Sports http://www.kplu.org en KPLU's Night At The Tacoma Rainiers http://www.kplu.org/post/kplus-night-tacoma-rainiers <p></p><p></p><p><strong>Join Us for Baseball, Music, Food and Fun!</strong></p><p>Summer isn’t complete without indulging in the great American pastime—baseball.&nbsp; KPLU invites you to join us for our Night at the Rainiers at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium on Wednesday, July 23.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Brenda Goldstein-Young 17484 at http://www.kplu.org KPLU's Night At The Tacoma Rainiers U.S. Bounced Out Of World Cup By Belgium, Ending Team's Run http://www.kplu.org/post/live-blog-us-takes-belgium-knockout-round The U.S. team's dramatic and unexpected run in the World Cup came to an end today in Salvador, Brazil.<p>For 90 minutes, the score was tied at 0-0. Belgium attacked and attacked, but U.S. goal keeper Tim Howard held them off with save after save in spectacular fashion. By some counts, Howard had the most saves in World Cup history.<p>But as the game went into extra time, however, Howard couldn't hold back the attacks.<p>Belgium scored its first goal a couple of minutes in, and then quickly added another one.<p>The U.S. made a late run, showing spark and launching aggressive attacks. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:21:37 +0000 17509 at http://www.kplu.org U.S. Bounced Out Of World Cup By Belgium, Ending Team's Run U.S.-Belgium Match Could Be A Game Of Goalkeepers http://www.kplu.org/post/us-belgium-match-could-be-game-goalkeepers Win or go home. Do or die. Lose and you're done. Choose your sports cliche, and for the United States team, it's true. The U.S. takes on Belgium at 4 p.m. EDT today in Salvador, Brazil. It's the Americans' first game in the knockout stage. The victor moves on to the quarterfinals, and the loser books a flight home.<p>The scrappy U.S. team made it out of the "Group of Death" by beating World Cup nemesis Ghana, tying a tough Portugal team and losing to world No. 2-ranked Germany. Belgium, by contrast, had a far easier schedule in round-robin play. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:33:20 +0000 Russell Lewis 17505 at http://www.kplu.org U.S.-Belgium Match Could Be A Game Of Goalkeepers U.S. Advances In World Cup Despite 1-0 Loss To Germany http://www.kplu.org/post/us-vs-germany-world-cup-live-blog The U.S. men's soccer team has finished second in its World Cup group, after a 1-0 loss to Germany on Thursday. The Americans will advance after Portugal beat Ghana 2-1.<p>"This is a huge, huge step, and now we can't wait until round of 16," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said afterward, according to ESPN. "Everyone said we had no chance. We took the chance and move on. And now we really want to prove a point."<p>Today's two games in Group G — dubbed by many as this tournament's "Group of Death" — were played concurrently. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:16:56 +0000 Bill Chappell 17409 at http://www.kplu.org U.S. Advances In World Cup Despite 1-0 Loss To Germany U.S. Vs. Germany In The World Cup: What To Look For http://www.kplu.org/post/us-vs-germany-world-cup-what-look Anticipation is building for the U.S. Men's National Team's showdown with Germany on Thursday. The Americans need a win or a tie to decide their own fate; a loss would mean they need help <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/23/324908127/doing-the-math-how-the-u-s-can-advance-in-the-world-cup">to advance to the round of 16</a>.<p>The game will start at noon ET — when the other Group G match, between Portugal and Ghana, also starts. You can follow the game or just comment on the action here at The Two-Way. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:08:57 +0000 Bill Chappell 17391 at http://www.kplu.org U.S. Vs. Germany In The World Cup: What To Look For World Cup Ratings Spike: How Popular Is Soccer In The U.S.? http://www.kplu.org/post/world-cup-ratings-spike-how-popular-soccer-us Sunday's thrilling and frustrating World Cup match between the U.S. and Portugal drew an average of 24.7 million viewers, according to the Nielsen ratings company, a result that puts the game above the recent NBA finals.<p>The game's total U.S. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:45:11 +0000 Bill Chappell 17352 at http://www.kplu.org World Cup Ratings Spike: How Popular Is Soccer In The U.S.? Seahawks Pick Missouri Tackle Justin Britt http://www.kplu.org/post/seahawks-pick-missouri-tackle-justin-britt <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The Seattle Seahawks addressed their need to add depth to the offensive line by drafting Missouri tackle Justin Britt with the final pick in the second round of the NFL draft.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The offensive line appeared to be a need for the Seahawks heading into the draft with starting right tackle Breno Giacomini and guard Paul McQuistan leaving in free agency.</p> Sat, 10 May 2014 02:59:14 +0000 The Associated Press 16488 at http://www.kplu.org Seahawks Pick Missouri Tackle Justin Britt NCAA Head Emmert: Unionization 'Grossly Inappropriate' http://www.kplu.org/post/ncaa-head-emmert-unionization-grossly-inappropriate <p>The NCAA president called an effort to unionize players a "grossly inappropriate" way to solve problems in college sports while insisting the association has plans to change the school-athlete relationship.</p><p>Mark Emmert, a former president of the University of Washington, said Sunday that the NCAA wants to allow the big conferences with moneymaking teams to write their own rules, and those changes could solve many athletes' complaints more effectively than unionization.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:07:11 +0000 The Associated Press 15745 at http://www.kplu.org NCAA Head Emmert: Unionization 'Grossly Inappropriate' Seattle's Own Persevering Olympian Finds 'Life-Changing' Welcome In Peru http://www.kplu.org/post/seattles-own-persevering-olympian-finds-life-changing-welcome-peru <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Peruvian-American Olympic cross-country skier is looking forward to a big welcome when he returns home to Seattle this weekend.</span></p><p>Seattle Olympian Roberto Carcelen finished dead last in his race at the Winter Olympics, but what happened to him afterward could illustrate the Gospel phrase that says "the last shall be first."</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:53:21 +0000 Tom Banse 14878 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's Own Persevering Olympian Finds 'Life-Changing' Welcome In Peru Legally-Blind Athletes Shoot Targets In Paralympic Biathlon In Sochi http://www.kplu.org/post/legally-blind-athletes-shoot-targets-paralympic-biathlon-sochi <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A legally blind skier from Sun Valley, Idaho finished in </span>14th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> place in the opening biathlon competition at the </span>Paralympic<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Winter Games over the weekend.</span></p><p>Rookie Paralympian&nbsp;<a href="http://www.teamusa.org/Athletes/AD/Jake-Adicoff" target="_blank">Jake Adicoff</a> missed multiple rifle targets to take himself out of contention in the 7.5 kilometer event held in Sochi, Russia. This&nbsp;<a href="http://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Features/2014/March/08/Gallery-biathlon" target="_blank">combination of cross-country skiing and marksmanship</a>&nbsp;unfolded on the same course used for the Winter Olympics last month.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:12:38 +0000 Tom Banse 14653 at http://www.kplu.org Legally-Blind Athletes Shoot Targets In Paralympic Biathlon In Sochi Five Disabled Athletes With Northwest Ties In Sochi For Paralympic Winter Games http://www.kplu.org/post/five-disabled-athletes-northwest-ties-sochi-paralympic-winter-games <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">American and European politicians are boycotting the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Paralympic</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Winter Games in </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sochi</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to protest Russian moves in Ukraine. But disabled athletes from Washington, Oregon and Idaho plan to compete in the Olympic host city as scheduled starting this weekend.</span></p><p>Five athletes with ties to the Northwest qualified for the U.S. Paralympic Team and flew to Sochi this week. They're competing in downhill and cross-country skiing, biathlon and sled hockey. In addition, two sighted guides, one from Washington and one from Idaho, went to Sochi in tandem with the visually-impaired skiers from the region.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:08:17 +0000 Tom Banse 14552 at http://www.kplu.org Five Disabled Athletes With Northwest Ties In Sochi For Paralympic Winter Games How They Fared: Three Gold, Two Silver For Northwest Athletes In Sochi http://www.kplu.org/post/how-they-fared-three-gold-two-silver-northwest-athletes-sochi <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/022314TB_OlyRecap_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Athletes with ties to the Northwest won three gold and two silver medals at the Winter Olympics that just wrapped up in Russia. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:10:45 +0000 14052 at http://www.kplu.org How They Fared: Three Gold, Two Silver For Northwest Athletes In Sochi How They Fared: Northwest Olympians Bring Home Silver & Gold http://www.kplu.org/post/how-they-fared-speedskater-northwest-brings-home-silver Short track speedskater J.R. Celski of Federal Way, Wash., led Team USA to a silver medal in the men's 5000-meter relay Friday, ending a medal drought in the discipline for the Americans. Russia took the gold. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:03:01 +0000 13959 at http://www.kplu.org How They Fared: Northwest Olympians Bring Home Silver & Gold Northwest Claims Another Medal, But It Comes In Heartbreaking Hockey Loss http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-claims-another-medal-it-comes-heartbreaking-hockey-loss <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More Olympic hardware is coming home to the Northwest, but it comes via a heartbreaking loss.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Team Canada beat the U.S women’s ice hockey squad 3-2 Thursday in Sochi. That means the U.S teammates, including Hilary Knight of Sun Valley, receive silver medals.</p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:53:54 +0000 Tom Banse 13902 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest Claims Another Medal, But It Comes In Heartbreaking Hockey Loss Here's The Local Roller Rink Where Speedskating Olympians Got Their Start http://www.kplu.org/post/heres-local-roller-rink-where-speedskating-olympians-got-their-start <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At the winter Olympics in </span>Sochi<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the U.S. has collected no medals so far in </span>speedskating<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, an uncharacteristic result. The Americans' best remaining hope for hardware rests with short track </span>speedskater<a href="http://usspeedskating.org/short-track/athlete-profiles" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;J.R. Celski</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and the men's relay team.</span></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:08:08 +0000 Tom Banse 13772 at http://www.kplu.org Here's The Local Roller Rink Where Speedskating Olympians Got Their Start