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A different spin on sports by The Seattle Times staff and readers.

July 22, 2014 at 6:48 AM

An open letter to soccer fans, and sports fans everywhere

BY PAMELA LONDON My first love was sport. I have seen its ability to foster joy and community, a trait that drew me – and continues to draw me – to sport as a passion. I have seen strangers embracing, grown men crying, babies wearing headphones bigger than their faces, all in the name of sport. Sport also…

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July 18, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Sounders-Timbers: A reader’s plea for fan civility to avoid violence

Sounders-Timbers Portland fans make game long nightmare My 9-year-old daughter and I were lucky enough to get tickets to the Sounders-Timbers game at CenturyLink Field. Our tickets were beside the Portland Army, which beat a drum without end. The vitriol and immaturity, lack of respect, language, police presence, abuse and ceaseless noise made our experience a long, expensive…

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July 16, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Joe’s World Cup journey: The end, or is it the beginning?

BY JOSEPH SIMS Seattle native Joseph Sims, 21, traveled around the country during the World Cup in search of the heart and soul of soccer in the United States. Read about his journey in the Take 2 blog. My last stop to watch the World Cup was at Fado in downtown Seattle. While it wasn’t packed so…

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July 14, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Matt Pentz hired to cover Sounders, Reign for The Seattle Times

This week started with two huge soccer stories Sunday: Germany beating Argentina in the World Cup final and the Sounders winning an MLS showdown in Seattle with Cascadia Cup rival Portland. And now here’s another Seattle Times soccer news flash: Matt Pentz has been hired to cover Sounders FC and Reign FC. OK, so maybe our announcement…

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July 14, 2014 at 7:14 AM

Joe’s World Cup journey: Back home in Seattle at last

BY JOSEPH SIMS Seattle native Joseph Sims, 21, traveled around the country during the World Cup in search of the heart and soul of soccer in the United States. Read about his journey in the Take 2 blog. I was so happy when I saw the Seattle skyline rise up in the distance last week. I…

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July 11, 2014 at 7:00 AM

King Felix vs. the Big Unit: Who’s the M’s greatest pitcher?

King Felix or the Big Unit? Felix Hernandez or Randy Johnson? Both played 10 remarkable seasons with the Mariners, had great stuff and reputations as two of the best pitchers in baseball. And their statistics for Seattle are eerily similar. Entering Friday’s games, Hernandez’s win-loss record is 120-88 (.577) in 288 starts, with a 3.12 earned-run average,…

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