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Saturday, July 23, 2016 This Week's Paper

Return of the King

Occasionally, the City of Destiny will play host to dignitaries from other countries. In the last year or so, Tacoma has welcomed King Harald V of Norway, as well as Xi Jinping, the President of China. The Puget Sound traffic fiasco that coincided with President Jinping’s visit last September was so awful that sometimes it seems as though it has never recovered. Of course, whenever our own President Obama comes to the Pacific Northwest, traffic is also a nightmare. It comes with the gig. It’s par for the course.

While the evening traffic was nothing to cheer about on Friday, July 15, we are quite certain it had nothing to do with the arrival of another “king” to Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium.

Making his first appearance in a Rainiers’ uniform since 2005, “King” Felix Hernandez was in town to make his final rehabilitation… Read Full Story

EDITOR'S CHOICE
SPORTSWATCH

MARSHAWN LYNCH AND THE BEAST MODE CHALLENGE TO HIT TACOMA

CBS Seattle and Fam First Family Foundation welcome the third annual Subway Beast Mode Challenge, a family festival to celebrate Marshawn Lynch and his foundation on Saturday, July 20 at Swan Creek Park in Tacoma. The festival site will include interactive games and activities for the entire family, featuring and adventure course with 12 football-themed obstacles to challenge participants’ inner Beast Mode, regardless of skill level and athleticism.

Obstacles will include “Find the Crease” - just like Marshawn did to defensive lines his entire playing career; “Training Camp” – run the 40, hit the tackling dummies, run the tires; “Coach’s Playbook X’s and O’s” – over the X’s and through the O’s; “Beast Quakes 2.0” –… Read Full Story

WEEKLY STORIES
TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JULY 21 – AUGUST 23

THURSDAY, JULY 21 – BASEBALL
Oklahoma City vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 23 – RUGBY
Tacoma Aroma 7’s Tournament
Portland Ave. Playfield – 9 a.m.

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SATURDAY, JULY 23 – MMA
Super Fight League America
Emerald Queen Casino – 7 p.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 24 – SOCCER
Men – Bellingham vs. South Sound FC
Harry Lang Stadium – 4 p.m.

TUESDAY, JULY 26 – BASEBALL
El Paso vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

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More Sports
Kings and Bengals ready for WWFA playoff run
By Justin Gimse

The season’s fortunes of two Tacoma-area semi-professional football teams will be on the line Saturday, July 23, as the Puyallup Nation Kings and the Pierce County Bengals both host first-round playoff games to open postseason play in the Western Washington Football Alliance (WWFA). The Bengals…

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JULY 14 - 31
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

THURSDAY, JULY 14 – BASEBALL Colorado Springs vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. FRIDAY, JULY 15 – BASEBALL Colorado Springs vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. FRIDAY, JULY 15 – SOCCER Calgary vs. Sounders U23 Sunset Stadium, Sumner – 7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, JULY 16…

Playoffs loom large for Puyallup Nation Kings
By Justin Gimse

It’s been another stellar season for the Puyallup Nation Kings football team. The defending Western Washington Football Alliance (WWFA) champions seem to have hit their stride at the right time this season and are looking primed for a strong playoff run. With one game left on the regular season…

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JULY 9 - 31
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

SATURDAY, JULY 9 – FOOTBALL Cavaliers vs. Puyallup Nation Kings Chief Leschi Stadium – 6 p.m. THURSDAY, JULY 14 – BASEBALL Colorado Springs vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. FRIDAY, JULY 15 – BASEBALL Colorado Springs vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. FRIDAY,…

SPORTSWATCH
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

SOUNDERS WOMEN LOOK TO CLINCH WPSL NORTHWEST DIVISION TITLE As the Sounders Women return from a short break in the 2016 Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) season, the playoff run is getting closer by the minute. At 7-0-0, the Sounders Women are in the driver’s seat to head into the postseason.…

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JUNE 30 – JULY 31
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

THURSDAY, JUNE 30 – BASEBALL Las Vegas 51s vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. FRIDAY, JULY 1 – BASEBALL Las Vegas 51s vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. SATURDAY, JULY 2 – BASEBALL Las Vegas 51s vs. Tacoma Rainiers Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m. SUNDAY, JULY 3 – BASEBALL…

NSA Archery Development League participates in First Grand Tournament
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Exciting finishes, sportsmanship and fun competition in the first league championship was just what the founders of Next Step Archery Youth Development League had hoped for. It was the brainchild of four coaches from four different archery programs in the Central Puget sound region: Brad Owen from…

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JUNE 25 – JULY
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

SATURDAY, JUNE 25 – SCOT GAMES Tacoma Highland Games Froniter Park, Graham – 8 a.m. SATURDAY, JUNE 25 – FOOTBALL Puget Sound vs. Puyallup Nation Kings Chief Leschi Stadium – 6 p.m. SATURDAY, JUNE 25 – FOOTBALL Cowlitz Cobras vs. PC Bengals Sunset Stadium, Sumner – 6 p.m. SUNDAY, JUNE 26…

SPORTSWATCH
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

TACOMA RAINIERS ANNOUNCE OPEN AUDITIONS FOR NEW RHUBARBS Have you ever dreamt about becoming a part of one of the best minor league baseball organizations in the United States? If so, this just might be your summer. The Tacoma Rainiers are looking for Grit City’s wildest, craziest party animal.…

League rules may harm South Sound FC
By Justin Gimse

Under normal circumstances, a weekend that includes a win and a tie in two soccer matches would be considered a positive outcome for most teams. When the weekend’s battles were over for the South Sound FC women’s team, the very same outcome may have proven to be a deathblow for the Shock’s championship…

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