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Daffodil Sweet, last year's champion 3-year-old filly, will be in action this week at Emerald Downs. (Photo courtesy of Emerald Downs)

Horse racing at Emerald Downs returns — with fans

The season begins on Wednesday night with a limited number of spectators allowed at the Auburn track.

 

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart in action during an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Sunday, April 11, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

Ready to rise above

Ex- Silvertips star Carter Hart talks about loneliness, bouncing back from a difficult NHL season

 

These are the top players with Snohomish County ties to play in Major League Baseball. (AP photos)

Ranking the top 10 MLB players all time with local ties

As the season opens, The Herald sports staff takes a crack at ranking the best from Snohomish County.

 

Alphas defensive back Austin Joyner (44), a Marysville Pilchuck graduate, encourages teammates during a Spring League game. (Cooper Neill / The Spring League)

Former MP star Joyner headed to Canadian Football League

Austin Joyner, looking to make a comeback after a medical retirement at UW, signs with the BC Lions.

Alphas defensive back Austin Joyner (44), a Marysville Pilchuck graduate, encourages teammates during a Spring League game. (Cooper Neill / The Spring League)
A law enforcement officer looks over a damaged vehicle following a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in the Rancho Palos Verdes suburb of Los Angeles. Woods suffered leg injuries in the one-car accident and was undergoing surgery, authorities and his manager said. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

L.A. sheriff calls Tiger Woods crash ‘purely an accident’

Deputies saw no evidence the golf star was impaired by drugs or alcohol after Tuesday’s rollover.

A law enforcement officer looks over a damaged vehicle following a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in the Rancho Palos Verdes suburb of Los Angeles. Woods suffered leg injuries in the one-car accident and was undergoing surgery, authorities and his manager said. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A vehicle rests on its side after a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods along a road in the Rancho Palos Verdes suburb of Los Angeles on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. Woods suffered leg injuries in the one-car accident and was undergoing surgery, authorities and his manager said. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Tiger Woods seriously injured in single-car crash in L.A.

His agent says the PGA Tour legend was undergoing leg surgery for injuries suffered in the incident.

A vehicle rests on its side after a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods along a road in the Rancho Palos Verdes suburb of Los Angeles on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. Woods suffered leg injuries in the one-car accident and was undergoing surgery, authorities and his manager said. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) dons a helmet sticker as a Walter Payton Man of The Year nominee and says "Breonna Taylor" before an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr.)

Is Wilson next superstar to leave Seattle on bad terms?

Griffey, Johnson, Payton, Kemp, Sherman, Thomas. Things often end poorly for star athletes in Seattle.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) dons a helmet sticker as a Walter Payton Man of The Year nominee and says "Breonna Taylor" before an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr.)
FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady reacts after winning the NFC championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis. The Super Bowl matchup features the most accomplished quarterback ever to play the game who is still thriving at age 43 in Brady against the young gun who is rewriting record books at age 25. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke, File)

Storylines galore as Brady, Mahomes command Super Bowl stage

The greatest of all time and his heir apparent will duel it out for the NFL title on Sunday.

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady reacts after winning the NFC championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis. The Super Bowl matchup features the most accomplished quarterback ever to play the game who is still thriving at age 43 in Brady against the young gun who is rewriting record books at age 25. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke, File)
Chicago Cubs' Steven Souza Jr. sits in the dugout prior to a spring training baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Rockies defeated the Cubs 11-10. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Cascade alum Souza Jr. signs minor-league deal with Astros

The 31-year-old spent part of last season with the Cubs, appearing in 11 games.

Chicago Cubs' Steven Souza Jr. sits in the dugout prior to a spring training baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Rockies defeated the Cubs 11-10. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
University of Washington Men's Soccer team plays UCLA at home on September 22, 2019.

Community sports roundup: Bartlow picked 6th in MLS draft

The UW defender and south Snohomish County native was selected by the Houston Dynamo.

University of Washington Men's Soccer team plays UCLA at home on September 22, 2019.
Seattle Sounders sporting director Chris Henderson greets a player after a soccer training session Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, in Seattle. The Sounders play Club America in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal round on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Opportunity too good for Cascade High grad to pass up

Former soccer standout Chris Henderson looks forward to new position with Inter Miami

Seattle Sounders sporting director Chris Henderson greets a player after a soccer training session Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, in Seattle. The Sounders play Club America in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal round on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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)

Kraken games to be televised on ROOT Sports

The expansion franchise also hires John Forslund as its new television play-by-play announcer.

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)
FILE - Atlanta Braves' Hank Aaron smiles during a press conference at Atlanta Stadium, Ga., after the game in which he hit his 715th career home, in this April 8, 1974, file photo. With him is his wife Billye, partially obscured. Hank Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home run record and gracefully left his mark as one of baseball’s greatest all-around players, died Friday. He was 86. The Atlanta Braves, Aaron's longtime team, said he died peacefully in his sleep. No cause was given. (AP Photo/File)

Hank Aaron, baseball’s one-time home run king, dies at 86

Aaron endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home run record.

FILE - Atlanta Braves' Hank Aaron smiles during a press conference at Atlanta Stadium, Ga., after the game in which he hit his 715th career home, in this April 8, 1974, file photo. With him is his wife Billye, partially obscured. Hank Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home run record and gracefully left his mark as one of baseball’s greatest all-around players, died Friday. He was 86. The Atlanta Braves, Aaron's longtime team, said he died peacefully in his sleep. No cause was given. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016, file photo, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Thompson, whose 13-year run as Green Bay Packers general manager included their 2010 Super Bowl championship season, died Wednesday, Jan 20, the team announced Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. He was 68. Thompson was Packers general manager from 2005-17 and drafted many notable players on the current roster, including two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Former Seahawks, Packers executive Ted Thompson dies

The 68-year-old was Seattle’s vice president of football operations from 2000-04.

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016, file photo, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Thompson, whose 13-year run as Green Bay Packers general manager included their 2010 Super Bowl championship season, died Wednesday, Jan 20, the team announced Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. He was 68. Thompson was Packers general manager from 2005-17 and drafted many notable players on the current roster, including two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
Third-place finishers Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker pose with their medals in the championship ice dance at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Third-place finishers Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker pose with their medals in the championship ice dance at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
File-This July 20, 1977, file photo shows American League pitcher Don Sutton of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 48th All-Star Game in New York Sutton, a Hall of Fame pitcher who was a stalwart of the Los Angeles Dodgers' rotation spanning an era from Sandy Koufax to Fernando Valenzuela, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. He was 75. The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, said Sutton died at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, after a long struggle with cancer. The Atlanta Braves, where Sutton was a long-time broadcaster, said he died in his sleep.  (AP Photo, File) (AP Photo, File)

Sutton, Hall of Fame pitcher for Dodgers, dies at age 75

The four-time All-Star never landed on the injured list during his stellar 23-year career.

File-This July 20, 1977, file photo shows American League pitcher Don Sutton of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 48th All-Star Game in New York Sutton, a Hall of Fame pitcher who was a stalwart of the Los Angeles Dodgers' rotation spanning an era from Sandy Koufax to Fernando Valenzuela, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. He was 75. The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, said Sutton died at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, after a long struggle with cancer. The Atlanta Braves, where Sutton was a long-time broadcaster, said he died in his sleep.  (AP Photo, File) (AP Photo, File)
Hall of Fame and former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda passed away at the age of 93. Former Los Angeles Dodgers manger Tommy Lasorda argues with home plate umpire Larry King during the Old-Timers game prior to a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, June 8, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)

Hall of Fame Dodgers manager Lasorda dies at 93

The fiery coach compiled a 1,599-1,439 record from 1977-96 and won World Series titles in 1981 and ‘88.

Hall of Fame and former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda passed away at the age of 93. Former Los Angeles Dodgers manger Tommy Lasorda argues with home plate umpire Larry King during the Old-Timers game prior to a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, June 8, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)
Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin (37) catches a pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Munson)
Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin (37) catches a pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Munson)
Seattle SuperSonics head coach Paul Westphal reacts in the first quarter of the game against the Utah Jazz Monday, April 24, 2000, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

Former Sonics player, coach Westphal dies at age 70

The NBA Hall of Famer played for Seattle in the 1980-81 season and coached it from 1998-2001.

Seattle SuperSonics head coach Paul Westphal reacts in the first quarter of the game against the Utah Jazz Monday, April 24, 2000, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
The Seattle SuperSonics’ Ray Allen, left, tries to dribble past the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant during a game on Nov. 24, 2005, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/ Francis Specker)

POLL RESULTS: Readers want the SuperSonics back

Over half of the responders believe it is very important to bring the NBA back to Seattle.

The Seattle SuperSonics’ Ray Allen, left, tries to dribble past the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant during a game on Nov. 24, 2005, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/ Francis Specker)
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