant expressing herself through ballroom dancing. Now, she is leading the growth of Para Dance in this country by helping others who live with physical impairment discover the sport.


Mix badminton, ping pong, and wiffle ball, and you’ve got America’s fastest growing sport

It's been called the fastest growing sport in America, and it could be coming to a park or gym near you. The name of the game is pickleball. It was invented in the Pacific Northwest, popularized in the Sun Belt, and has been growing in Michigan for years. So what is it? The hybrid sport borrows from tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. It's played with a wiffle ball, and is known for its inclusive and friendly community.


Bacon: Without apology, MSU’s Nassar settlement “is strictly a business deal”

John U. Bacon joined S tateside to discuss his thoughts on the $500 million settlement between Michigan State University and 332 survivors of abuse by former sports doctor Larry Nassar. Bacon very closely covered Penn State University as it worked its way past the Jerry Sandusky scandal. He came to the studio to compare the two universities, and the different ways they dealt with their unfortunate predicaments.


Bacon: For Lions’ Patricia “the past is not the past” when it comes to sexual assault allegations

New Lions head coach Matt Patricia has found himself at the center of a Detroit News story that reported: he'd been arrested in March 1996 and indicted for aggravated sexual assault. The case collapsed when the accuser decided not to testify.


Michigan and its athletes take center stage in John U. Bacon’s new book

Week after week, month after month, year after year, John U. Bacon has brought his take on sports to us here on Stateside . Talking sports with Bacon has revealed his straight-talking gift of cutting to the heart of the story, of making people understand the struggles, stumbles, and triumphs of those people on the field, the court, and the rink.


Hamtramck home to one of only five original Negro League ballparks still left

For Michigan baseball fanatics, a visit to the corner of Michigan and Trumbull - the site of the original Tiger Stadium - is almost a religious pilgrimage. But there is another baseball field roughly five miles away in Hamtramck that has its own historical significance, and yet is rarely recognized. Mark Harvey , state archivist with the Michigan History Center , and Gary Gillette , an author, founder and president of the non-profit Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium , joined Stateside...


How training in Michigan helped Desiree Linden conquer a wet, windy Boston Marathon

She's the pride of Michigan's running community, and today she's basking in the glow of being the first U.S. woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years. Desiree Linden trains with Hansons-Brooks in Rochester Hills. She plowed through wind and rain to finish in 2 hours, 39 minutes, and 54 seconds.


This spring, Detroit sports fans won't have much to look forward to

This is the Season of Our Discontent. Or it would be, if you attached your happiness to Detroit’s professional sports teams. Let’s start with the Pistons. When Bill Davidson bought the team in 1974, the Pistons were bad and getting worse. But Davidson patiently rebuilt the team with the right leaders, and won two NBA titles. Then he hired new leaders, and did it all again, and won another NBA title in 2004. Along the way, they won nine division titles. But ever since Davidson died in 2009,...


Detroit City FC kicks off new season with big plans, international friendlies

Spring in Michigan doesn’t just mean baseball. It also means soccer – or, for purists – “football.” This weekend, Detroit City FC kicks off its season with some international friendlies on this year’s schedule. Also of note: Last week, Major League Soccer (MLS) officials were in town, as Detroit continues pressing its case for an MLS team.


New documentary tells triumphant, tragic story of Red Wings’ “Russian Five”

The Freep Film Festival opens on Wednesday with a documentary that takes us right into the heart of one of the most compelling stories in sports history anywhere: how the players who became known as the Russian Five came to the Detroit Red Wings and helped power the team to back-to-back Stanley Cups. The Russian Five is the first feature-length documentary from Port Huron’s Joshua Riehl . It's getting its world premiere this Wednesday night at a sold-out event in Detroit.


Bacon: With lackluster Red Wings and Pistons seasons, sports fans can take a two-month break

John U. Bacon , Michigan Radio sports commentator , joined Stateside today to discuss what the Red Wings should expect in the draft lottery, what the main difference was between watching the Frozen Four and Red Wings games, and why the Pistons have "stalled."


In the end, the Wolverines did the best with what they had

The Michigan basketball team beat Loyola last weekend and made it to the NCAA finals. That was a minor miracle in itself. The team had almost no stars – with maybe one future NBA draft pick. They started slowly, with very weak defense, playing one of the nation’s toughest schedules.


Bacon: Despite championship loss, bright future ahead for Michigan basketball

The miracle Michigan hoped for didn't happen. The Wolverines fell to Villanova last night in San Antonio, and Michigan Radio's sports commentator John U. Bacon was right there to see it in the Alamo Dome.


DiVincenzo leads Villanova past Wolverines in national championship game

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. The Michigan Wolverines were on the wrong side of that divide Monday night in San Antonio, Texas. Michigan got off to a strong start in the NCAA men’s basketball title game then the Villanova Wildcats ran away with it. The final score was 79 to 62 and gave Villanova its second national championship in three years. Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon was at the game. He joined "Morning Edition" host Doug Tribou to talk about what...


Bacon: Wolverines look to take down heavily favored Wildcats for first championship since 1989

For the Michigan Wolverines basketball team, it’s on to the championship game. One last game stands between the Wolverines and their first NCAA title since 1989. John U. Bacon , Michigan Radio’s sports commentator, joined Stateside to discuss the Wolverines’ victory over Loyola University Chicago, the challenges ahead against Villanova, and also about Notre Dame’s historic victory in the NCAA women’s championship over the weekend.


Wolverines will face Villanova in NCAA title game

The Michigan Wolverines and the Villanova Wildcats will play for the NCAA men’s basketball championship tonight in San Antonio, Texas. The Wildcats are trying for their second title in three years. The Wolverines are hoping for their first since 1989.


Men's basketball isn't the only U of M team with a chance at an NCAA title

This season, Michigan’s men’s basketball team has enjoyed another great turnaround. After a bad loss to Northwestern in early February, the Wolverines were stuck in the middle of the Big Ten – not the station of Final Four teams. But they haven’t lost since, rattling off a 13-game winning streak. That’s how you get to the Final Four. It’s a great story – so great, it has eclipsed another great story happening across the parking lot: Michigan’s hockey team has risen from mid-season...


Bacon: As opening day gets rained out, other Michigan teams are on fire

John U. Bacon , Michigan Radio sports commentator, joined Stateside to give us an update on everything going on with Michigan sports (and there is a lot).


'Year of the Pitcher' chronicles Detroit Tigers' 1968 championship season

The 2018 Tigers will have to wait for another day. Detroit was scheduled to begin the season against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park today, but Opening Day has been postponed to Friday because of the weather. This year marks the 50th anniversary of one greatest seasons in Tigers history. It would end with a World Series showdown against the reigning champs, the St. Louis Cardinals. Off the field, 1968 was a year of protest and violence. That year, assassins killed Martin Luther...


This year, March Madness is living up to its name

I can’t recall March Madness starting with more mayhem. In the first round alone, the lower-seeded team pulled the upset in eight of 32 games – fully a quarter. And it only got crazier in the second round, when six of 16 lower-seeded teams beat the favorite – which is fully … more than a quarter, I think. I didn’t know the University of Buffalo had a Division I basketball team until they upset 4th-seeded Arizona. But then, I didn’t know the University of Maryland at Baltimore County was a...