Monday, 22 July, 2019

Sports

Panic in the Pac-12 as conference quickly falls behind rivals

The Pac-12 Conference is projected to fall far behind other Power 5 conferences over the next five years in revenue-sharing and won’t even reach $38 million in payouts per school until 2023, according to budget documents recently provided by Pac-12 member Washington State.

By comparison, the Big Ten is expected to provide payouts to schools this year that exceed $51 million. Even the Atlantic Coast Conference soon is expected to rocket past $40 million after previously ranking last in school payouts among the Power 5.

No U.S., but still reason to watch World Cup

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You never know what will spark a conversation.

In this case, it was the shirt of Germany’s national soccer team I was wearing while waiting for my 9-year-old daughter to emerge from school last week.

A fellow parent, who I recognized but had never spoken with, asked if I was a fan. I learned she and her family are from Kaiserslautern in southwest Germany and had moved to Clark County two years ago.
I explained that my family has roots near Dresden, in eastern Germany. We agreed that Die Mannschaft, as Germany’s team is known, has a great chance to win its fifth World Cup this summer in Russia.
It was simply small talk. Yet it was a conversation that made the world feel smaller thanks to the planet’s biggest and best sporting event.

No drama this time as Seattle loses to Red Sox in ‘a dud’

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After three tense games, series ends with Red Sox rolling over Mariners

SEATTLE – After three consecutive games decided by the slimmest of margins and the outcome in doubt until the final pitch of the game, the finale of the well-attended four-game series between the Mariners and Red Sox at Safeco Field had no such drama.

A crowd of 46,462 – the second sellout of the season and seventh largest crowd in Safeco Field history – watched the vaunted Red Sox offense, stymied by Wade LeBlanc a day earlier, reasserted its dominance in a decisive 9-3 victory while enjoying a perfect Father’s Day in the sun.

Multi-sport girls athlete of the year: Beyonce Bea, Washougal

  • Jun 25, 2018
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Versatility is big part of Bea’s game(s)

Just two weeks removed from the spring high school sports season and Beyonce Bea is back on the court. With a trip to the 2A state tennis tournament not far in the rear-view, it’s now time for Washougal’s summer basketball season, which will be followed by the summer AAU circuit, official college visits and then volleyball in the fall.

One season ends, and another begins. It’s a never-ending cycle.

Father’s Day: Parziale ties for low amateur with dad on bag

  • Jun 25, 2018
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Leaning on his club, Matt Parziale crossed one leg over the other and placed the free hand on his hip. His caddie mirrored his position and used Parziale’s bag as his source of support. The two looked almost identical, just one older than the other.

Being related will do that.

Parziale’s dad, Vic Parziale, has been with his son throughout his entire U.S. Open journey, starting Monday and ending on Father’s Day. Matt finished 5 over par Sunday to tie for low amateur at 16 over for the tournament.

Ahead of the NBA draft, here’s what the experts project the Wizards will do with the 15th pick

  • Jun 25, 2018
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The Wizards have the 15th pick in Thursday’s NBA draft. It’s anybody’s guess which players will be off the board by the time Washington is on the clock, but the 15th pick has yielded a couple of all-star talents (Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard) in recent years, as well as useful players such as Justin Jackson and the Wizards’ own Kelly Oubre Jr.

The Suns are expected to take Arizona center Deandre Ayton No. 1 overall, but the rest of this year’s lottery picks are shaping up to be as unpredictable as any draft in recent memory. Consider ESPN’s live mock draft special from two weeks ago, when Adrian Wojnarowski had Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr. falling to the Wizards at No. 15.

Brooks Koepka joins rare club with back-to-back U.S. Open championships

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Hours before he headed out to Shinnecock Hills to defend his U.S. Open title in the final round Sunday, Brooks Koepka and his buddies had a bench-pressing contest at a local gym.
“He put up 225 [pounds] 14 times on a Sunday; that’s pretty impressive,” said high school pal Dan Gambill. “I was like, `What are you, nuts?’ We had a bet. His trainer said he couldn’t do 15, and he fell short on the 15th.”
No matter. Koepka made up for it. At the end of the day, he hoisted the 8.5-pound U.S. Open trophy after shooting a two-under-par 68 to beat Tommy Fleetwood by a stroke and become the seventh player to win the storied championship in back-to-back years.

“Probably couldn’t have dreamed of it in my wildest dreams,” said Koepka, 28, the tournament’s first repeat winner since Curtis Strange in 1989. “I’m at a loss for words right now, but it’s really incredible.”
Koepka held off his good friend and closing-round playing partner, Dustin Johnson, who had a commanding four-stroke lead after two rounds before stumbling Saturday and shooting even par Sunday. Johnson finished third at three over.

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