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Can Bubba be more than a local golf hero?

He plays a sexy game of golf, owns two green jackets and — in what constitutes a show of major respect in these parts —Bubba Watson made rabid Georgia Bulldog fans take a break from spring football to watch some golf this weekend.

Through gaffs and gems, Mariners’ Almonte a player to watch

Abraham Almonte likes to listen to Christian music before games — “slow, really calm music,’’ he said with a laugh. “I don’t know how I get that crazy.”

Cano helps, but M’s roster is still a work in progress

It’s still weird to think about it. Robinson Cano is a Mariner. And the maligned franchise paid $240 million to bring him to Seattle. The next thought is even weirder.

Zags get tough NCAA draw

Officially, the offense was “outraging public decency.” No, that wasn’t what the NCAA basketball committee did to Gonzaga on Sunday. Rather, it was a chapter in the fretful season endured by Oklahoma State, which the Zags found on the 8-9 seed line, the winner likely to face Arizona in San Diego.

Blame Canada: Their game, and their gold

SOCHI, Russia — Blame Canada. The creators of “South Park” had it exactly right.

Ackley gets mindset right, swing to follow

PEORIA, Ariz. – Dustin Ackley really likes where his swing is right now. But he likes where his head is even more.

Winning helps fans in myriad of ways

SEATTLE — Every NFL Sunday, Matt Mikolas prepares for action. If he’s attending the Seahawks’ game, which he often does, that entails putting on a full Hawks uniform, spray-painting his hair blue and green, and inscribing the number “12” on his face.

Hawaiian vacation nothing short of Super

There’s nothing quite like watching the Super Bowl in paradise, surrounded by swaying palm trees and crashing surf.

Ten random thoughts after Seahawks’ Super Bowl win

SEATTLE — Super Bowl XLVIII is one game Seahawks fans will never be able to relive enough. So, a week later, here are 10 random notes, thoughts and observations about the greatest moment in the team’s 38-year history.

New Hawks challenge: Stay on fire

SEATTLE — The Seahawks have a motivational theme for every practice day, from Tell The Truth Monday to Competition Wednesday and Turnover Thursday, capped by No-Repeat Friday.