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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 University of Washington football team is preparing for a big game on New Year's Day. They play Ohio State in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel previewed the matchup with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.  

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KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel is out with his top five Seattle sports stories of 2018. He counted them down with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.


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The Mariners' troubled offseason continues. The team made another trade this week and signed a controversial new lease agreement. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about some of the recent negative headlines.

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The Mariners made additional roster moves this week. That means more veteran players are leaving Seattle. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the reasons for the drastic purge.

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The Seahawks are coming off their best win of the season — beating the Carolina Panthers last week 30-27 in the final seconds of the game. With a 6-5 record, the Seahawks are still in the wild-card playoff hunt.

On Sunday, they host the San Francisco 49ers with fans seeing the return of former Seahawks star Richard Sherman. 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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Mariners fans are wondering who might be next as the team continues to rebuild following another disappointing season. The M's traded pitcher James Paxton to the Yankees this week, not long after sending catcher Mike Zunino to the Tampa Bay Rays.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says he wouldn't be surprised if closer Edwin Diaz also gets traded. Art talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about what's happened so far and why.

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The Washington State Cougars and Washington Huskies are both expected to win their football games this weekend against Arizona and Oregon State, respectively. The Cougars and Huskies are in first and second place in the Pac-12's North Division.

That means a lot is riding on next week's Apple Cup matchup between the two teams. 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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There were rumors earlier this week that the Mariners might be looking to strip down their team and trade some of their more talented players during the offseason in an effort to acquire prospects for the future. The first sign that this might be the case came this week, when the M’s traded away catcher Mike Zunino. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told producer Kevin Kniestedt that virtually everyone, including closer Edwin Diaz and ace pitcher James Paxton, could be traded for the right price.

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Football and facial hair. That's the topic of this week's conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

The 6-3 Washington Huskies host Stanford Saturday night in Seattle. And the 7-1 Washington State Cougars host Cal Saturday night in Pullman, led by star quarterback Gardner Minshew and his much talked-about mustache.

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The Seattle Sounders host the San Jose Earthquakes Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at CenturyLink Field. It's the final game of the regular season.

The Sounders are playoff-bound for the 10th year in a row. But it certainly didn't look that way at the start of the season. Here's this week's chat between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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A lot of people are wondering about the future of the Seahawks following the death of owner Paul Allen this week. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick about what might happen and what is definitely not happening.

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We've seen signs of progress recently in the effort to get a professional hockey team approved for Seattle by the end of the year.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick that the benefits go beyond sports.

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The Seahawks host the division-leading Los Angeles Rams Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field. The team is coming off a costly win against the Cardinals last weekend.

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 Mariners are playing the Texas Rangers in their final series of the season this weekend at Safeco Field.
KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the team's season and what he thinks should happen next year.

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The Seahawks play their first home game of the season this Sunday afternoon against the Dallas Cowboys. And the team is looking for its first win.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about what's been going wrong and right.

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Seattle Storm fans will gather at Seattle Center this Sunday to honor the team. They won their third WNBA title this week, defeating the Washington Mystics in a three-game sweep.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel tells host Kirsten Kendrick that the Storm was the team to beat all season. And they had a not-so-secret weapon.

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The Seahawks begin their regular season on Sunday in Denver. The team got some good news this week with the return of holdout Earl Thomas.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about Thomas and the outlook for the Seahawks this season.

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The University of Washington football team opens its season this weekend. The Huskies play Auburn Saturday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. in Atlanta.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel tells KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick it’s a big game for a team that’s expected to have a stellar season.

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The Seattle Storm will play the Phoenix Mercury in the semi-final round of the WNBA playoffs. The first game is Sunday at 2 p.m. at KeyArena.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked to Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick about how the Storm has stood out this season.

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The Mariners host the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend at Safeco Field. The team is coming off a road trip that included a lot of drama.

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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For the first time since he was drafted by the Mariners in 2005, former American League Cy Young award winner Felix Hernandez has been demoted from the starting rotation to the bullpen. Mariners manager Scott Servais made the announcement Thursday night.

Felix, who pitched a perfect game in 2012, is having the worst season of his career this year as the team is vying for the playoffs.  KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel spoke by phone early Friday morning with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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The Mariners are at the end of a 20-year lease at Safeco Field. They’re asking for $180 million in public funding to help pay for upgrades and repairs at the stadium as part of a new, tentative lease agreement between the team and the King County Executive.

We hear what KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel thinks about that in his chat this week with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Training camp is now underway for the Seattle Seahawks. There are a lot of changes this year. And there may be more as the team works to try to keep free safety Earl Thomas. He’s holding out for a contract extension and more money.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the storylines he’s following, which include the return of Russell Wilson.

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The Seattle Storm is on fire this season with the best record in the WNBA. And three Storm players were named league All-Stars this week: Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd. For Sue Bird, it’s a season of records as we hear from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Major league baseball’s All-Star break is next week. That typically signals the halfway point of the season. The Mariners had four players selected to the All-Star Game, and they boast the fourth best record in all of baseball.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says that has a lot to do with the offense living up to expectations and the starting pitching exceeding expectations.

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The news this week that a neck injury has ended the playing career of Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor is just the latest blow to Seahawks fans.

The team is going to look a lot different this fall – on the field and on the sidelines. That prompted KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick to ask sports commentator Art Thiel about the impact on head coach Pete Carroll.

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There are more questions than answers in the news this week that Washington State University backup quarterback Tyler Hilinski had a degenerative brain disease known as CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). He committed suicide in January.

Hilinski's death, as well as his physical and mental state before he killed himself, are the topic of this week’s conversation between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and 88-5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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Washington State University football coach Mike Leach caused a firestorm on social media this week. He tweeted out a doctored video of a speech by former president Barack Obama. His action and the response by the university are not sitting well with KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel. Art talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Seattle wants to be part of the 2026 World Cup soccer tournament. It was announced this week that the United States, Canada, and Mexico will host the international competition in eight years.

Seattle is vying to be one of the 10 U.S. cities to host the games in North America. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick the city has a good chance but it’s not a certainty.

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With news this week that Howard Schultz plans to step down as chairman of Starbucks, speculation is swirling about whether he’ll run for political office - maybe even President. But KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick it’s a bad idea, based on his track record as an NBA owner.

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