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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.

Ken Griffey, Jr. uniform
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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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Running back Fred Jackson spent eight seasons with the Buffalo Bills before coming to the Seahawks at the beginning of this season. His wife and four children have stayed back East for the school year. He talked to KUOW about what Thanksgiving means to him and how he'll celebrate the holiday this year in a new city.

If you watch sports on TV, you can't miss the barrage of advertising for fantasy sports websites. Washington and Montana are two of only six states that keep out fantasy sports operators such as FanDuel and DraftKings.

The VICIS helmet is seen in a testing apparatus.
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Bill Radke talks with neurosurgeon Dr. Samuel Browd about his company's anti-concussion football helmet. Browd is a neurosurgeon at Seattle Children's Hospital and co-founder of the company Vicis.

Instructor Megan Shaeffer takes participants in the state’s first women-only hunting class on Nov. 7 in Black Diamond through a scenario over whether it’s ethical, legal and safe to shoot.
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David Hyde speaks with volunteer instructor Megan Shaeffer about the need for women-only hunter education classes.  She recently lead the state's first on Nov. 7 in Black Diamond. 

Shabana Khan stands in front of a painting at Pro Sports, Bellevue, that depicts members of her family playing squash. (Shabana is the one in blue, while her brother Azam is in the center of the painting at her left).
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The world championships for squash are in Bellevue this week -- and it's all thanks to one family. 

Azam Khan, one of the organizers, learned the sport from his dad. His dad grew up working at British squash courts in Pakistan and India. He was one of many boys who fetched stray balls for British officers. But the boys had a secret.

Sportswear giant Adidas announced Thursday that it would offer free design resources and financial assistance to any high schools that want to change their logo or mascot from Native American imagery or symbolism.

The company announced the initiative ahead of the Tribal Nations Conference at the White House, which Adidas executives attended.

In the past few years, the Pentagon spent $6.8 million to pay for patriotic displays during the games of professional sports teams.

That's according to a joint oversight report released by Arizona Republican Sens. John Flake and John McCain on Wednesday.

The Kansas City Royals have earned their first World Series title in 30 years, staging a dramatic Game 5 comeback to beat the New York Mets 7-2.

They took home the series four games to one.

The final game featured a stunning extra-innings turnaround. It started as a pitchers' duel: the Mets' Matt Harvey against Kansas City's Edinson Volquez.

Ross Reynolds talks to Doug Merlino, author of "Beast: Blood, Struggle, and Dreams at the Heart of Mixed Martial Arts," about the legacy of mixed martial arts in the Pacific Northwest — and the superstar it created.

In a wide-ranging interview, suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter says the troubles for soccer's world governing body started with his rival Michel Platini — who Blatter says also helped to undermine a push to deliver the 2022 World Cup to the U.S., instead of to Qatar.

"The FIFA World Cup or the FIFA president is a ball in the big political power game," Blatter tells Russia's TASS news agency.

The World Cup-winning U.S. women's national soccer team was honored at the White House today, where Obama praised the champions.

"This team taught all of America's children that 'playing like a girl' means you're a badass," he said.

Key Arena May Get Second Chance At The NBA

Oct 26, 2015
KeyArena in Seattle Center.
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Ross Reynolds sits down with Seattle Times reporter Geoff Baker to discuss why several maritime groups, including the port and longshoremen union, want the city to reconsider Key Arena as a site for potential NBA or NHL teams.

Ross Reynolds speaks with New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield about after school video game leagues for kids. Wingfield recently took his daughter to a sneak peek at one league in Seattle. 

Students at Skyline High School in Sammamish play Gaelic football, which looks a lot like soccer -- until you catch the ball with your hands.
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Irish President Michael Higgins is visiting Seattle this week. Thursday morning, he traveled to Skyline High School in Sammamish to watch a game of Gaelic football, a sport many locals probably have never seen.

It's sort of like soccer, except you can catch the ball. And then dribble it, or punt, or bump, or punch.

When it comes to feats of speed and strength, Homo sapiens is a pretty pitiful species. The list of animals that can outsprint us is embarrassing. There's the cheetah, of course, but also horses, ostriches, greyhounds, grizzly bears, kangaroos, wild boars, even some house cats.

Juanita High School football field in Kirkland, Washington.
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David Hyde talks to Geoff Baker, investigative reporter at the Seattle Times about the accusations of a culture of hazing at Juanita High School in Kirkland. 

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