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A new Indiana law that has set off a firestorm of criticism and threats of boycotts should be repealed or revised, says Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, whose city is hosting the NCAA men's basketball tournament's Final Four this weekend.

Around midday Tuesday, Gov. Mike Pence said the controversial legislation will be clarified instead of being annulled. He added, "We'll fix this and we'll move forward."

The Companion Athletics program aims to get children off the streets.
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KUOW's Jeannie Yandel talks to Ayanle Ismail, co-founder and president of Companion Athletics, about how the weekend youth mentorship program brings together East African kids from around the South Puget Sound to play basketball and learn. 

Some legislators in Olympia say they're having second thoughts about exempting Western Hockey League teams from state labor laws.

It's March, and that means college basketball fans are gearing up for the NCAA tournament. But there's another tournament taking place this month — and animals aren't the mascots, they're the competitors.

"Mammal March Madness" is organized by a team of evolutionary biologists. They choose 65 animal competitors and then imagine the outcome of a series of simulated interspecies battles. Who would win if a kangaroo took on a warthog? Or if an orca fought a polar bear?

Plans for a new Seattle sports arena have hinged on getting an NBA team first, but this week Mayor Ed Murray said that a pro hockey team might be enough to move ahead with the deal. Bill Radke talks with KING 5 reporter Chris Daniels about what's changed between Seattle and the NHL.

Earl Lloyd, who became the first black player in the NBA nearly 65 years ago, died Thursday at age 86.

Lloyd had a long career that stretched from West Virginia State to basketball's Hall of Fame. He once told a young man who thanked him for being a pioneer, "Man, you owe me absolutely nothing."

As a player, the 6-foot-5-inch Lloyd was nicknamed The Big Cat. He was drafted in the same year as other black players, but he was the first to play in the regular season, for the then-Washington Capitols.

Where Blind Baseball Players Play To Win

Feb 26, 2015
Coach Kevin Daniel and captain Dino Sanchez of the Seattle South King Sluggers.
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When Kevin Daniel moved to Seattle, he assumed the city would have something he was leaving behind in Spokane: a blind baseball team.

That wasn’t the case. So in 2013 Daniel formed the Seattle South King Sluggers after asking one very important question: If he started a team, could they win?

One way to test your mettle in winter is to take one of those quick penguin plunges in icy water. But some stoic swimmers actually carve pools out of frozen lakes and race each other.

The sport of winter swimming is popular abroad, especially in Russia, Scandinavia and China. But last weekend, a newly formed organization to promote winter swimming in the United States held its first national competition on the Vermont-Quebec border.

Washington lawmakers are considering whether to exempt amateur athletes from state labor laws.

The "rock pile" is a popular spot for recreational diving and fishing.
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The Navy plans to build a new pier and support buildings on Ediz Hook in Port Angeles, to the chagrin of some locals. One of the proposed sites is right on top of a popular recreational diving and fishing spot.

The $16 million plan includes three proposed sites along the 3-mile sand spit that separates Port Angeles from the Strait of Juan De Fuca.

Emma, 7, Skate Like A Girl's Seattle program director Kristin Ebeling, 25, and Maya, 6.
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Lisa Stewart is a board member of a Seattle-based nonprofit called Skate Like A Girl. She's been a skateboarder for years, but it hasn't been easy. She told KUOW's Jeannie Yandel the Northwest is helping to change skateboarding stereotypes.

A listener emailed us this picture of a recovering Blitz on Monday after the Seahawks lost in Super Bowl XLIX.
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Ross Reynolds talks to Dr. Kirk Honda, family therapist and faculty member at Antioch University, about how to manage the feeling of loss and grief after the Seattle Seahawks lost to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.

Stunned Seahawks fans at Altstadt in Pioneer Square watch as Seahawks go down to defeat in Sunday’s Superbowl.
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In Seattle after the game, fans poured out onto the streets near the CenturyLink Field, trying to understand how the game took a turn for the worse.

Jeannie Yandel speaks to Fred Mendoza, vice chair of the Washington State Public Stadium Authority and a longtime member of the Seattle soccer community. He helped rally support in a statewide vote for the stadium we now know as CenturyLink Field. He told her how soccer fans saved the Seahawks. In the mid-90s the Seahawks were set to move to California. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen offered to buy the team and keep them in the city but on one condition: taxpayers had to approve public funding for a new football stadium. 

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