Seattle Sounders midfielder Ethan Dobbelaere (45) kicks a ball around during a practice session in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, before Saturday's MLS Cup against Columbus Crew SC. (Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Sounders seeking 3rd title in 5 years facing Crew in MLS Cup

Columbus will be without two key starters in Saturday’s match due to positive COVID-19 tests.

Seattle Sounders midfielder Ethan Dobbelaere (45) kicks a ball around during a practice session in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, before Saturday's MLS Cup against Columbus Crew SC. (Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)
Signs reminding people to stay six feet apart hang on a ski and snowboard rack on opening day at Steven's Pass on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 in Skykomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Shredding in the age of COVID: A report from Stevens Pass

Our reporter hit the slopes to find out how the resort’s virus precautions work in practice.

Signs reminding people to stay six feet apart hang on a ski and snowboard rack on opening day at Steven's Pass on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 in Skykomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Washington defensive back Jacobe Covington wears a mask on the sideline against Oregon State during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

UW’s rivalry game with Oregon canceled due to virus issues

Washington does not have the minimum amount of scholarship players available to play Saturday’s game.

Washington defensive back Jacobe Covington wears a mask on the sideline against Oregon State during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Readers deemed the Seattle Seahawks’ loss to the New York Giants the worst loss among the state’s football teams the past weekend. (AP Photo/Larry Maurer)

POLL RESULTS: Seahawks defeat deemed the worst

Voters overwhelmingly picked Seattle’s loss to the Giants as the state’s worst from last weekend.

Readers deemed the Seattle Seahawks’ loss to the New York Giants the worst loss among the state’s football teams the past weekend. (AP Photo/Larry Maurer)
Washington's Nate Roberts (right) saves the ball from going out of bounds during a game against Seattle University on December 9, 2020, at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle. (Scott Eklund/UW Athletics)

Washington rolls past Seattle for 1st win of season

The Huskies’ defense holds the Redhawks to just 29% shooting from the field in a 73-41 win.

Washington's Nate Roberts (right) saves the ball from going out of bounds during a game against Seattle University on December 9, 2020, at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle. (Scott Eklund/UW Athletics)
Funko Field at Memorial Stadium in Everett. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20200528

Everett can expect major changes for Minor League baseball

The Mariners have invited the AquaSox to play more games in a longer season, with better players.

Funko Field at Memorial Stadium in Everett. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20200528
Washington coach Jimmy Lake, left, stands on the sideline during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Utah, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

UW football pauses all team-related activities

Saturday’s game vs. Oregon is in limbo due to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases with the Huskies.

Washington coach Jimmy Lake, left, stands on the sideline during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Utah, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Sounders' Cristian Roldan (7) celebrates a Sounders goal late in the second half of an MLS playoff Western Conference final soccer match against Minnesota United, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, in Seattle. The Sounders won 3-2. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

18 minutes of lunacy lifts Sounders to another MLS Cup final

Seattle’s epic rally to reach the league championship game won’t soon be forgotten.

Seattle Sounders' Cristian Roldan (7) celebrates a Sounders goal late in the second half of an MLS playoff Western Conference final soccer match against Minnesota United, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, in Seattle. The Sounders won 3-2. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin (37) runs with ball and is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander (21) during an NFL football game, Sunday, DEC. 6, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Doug Murray)
Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin (37) runs with ball and is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander (21) during an NFL football game, Sunday, DEC. 6, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Doug Murray)
New York Giants cornerback James Bradberry, left, and defensive back Logan Ryan, right, break up a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, in Seattle. The Giants won 17-12. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Seahawks’ unwillingness to keep it simple costs them a game

A quarterback sneak on a fourth-and-inches play probably would have earned Seattle a first down. But no — they called a pass play, which failed.

New York Giants cornerback James Bradberry, left, and defensive back Logan Ryan, right, break up a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, in Seattle. The Giants won 17-12. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino (7) and Seattle Sounders midfielder Gustav Svensson vie for the ball during the second half of an MLS playoff Western Conference final soccer match, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Sounders score twice late, stun Minnesota United 3-2

The victory propelled Seattle to its fourth Western Conference championship in the past five seasons, and the 2020 MLS Cup final.

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Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino (7) and Seattle Sounders midfielder Gustav Svensson vie for the ball during the second half of an MLS playoff Western Conference final soccer match, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams, left, reacts next to Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Freddie Swain (18) after a play during the second half of the Seahawks’ 17-12 loss Sunday at Lumen Field. (AP Photo/Larry Maurer)

Grading the Seahawks in their 17-12 loss to the Giants

A bad loss at home against a 4-7 opponent inevitably leads to bad marks.

New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams, left, reacts next to Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Freddie Swain (18) after a play during the second half of the Seahawks’ 17-12 loss Sunday at Lumen Field. (AP Photo/Larry Maurer)
Washington State quarterback Jayden de Laura (4) walks off the field after an injury during the second half of the Cougars’ 38-13 loss at USC on Sunday. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

POLL: Which of the state’s football losses was the worst?

The Seahawks, Huskies and Cougars all lost on the same weekend for the first time since 2011.

Washington State quarterback Jayden de Laura (4) walks off the field after an injury during the second half of the Cougars’ 38-13 loss at USC on Sunday. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
Seattle Seahawks' DK Metcalf, left, is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles' Darius Slay during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

Seahawks can relate to Giants’ unusual situation

Seattle won the West with a losing record in 2010; N.Y. leads the East with a 4-7 record this season.

Seattle Seahawks' DK Metcalf, left, is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles' Darius Slay during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)
Stanford running back Nathaniel Peat, center, pushes into the end zone on a 3-yard touchdown run against Washington in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Washington falls in early hole again, loses to Stanford

For the second straight week the Huskies fall behind by 21, but another comeback falls short, 31-26.

Stanford running back Nathaniel Peat, center, pushes into the end zone on a 3-yard touchdown run against Washington in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A sign outside of Bankers Life Fieldhouse shows the display for the Gonzaga vs. Baylor basketball game that was scheduled to play in an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Indianapolis. The game was canceled due to COVID. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 2 Baylor called off over virus tests

Two positive COVID-19 tests in the Zags’ program force the highly anticipated game to be postponed.

A sign outside of Bankers Life Fieldhouse shows the display for the Gonzaga vs. Baylor basketball game that was scheduled to play in an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Indianapolis. The game was canceled due to COVID. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Jarrell Banks helps his daughter Londyn, 4, learn how to stop on her snowboard during her first time snowboarding on opening day at Steven's Pass on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Pent-up and masked-up, skiers hit the Stevens Pass slopes

Pass holders opened the season on Friday. The general public is welcome on Tuesday — reservations only.

Jarrell Banks helps his daughter Londyn, 4, learn how to stop on her snowboard during her first time snowboarding on opening day at Steven's Pass on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Washington guard Nahziah Carter (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Carter announces departure from UW men’s basketball team

The senior guard had been suspended indefinitely, but is now leaving for good to pursue a pro career.

Washington guard Nahziah Carter (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Washington quarterback Dylan Morris gestures after Washington defeated Utah 24-21 in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

No. 23 UW helped Stanford, but it’s all business on gameday

The Huskies gave the vagabond Cardinal a place to practice, but will looking for a big win Saturday.

Washington quarterback Dylan Morris gestures after Washington defeated Utah 24-21 in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Washington State offensive lineman Josh Watson (65) lines up for a play during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. Oregon won 43-29. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Even a COVID-19 diagnosis can’t rattle Cougars’ Watson

The Cascade graduate is staying positive during his senior season at WSU despite all the challenges.

Washington State offensive lineman Josh Watson (65) lines up for a play during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. Oregon won 43-29. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)