Sports enterprise and investigative reporter for Seattle Times. A reader claims: Like a terrier on a rat. Bite down hard, shake him till head flies off.

Tukwila group to submit expansion application to NHL — Connecticut investment banker Ray Bartoszek will submit a formal application to the NHL to acquire an expansion team for Tukwila, a source close to the negotiations has confirmed. Bartoszek, 50, is heading a group looking to build a multi-purpose arena in the municipality just south of Seattle.

In short term, Mariners should bring Ichiro back — Hiring Edgar Martinez as hitting coach is one way the Mariners hope to salvage a disappointing season. But their dip into the past shouldn't stop there. If they can hang around the wild-card race through mid-July, they should contemplate trading with the Miami Marlins to bring Ichiro back. Yes, I'm being serious.

Soccer-team owner accused of sexual assault, harassment — The final straw for members of a fledging Seattle indoor soccer team came when a lawsuit accused their owner of sexually assaulting two female employees. That's when 22 players quit the Seattle Impact FC after only one regular season game.

NHL to begin expansion process, accept bids — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman listed Seattle, Las Vegas and Quebec City as the three places from which he's received the most expressed interest. The league will accept applications starting July 6 through Aug. 10, though Bettman doesn't expect a new team to begin play before the 2017-18 season.

Commentary: Can golf's young guns help Fox Sports attract a new audience? — The past week officially launched a billion-dollar gamble by Fox Sports to unearth an undervalued sports property. Yeah, it's tough to call something a bargain when you sign a 12-year, $1.2 billion deal that's roughly double what anybody expected.

Can golf’s young guns help Fox Sports attract a new audience, compete with ESPN? — Fox Sports hopes a new generation of golfers on display the past week at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay will attract a younger audience and help it take on the ESPN franchise. The past week officially launched a billion-dollar gamble by Fox Sports to unearth an undervalued sports property.

Fox Sports’ coverage of first golf major draws some criticism — Fox Sports mostly delivered on its promise not to overdo gadgets and graphics during its U.S. Open coverage on Thursday, but the network took some shots on social media for doing so. Fox Sports coordinating producer Mark Loomis vowed ahead of the U.S. Open to not overdo the technical graphics and gadgetry at his disposal.

Resale market may make final-round tickets for U.S. Open most expensive ever — Chris Leyden, content analyst for Seat Geek, says the average resale price of a $125 gallery pass stood at $236 when play opened Thursday at Chambers Bay. That's 2 ½ times the $95 price for a gallery pass a year ago when the tournament was held at Pinehurst in North Carolina.

Greg Norman ready for ‘new gig’ as part of Fox Sports’ U.S. Open coverage — A two-time British Open winner, Greg Norman will team up with Joe Buck to anchor Fox Sports' coverage of the U.S. Open. UNIVERSITY PLACE - An afternoon rehearsal had already dragged on an hour longer than anticipated as Greg Norman trudged up a dusty path towards a television production trailer.

U.S. Open fan experience at offers mental test — There are three golf simulators inside the American Express Championship Experience pavilion at Chambers Bay, measuring things such as distance, launch, backspin and ball speed. Fans also can play interactive digital games to enhance focus. UNIVERSITY PLACE - Jay Adams winced as his first drive down the fairway bounced into some tall grass left of the green.
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Jul 01, 2015

@panthiesba Let's do a Glendale type deal. I'll be the owner, you can be Glendale

Jul 01, 2015

Of course, #NHL knows #Seattle area groups won't have #arena approval. But safe to say they'll eye financial plans closely. #Sodo #Tukwila

Jul 01, 2015

#NHL Dep. Commish Bill Daly tells me no exact requirements those applying for expansion must meet. "People will submit what they can submit"

Jul 01, 2015

Rummaging through my hockey card collection on Canada Day...

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