Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sorry, Seattle, but you're only No. 52 on list of best sports cities

All together now, Seattle sports fans: We're No. 52!
That's where our fair city ranks on Sporting News' annual list of Best Sports Cities. That's right behind No. 50 Jacksonville, Fla., and No. 51 Green Bay, Wis. But, hey, we're ahead of No. 53 Edmonton. Online Sports
Others ahead of Seattle, which dropped 20 spots, on the list: Portland, Ore., State College, Pa., East Lansing, Mich., and — are you ready for this? — Oklahoma City and Norman.
You knew it was a rough year. Now you have the rankings to prove it.
"People should know that Seattle has a little something for every sports fan, but losing the Sonics had an impact on our rankings," Sporting News' Bob Hille, who coordinated the rankings, said in an e-mailed statement. "Still, no matter how the Seahawks or Mariners or UW are doing, they've got the support of many, many passionate fans." Sports News
Pittsburgh is No. 1, thanks to championships by the Penguins and Steelers. Philadelphia is No. 2. Last year's No. 1, Boston, dropped to third. Chicago and Los Angeles round out the top five.
This year's Best Sports Cities list features 399 cities and towns in the U.S. and Canada, ranked by a system that assigns points to a variety of categories, including a city's number of teams, their regular-season won-lost records, playoff berths, bowl appearances and tournament bids, championships, applicable power ratings, fan fervor, attendance and more.
• Ryan Johansen scored twice to lead Portland past Everett, 4-3, in a Western Hockey League game at Comcast Arena in Everett.
Washington's Anya Alvarez tied for 10th at 12-over par 228 and the Huskies finished sixth in the 13-team Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational women's tournament at Sahalee CC. Cal beat Stanford by 14 strokes for the team title. Washington State was 10th. San Jose State's Katrina Delen Briones was the top individual, shooting a 1-under 71 in the final round for a 3-over 219 total.
Portland State swept Seattle 25-19, 25-23, 25-19 at Connolly Center despite 17 combined kills by the Redhawks' Kaytlyn Dill and Cristin Richards.
• UW women's doubles players Joyce Ardies and Denise Dy reached the 16-team main draw with wins over opponents from USC and Florida at the ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif.


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