Sports

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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Seahawks
10:45 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill arrested on assault charges

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill has been arrested after police say he assaulted his girlfriend and kept her in his home against her will.

According to a release from the Issaquah Police Department on Wednesday morning, Hill was arrested on investigation of unlawful imprisonment-domestic violence and third-degree assault-domestic violence.

Issaquah police said Hill would be booked into the King County Jail.

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Mariners
2:08 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Ken Griffey Jr. to be inducted into Mariners' Hall of Fame

The Associated Press

Ken Griffey Jr. will be inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame as its seventh member.

The Mariners announced the induction Tuesday. Griffey's ceremony will take place Aug. 10 before the Mariners face the Milwaukee Brewers.

Griffey spent 13 of his 22 seasons in the majors with the Mariners. He was drafted by Seattle in 1987, made his debut at the major league level two years later and went on to have one of the finest careers in baseball history. Griffey finished with 630 home runs — sixth all-time — and was a 13-time All-Star and the 1997 American League MVP.

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Super Bowl
4:33 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Super Bowl Will Be A Family Affair: Harbaugh Brothers' Ravens, 49ers To Clash

Head coach Jim Harbaugh (left) of the San Francisco 49ers and his brother, head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens, before a game on Thanksgiving Day 2011. Their teams will meet again in the Super Bowl.
Rob Carr Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 3:37 am

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Super Bowl XLVII will be a never-before matchup of teams coached by two brothers.

The Baltimore Ravens, led by John Harbaugh, will play his younger brother Jim's San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 3 in New Orleans.

Maybe it should be called the Harbowl, as they're saying on NFL.com.

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NBA in Seattle
10:00 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

AP reports that the Maloof family has agreed to sell Kings

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.
The Associated Press

Two people familiar with the decision says the Maloof family has agreed to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Sunday night because the deal is still pending approval from the NBA Board of Governors.

One person said the Maloofs are selling all 65 percent of their share for $525 million to Hansen, who will move the team to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name.

The Maloofs will still be allowed to look at other bids until the league approves the sale.

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Sports
11:02 am
Wed January 16, 2013

After all the drama, Chip Kelly is leaving Oregon

The Philadelphia Eagles have hired Oregon football head coach Chip Kelly after he originally chose to stay at Oregon.
The Associated Press

Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley will not be leaving for Philadelphia after all, and Oregon faces a future without Chip Kelly after all.

After dramatically opting to stay with the No. 2 Ducks a little more than a week ago, the enigmatic Kelly changed his mind and decided to take an NFL job as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Kelly informed Oregon of his plans on Wednesday morning, shortly before the Eagles made it official.

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Seahawks
2:08 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Seahawks' Gus Bradley has second interview with Eagles

They're all aboard the Gus Bus in Philly.

Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley arrived in Philadelphia on Tuesday for his second interview with the Eagles, suggesting the nearly three-week search to replace Andy Reid could be nearing an end.

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NBA in Seattle
10:52 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Sacramento mayor to present counteroffer for Kings

Mayor Kevin Johnson speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. last Wednesday.
The Associated Press

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says he has received approval from NBA Commissioner David Stern to present a counteroffer to the league from investors who would keep the Kings in California's capital city.

Speaking at the annual State of Downtown Breakfast on Tuesday, Johnson says the city is in a "six-week sprint" to put together a proposal for the NBA's Board of Governors to consider. The league's deadline for teams to apply for relocation is March 1.

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Sports
8:30 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Seahawks' playoff defeat leaves one fan heartbroken but hopeful

Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) sits on the bench during the second half of an NFC divisional playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Atlanta. The Falcons won 30-28.
Dave Martin AP Photo

A dramatic comeback was not enough for the Seahawks Sunday. They lost to the Falcons 30-28 in the NFC Divisional playoff game in Atlanta. Find out what one longtime Seattle sports fan has to say about it.

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NBA in Seattle
12:43 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Reports: Seattle on the verge of having an NBA team

Former Husky Isaiah Thomas could be making a return to the Pacific Northwest if the Sacramento Kings are relocated to Seattle.
The Associated Press

People with knowledge of the situation say investor Chris Hansen has contacted the Maloof family about buying the Sacramento Kings.

Yahoo Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the teams owners are finalizing a deal to sell the Sacramento Kings to the Seattle group with plans to relocate franchise. 

Yahoo Sports reported the Kings could sell for more than $500 million. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that price is surprising – it’s $100 million higher than the selling price for any other professional basketball team.

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College Sports
3:56 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Pac-12 review clears WSU football program of abuse allegations

Wikipedia

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 3:38 pm

An investigation by the Pac-12 athletic conference released Tuesday finds no evidence that Washington State University football coaches physically or mentally abused players. WSU's president requested the outside probe. He did so after an athlete who quit and the parent of another former player alleged the coaching staff was "out of control."

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Seahawks
4:23 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Redskins to address 'horrible' playing surface

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Pete Carroll says the "field" in FedEx Field is "horrible." Mike Shanahan doesn't go that far, but he agrees the grass isn't always greener at the Washington Redskins stadium.

The playing surface was a mess when the Redskins hosted the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC wild card playoffs.

There were plenty of bare sports, and dirt was flying with many of the steps taken between the hash marks.

Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III and Seattle defensive end Chris Clemons left the game with knee injuries.

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