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Last week, Izaic Yorks, a senior at the University of Washington, ran a mile in 3:53 — the fastest college mile ever by an American. The effort qualifies him for the Olympic trials this summer.

So why isn't Yorks running in the mile at this weekend's NCAA championships in Birmingham, Ala.?

Turns out, he had to make a decision: run that mile alone, or run with his team in the distance medley relay or DMR.

Retired soccer player Brandi Chastain, who became a superstar when she scored the game-winning goal for the U.S. in the 1999 World Cup final against China, says she will donate her brain to science.

Standing at the foot of Mount Wachusett's slopes, Ray Jackman bends over and hoists Robbie McAllister out of his wheelchair and onto two neon yellow skis.

The teenager squeezes into a thick plastic seat mounted just above the skis.

"OK, there are a bunch of straps," says Jackman as he buckles the crisscrossing seatbelts.

Jackman is a program coordinator at the Massachusetts Hospital School, a state-run facility. It's half school, half pediatric hospital, and all 85 students are patients, with serious, long-term conditions.

After overwhelmingly approving new reform measures, FIFA members have narrowly elected Gianni Infantino of Switzerland as their next president.

The first round of voting wasn't decisive — while Infantino, general secretary of Europe's UEFA soccer organization, edged out Sheikh Salman of Bahrain, the favorite leading into the election, neither reached the required two-thirds majority of the 207 votes.

In the second round of voting, which only required a simple majority, Infantino took home 115 votes.

 Running back Marshawn Lynch talks with reporters on Jan. 27, 2015.
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Bill Radke talks with Mike Pesca of Slate's "The Gist" podcast about Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch's unusual retirement announcement on Sunday. Lynch took to Twitter during the Super Bowl to post a photo of a pair of cleats hanging from telephone wires. 

Bill Radke speaks with GeekWire's Todd Bishop about Amazon and T-Mobile's star-studded Super Bowl ads, and what they reveal about the ambitions of those local companies. 

Tweeting an image of football cleats hanging on a wire and one emoji — of a peace sign — was all running back Marshawn Lynch needed to do to get people thinking that he's retiring from football. Lynch, whose reticence regarding the media is legendary, was quickly saluted by his Seattle Seahawks teammates.

The Seahawks haven't officially said Lynch is retiring, and it's highly unlikely that he would hold a news conference to make his plans known and to banter with reporters about his favorite moments in the NFL.

Which beer goes with guacamole? And which brew adds a nice clean, crisp finish to spicy wings?

Those are burning questions for anyone who wants to take his snack game to the next level this Super Bowl weekend. And two craft beer experts who wrote the book on pairing have the answers.

Employers are pushing workers to get in shape and become more fit through workplace wellness programs. But if employers use body mass index as a yardstick for health, then that could unfairly penalize millions of Americans, a study finds.

Doctors contend that BMI's usefulness ends at a rough indication that a patient should be checked for things like high blood pressure or cholesterol.

The Buffalo Bills announced Wednesday that Kathryn Smith has been hired as the organization's quality control-special teams coach, making her the first woman to hold a full-time coaching position in the NFL.

Featuring teams in Boston, Buffalo, Connecticut and New York City, the National Women's Hockey League has become home to some of the best players in the world. Meghan Duggan, for example, who was the U.S. Olympic Team captain in the gold-medal game in 2014 in Sochi, plays for the Buffalo Beauts.

It was that hockey final that inspired the league's commissioner and founder, Dani Rylan, to start it. The pro league launched in October. Its first all-star game is scheduled Jan. 24.

Tennis is corrupt and the ATP can't stop it

Jan 18, 2016
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We know about widespread doping in cycling.
 
And about the multi-million dollar bribes swirling around soccer's governing body.
 
Now there are allegations of match fixing in tennis.
 
It extends from top players on down. BuzzFeed News and our partners at the BBC are reporting on this.

Very few within the sport are surprised. 

Take two 18-year-olds with equally stellar academic abilities. One comes from the socioeconomic bottom and one from the top. That lower-income student is one-third as likely to enroll in a selective college.

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After Odell Beckham hit Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman with fists and helmet in December, the NFL suspended him for a game.

But what had angered the Giants’ star wide receiver? Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation, says homophobic slurs allegedly had been hurled at Beckham.

Minnesota Vikings fans sit ithe stands after an NFL wild-card football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Seahawks won 10-9.
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Bill Radke talks to John Moe, former KUOW host currently with American Public Media in Minnesota, about how Vikings fans are coping with Sunday's playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

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Bill Radke talks to John Moe, former KUOW host currently with American Public Media in Minnesota, about the Seahawk's match up against the Vikings this Sunday in almost freezing temperatures. 

Former Seattle Mariners outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.waves to fans during a pregame ceremony to induct him into the team's Hall of Fame, Aug. 10, 2013. Griffey was voted into the MLB's Hall of Fame on Jan. 6, 2016.
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The Kid has made history.

Ken Griffey Jr. was elected Wednesday to the Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2016 class with 99.3 percent of the votes – the highest percentage ever.

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Bill Radke talks with Mike Pesca of Slate's The Gist podcast about Ken Griffey, Jr.'s chances to make baseball's Hall of Fame.

Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch watches the closing moments of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 21, 2014.
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It started with an explanation on Super Bowl Media Day when Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was forced to face the press.

Lynch: “Hey, I’m just here so I don’t get fined. So y’all can sit here and ask me all the questions ya’ll want to. I’m gonna answer with the same answer. So, ya’ll can shoot if ya’ll please.”

Seattle Sports Review With Luke Burbank

Dec 28, 2015
Seattle Seahawks play at the Baltimor Ravens on Dec. 13, 2015.
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Bill Radke speaks with Luke Burbank about the Seahawks' playoff prospects and the deaths of sport legends Meadowlark Lemon and Dave Henderson.

The education at the Rose City Rowing Club starts long before oars touch the water. The first lesson from head coach Nick Haley is about punctuality.

Afternoon practice begins at 4 o'clock sharp at this club in Portland, Ore.

The next lesson is about respect. This one's a big deal at Rose City: Respect your fellow teammates, coaches, the sport itself and — today in particular — the equipment.

snow ski: Chairlift at Alpental, Snoqualmie Pass
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The Cascades saw heavy snowfall Tuesday night, and more of it is in the forecast. It’s a bonanza for skiers. But a power outage has affected some ski operations.

The weather has been causing problems for power lines at Snoqualmie Pass. 

Soccer chief Sepp Blatter has been banned by the same organization that he helped build.

As The Washington Post reports, Blatter, the "architect of modern soccer," is now firmly at the center of a bribery scandal that has engulfed soccer's governing body.

'Week in Review' panel Bill Radke, Joni Balter, Paul Guppy and Pramila Jayapal.
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Does Star Wars teach kids that people are either good or bad, dark or light? Do college students need to toughen their skins? Can we make a football coach pray alone? Can Santa be a woman?

Bill Radke solves this week’s dilemmas with state Senator Pramila Jayapal, Seattle Channel's Joni Balter and Washington Policy Center's Paul Guppy.

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Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was so good for two years. Then, he was kind of mediocre for a while. He's back to throwing touchdowns now, but was his slump really his girlfriend's fault? Bill Radke talks with writer Danielle Campoamor.

Most people are familiar with at least a few details of basketball's humble origin story: the creative gym teacher who thought it up, the simple peach baskets for hoops, and the sport's initial lack of dribbling.

Tonight marks the end of an era for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team. The World Cup champions play their final Victory Tour match against China in New Orleans. It's also the final game for one of their longtime stars: Abby Wambach.

The 35-year-old forward is hanging up her cleats after a stellar career. Consider:

File photo of rowers.
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It doesn't matter if you're an athlete or not, you have to kind of shut up and suck it up sometimes. That’s the tough love of Seattle Storm owner Ginny Gilder.

Tough love in sports has been part of the debate over the recent firing of University of Washington women’s rowing coach Bob Ernst.

'Week in Review' panel Melanie McFarland, Dan Savage, Rob McKenna and KUOW's Bill Radke.
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Was the UW women’s crew coach inspiring his athletes, psychologically abusing them,  or something in between? Also, how do we honor American history when it wasn’t always honorable? And, we all react to shooting after shooting after shooting.

Bill Radke’s guests inclue Stranger editorial director Dan Savage, former Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, and McTelevision’s Melanie McFarland; plus Seattle Times sportswriter Geoff Baker.

Bill Radke speaks with Geoff Baker, sports writer for the Seattle Times, about the University of Washington's decision to fire women's crew coach Bob Ernst.

We also hear from Dan Savage, editorial director of the Stranger, Melanie McFarland, journalist and TV critic, and Rob McKenna, former Washington state attorney general, about tough love from sports coaches and whether it helps or hurts athletes.

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