Sports

seattle mariners
11:33 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Mariners Mum So Far on Possible Cano Deal

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John Froschauer Associated Press

The Seattle Mariners say that cannot confirm any details of a potential deal with free agent second baseman Robinson Cano.

The team said Friday morning they will announce if an agreement is "completed and finalized" with the Yankees star. The statement came in response to an ESPN report Friday morning that Cano and the Mariners had reached agreement on a $240 million, 10-year contract pending a physical.

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Seattle Mariners
7:31 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Former Owner of Mariners, Nintendo President Yamauchi Dies

FILE - In this Friday, June 12, 1992 file photo, Hiroshi Yamauchi, then-president of Japan's Nintendo Co., answers questions during a news conference after he won the final approval to buy the Seattle Mariners at the company's head office in Kyoto.
Katsumi Kasahara AP Photo/The Seattle Times

Hiroshi Yamauchi, who ran Nintendo for more than 50 years and led the Japanese company's transition from traditional playing-card maker to video game giant, has died. He was 85.

Kyoto-based Nintendo said Yamauchi, who owned the Seattle Mariners major league baseball club before selling it to Nintendo's U.S. unit in 2004, died Thursday of pneumonia at a hospital in central Japan.

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Sports
4:22 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Seahawks Fans Will 'Most Likely' Go Home with Hearing Damage

Centurylink Field has long claimed to be the league's loudest.
U. S. Embassy Panama Flickr

The Seattle Seahawks will take on San Francisco in the season’s home opener Sunday night, and a fan group wants the crowd to get loud—loud enough to set a world record.

The crowd’s roar is powerful enough to disorient opponents and, famously, register on a nearby seismic monitor. So just imagine what it must sound like from smack in the middle of it.

“It’s really hard to describe the feeling,” said Joe Tafoya, the former Seahawks defensive end who’s helping organize the record attempt.

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Sports
5:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Mariner managers under the gun as painful losses continue

Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen sits in the dugout after blowing 1-0 lead in 9th inning against the Astros Wednesday. Houston won 6-1.
AP Photo

The Mariners are on the road for the next seven games. They're playing the A's in Oakland this weekend.

The team keeps finding more painful ways to lose. And KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the fans end up hurt the most.


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Gay athletes in professional sports
9:16 am
Mon April 29, 2013

NBA veteran Jason Collins comes out as gay

ashington Wizards center Jason Collins, right, battles for a rebound against Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
Nam Y. Huh Associated Press

NBA veteran center Jason Collins has become the first active male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay.

Collins wrote a first-person account posted Monday on Sports Illustrated's website. The 34-year-old Collins has played for six NBA teams in 12 seasons. He finished this past season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent. He says he wants to continue playing.

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NBA in Seattle
12:00 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Sacramento mayor reveals new investor in Kings bid

FILE - Sacramento (Calif.) Mayor Kevin Johnson, center, is joined by Vivek Ranadive, left, and California state Sen. Darrell Steinberg during interviews Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in New York.
Richard Drew Associated Press

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has announced a new investor to help fill the role vacated by billionaire Ron Burkle in the city's bid to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.

Johnson said at his weekly news conference Tuesday that Sacramento developer Mark Friedman has joined the group. The announcement comes a day after Burkle backed out because of a conflict of interest stemming from his ownership stake in Relativity Sports, which manages some NBA players' careers.

Sports
10:37 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Sacramento council approves Kings arena deal

Sacramento is in a stronger position to convince the NBA to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle with a deal now in place to build an 18,500-seat arena downtown.

The Sacramento City Council voted 7-2 Tuesday to approve a deal that contributes $258 million to the $447 million project. The city plans to use money earned from leasing parking garages for events at the arena to help pay the public cost of the new arena on the current site of an aging shopping mall.

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SPORTS WITH ART THIEL
5:01 am
Fri March 15, 2013

New additions to Seahawks could be ingredients for a championship

Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin at a news conference Tuesday.
Associated Press

The Seattle Seahawks made two big moves this week, trading for high-profile wide receiver Percy Harvin and signing defensive end Cliff Avril. These moves show that the Seahawks are serious about winning a Super Bowl this upcoming season, says sports commentator Art Thiel. 


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NHL in Seattle
1:26 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Hansen shows off arena design for hockey use

sonicsarena.com

Investor Chris Hansen says the proposed arena for Seattle's next NBA team will be an "even better building for hockey."

Hansen on Thursday released preliminary design renderings that show how his planned arena would accommodate an NHL team.

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NBA in Seattle
12:18 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Hansen to fans: Line up for future Sonics tickets now

Investor Chris Hansen smiles as he speaks to supporters of a proposal for a new NBA arena during a rally in Seattle on June 14, 2012.
The Associated Press

Seattle doesn't yet have an NBA team, but investor Chris Hansen is already thinking about ticket sales. 

Starting Thursday, hopeful Sonics fans can secure a spot on the priority waiting list for future game tickets, Hansen announced on his website. Fans can sign up at sonicsarena.com Thursday at 10 a.m. SST — “Sonics-saving time!” according to Hansen.

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Sports
3:25 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Skijoring: Where two cultures collide ... in more ways than one

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 6:02 pm

SANDPOINT, Idaho - The sport of skijoring sounds like an awesomely bad idea someone cooked up on a long winter's night. Picture this: You navigate an obstacle course, on skis, while being pulled by a galloping horse. Yet equestrian skijoring has taken off as a sport in the snowy climes of Switzerland, Canada, and now, parts of the Northwest. This weekend, teams will go ski-to-ski and hoof-to-hoof at a competition in Sandpoint, Idaho.

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Super Bowl
8:01 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

Baltimore Ravens edge 49ers to win Super Bowl XLVII

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis shouts while holding the the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII Sunday.
Elaine Thompson KPLU

A power outage at the Super Bowl put the nation's biggest sporting event on hold for more than a half-hour Sunday, interrupting an otherwise electric, back-and-forth game that ended with Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens as NFL champions thanks to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

Flacco, voted the MVP, threw three first-half touchdown passes to cap an 11-TD, zero-interception postseason. Jacoby Jones returned the second-half kickoff 108 yards, a Super Bowl record, to give Baltimore a 28-6 lead.

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SUper Bowl
7:23 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

Ray Lewis goes out on top after second Super Bowl win

The Associated Press

Ray Lewis will ride into retirement as a champion.

Baltimore's standout middle linebacker began his final night on the football field with a motivational speech to his teammates. He ended it looking upward into a shower of silver streamers and purple confetti after the Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 Sunday night to win the Super Bowl.

Standing tall in the middle of a defense that survived a frenzied comeback by Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers, Lewis put a lovely bow on his 17th NFL season by earning his second Super Bowl ring — 12 years after the first.

Super Bowl
3:16 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

Keeping Those Jerseys Unwashed For The Big Win

49ers fan Kristofer Noceda (third from left) with friends at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
Kristofer Noceda

Sports fans and athletes alike are notorious for superstitions. Take Michael Jordan, who would famously wear his North Carolina shorts under his Bulls uniform.

On Super Bowl Sunday, fans on both sides of the country are engaging in some odd behavior: donning unwashed jerseys, sporting fresh facial hair and sitting in that oh-so-special spot.

While the routines may seem silly, superstitions may actually have helped us evolve as a species.

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Super Bowl
4:37 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

3 Things To Say At A Super Bowl Party

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Joe Skipper Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 9:02 pm

If you're invited to a Super Bowl party and aren't quite up to speed about Sunday's big game, join the club. This blogger's a Buffalo Bills fan and tries to kind of tune out around this time of the season because, after all, it brings back some painful memories.

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