Sports http://kplu.org en NCAA Head Emmert: Unionization 'Grossly Inappropriate' http://kplu.org/post/ncaa-head-emmert-unionization-grossly-inappropriate <p>The NCAA president called an effort to unionize players a "grossly inappropriate" way to solve problems in college sports while insisting the association has plans to change the school-athlete relationship.</p><p>Mark Emmert, a former president of the University of Washington, said Sunday that the NCAA wants to allow the big conferences with moneymaking teams to write their own rules, and those changes could solve many athletes' complaints more effectively than unionization.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:07:11 +0000 The Associated Press 15745 at http://kplu.org NCAA Head Emmert: Unionization 'Grossly Inappropriate' Seattle's Own Persevering Olympian Finds 'Life-Changing' Welcome In Peru http://kplu.org/post/seattles-own-persevering-olympian-finds-life-changing-welcome-peru <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Peruvian-American Olympic cross-country skier is looking forward to a big welcome when he returns home to Seattle this weekend.</span></p><p>Seattle Olympian Roberto Carcelen finished dead last in his race at the Winter Olympics, but what happened to him afterward could illustrate the Gospel phrase that says "the last shall be first."</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:53:21 +0000 Tom Banse 14878 at http://kplu.org Seattle's Own Persevering Olympian Finds 'Life-Changing' Welcome In Peru Legally-Blind Athletes Shoot Targets In Paralympic Biathlon In Sochi http://kplu.org/post/legally-blind-athletes-shoot-targets-paralympic-biathlon-sochi <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A legally blind skier from Sun Valley, Idaho finished in </span>14th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> place in the opening biathlon competition at the </span>Paralympic<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Winter Games over the weekend.</span></p><p>Rookie Paralympian&nbsp;<a href="http://www.teamusa.org/Athletes/AD/Jake-Adicoff" target="_blank">Jake Adicoff</a> missed multiple rifle targets to take himself out of contention in the 7.5 kilometer event held in Sochi, Russia. This&nbsp;<a href="http://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Features/2014/March/08/Gallery-biathlon" target="_blank">combination of cross-country skiing and marksmanship</a>&nbsp;unfolded on the same course used for the Winter Olympics last month.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:12:38 +0000 Tom Banse 14653 at http://kplu.org Legally-Blind Athletes Shoot Targets In Paralympic Biathlon In Sochi Five Disabled Athletes With Northwest Ties In Sochi For Paralympic Winter Games http://kplu.org/post/five-disabled-athletes-northwest-ties-sochi-paralympic-winter-games <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">American and European politicians are boycotting the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Paralympic</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Winter Games in </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sochi</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to protest Russian moves in Ukraine. But disabled athletes from Washington, Oregon and Idaho plan to compete in the Olympic host city as scheduled starting this weekend.</span></p><p>Five athletes with ties to the Northwest qualified for the U.S. Paralympic Team and flew to Sochi this week. They're competing in downhill and cross-country skiing, biathlon and sled hockey. In addition, two sighted guides, one from Washington and one from Idaho, went to Sochi in tandem with the visually-impaired skiers from the region.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:08:17 +0000 Tom Banse 14552 at http://kplu.org Five Disabled Athletes With Northwest Ties In Sochi For Paralympic Winter Games How They Fared: Three Gold, Two Silver For Northwest Athletes In Sochi http://kplu.org/post/how-they-fared-three-gold-two-silver-northwest-athletes-sochi <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/022314TB_OlyRecap_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Athletes with ties to the Northwest won three gold and two silver medals at the Winter Olympics that just wrapped up in Russia. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:10:45 +0000 14052 at http://kplu.org How They Fared: Three Gold, Two Silver For Northwest Athletes In Sochi How They Fared: Northwest Olympians Bring Home Silver & Gold http://kplu.org/post/how-they-fared-speedskater-northwest-brings-home-silver Short track speedskater J.R. Celski of Federal Way, Wash., led Team USA to a silver medal in the men's 5000-meter relay Friday, ending a medal drought in the discipline for the Americans. Russia took the gold. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:03:01 +0000 13959 at http://kplu.org How They Fared: Northwest Olympians Bring Home Silver & Gold Northwest Claims Another Medal, But It Comes In Heartbreaking Hockey Loss http://kplu.org/post/northwest-claims-another-medal-it-comes-heartbreaking-hockey-loss <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More Olympic hardware is coming home to the Northwest, but it comes via a heartbreaking loss.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Team Canada beat the U.S women’s ice hockey squad 3-2 Thursday in Sochi. That means the U.S teammates, including Hilary Knight of Sun Valley, receive silver medals.</p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:53:54 +0000 Tom Banse 13902 at http://kplu.org Northwest Claims Another Medal, But It Comes In Heartbreaking Hockey Loss Here's The Local Roller Rink Where Speedskating Olympians Got Their Start http://kplu.org/post/heres-local-roller-rink-where-speedskating-olympians-got-their-start <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At the winter Olympics in </span>Sochi<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the U.S. has collected no medals so far in </span>speedskating<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, an uncharacteristic result. The Americans' best remaining hope for hardware rests with short track </span>speedskater<a href="http://usspeedskating.org/short-track/athlete-profiles" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;J.R. Celski</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and the men's relay team.</span></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:08:08 +0000 Tom Banse 13772 at http://kplu.org Here's The Local Roller Rink Where Speedskating Olympians Got Their Start How They Fared: Whitman Student Skis First Race At Olympics http://kplu.org/post/how-they-fared-northwest-olympians-compete-balmy-sochi-weather A college ski racer from Sun Valley, Idaho says she is "immensely relieved" just to finish her first Winter Olympic race in one piece.<p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 00:50:21 +0000 Tom Banse 13676 at http://kplu.org How They Fared: Whitman Student Skis First Race At Olympics Idaho Snowboarder Grabs Northwest's First 2014 Olympic Medal http://kplu.org/post/tough-sledding-northwest-athletes-start-sochi-games The Northwest has its first Olympic gold medal from the 2014 Sochi Games. Snowboarder <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/Athletes/FA/Kaitlyn-Farrington">Kaitlyn Farrington</a> of Bellevue, Idaho triumphed in the women's halfpipe Wednesday.<p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:49:37 +0000 Tom Banse 13480 at http://kplu.org Idaho Snowboarder Grabs Northwest's First 2014 Olympic Medal Some 700,000 Fans Pack Seattle Streets For Seahawks' Victory Parade http://kplu.org/post/some-700000-fans-pack-seattle-streets-seahawks-victory-parade <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>12<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Man showed up in full force for the Seattle Seahawks’ victory parade on Wednesday.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle police&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">estimated some 700,000 people braved the cold to line the streets and cheer for the Super Bowl champions.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: normal;">"I think it just gives us a sense of pride. It's given everyone something to rally around and be excited about. It's just brought joy to so many people here," said Lesli Burns, a fan.</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:56:29 +0000 Paula Wissel & Gabriel Spitzer 13283 at http://kplu.org Some 700,000 Fans Pack Seattle Streets For Seahawks' Victory Parade Meet The Diehard Fans Who Spent The Night On The Seahawks' Parade Route http://kplu.org/post/meet-diehard-fans-who-spent-night-seahawks-parade-route <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">These two are no fair-weathered fans.</span></p><p>Diehard Seahawks fans Greg Kockritz and Sean Cochran spent the night in a tent on Fourth Avenue, determined to stake out front-row seats for the teams’ victory parade on Wednesday.</p><p>Never mind the cold. These two arrived at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, a two-person tent, a propane heater and an air mattress in tow.</p><p>“It don’t get no better than this,” said Kockritz. “Come on, this has been 39 years coming!”</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 18:00:50 +0000 Ed Ronco 13271 at http://kplu.org Meet The Diehard Fans Who Spent The Night On The Seahawks' Parade Route Some Seahawks Fans Plan To Party Like It's 1979 http://kplu.org/post/some-seahawks-fans-plan-party-its-1979 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some fans who will be watching the Seahawks victory parade today are remembering another time when the city turned out to celebrate a major sports victory.</span></p><p>It was June of 1979 and the Seattle SuperSonics had just won the NBA championship. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 13254 at http://kplu.org Some Seahawks Fans Plan To Party Like It's 1979 What We Can Learn From Tacoma's Own Mental Skills Coach To U.S. Olympians http://kplu.org/post/what-we-can-learn-tacomas-own-mental-skills-coach-us-olympians <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks had one. Professional baseball teams have them. And the U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey team found one in Tacoma. We’re talking about a mental skills coach.</span></p><p>And some of this coach's advice to U.S. Olympians could help the average recreational athlete, too.</p><p>Professor Colleen Hacker is taking a break from teaching exercise science and sports psychology at Pacific Lutheran University to travel to Russia with the U.S. men's and women's hockey teams for the Winter Olympics. Hacker's job title is “mental skills coach.” And what is that exactly?</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 03:00:00 +0000 Tom Banse 13253 at http://kplu.org What We Can Learn From Tacoma's Own Mental Skills Coach To U.S. Olympians What You Need To Know For The Seahawks Victory Parade http://kplu.org/post/what-you-need-know-seahawks-victory-parade <p>The Seahawks will be riding the Ducks in Wednesday’s parade through downtown Seattle, but there's no word yet on whether they’ll be issued quacker noisemakers.</p><p>City spokesman Kyle Moore says the players, coaches and dignitaries, including Gov. Jay Inslee, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine, will be in about two dozen amphibious Ride the Duck vehicles, which are more often associated with tourist excursions.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:27:39 +0000 Paula Wissel 13225 at http://kplu.org What You Need To Know For The Seahawks Victory Parade