Sports with Art Thiel http://www.kplu.org en Solid Choices, Big Chances 'Justify' Mariners GM Contract Extension http://www.kplu.org/post/solid-choices-big-chances-justify-mariners-gm-contract-extension <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/165211835&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Mariners have made some solid choices and taken some big chances this year. It all appears to be paying off as they continue to be in the wild card playoff hunt.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 18338 at http://www.kplu.org Solid Choices, Big Chances 'Justify' Mariners GM Contract Extension Looking Good: Huskies Start 2014 Season With New Coach http://www.kplu.org/post/looking-good-huskies-start-2014-season-new-coach <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/164327770&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of Washington football team opens its 2014 season on Aug. 30 in Hawaii.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Huskies are coming off a successful, 9-4 season last year, and they have a promising new coach. But they also have a bit of a quarterback controversy, says sports commentator Art </span>Thiel<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 18211 at http://www.kplu.org Looking Good: Huskies Start 2014 Season With New Coach Mariners In The Thick Of Playoff Hunt http://www.kplu.org/post/mariners-thick-playoff-hunt <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163170711&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div><p>The Mariners are in a battle with the Detroit Tigers for the second wild card playoff spot in the American League. The two teams play each other in a big weekend series in Detroit.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 18165 at http://www.kplu.org Mariners In The Thick Of Playoff Hunt Apologies 'Not Enough'; UW's Miles, Ravens' Rice Need To 'Own' Misdeeds http://www.kplu.org/post/apologies-not-enough-uws-miles-ravens-rice-need-own-misdeeds <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/162180553&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Two football players recently apologized for incidents that involved violence against women. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel wants more from both the players and the organizations that punished them for their actions.</p><p>"It was the words of the players that bothered me because they never explained why and how, and what they did," Art said. "Until they do that, you can't own it."</p><p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 18067 at http://www.kplu.org Apologies 'Not Enough'; UW's Miles, Ravens' Rice Need To 'Own' Misdeeds Mariners Make Down-To-The-Wire Deals For Two Starting Players http://www.kplu.org/post/mariners-make-down-wire-deals-two-starting-players <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161165070&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 17931 at http://www.kplu.org Mariners Make Down-To-The-Wire Deals For Two Starting Players Seahawks Could Defend Super Bowl Title — If These Things Happen Now http://www.kplu.org/post/seahawks-could-defend-super-bowl-title-if-these-things-happen-now <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160146160&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Seahawks are back at training camp this weekend in Renton. Fans, meanwhile, are looking ahead to the season with a big question on their minds: Can the team defend its championship?</span></p><p>“I think they’re in good position to do it, but it’s really hard,” said KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.</p><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:40:37 +0000 Ed Ronco & Art Thiel 17864 at http://www.kplu.org Seahawks Could Defend Super Bowl Title — If These Things Happen Now 'It's About To Be The Greatest Time': 4 Reasons Seattle Fans Should Get Excited http://www.kplu.org/post/its-about-be-greatest-time-4-reasons-seattle-fans-should-get-excited <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159161637&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>From Seattle Sounders players shining at the World Cup to four Mariners in the All-Star game, to the Seahawks winning best team in sports at the ESPY Awards, Seattle sports fans have lots of reasons to smile lately.</p><p>And come September, says&nbsp;KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel, those smiles may turn into tears of joy. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 17793 at http://www.kplu.org 'It's About To Be The Greatest Time': 4 Reasons Seattle Fans Should Get Excited The Mariners Need More Kyle Seagers http://www.kplu.org/post/mariners-need-more-kyle-seagers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158160492&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Major League Baseball’s All-Star game is Tuesday in Minneapolis, with the winning league gaining home-field advantage in the World Series. Three Mariners will play for the American League: All-Star veterans Robinson Cano and Felix Hernandez and first-time All-Star Kyle Seager.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the Mariners could use more players like Seager&nbsp;— homegrown and hitting the ball. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:25:04 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 17683 at http://www.kplu.org The Mariners Need More Kyle Seagers Why The Mariners Are So Good Right Now: Meet The Surprising Newcomers http://www.kplu.org/post/why-mariners-are-so-good-right-now-meet-surprising-newcomers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157187975&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Mariners are going for their fifth series win in a row, taking on the White Sox in Chicago this weekend.&nbsp;</span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;sports commentator Art&nbsp;</span>Thiel<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says the Mariners have been on fire recently, particularly at the plate.</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 17577 at http://www.kplu.org Why The Mariners Are So Good Right Now: Meet The Surprising Newcomers As U.S. Advances, Rising Sounder Yedlin's Journey To 1st World Cup Extended http://www.kplu.org/post/us-advances-rising-sounder-yedlins-journey-1st-world-cup-extended <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156178616&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The U.S. Men's National Soccer Team will take on Belgium next Tuesday in the knockout round of the World Cup. The U.S. men weren't expected to get past the so-called Group of Death. But they did, and they did it with the help of Seattle's own DeAndre Yedlin, a World Cup rookie.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 17433 at http://www.kplu.org As U.S. Advances, Rising Sounder Yedlin's Journey To 1st World Cup Extended With Win Over Ghana, U.S. An Unlikely Star In World Cup's 'Grand Theater' http://www.kplu.org/post/win-over-ghana-us-unlikely-star-world-cups-grand-theater <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155126172&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>World Cup fever seems to have swept much of the nation, especially after the U.S. beat Ghana 2-1 on Monday. The U.S. men’s national team is led by captain and Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey, who scored the first goal in the first 30 seconds of the match.</p><p>As U.S. prepares to take on Portugal on Sunday afternoon, sports commentator Art Thiel&nbsp;says the team's win has changed the expected narrative of the World Cup, or what Art calls "grand theater." Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 17266 at http://www.kplu.org With Win Over Ghana, U.S. An Unlikely Star In World Cup's 'Grand Theater' Would Sterling Lawsuit Expose NBA Secrets? http://www.kplu.org/post/would-sterling-lawsuit-expose-nba-secrets <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154092436&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The $2 billion sale of the L.A. Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is in limbo. Embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling is moving forward with his lawsuit against the NBA, saying he was forced unfairly to sell the team after his racist comments were made public.</p><p>Sterling this week called the NBA "a band of hypocrites and bullies" and "despicable monsters." And the <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ap-source-donald-sterling-hires-investigators">Associated Press reports</a> he's now hired several private investigators to dig up dirt on NBA commissioners and his fellow owners.</p><p>Does the NBA have anything to hide? KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says there's a crack in the NBA's case. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 17120 at http://www.kplu.org Would Sterling Lawsuit Expose NBA Secrets? Sounders Head Into World Cup Break On Top With Two Players On National Team http://www.kplu.org/post/sounders-head-world-cup-break-top-two-players-national-team <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153004579&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Seattle Sounders are on top of the Major League Soccer standings heading into Saturday’s game against the Fire in Chicago. Then they’re off for three weeks while the World Cup is played in Brazil.</p><p>Two Sounders players are on the men’s national team, which has taken them away from MLS play recently. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the Sounders have sufficient depth on their team to handle it. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 16976 at http://www.kplu.org Sounders Head Into World Cup Break On Top With Two Players On National Team Ballmer Reaches Deal To Buy Clippers For $2 Billion, Won't Move Them To Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/ballmer-reaches-deal-buy-clippers-2-billion-wont-move-them-seattle <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151954427&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has reportedly reached a deal to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion. Sources told ESPN and other media that the agreement was signed Thursday night by the family trust of embattled owner Donald Sterling and has been sent to the NBA for final approval.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it’s not good news for Seattle.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 16869 at http://www.kplu.org Ballmer Reaches Deal To Buy Clippers For $2 Billion, Won't Move Them To Seattle Will Hockey Win? New Developments In NHL's Race With NBA To Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/will-hockey-win-new-developments-nhls-race-nba-seattle <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150817608&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A recent visit by the head of the National Hockey League has people in Seattle once again talking about whether the NHL will beat the NBA to town. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that's "score one" for the hockey execs. Fri, 23 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 16785 at http://www.kplu.org Will Hockey Win? New Developments In NHL's Race With NBA To Seattle