Sports

Super Bowl XLVIII
1:57 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

At Tribe's Request, SAM Withdraws Native Artwork From Super Bowl Wager

SAM had initially bet a 3-month loan of this "Forehead Mask" by the Nuxalk First Nation.
Gift of John H. Hauberg 91.1.71

It was meant to be a friendly wager with a cultural twist: Seattle Art Museum and Denver Art Museum each bet a temporary loan of a work of art on the Super Bowl.

But SAM has withdrawn its original choice of artwork,"Forehead Mask" by the Nuxalk First Nation, at the request of the Nuxalk, and has replaced it with a different piece.

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On Determination
1:33 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Broken Ribs Can't Stop Seattle Skier's Drive To Compete In Winter Olympics

Roberto Carcelen of Seattle carried the Peruvian flag at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He is tabbed to be Peru's flag bearer again in Sochi.
Jude Freeman Wikimedia Commons

It's every Olympic athlete's worst nightmare. After years of preparing, training and fundraising, an accident just weeks before the Olympic Games derailed everything for Roberto Carcelen of Seattle.  

But the cross-country skier insists on competing at the Sochi Olympics despite a doctor's advice not to.

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Football Fever
5:30 am
Tue January 28, 2014

From Big Lo To The Mile High Monsters: How The Super Bowl Foes' Superfans Match Up

Shannon "Mr. Love" Love and Big Lo pose for the camera.
Florangela Davila

It isn’t just the Seahawks and the Broncos who are facing off in the Super Bowl on Sunday. The big game ups the ante for the teams' superfans — those over-the-top, devoted individuals who are fixtures off the field.

So how do the two teams' super fans match up? We teamed up with Colorado Public Radio to get up close and personal with four of these off-the-charts characters.

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Winter Olympics
2:16 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Ski Coach From Oregon Guides Caribbean Island To 1st Winter Games

The landscape along Dominica's eastern coast is not a place you would expect to find many cross country skiers.
Dirk Heldmaier Wikimedia

The Northwest contribution to U.S. Olympic team goes beyond athletes. A bunch of top coaches, ski tuners, wax technicians and physical therapists from here are Sochi-bound, too. And then there's the cross-country ski coach from Bend, Oregon who is heading to Russia, but not with Team USA.

J.D. Downing runs the XC Oregon race team and training camps in Bend. Now he's wearing several additional hats, including head coach and "chef de mission" for the 2014 Dominica Olympic Team. Not to be confused with the Dominican Republic, Dominica is a former French and British colony in the Eastern Caribbean.

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Super Bowl
9:09 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Seattle, Denver Art Museums Bet Artworks In Super Bowl Wager

In its Super Bowl wager with DAM, SAM is betting this "Forehead Mask" by the Nuxalk First Nation.
Gift of John H. Hauberg 91.1.71

When the Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on Sunday, the directors at two art museums will be paying close attention to the outcome of the game.

The Seattle Art Museum has bet the Denver Art Museum a temporary loan of a major work of art. The winner gets to display the loser's art, which will be on loan for three months.

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Football Fever
12:17 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Are You A True-Blue Seahawks Fan? Take This Quick Psychology Test To Find Out

Seahawks fans cheer late in the second half against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

A University of Washington professor has come up with a 10-minute test to measure the fervor of your Seattle Seahawks fandom.

Psychologist Anthony Greenwald's test is designed to measure the strength of one’s support for a team over another.

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Football Fever
9:55 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Think You Know Richard Sherman After His 'Rant'? Maybe Not

Richard Sherman off the football field.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Post-game interviews of NFL players are almost always predictable and boring. They go something like this:

Reporter: "Congratulations. How did you guys turn the game around?"

Player: "One play at a time. The team stuck together. We worked hard. The good Lord was with us. The fans were great. Hi, Mom!"

In 20 seconds Sunday night on Fox-TV, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman gave one of the most memorable post-game interviews ever — and not just because he shattered the stereotype about how players behave in that situation.

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Winter Olympics
11:27 am
Tue January 21, 2014

More Northwest Athletes Qualify For Sochi Olympics

Angeli VanLaanen of Bellingham was named to the U.S. Olympic Team in ski halfpipe.
Sarah Brunson U.S. Freeskiing

It's not just the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl that will make for an exciting February for Northwest sports fans. The Winter Olympics start just days later, and more Northwest athletes have punched their tickets to the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

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Road To The Super Bowl
7:32 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Seahawks To Face Off Against Manning's Broncos At Super Bowl

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, celebrates with Russell Wilson , right,after the NFL football NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle.
Matt Slocum AP Photo

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will face the best defense they've met all season when they play Richard Sherman's Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

It will be a matchup between the NFL's No. 1 offense, led by Manning, against the NFL's No. 1 "D," led by Sherman, when the AFC's Broncos (15-3) take on the NFC's Seahawks (15-3) on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

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Road To The Super Bowl
7:21 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Seahawks Beat 49ers 23-17 For NFC Title, Shot At Super Bowl

Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson holds up the George Halas Trophy after the NFL football NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle.
Matt Slocum AP Photo

Russell Wilson threw a 35-yard touchdown pass on fourth down and Seattle's top-ranked defense forced two late turnovers, lifting the Seahawks into their second Super Bowl with a 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC championship Sunday.

Seattle will meet Denver for the NFL title in two weeks in the New Jersey Meadowlands. It's the first trip to the big game for the Seahawks (15-3) since they lost to Pittsburgh after the 2005 season.

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Football Fever
5:01 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Fill In The Blank: The Seahawks-49ers Rivalry Is Like _______

A man walks across a San Francisco 49ers' team jersey on the floor of the House Chief Clerk's office Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Olympia, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

How would you describe the rivalry between football foes Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers? Share your answer below.

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Winter Olympics
5:01 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Northwest Ski Towns Stock Olympic Teams Well Beyond USA

Jasmine Campbell, left, is most likely to receive the one slot in Sochi allocated to the U.S territory. Sun Valley Ski Academy graduate (2013) Veronica Gaspar is seen on right.
John Campbell

Next month, Sochi, Russia will host athletes from more than 85 nations at the Winter Olympics. Some of those countries might surprise you. They get no snow or have no mountains.

Remember the Disney movie "Cool Runnings?" It immortalized the Jamaican bobsled squad. Team Jamaica is coming back for more this year.

And so is the U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. territory will likely be represented by a Whitman College student who calls Sun Valley, Idaho home.

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Olympic Hopefuls
11:29 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Cross-Country Ski Duo Bring Sibling Power To Winter Olympics

U.S. Ski Team teammates and siblings Sadie and Erik Bjornsen.
Robert Whitney

Athletes headed to next month's Winter Olympics in Russia can be expected to leverage any advantage that nature or nurture provides, though only a select few could bring the advantage of having a sibling teammate.

Siblings Erik and Sadie Bjornsen grew up in Washington’s Methow Valley, flanked by former Olympic skiers as neighbors. An enviable 120-mile Nordic trail system starts practically at their doorstep.  

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Olympic Hopefuls
1:32 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

January Full Of Excitement, Stress For NW Olympic Hopefuls

Slalom specialist Hailey Duke of Sun Valley, Idaho.
Tom Banse

The month of January promises to serve up lots of excitement, angst and pressure for the many Olympic hopefuls from the Northwest. They’ve got about three weeks left to qualify for a spot on the U.S. team bound for the Winter Olympics which begin in Russia in early February.

More than two dozen skiers, snowboarders and skaters from Oregon, Idaho and Washington have a plausible shot at making the U.S. Olympic team in 2014. Relatively few American athletes have secured their Olympic berths so far. Most slots are still up for grabs.

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uw football
1:00 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

UW Hires Boise State's Petersen as Next Football Coach

University of Washington

The University of Washington has announced that Boise State’s Chris Petersen will be the Huskies’ next football coach. Petersen leaves Idaho after 13 years, during eight of which he served as the Broncos' head coach. 

Washington made the announcement official with a press release Friday morning. It marked the end of the first successful effort to lure Petersen out of Idaho. His name had been linked to numerous other jobs the last few years. Two undefeated seasons and three national coach of the year awards helped raise his stock nationally. 

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