Melissa Santos
Mar 23, 2023 - Sports

Gonzaga's big Sweet 16 streak

Bracket: Axios Visuals
Bracket: Axios Visuals

Thursday night will mark the Gonzaga Bulldogs' eighth straight Sweet 16 appearance. That's the third-longest streak ever, Axios' Kendall Baker writes.

What's happening: No. 3 seed Gonzaga is taking on No. 2 seed UCLA Thursday night in the third round of the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament.

Melissa Santos
Mar 17, 2023 - Sports

Seattle mayor thinks a new NBA team could come soon

Illustration of an hourglass filled with basketballs instead of sand.

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

While NBA officials are staying tight-lipped about if and when a men's basketball team might return to Seattle, Mayor Bruce Harrell predicted this week that it will happen — and in a "much shorter window" than five years.

Why it matters: Since the Seattle SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008, Seattle has been without a professional men's basketball team.

Melissa Santos
Mar 17, 2023 - Sports

Meet the Orcas, Seattle's new cricket team

The Seattle Orcas logo. Courtesy of Major League Cricket

The Emerald City is getting another professional sports team this year — one that plays cricket.

Driving the news: Seattle's new cricket team will be named the Orcas, Major League Cricket announced Thursday.

Melissa Santos
Mar 7, 2023 - Sports

Seahawks rank 11th in the NFL for working conditions, players say

Data: NFLPA; Table: Alice Feng/Axios
Data: NFLPA; Table: Alice Feng/Axios

When it comes to working conditions for football players, the Seattle Seahawks get high marks for their team facilities — but they lose points for making players fly coach, according to a new survey of NFL players.

What's happening: Overall, the Seahawks ranked 11th of the 32 NFL franchises in the "team report cards" recently released by the NFL Players Association.

Melissa Santos
Feb 27, 2023 - Sports

Interest in pickleball, Washington's official state sport, spikes

Data: Yelp; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Yelp; Chart: Axios Visuals

Interest in pickleball — Washington's official state sport — has shot up by 275% since 2019, new data from Yelp shows.

Why it matters: Pickleball was invented by Washington residents, and it's always nice to see the rest of the country wise up to the good things we have going on here.

Melissa Santos
Feb 10, 2023 - Politics

A renewed push to expand sports betting in Washington

Data: American Gaming Association; Cartogram: Axios Visuals

Sunday’s Super Bowl in Phoenix will be the first held in a jurisdiction with legalized sports betting, an industry that is booming nationally.

  • But in Washington state, such gambling is only legal while on the premises of a tribal casino — a restriction some are pushing to change.
Melissa Santos
Feb 7, 2023 - Sports

The Seattle Kraken are leading their division

Standings: Axios Visuals
Standings: Axios Visuals

The Kraken are in a pretty good place heading into today's match against the New York Islanders.

What's happening: The Kraken are first in their division and are ranked second in the Western Conference, behind only the Dallas Stars.

Félix Hernández will join the Mariners Hall of Fame

A man in a Mariners jersey and cap pulls back to wind up before throwing a pitch.

Félix Hérnandez in 2015. Photo: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Félix Hernández cemented his place in Mariners' lore when he pitched the team's first perfect game in history on Aug. 15, 2012. Now he is set to join other baseball greats in the Mariners Hall of Fame.

Driving the news: Nicknamed "King Félix," Hernández will be inducted on Aug. 12 at T-Mobile Park when the team takes on the Baltimore Orioles.


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