Northwest Curling
9:58 am
Tue March 3, 2015

The (Not So) Secret World Of Northwest Curling

A player about to throw a curling stone.
Credit Peter Miller / Flickr

Curling: it's that sport with the stones and the brooms. You might have seen it played at the Olympics. Canadians play it. For many Americans, that's the extent of our curling knowledge. So this video might help bring everyone up to speed:

So that's curling. It's a little bit hockey, a little bit bowling, a little bit shuffleboard.

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Fantasy Sports
4:18 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Washington Lawmakers Consider Legalizing Fantasy Sports

Washington state lawmakers are considering whether to legalize fantasy sports contests like this one on

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 2:52 pm

On the eve of the Super Bowl, Washington state lawmakers are considering whether to legalize fantasy sports contests.

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Hockey Player Wages
6:07 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Northwest Hockey Teams Targeted By Lawsuit Over Player Wages

This map shows the five U.S. based teams in the Western Hockey League.
Credit Kevin Mooney / Northwest News Network

The pay and treatment of top Northwest hockey players is the subject of a new class action lawsuit. It commenced earlier this week in Canada against the Western Hockey League and its sister leagues. 

Affected teams include the Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs, Tri-City Americans, and Everett Silvertips. 

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NWPR Books
2:43 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

For This Baseball Season, Roger Angell Has Just The 'Ticket'

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 3:43 pm

"Most of us fans fall in love with baseball when we are children," writes Roger Angell. At any age, though, the ballgame is better with a friendly and knowledgeable companion. I can't think of a better one than Angell.

Now 94, he has written about baseball for over half a century, beginning when the New Yorker magazine sent him to spring training in 1962.

"I have covered this beat in haphazard fashion, following my own inclinations and interests," he writes in Season Ticket about the game in the mid-'80s.

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New Baseball Bat
5:07 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Axe Bat Wins Converts, But Has To Overcome Baseball Traditionalists

Players at this Timberline vs. North Thurston High School baseball showdown had the option to use an axe bat, but stayed traditional.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

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.

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Seahawk Fans
4:06 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

'12th Man' Can Be Found Far Outside Seattle City Limits

Nine-year-old Alora Morrow of Spokane celebrates the Seahawks' Super Bowl win.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 4:06 pm

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. But the "12th man" doesn’t just live in Seattle.

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Lucha Libre
6:26 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Mexican Style Wrestlers Want To Escape Regulatory Choke Hold

Announcer Jake Stratton (on left) and luchador Josh Black (on right) think the regulations on theatrical wrestling need to change.
Credit Taylor Winkel

Lucha Libre 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 Lucha Libre 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.

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Winter Olympics
7:18 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Circle of Life: Winter Olympics Inspires Generations Of Sun Valley Family

Wing Tai Barrymore in front of his home mountain, Sun Valley's Baldy.
Tom Banse

Before you know it, the next Winter Olympics will be upon us. The Opening Ceremony is two short months away. The 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia will feature a new medal event - freestyle skiing in the halfpipe. A daring skier from the Northwest hopes to make his Olympic debut in the first time Olympic event.

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Championships in Portland
4:53 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Portland Selected To Host International Track And Field Event

International track and field organizers announced today that Portland will host the 2016 World Indoor Championships.
Credit Veidaknyge / Wikimedia Commons

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. 

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NWPR Books
10:32 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Talent Or Skill?: Homing In On The Elusive 'Sports Gene'

According to author David Epstein, hitters like the Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols look at the movement of the pitcher's shoulder, torso or hand to help them hit the ball.
Brian Bahr Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 8:59 pm

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?

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