sports

12:20 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

How World Series Pitcher Koji Uehara Communicates Without A Common Language

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English is not necessary if you speak baseball.
He may not speak English fluently, but Koji Uehara doesn't need English to be fluent in the language of baseball. It's as easy as: A, B, C. Or, rather make that: one, two, three. "One finger is a fast ball; sometimes that index finger'll get swirled, that'll mean a two seam fastball; sometimes there'll be a sharp knifing motion, that means cut fastball.
Sports
8:02 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Farewell, Dawgfather: UW Football Legend Dies at 80

Don James, the University of Washington football coach from 1975 to 1992, died on Sunday.
Credit AP Photo/Wally Fong

They called him the Dawgfather.

Don James, the beloved, longtime University of Washington football coach died on Sunday. He was 80. The university said James died at home of complications with pancreatic cancer.

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Seattle Sounders
2:22 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

A Look At The Cascadia Soccer Rivalry

Despite the message of the sign, Portland Timbers fans may have to turn over the Cascadia Cup to Seattle if the Sounders beat or tie the Vancovuer Whitecaps tonight.
Flickr Photo/Ray Terrill

The Seattle Sounders play the Vancouver Whitecaps today. If they win or draw the game they will clinch the Cascadia Cup. The Cascadia Cup was made official in 2004 by the fans of the Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps, but its history goes even further back.

Before the Cascadia teams were a part of Major League Soccer they played each other in the North American Soccer League and the United Soccer League. Even then, fans would drive the I-5 corridor to attend sell-out games with their banners and voices primed for cheering.

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The Week In Review
2:44 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

D.C. Shutdown, Health Exchange, And The Seattle Mayor's Race

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks to his players during the first quarter an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Sept. 29 in Houston.
Credit AP Photo/David J. Phillip

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week's news with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Eli Sanders of The Stranger. 

A continuing political fight over the nation's new health care law leads to a partial shutdown of the federal government, the first in 17 years. Washington state's health care exchange gets off to a glitchy start online. We check in on the race for Seattle mayor with just over one month to go before the November 5 election. Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank seeks help coping with the strange discomfort of having two undefeated football teams in town.

Supporter Chants
3:49 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Keeping It Clean At Seattle Sounders Games

From Emerald City Supporters' Facebook page.

Seattle Sounders soccer fans are loud. The problem is some of their chants using nasty language are leaking into the broadcast booth and over the air during games. We’ll ask  Keith Hodo, co-president of Emerald City Supporters, if they’ll clean it up.

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9:11 am
Fri September 27, 2013

WNBA Players Receive Double Technicals For Kissing

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In sports, male and female opponents have solved their differences in a variety of innocuous ways. There are butt taps, head pats, hugs, fist bumps, and now there’s a friendly cheek peck. Well, not so friendly according to last night's referee.
There is no kissing in basketball, apparently. Well, this is new. Diana Taurasi and Seimone Augustus were defending each other during Thursday night's WNBA conference finals game between the Minnesota Lynx and the Phoenix Mercury. As the commentators note, Taurasi and Augustus have known each other for a very long time and there is genuine affection to complement the competition.
Baseball
3:24 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Jamie Moyer On Getting From Fail To Win

Steve Scher interviews former Mariners pitcher Jamie Moyer.
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

At the time of his last game, Jamie Moyer had the most wins, losses and strikeouts of any active major league pitcher. He'd won a World Series championship with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008. And at age 49, he became the oldest pitcher to record a win in the history of the majors.

But at age 30, Moyer thought he’d washed up in baseball. He’d been drummed out of two teams, he couldn’t throw a pitch anymore. He was nervous and upset and he wasn’t having any fun.

Then he spent a few days with the late sports psychologist Harvey Dorfman who taught Moyer ideas that he used for the next 20 years of his career. His new book with Larry Platt is “Just Tell Me I Can’t: How Jamie Moyer Defeated the Radar Gun and Defied Time.” He talked with Steve Scher at Safeco Field.

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Seattle Sounders FC
2:20 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Kasey Keller Talks Sounders Past And Future

Former Seattle Sounders FC goalie turned broadcaster Kasey Keller.
Flickr Photo/Noelle Noble

Those who have been following the US and Seattle soccer scene for a while are familiar with Olympia-born Kasey Keller. He has been to the World Cup four times as a goalkeeper for the United States Men's National Team and played extensively in international leagues.

Back in 2008, Keller returned to where he started to play for the Seattle Sounders. He is now one of the voices of the Sounders, announcing games with Ross Fletcher. Keller joins us to talk soccer and the Sounders' performance this year.

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Business Of Sports
11:12 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Seattle Mariners Owner Dies, Could The Team Be Sold?

Mariners' majority owner Hiroshi Yamauchi.
AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara

The majority owner of the Seattle Mariners, Hiroshi Yamauchi has died in Japan at the age of 85. The former Nintendo President never watched a Mariners game in person, but he’s credited by many for saving baseball in Seattle when he purchased the team in 1992.

What’s his legacy? And what does his death mean for the Mariners organization moving forward? Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He talked with Marcie Sillman.

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World Record At The Clink
11:54 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Seahawks Beat Arch Rival; Seattle Crowd Defeats Noise Record

Seahawks fans at Century Link Field broke the Guiness World Record for crowd noise twice, even while contending with a mid-game weather delay.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Sunday night at Century Link Field, Seattle Seahawks fans broke the Guinness World Record for loudest crowd noise at a stadium. Then, they broke the record again. The final reading was an ear-splitting 131.9 decibels.

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Soccer Standings
5:14 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

The Seattle Sounders Face Real Salt Lake

Flickr Photo/tiff_seattle

Once again, the entire stadium at Century Link Field will be open for Seattle Sounders FC fans this Friday. The Sounders are hoping to unseat the current top team in the Western Conference: Real Salt Lake.

Forwards Eddie Johnson and Clint Dempsey will return to Seattle fresh off of their US National Team game against Mexico in World Cup qualifying. Steve Clare, editor of Prost Amerika Soccer,  joins us to explain all that is at stake on Friday and beyond.

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Tieton River
9:50 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Fleeting River Run Lets Rafters Prove Their Mettle

Matt Martin Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 8:14 am

Feels like summer is over, doesn’t it? Labor Day is long gone. School is up and running. But in Central Washington there is one last chance for a summer adventure. It’s called the "Flip-Flop" on the Tieton River.

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Long-Distance Swimming
9:43 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Cuba-To-Florida Swimmer's Feat Draws Skepticism

United States endurance swimmer Diana Nyad talks to the media about her record-setting swim from Cuba to Florida, during a press conference in Key West, Fla., September 3, 2013.
AP Photo/J Pat Carter

A Seattle open-water swimmer is questioning whether Diana Nyad really swam to Florida on her own.

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Sporting Diplomacy
12:45 am
Mon August 26, 2013

For Pakistan And Afghanistan, Soccer As Reconciliation

Afghanistan and Pakistan, countries that have a history of tense relations, played their first soccer match in nearly 40 years when they met Aug. 20 in Kabul. Afghanistan (in red) won 3-0.
Omar Sobhani Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 2:03 am

Afghanistan and Pakistan are better known for their verbal fights and occasional border clashes, but for the first time since 1976, they battled on a soccer field in Kabul.

Some 6,000 rabid Afghan fans cheered on their team, clad in red uniforms. There were horns, flags, and face paint. It looked like any soccer game in the world, except for all the riot police, snipers, and Blackhawk helicopters passing overhead periodically.

Ahmad Mirwais, a 27-year-old tailor, was one of those lucky enough to score a ticket.

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Sports
12:04 am
Wed August 21, 2013

With An Urban Face-Lift, Vintage Bike Polo Picks Up Speed

Jacob Newborn takes a shot past Lodewijk Broekhuizen (left) during a bike polo practice session in Milwaukee.
Morry Gash AP

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 9:54 am

Several vintage sports have seen resurgence among young people lately: roller derby, kickball and even bocce ball. But one century-old sport hasn't just found new fans; it's getting an urban makeover.

Welcome to hardcourt bike polo. On a hot, sunny day in Roseville, Minn., the second day of the 2013 North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship is about to begin.

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