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Fernando Alonso's McLaren breaks again, in practice for Spanish GP

Fernando Alonso reflects on his test session Wednesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The two-time Formula One champion plans to race in the Indianapolis 500 on May 28. The Indianapolis Star Fernando Alonso had engine troubles again during practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.(Photo: Andreu Dalmau, EPA) MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Just when McLaren had nowhere to go but up, it sunk to a new low when Fernando Alonso's first lap of practice for the Spanish Grand Prix ended in a puff of smoke and a pool of engine fluid on Friday. White smoke enveloped the two-time Formula One champion when…
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Voting for the Fates of Seattle’s Leading Sports Figures

Did you vote? No, not in that election. The one that allowed Sounders FC season ticket holders to decide whether the club’s general manager, Adrian Hanauer, gets to keep his job. The one that ends December 7. The only one of its kind in pro sports. Hanauer is safe—winning three U.S. Open Cups doesn’t hurt—but what if we could control the fate of other local team leaders? The shiny-pated onetime scout became the Mariners’ GM in 2008, after the team’s worst season in nearly 15 years. He had a reputation for spotting young talent, but sure-thing acquisitions like weak-hitting Justin…
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Heckle Like a Red Sox Fan

Compared to fans in the rest of the major league, Mariners supporters are a polite bunch. Boston Red Sox fans, on the other hand, turn invectives toward opposing players into an art. Like most New Englanders, super fan Tim Robie’s Red Sox allegiance was not a choice. It was a birthright. Robie, pictured, hails from Concord, New Hampshire, and is now a second-year Seattleite. And he cheers on his beloved team when it plays at Safeco and trash-talks the M’s. The Red Sox come to town this month for a three-game series against the Mariners (September 3–5). To stick it…
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Darryl Baines, Running Man

FIRST THERE WAS A CRASH. No squealing brakes, just the dull crunch of a car caving in a home’s front porch and shattering the predawn quiet. And then nothing. No cries for help, no movement in the vehicle, nothing to suggest anyone was behind the wheel. It was as if the car, a red 1974 Plymouth Duster, had driven itself up over the curb, aimed for the front door, and hit the gas. The sun was still hours from rising on October 20, 1988, when Tacoma police and fire units pulled up to the scene of the accident, at the…
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Darryl Baines, Running Man

FIRST THERE WAS A CRASH. No squealing brakes, just the dull crunch of a car caving in a home’s front porch and shattering the predawn quiet. And then nothing. No cries for help, no movement in the vehicle, nothing to suggest anyone was behind the wheel. It was as if the car, a red 1974 Plymouth Duster, had driven itself up over the curb, aimed for the front door, and hit the gas. The sun was still hours from rising on October 20, 1988, when Tacoma police and fire units pulled up to the scene of the accident, at the…
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Bike Crashes Along SLU Streetcar Pit Cyclists Against City

The streetcar was coming and Amanda Currier had a decision to make. Just seconds earlier, at a little past 1pm on June 15, 2009, she’d left work on her bike and started pedaling north along Westlake Avenue to her Queen Anne apartment. It was an unseasonably cool day—low 60s—in an unusually cool summer, but at least it wasn’t raining. Wet roads always made the 20-minute commute through traffic that much trickier. It was Currier’s first time riding this direction on Westlake since the South Lake Union Streetcar began running—she was trying out a new route—and as soon as her tires…
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Meet the Players in Seattle rsquo;s NBA Arena Proposal

The Sonics will come back. Maybe. This June the Seattle City Council and King County Council will likely vote on Seattle native Chris Hansen’s proposal to put up $290 million for a $490 million pro-sports arena in SoDo. But that’s just one of the hoops he’ll have to jump through to return the NBA to the city. Follow the bouncing ball as we examine the rest. Click here to follow Hansen’s potential journey.[1] References^ Click here to follow Hansen’s potential journey. (www.sagacitymedia.com)...
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The Redemption of Ryan Leaf Will Be Televised

WITH NOWHERE TO GO, HE RAN. Just packed up and fled twelve hundred miles to the dust-caked scrubland of West Texas without leaving a forwarding address. A guy his size—six feet six inches, 245 pounds, biceps like HoneyBaked hams—could never truly disappear, but the wide-open Southern sky had a way of shrinking a man. And down there anonymity cost as much as a Stetson and a new pair of cowboy boots. Maybe he could at least blend in, he thought, throw them off of his scent long enough that they’d forget about him. But he should have known better. If…
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Would It Work Here? More Skate Parks

YOU KNOW THAT FEELING when you hear urethane skateboard wheels thundering down the sidewalk and your shins practically ache at the thought of an impending you-versus-skater collision? Yeah, well Torontonians didn’t like it either. That’s why the opening of Toronto’s Eighth Street Skate Park in July was a proud moment for city council member Mark Grimes. First elected in 2003, Grimes had vowed to provide the misunderstood—though thriving—skateboarding population of Toronto a place to play. “It’s a really unique community,” said Grimes. “They just need a place to apply their trade.” It took months of scouting locations, a handful of…
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A King’s Ransom

FÉLIX CAN’T CURE WHAT AILS THE M’SMariners GM Jack Zduriencik insists he hasn’t been shopping his flamethrowing phenom because he wants to build a playoff-quality franchise around him. But Hernández could be 30 before the M’s even sniff the postseason again. (This is a team, let’s not forget, that scored 100 fewer runs than any other team in the American League last year.) You want to speed up the rebuilding process? Get a handful of hitters for him now. HIS STOCK CAN’T GET ANY HIGHER King Félix is just 25. He’s the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner. And…
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