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Sunday, July 27, 2014
Larry Stone
Pete Carroll is man on the spot for the Seahawks in title defense
Being a defending Super Bowl champion doesn’t just mean that every team is gunning for you with maximum motivation. The biggest challenge is internal: Recapturing the hunger and drive. For that reason, coach Pete Carroll is the Seahawk most on the spot in 2014.
 
Don’t expect Seahawks to change philosophy minus Marshawn Lynch
Seattle will still emphasize running came and not necessarily lean on Russell Wilson’s arm, said offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
 
Mariners snap out of offensive slumber, end losing streak with 4-3 win over Orioles
Chris Young pitches well for seven innings and the Mariners then hang on for a much-needed victory that ended Seattle’s four-game losing streak.
 
Jerry Brewer
Storm’s Karen Bryant, first executive of women’s basketball in Seattle, starts a new life
Karen Bryant, who has played or managed at every level of women’s basketball, steps away as CEO of Storm with an unfinished legacy.
 
Micheal Azira finds his niche on Sounders with good humor, positive attitude
A native of Uganda, midfielder Micheal Azira has found a comfort zone with the Sounders this season with his sense of humor and good chemistry with his teammates.
 
Storm losing streak reaches five games after 77-69 loss to Sparks
A key run to end the third quarter breaks it open as the Sparks solidify their hold on the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference while the Storm’s hopes fade.
 
Vincenzo Nibali carries huge lead into final Tour de France stage Sunday
Italian Vincenzo Nibali of the Astana team is virtually guaranteed of winning the 21-stage Tour de France, which ends Sunday in Paris.
 
Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry
Burglars wrestled with the wrong house
Bet this perp isn’t demanding a rematch. Cesar Sosa, 22, and a still-at-large buddy made the mistake of trying to burglarize the Phoenix home of former WWE champ Daniel Bryan.
 
Jim Furyk leads Canadian Open by 3
Jim Furyk moved into position for his third Canadian Open victory, shooting a 5-under 65 to take a three-stroke lead in the PGA Tour event. Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor is in third place, five strokes behind Furyk.
 
Byron Scott reportedly agrees to 4-year deal to coach Los Angeles Lakers
Byron Scott has agreed to a four-year contract worth $17 million to coach the Los Angeles Lakers, ESPN and other media outlets reported Saturday. Scott, 53, is a former Lakers player.
 
NFL
Jordy Nelson, Green Bay receiver, signs 4-year, $39 million contract extension
Green Bay receiver Jordy Nelson signed a contract extension, reportedly for four years and $39 million.
 
Justin Smoak hits two homers, but Tacoma drops 8-5 decision to Sacramento
Justis Smoak now hitting .292 with Tacoma
 
Kevin Harvick earns pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Brickyard 400
Kevin Harvick won his fourth pole of the season when he led qualifiers for Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
 
Mariners notebook: This time, Dustin Ackley handles the No. 2 spot just fine
Outfielder now has confidence in his swing to hit anywhere in the order
 
Mariners prospect and ex-Mariner of the week

 
Meet the nuttiest baseball team the Northwest has ever seen
A compelling new documentary from Netflix, “The Battered Bastards of Baseball,” tells the story of the Portland Mavericks, who existed for a mere five seasons, 1973-77, but live on in legend and lore as the nuttiest baseball team in Northwest history.
 
Ryan Divish’s major-league power rankings

 
San Francisco trades for right-hander Jake Peavy
Giants acquire veteran from Boston for two minor-league pitchers.
 
Seahawks training camp at a glance

 
Winning Rays might not want to part with David Price, Ben Zobrist
Mariners might have to seek other options as Thursday’s trade deadline approaches.
 
Fall’s ocean salmon fishing prospects are bright indeed
Forecasts call for plenty of fall kings and coho coming back toward the Columbia River
 
NW Briefs
J. Michael Kelly, Jon Zimmerman take preliminary heats at Columbia Cup hydros
Finals for the Columbia Cup in the Tri-Cities will be run Sunday with Seafair next up for the unlimited hydroplanes.
 
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