Everett Silvertips' Jake Christiansen takes a shot on goal during the game on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Fans or no fans, Silvertips’ season will begin in January

The WHL says that its previous requirement of at least 50% capacity in arenas is no longer an issue.

Everett Silvertips' Jake Christiansen takes a shot on goal during the game on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird, left, smiles at Breanna Stewart after the team defeated the Las Vegas Aces to win basketball’s WNBA championship last week in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

POLL RESULTS: 2020 deemed the greatest team in Storm history

By a two-to-one margin, Seattle’s 2020 championship team out-polled the 2010 titlists.

Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird, left, smiles at Breanna Stewart after the team defeated the Las Vegas Aces to win basketball’s WNBA championship last week in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
Everett's Gage Goncalves (left) and Everett's Bryce Kindopp celebrates a goal against Seattle Sunday evening at ShoWare Center in Kent on March 8, 2020. The Silvertips won 3-2. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

New start date for Everett Silvertips’ season set

The WHL sets Jan. 8 as the new opening for the 2020-21 season; teams will only play division games.

Everett's Gage Goncalves (left) and Everett's Bryce Kindopp celebrates a goal against Seattle Sunday evening at ShoWare Center in Kent on March 8, 2020. The Silvertips won 3-2. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Turner Stevenson addresses the team during practiice Wednesday afternoon at Xfinity Arena in Everett on January 11, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett Jr. Silvertips move to Seattle Junior Hockey

The program will join the Mountlake Terrace-based league due to ongoing problems with ice time.

Turner Stevenson addresses the team during practiice Wednesday afternoon at Xfinity Arena in Everett on January 11, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Community sports roundup: Local golfers earn alternate spots

A trio of county natives will be first alternates for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

The No. 18 car of Tyson Lang, Glacier Peak's starting varsity quarterback, races around the track at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe. (Photo provided by Evergreen Speedway)

Local teenager stars on the racetrack and on the football field

Tyson Lang is the season points leader at Evergreen Speedway — and also Glacier Peak’s starting QB.

The No. 18 car of Tyson Lang, Glacier Peak's starting varsity quarterback, races around the track at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe. (Photo provided by Evergreen Speedway)
Mariner's Henry Avra is fouled by Glacier Peak’s Brayden Quantrille while going for a basket. Mariner lost to Glacier Peak 90-87 in double overtime in a boys' basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 in Everett, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

New guidelines released for return of prep sports

The new plan places counties and sports in three-tier systems. No signs of a quicker return to play.

Mariner's Henry Avra is fouled by Glacier Peak’s Brayden Quantrille while going for a basket. Mariner lost to Glacier Peak 90-87 in double overtime in a boys' basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 in Everett, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Carroll stresses caution to Seahawks players during bye week

While the players will still be tested daily, they will have more freedom than during a game week.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Sounders forward Raul Ruidiaz celebrates after scoring a goal during the second half of the team's MLS soccer match against the Portland Timbers in Portland, Ore., Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. Ruidiaz scored twice as the Sounders won 3-0. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

Sounders’ Wednesday match against Rapids postponed

Colorado has had an outbreak of COVID-19 and Seattle’s Ruidiaz also tests positive while with Peru.

Seattle Sounders forward Raul Ruidiaz celebrates after scoring a goal during the second half of the team's MLS soccer match against the Portland Timbers in Portland, Ore., Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. Ruidiaz scored twice as the Sounders won 3-0. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)
Seattle Seahawks' DK Metcalf, right, catches the ball in the end zone for a touchdown as Minnesota Vikings' Anthony Harris defends near the end of the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

The 2020 Seahawks are putting on one heck of a show for fans

After the latest last-second win, a bye week gives fans — and this sportswriter — a chance to decompress.

Seattle Seahawks' DK Metcalf, right, catches the ball in the end zone for a touchdown as Minnesota Vikings' Anthony Harris defends near the end of the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
<ins>From left, Lauren Jackson, Sue Bird and Karen Bryant share a laugh during Jackson’s jersey retirement ceremony in 2016 in Seattle. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)</ins>

POLL: Which Seattle Storm team is the greatest?

Is it this year’s team, which won the franchise’s fourth WNBA title, or is it the 2010 team, which also dominted?

<ins>From left, Lauren Jackson, Sue Bird and Karen Bryant share a laugh during Jackson’s jersey retirement ceremony in 2016 in Seattle. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)</ins>
Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright runs with the ball after recovering a Minnesota Vikings fumble during the second half of Sunday night’s game at CenturyLink Field. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Grading the Seahawks’ 27-26 victory over the Vikings

A crazy game proves difficult to grade as Seattle pulls it out at the last moment.

Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright runs with the ball after recovering a Minnesota Vikings fumble during the second half of Sunday night’s game at CenturyLink Field. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A flag with the new logo for the newly-named Seattle NHL team, the Seattle Kraken, flies atop the iconic Space Needle Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Seattle. The hockey expansion franchise unveiled its nickname Thursday, ending 19 months of speculation about whether the team might lean traditional or go eccentric with the name for the league's 32nd team. Seattle's colors are a deep dark blue with a lighter shade of blue as a complement. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Seattle Kraken is considering Paine Field as home airport

The new NHL team will practice at Northgate in Seattle, which is closer to Everett than Sea-Tac.

A flag with the new logo for the newly-named Seattle NHL team, the Seattle Kraken, flies atop the iconic Space Needle Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Seattle. The hockey expansion franchise unveiled its nickname Thursday, ending 19 months of speculation about whether the team might lean traditional or go eccentric with the name for the league's 32nd team. Seattle's colors are a deep dark blue with a lighter shade of blue as a complement. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Spain's Rafael Nadal holds the trophy as he celebrates winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Serbia's Novak Djokovic in three sets, 6-0, 6-2, 7-5, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Nadal ties Federer at 20 Slams by beating Djokovic in Paris

He had a surprisingly dominant 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 victory over the No. 1-ranked Djokovic on Sunday.

Spain's Rafael Nadal holds the trophy as he celebrates winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Serbia's Novak Djokovic in three sets, 6-0, 6-2, 7-5, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson breaks the huddle during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 38-31. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Seahawks host Vikings seeking 1st 5-0 start in team history

Minnesota is just 1-3, but poses a big threat with talented running back Dalvin Cook.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson breaks the huddle during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 38-31. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Seattle Storm players, from left,Breanna Stewart, Jewell Loyd, and Mercedes Russell pose for photos with their trophy after they raised their team flag on the roof of the Space Needle, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Seattle. The Storm won their fourth WNBA basketball championship on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, completing a three-game sweep of the Las Vegas Aces. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

WNBA-champion Storm have sustaining success down to an art

Seattle’s four league championships have spanned an impressive 16 seasons.

Seattle Storm players, from left,Breanna Stewart, Jewell Loyd, and Mercedes Russell pose for photos with their trophy after they raised their team flag on the roof of the Space Needle, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Seattle. The Storm won their fourth WNBA basketball championship on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, completing a three-game sweep of the Las Vegas Aces. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Washington coach Lindsay Meggs follows team practice at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Friday, June 15, 2018. Washington plays Mississippi State on Saturday in the NCAA College World Series baseball tournament.. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

UW baseball ordered to vacate wins from 2018 CWS season

Washington, which is appealing, was found to have provided impermissible travel benefits to recruits.

Washington coach Lindsay Meggs follows team practice at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Friday, June 15, 2018. Washington plays Mississippi State on Saturday in the NCAA College World Series baseball tournament.. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
FILE - This March 1960 file photo shows New York Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford. A family member tells The Associated Press on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 that Ford died at his Long Island home Thursday night.(AP Photo, File)

Legendary Yankees ace Whitey Ford dies at age 91

His 10 wins in the World Series are still most in Major League Baseball history.

FILE - This March 1960 file photo shows New York Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford. A family member tells The Associated Press on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 that Ford died at his Long Island home Thursday night.(AP Photo, File)
Everett Silvertips' Gage Gonclaves fights with Spokane Chiefs' Filip Kral for the puck during the game on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Tips’ Goncalves taken by Lightning in 2nd round of NHL draft

Everett defensmen Kasper Puutio and Ronan Seeley are also selected on Day 2.

Everett Silvertips' Gage Gonclaves fights with Spokane Chiefs' Filip Kral for the puck during the game on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Seattle Sounders' Cristian Roldan hops into the arms of Jordan Morris who scored against Real Salt Lake during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in Seattle. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)

Morris, Andrade score, Sounders defeat Real Salt Lake

First-place Seattle wins 2-1 for its third straight victory and fifth in its past six matches.

Seattle Sounders' Cristian Roldan hops into the arms of Jordan Morris who scored against Real Salt Lake during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in Seattle. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)