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2012 Olympics
9:05 am
Sat July 28, 2012

Let's Catch Up: American Vollmer sets Olympic record; first medals won

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 9:41 am

Good morning. Here's a rundown of what's been happening in and around London, on the morning after the Summer Olympics' opening ceremony:

- U.S. swimmer Dana Vollmer set new Olympic and U.S. records in her 100m butterfly qualifying heat this morning. Vollmer, of Granbury, Texas, had a time of 56.25 seconds. She says she can go faster.

- The first medals have now been awarded in the London 2012 Olympics, with China's Yi Siling winning gold in the 10-meter air rifle shooting competition. Poland took silver, and China took bronze, as well.

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2012 Olympics
12:09 am
Sat July 28, 2012

A raucous, riotous and audacious Olympic opening ceremony

The Olympic Cauldron is lit as fireworks go off during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on Friday.
Chris McGrath Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 8:25 am

Here's what Danny Boyle got right in his raucous and riotous opening ceremony extravaganza for the London Olympics. In sharp contrast to the militaristic precision of Beijing's spectacular 2008 effort, Boyle brought wonder and whimsy and wit to the proceedings, without skimping on any of the patriotic touch points that are a must at any Olympic opening ceremony.

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2012 Olympics
1:54 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Legally Blind Archer Sets World Record At London 2012 Games

Archer Im Dong-hyun (right) of South Korea inspects his target after breaking the world record during the men's ranking round Friday.
Paul Gilham Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 12:02 pm

As we've reported, there were no public events on the Olympic sporting schedule today, the day of the opening ceremony. But we must note that two world records were set at the London 2012 Games this morning. That's when South Korean archer Im Dong-hyun scored a record 699 points.

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2012 Olympics
1:51 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

As It Happened: The London Olympics' Opening Ceremony

Animals and actors enter the stadium for a British meadow scene.
Franck Fife AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 9:30 pm

Queen Elizabeth II declared the London Games open. The Olympic cauldron is lit.

It came after a staggering and cinematic opening ceremony that celebrated all aspects of British life — from its bucolic beginnings to the industrial revolution to modern-day Britain.

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2012 Olympics
9:41 am
Fri July 27, 2012

London Olympics: Watching The Opening Ceremony, And This Weekend's Events

The Olympic torch is delivered by row boat to the royal barge, Gloriana, on the River Thames, near Tower Bridge in London ahead of the opening ceremony on Friday.
Kyodo/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 10:46 am

The London 2012 Summer Games are set to begin in earnest, with today's opening ceremony kicking off a weekend of gold-medal competitions. But if you're in America and you hope to watch the Opening Ceremony live, I'm afraid you'll be disappointed: NBC is tape-delaying its broadcast until Friday night.

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Mariners
9:13 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Thanks for the Mariners memories: Ben Gibbard's 'Ichiro's Theme'

New York Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki readies for a fist bump ... or a fist pump for his new song?
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 8:33 am

Ben Gibbard, the man behind indie rock darlings Death Cab for Cutie, has been a Seattle Mariners fan since he was five-years-old, and is such an Ichiro Suzuki devotee he wrote a song about the outfielder.

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2012 Olympics
8:18 am
Fri July 27, 2012

U.S. Gymnast Maroney Says She'll 'Make The Best' Of Competing On Broken Toe

"It was really fun to get out there and do my vault," McKayla Maroney said, after trying out the apparatus at the North Greenwich Arena in London Thursday. Maroney is coping with the lingering effects of a broken right toe.
John Cheng USA Gymnastics

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 2:42 pm

U.S.gymnast McKayla Maroney will compete in the London Summer Games, despite the lingering effects of a broken toe. Maroney, a gold medal contender, is the reigning world champion in the vault. Early reports suggested that Maroney broke her toe in London. But it appears that she merely tweaked an earlier injury.

On Twitter, NBC producer Alexa Ainsworth clarified that Maroney's toe "was broken before Classic and she just aggravated that here."

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2012 Olympics
8:15 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Place All Metal Objects In The Tray, Please... Oh, Hi Kobe!

As Team USA basketball player Kobe Bryant passed through a security checkpoint Friday, British soldiers were moved to relax a ban on photography in the area.
Vickie Walton-James NPR

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 7:15 am

We ran into USA Men's basketball at the security sweep today. Yes, even big-time basketball players and coaches must suffer the indignity of the magnetometer. We were all making our way through security into the Main Press Center, where the team was about to meet journalists.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo, coach Mike Krzyzewski and much of the rest of the team seemed to have little trouble getting screened. Assistant coach Nate McMillan may have forgotten to empty his pockets, because he got the pat-down.

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2012 Olympics
6:57 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Today: Lighting the Olympic cauldron, and angry fans

This sculpture of a skeletal gymnast stands in London's Olympic Village, where athletes are preparing for today's Opening Ceremony. If you think it's weird, you're not alone.
Alexander Hassenstein AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 10:57 am

Good morning. Today's lone public Olympic event is the Opening Ceremony, which begins at 4 p.m. EDT. NBC will not air the broadcast until the evening, however, at 7:30 p.m. in all time zones. We'll have a post later about that issue, and how you can watch. For now, here's a rundown of news items:

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2012 Olympics
5:14 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Video previewing London 2012 Opening Ceremony released

A scene from the London 2012 Opening Ceremony is seen in this screenshot, taken from a clip released Thursday.
YouTube

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 12:13 pm

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Mariners
6:24 am
Tue July 24, 2012

VIDEO: Ichiro says goodbye to Seattle with Yankee hit

Now batting for the Yankees, Ichiro Suzuki.
Otto Greule Jr. Getty Images

Baseball fans love perfect moments.

-- Babe Ruth hitting his "called shot."

-- Ted Williams homering in his last at-bat (and not tipping his cap).

-- Willie Mays and "the catch."

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Sports
3:21 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Mariners trade Ichiro Suzuki to New York Yankees

Ichiro tips his helmet to fans after setting the record for most career hits by a Japanese player April 16, 2009.
Elaine Thompson AP

Ichiro Suzuki is going to the Yankees, confirms KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel. 

“The Mariners have been spared huge ugliness,” Thiel said. "He wanted out of Seattle and Seattle fans wanted him gone, I think, largely because he was not productive for the salary he was making and was in the way of younger players."

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Diversions
10:50 am
Wed July 4, 2012

'Festival of Speed' brings skateboarding couple to southeast Wash.

Racers jostle and draft for position in the first turns of Maryhill Loop Road in the Columbia River Gorge. Photo by Anna King

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 5:54 pm

GOLDENDALE, Wash. – Each year on a long, steep stretch of looping highway in southeast Washington, hundreds of skateboarders test their grit. A helmet, a leather body suit and wicked skill are all that stand between glory and a face full of asphalt. It’s called the Maryhill Festival of Speed near Goldendale.

Maryhill Loop Road is 22 turns and 2.2 miles. And on a skateboard it’s just a fleeting few minutes to the bottom of the Columbia River Gorge.

Nearly 300 young men and just 11 women showed up recently to take on this twisted ribbon of pavement.

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Sports
5:50 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Hoopfest weekend attracted thousands of players to Spokane

Men's 6-foot-and-over elite division teams playing on the Nike Center Court.
Evan Hoover

Kids, coeds and pros. This past weekend more than 250,000 people turned out to the city of Spokane for the twenty-third annual Hoopfest weekend.

More than 7,000 teams took to 458 courts stretching across 42 blocks in downtown Spokane.

"We had to turn away over 200 teams," said Hoopfest Chairman Terry Kelly. "The demand continues to grow each year and the numbers reflect that."

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Olympic Sports
2:55 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Disproportionately high number of Northwest runners on team USA

Runners with Northwest ties finished 1-2-3 in the men's 5,000 meters. Photo by Tom Banse

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 1:28 pm

EUGENE, Ore. - Two more runners and two javelin throwers from the Northwest claimed spots in the London Olympics on the final day of competition at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

Runners, jumpers and throwers from the Northwest performed well in these Olympic Trials. In fact, more than 20 percent of the athletes on the U.S. Olympic track and field team have ties to our region.

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