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The Seattle Storm’s Natasha Howard attempts a layup during the season opener against the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday, May 25, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

POLL: How will the Storm do in their final games in Everett?

The reigning WNBA-champion Seattle Storm return to Angel of the Winds Arena on Friday and Aug. 8.

The Seattle Storm’s Natasha Howard attempts a layup during the season opener against the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday, May 25, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Spread the wealth? Money crunch is coming for Seahawks

Seattle has one more season before its big-spending ramifications truly kick in.

Seattle Seahawks defensive end L.J. Collier runs a drill during NFL football rookie minicamp, Friday, May 3, 2019, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

POLL RESULTS: Pass rush is the Seahawks’ top concern

More than half the voters labeled the pass rush as Seattle’s biggest issue heading into training camp.

Seattle Seahawks defensive end L.J. Collier runs a drill during NFL football rookie minicamp, Friday, May 3, 2019, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks tight end Nick Vannett, left, pushes against Barkevious Mingo during a practice Thursday, June 13, 2019, at the team’s NFL football training facility in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

POLL: What’s the Seahawks’ top issue entering training camp?

Seattle opens training camp Thursday with several key questions hanging over the team.

Seattle Seahawks tight end Nick Vannett, left, pushes against Barkevious Mingo during a practice Thursday, June 13, 2019, at the team’s NFL football training facility in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Funko phenomenon alive and well at the ballpark

Combining baseball and Pop! culture, Funko Fridays at Funko Field in Everett are a sight to behold.

The United States’ Megan Rapinoe runs to teammates after the team won the Women’s World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Sunday, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

POLL RESULTS: Bird gets the nod as household’s biggest icon

Nearly four-fifths of voters chose the Sue Bird over partner Megan Rapinoe as the greater sports star.

The United States’ Megan Rapinoe runs to teammates after the team won the Women’s World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Sunday, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
The Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird stands during the national anthem wearing Megan Rapinoe’s USWNT jersey before the game against the Los Angeles Sparks at Angel of the Winds Arena on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

POLL: Who’s been greater, Megan Rapinoe or Sue Bird?

The Seattle sports power couple includes an icon of soccer and an icon of basketball.

The Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird stands during the national anthem wearing Megan Rapinoe’s USWNT jersey before the game against the Los Angeles Sparks at Angel of the Winds Arena on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Mariners stink, but rebuilding plan off to good start

For the first time in a long time, Seattle’s future looks bright.

Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto answers questions during the annual pre-spring training media event, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 in Seattle. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times via AP)

POLL RESULTS: Readers unimpressed by Mariners’ rebuild

More than 70 percent of voters gave Seattle a C or worse for the first half-season of rebuilding.

Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto answers questions during the annual pre-spring training media event, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 in Seattle. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times via AP)
The Seattle Mariners’ Daniel Vogelbach, left, congratulates Domingo Santana on Santana’s two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

POLL: How are the Mariners doing in their rebuild?

With half the season now over, what grade do you give Seattle in executing its rebuilding process?

The Seattle Mariners’ Daniel Vogelbach, left, congratulates Domingo Santana on Santana’s two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Patterson: Tips’ Kindopp a prime example of player growth in WHL

The Silvertips’ winger grew on and off the ice during his time in Everett.

Tyler Tanner races at Evergreen Speedway. (Evergreen Speedway photo)

POLL RESULTS: No consensus on a Summer Showdown winner

Evergreen Speedway’s premier event is Sunday, and no driver received more than 28 percent of the vote.

Tyler Tanner races at Evergreen Speedway. (Evergreen Speedway photo)
A race flagger signals the drivers before the start of the Street Stocks race during the Summer Showdown at the Evergreen Speedway on Saturday, June 30, 2018 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

POLL: Who’s your pick to prevail at Summer Showdown?

Evergreen Speedway’s premier race for Super Lake Models takes place this weekend.

A race flagger signals the drivers before the start of the Street Stocks race during the Summer Showdown at the Evergreen Speedway on Saturday, June 30, 2018 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Hughes’ return to Storm bench in Everett was pleasure to see

The best thing that happened for the Storm in Everett was being able to welcome their head coach back.

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, right, talks with defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. during an NFL football practice Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

POLL RESULTS: Give Bobby Wagner the contract he wants

More than half the voters say the Seahawks should offer the All-Pro LB a long-term guaranteed extension.

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, right, talks with defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. during an NFL football practice Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

POLL: How should the Seahawks handle Bobby Wagner’s contract?

Seattle still needs to sort out an extension for its All-Pro middle linebacker.

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group Port Angeles’ Kiana Watson-Charles pitches against North Kitsap.

POLL RESULTS: No need for softball pitch limits

Nearly two-thirds of voters say limiting a pitcher’s use in softball is unnecessary.

Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group Port Angeles’ Kiana Watson-Charles pitches against North Kitsap.

POLL: Should softball have pitch limits?

Unlike baseball, there are no pitch limits in softball, allowing pitchers to throw multiple games a day.

‘Kraken’ appears very much alive in NHL nickname competition

That’s what Herald columnist Nick Patterson gleaned from Seattle expansion team’s new website.

Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (0) looks to the referee for a foul during the first quarter of Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on June 5, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

POLL RESULTS: Voters expect Golden State to three-peat

Nearly two-thirds of responders picked the Warriors to beat Toronto in the NBA finals.

Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (0) looks to the referee for a foul during the first quarter of Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on June 5, 2019 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)