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

April 9, 2014 at 12:59 PM

A strange sport bridges cultures for an American boy in Mexico

BY DAVID GARDNER In June of 1956, eight months after my father’s death, Mom moved the family – me, my little sister, and our cat – to Guadalajara, Mexico, where we would live for the next five years. During that time I attended Colegio Cervantes, a Catholic secondary school. There was a game played at school…

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April 8, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Mariners: Remembering my first opening day in 1977

The Mariners play their 38th home opener Tuesday night at Safeco Field, and I’ll be there as a spectator. I plan to make an appearance in the press box. Mostly, I’ll stop by to say hello to The Seattle Times’ reporters, columnists and photographers covering the game (along with many old media friends). But I’ll also…

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April 7, 2014 at 7:11 AM

Tiger Woods: Why all of us can relate to his fall from grace

BY ED HARRIS In recent years, perhaps no athlete in any sport performed at a higher level than Tiger Woods. The gold standard for measuring golfers is major tournament wins over the course of a career.  Jack Nicklaus holds the record at 18, and, accordingly, is still considered by many to be the greatest golfer in…

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April 5, 2014 at 6:00 AM

College sports unions, Mariners: Seattle Times readers sound off

College sports Wildcat strikes, lockouts? What’s the end game? Regarding college sports and unions, it does open some interesting doors. Could there be an athlete lockout on campus? How about a wildcat strike to stir things up? Thankfully, cooler heads should prevail. Still, I can’t wait to see how this thing pans out. As far as Northwestern gaining brownie…

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April 3, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Mariners: What the national media are saying about 3-0 start

The Mariners are 3-0 for the third time in franchise history after a sweep of the Los Angeles Angels on the road. I know, it’s early. But it’s fun to read some of the early buzz for a change. Here’s what national media are saying about the Mariners entering Thursday’s series opener in Oakland against the A’s. More

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April 3, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Rugby: My journey to New Zealand, and into the soul of a sport

BY MARK AKINS CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand - It was 2003, and England had just defeated Australia in the Rugby World Cup final on Jonny Wilkinson’s drop goal with 26 seconds left in extra time. Most of the 83,000 in Sydney’s Telstra Stadium went home crushed. Watching on TV, I was electrified. Two exhausted sides had left it all on…

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April 1, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Mariners poll: How do you feel after opening win?

So how is everyone feeling after watching the Mariners impressive 10-3 season-opening win over the Angels? I liked a lot of what I saw: Felix Hernandez righting himself after giving up an early home run. Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley looking like the players Mariners fans have hoped they’d be. Robinson Cano looking … like a…

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