Sports http://nwpr.org en Axe Bat Wins Converts, But Has To Overcome Baseball Traditionalists http://nwpr.org/post/axe-bat-wins-converts-has-overcome-baseball-traditionalists <p>There's an age-old tension between honoring tradition and embracing innovation. A family-owned sporting goods company in suburban Seattle is confronting that tension in the sport of baseball. This company is going to market with what it calls a "better" baseball bat.</p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 00:07:52 +0000 Tom Banse 45267 at http://nwpr.org Axe Bat Wins Converts, But Has To Overcome Baseball Traditionalists '12th Man' Can Be Found Far Outside Seattle City Limits http://nwpr.org/post/12th-man-can-be-found-far-outside-seattle-city-limits <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/020514JR_12thMan_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Three days after the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl, hundreds of thousands of fans flocked to the city to celebrate the team’s return.&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the "</span>12th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> man" doesn’t just live in Seattle.</span><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:06:31 +0000 Jessica Robinson 41021 at http://nwpr.org '12th Man' Can Be Found Far Outside Seattle City Limits Mexican Style Wrestlers Want To Escape Regulatory Choke Hold http://nwpr.org/post/mexican-style-wrestlers-want-escape-regulatory-choke-hold <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lucha </span>Libre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> wrestling has a huge following in Mexico. In fact, it’s second only to soccer. And its popularity is rising here in the Northwest. But </span>Lucha<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Libre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> wrestlers say complex regulations make it difficult and expensive to perform in Washington. Tuesday in Olympia, lawmakers heard testimony urging the state Department of Licensing to change that.</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:26:14 +0000 Taylor Winkel 40991 at http://nwpr.org Mexican Style Wrestlers Want To Escape Regulatory Choke Hold Circle of Life: Winter Olympics Inspires Generations Of Sun Valley Family http://nwpr.org/post/circle-life-winter-olympics-inspires-generations-sun-valley-family <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before you know it, the next Winter Olympics will be upon us. The Opening Ceremony is two short months away. The 2014 Games in </span>Sochi<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Russia will feature a new medal event - freestyle skiing in the </span>halfpipe<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. A daring skier from the Northwest hopes to make his Olympic debut in the first time Olympic event.</span></p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:18:36 +0000 Tom Banse 38205 at http://nwpr.org Circle of Life: Winter Olympics Inspires Generations Of Sun Valley Family Portland Selected To Host International Track And Field Event http://nwpr.org/post/portland-selected-host-international-track-and-field-event <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">International track and field organizers announced today that Portland will host the 2016 World Indoor Championships. Event organizers predict more than two thousand hotel rooms will be booked.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 00:53:18 +0000 Sergio Cisneros 37400 at http://nwpr.org Portland Selected To Host International Track And Field Event Talent Or Skill?: Homing In On The Elusive 'Sports Gene' http://nwpr.org/post/talent-or-skill-honing-elusive-sports-gene We've all had the experience of watching a great athletic performance — from gymnast Mary Lou Retton defying gravity to Michael Jordan sinking a mind-blowing turnaround jumper — and wondered: Were they born with that talent or can you get there with hard work and practice?<p><em>Sports Illustrated</em> senior writer David Epstein says scientists are learning a lot more about the role of genetics in athletic performance. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 17:32:00 +0000 editor 32045 at http://nwpr.org Talent Or Skill?: Homing In On The Elusive 'Sports Gene' An Unreal Sport: Mixing 'Fantasy Life' With Reality http://nwpr.org/post/unreal-sport-mixing-fantasy-life-reality It's the fourth most popular sport in the United States and more than 30 million people play it in the United States and Canada. Around 13 percent of Americans played it in 2012. There are hundreds of variations across multiple sports, but football is by far the most popular.<p>And it's pure fantasy.<p>Matthew Berry is the senior fantasy sports analyst for ESPN (yes, that's a real job), and he wrote a book delving into fantasy sports game that's captivated millions. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 07:13:00 +0000 editor 31023 at http://nwpr.org An Unreal Sport: Mixing 'Fantasy Life' With Reality Slackline World Cup In U.S. For First Time, At Hoopfest http://nwpr.org/post/slackline-world-cup-us-first-time-hoopfest <p>7,000 or so basketball teams take to the streets of Spokane this weekend to play in the 24th annual Hoopfest. Hoopfest’s organizers have a new trick up their sleeves this year, which will bring athletes from around the world to compete in a different sport. Paige Browning has the story.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:46:30 +0000 Paige Browning 29859 at http://nwpr.org University Of Oregon Softball Team Advances To The NCAA Tournament Super Regional http://nwpr.org/post/university-oregon-softball-team-advances-ncaa-tournament-super-regional <p>The University of Oregon softball team is going to the “NCAA Super Regional” after winning the Regional final Saturday in Eugene. The Ducks defeated Big 10 Conference Champions Wisconsin. KLCC's Jes Burns has more.</p><p> Mon, 20 May 2013 13:59:42 +0000 Jes Burns 27824 at http://nwpr.org University Of Oregon Softball Team Advances To The NCAA Tournament Super Regional Two Cultures Collide -- In More Ways Than One -- In Skijoring http://nwpr.org/post/two-cultures-collide-more-ways-one-skijoring <p>The sport of skijoring sounds like an awesomely bad idea someone cooked up on a long winter's night. Picture this: You navigate an obstacle course, on skis, while being pulled by a galloping horse. Yet equestrian skijoring has taken off as a sport in the snowy climes of Switzerland, Canada, and now, parts of the Northwest. This weekend, teams will go ski-to-ski and hoof-to-hoof at a competition in Sandpoint, Idaho. Jessica Robinson visited one skijoring practice to ask: Why? Thu, 14 Feb 2013 14:42:28 +0000 Jessica Robinson 22756 at http://nwpr.org Two Cultures Collide -- In More Ways Than One -- In Skijoring