Sports

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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NWPR Books
12:13 am
Tue July 16, 2013

An Unreal Sport: Mixing 'Fantasy Life' With Reality

Matthew Berry's new book, "The Fantasy Life," talks about how a made-up game has affected millions of lives, including his own.

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 3:21 am

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.

And it's pure fantasy.

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Hoopfest
6:46 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Slackline World Cup In U.S. For First Time, At Hoopfest

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.

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Oregon State Softball
6:59 am
Mon May 20, 2013

University Of Oregon Softball Team Advances To The NCAA Tournament Super Regional

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.

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World Of Skijoring
6:42 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Two Cultures Collide -- In More Ways Than One -- In Skijoring

Dylan DeCrow and Jessica Spring prepare to compete at Sandpoint’s skijoring competition.
Credit Photo by Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

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?

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