A GRIP ON SPORTS
We're going to get right at it today, not because there is anything earth-shattering to relate or any incredibly important place for me to go. No, we're getting right at it because we're running late today and want you to have your morning update. Read on.
• I'm not going to go on and on today about the Mariners' win yesterday (I listened to it on the radio while I was outside doing Sunday stuff) or how exciting Bloomsday was (didn't venture downtown yesterday) or any other sports-related event (caught a bit of the Lakers' game and some soccer with the soccer fans in the house, but that was about it). That being said, there isn't a lot to pass along or comment about today anyway, so I feel as if I'm off the hook. Or I could revel in UC Irvine's NCAA volleyball title. And I'm sure no one wants that. So on to the links.
• Washington State: Kind of a slow Cougar day, though Christian Caple was out at WSU's loss to Cal, a defeat that certainly doesn't help the Cougs' postseason chances. … Jim Moore is going to miss Jim Walden on the radio.
• Gonzaga: The Zags won the rubber game of their baseball series with St. Mary's. … The newspaper that covers Illinois State says the Redbirds will not be picking Gonzaga's Ray Giacoletti as their head coach.
• Preps: In case you were wondering, former Lewis and Clark High star Briann January is back on the court for the WNBA's Indiana Fever. January suffered a knee injury last season.
• Mariners: No King Felix in this one, but Hector Noesi did a nice imitation, especially in getting ahead of the Twin hitters early. It didn't hurt that the offense got going early in the 5-2 victory, giving Noesi (left) some cushion. Even Brendan Ryan contributed. … The Times' Larry Stone has an early look at the arms the Mariners are stockpiling in AA. Is the future the best thing to think about right now? … I hope you all had a chance to catch this obit I linked late yesterday. The sentiments expressed in it about the M's are echoed in a lot of places.
• NFL: Read this column this morning and thought I would pass it along, though it has no critical local connection. It just talks about the biggest threat to the future of football.
• Running: It was Bloomsday yesterday, so we had stories on the men's race, the women's race, the wheelchair ones and all the results. Allan Kiprono (wearing No. 101 at left) won the men's race and Mamitu Daska (pictured at the top of the blog) ran away with the women's race. Nearly 48,000 people finished the run/jog/walk through Spokane.
• That's it for now. We're headed out to cover prep softball for the S-R this afternoon and though we won't blog afterward, the story should be up on the web this evening. If you need something to read, I mean. Until later …