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Sports with Art Thiel

Covering all the major professional sports teams in Seattle as well as the University of Washington and Washington State University. Kirsten and Art also talk about the business of sports, such as the proposal to build a new arena in Seattle. Other issues they've discussed include head injuries in sports and the crackdown on domestic violence.

Thiel offers a unique and informed perspective to KNKX listeners. His philosophy for his commentary on KNKX is to give the casual sports fan "enough information to be interesting at a party."

You can hear Sports with Art Thiel every Friday on Morning Edition at 5:45 and 7:45 and on All Things Considered at 4:44 only on KNKX.

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The Mariners' top prospect Jarred Kelenic is once again playing in Triple-A Tacoma. He was sent down this week after going hitless in his last 39 plate appearances for a batting average of .096. Here is some perspective from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel in his conversation this week with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

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The Seattle Mariners have led Major League Baseball in the number of players injured this season. Injuries are up all across baseball this year. We learn more from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Seattle Sounders host Austin FC Sunday night at Lumen Field. With a 5-0-2 record, the Sounders are enjoying their best start ever. They're also at the top of Major League Soccer's overall standings. More from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

Seattle Mariners' Sam Haggerty walks off the field after he struck out swinging against the Detroit Tigers’ Spencer Turnbull on May 18 at T-Mobile Park. Turnbull finished the game with a no-hitter.
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The Seattle Mariners find themselves with a losing record heading into a West Coast road trip and find themselves to continue to struggle mightily at the on the offensive side of things. I spoke to KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel about why they are having such a hard time at bat.

Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) gets between Las Vegas Aces center A'ja Wilson (22) and forward Cierra Burdick (11) during the second half of Game 3 of basketball's WNBA Finals Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla.
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The Seattle Storm begin their 2021 season Saturday afternoon at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. They're playing the Las Vegas Aces - the team they beat in the finals last year to win their fourth WNBA championship. We learn more about the Storm's season from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Seattle Mariners are on the road for their next five games. They're in second place in the American League West, despite being on the losing end of a no-hitter on Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles. The M's bats are a problem right now. More from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The NFL draft is underway. The Seattle Seahawks have three picks this year - the fewest in franchise history. We did hear from Seahawks general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll this week. But the main topic wasn't the draft: It was quarterback Russell Wilson. More from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Seattle Sounders are on the road for their second Major League Soccer match this season. They play Los Angeles FC Saturday afternoon. The Sounders won their first match last week at Lumen Field. We learn more from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

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The Seattle Seahawks continue to make moves ahead of the NFL draft later this month. The latest acquisition happened this week with the signing of defensive end Aldon Smith. We learn more from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

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The Gonzaga men's basketball team came close this week to being the first undefeated national champions since 1976. But they lost to Baylor in the title game. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick  have a look at the history of this successful program and what's in store for its future.

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The Seattle Mariners' 2021 season is officially underway. They're hosting the San Francisco Giants for three games at T-Mobile Park. Fans are back but in a limited capacity under Phase 3 of the state's COVID reopening plan. We learn more about the season from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

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The NCAA basketball tournament resumes Saturday with the Sweet 16 matchups. On the men's side, this follows a wild five days of upsets, led by the Pac-12 Conference. It's the topic of this week's conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Seattle Seahawks made some moves in free agency this week. And it looks like their highest-paid player is staying put. More from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Gonzaga men's basketball team will find out Sunday where they will be seeded in the NCAA tournament. They're expected to be ranked No. 1 overall since they're entering the tournament with an undefeated record. It's quite a contrast to how the seasons went for the University of Washington and Washington State University, as we hear from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

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Seattle Storm fans are celebrating this week's announcement that Sue Bird has signed on for her 20th season with the team. Bird has helped bring four WNBA championships to the city. And her achievements don't end there, as we hear from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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It was a stressful first week of spring training for the Seattle Mariners. The team's president and CEO Kevin Mather resigned Monday after controversial comments he made to a Bellevue Rotary club went viral. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the fallout with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

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The Seattle Mariners begin spring training workouts next week in Arizona. And a familiar face is back. Starting pitcher James Paxton has signed a one-year deal with the team worth $8.5 million. We learn more about Paxton's return and the Mariners' 2021 season from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson made news this week in more ways than one. He was honored as the NFL's Man of the Year for his charitable work. But in interviews after the award, he expressed serious concerns about the Seahawks' offense. What does that say about his future with the team? KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about that with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

A trial will take place in April for a former member of the Seattle Seahawks who is charged with felony domestic violence. Chad Wheeler was arraigned this week. Authorities accuse him of violently attacking his girlfriend in their Kent apartment last month. It's the topic of this week's conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. (Warning: Details of this story are disturbing.) 

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The Seattle Seahawks have hired Los Angeles Rams passing game coordinator Shane Waldron as the team's new offensive coordinator. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick take a closer look at the impact he might have on the team.

Commissioner Larry Scott speaks during the Pac-12 NCAA college basketball media day, in San Francisco, on Oct. 8, 2019.
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On Wednesday the Pac-12 announced that commissioner Larry Scott's tenure would end in June, a year before his contract was set to expire. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says that over the 12 years that he ran the Pac-12, Scott had a rather lavish lifestyle that came as a great expense to the organization.

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With the Seahawks' early exit from the playoffs this season, many fans are wondering what the team will do in the offseason. Some questions were answered this week, as we hear from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

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The Seattle Seahawks host the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card Round of the NFL playoffs on Saturday. Kickoff is at 1:40 p.m. at Lumen Field. We get a preview from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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We are taking a look back at the top Seattle sports stories of 2020. But it's not a typical countdown, as we hear from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

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A big game for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. They host the 9-5 Los Angeles Rams in an NFC West showdown. At 10-4, the Seahawks have already clinched a playoff berth, but if they win on Sunday, they win the division. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about the matchup with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Pac-12 championship football game will be played Friday night between Oregon and USC. The Washington Huskies pulled out of the game due to a COVID-19 outbreak, and on Friday afternoon, the team decided not to pursue a bowl berth. The virus seemed to be the No. 1 opponent for the conference in this shortened season, as we hear from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

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The Seattle Sounders FC play for their third Major League Soccer championship title Saturday night against Columbus Crew SC. It's the defending champions' fourth MLS Cup appearance in five years. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked about it with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Seattle Seahawks host the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon. The 8-3 Seahawks are in first place in the NFC West, and KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick he expects them to stay there.


Sounders players celebrate forward Raúl Ruidíaz's goal against Los Angeles FC during the second half of an MLS playoff soccer match Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Seattle.
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The defending champion Seattle Sounders are preparing to host FC Dallas on Tuesday night, Dec. 1, in Major League Soccer's Western Conference semifinals. The Sounders beat Los Angeles FC in the opening round of the playoffs this week. We learn more from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.


Washington quarterback Dylan Morris in action against Oregon State on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Seattle.
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The COVID-shortened college football season continues Saturday night for the University of Washington and Washington State University. UW plays Arizona, after beating Oregon State last weekend. And WSU plays Stanford, after losing to Oregon last weekend. The Huskies and Cougars will play each other next Friday, Nov. 27, in the annual Apple Cup game. More from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.


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