Arrow-right Camera

SUNDAY, JAN. 13, 2013

Lakers’ Robert Sacre dunks the ball against the Rockets in his first career start on Tuesday night. (Associated Press)

Sacre finding his way with Lakers

Seems weird to write that Robert Sacre is an ex-Zag. Technically, he is a former Zag but the reality is he stays in touch with his ex-GU teammates and coaches, like a number of ex-Zags playing professionally. When Gonzaga was in the LA area last...

Continue reading this post »


Will Hawks rise early today? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Ten in the morning comes darn early, especially on a Sunday. But that's when the Seahawks will kick off their quest for a third meeting with the 49ers this season. Or their NFL playoff game with Atlanta, if you prefer. The...

Continue reading this post »


SATURDAY, JAN. 12, 2013

Holmberg, Kichton spark Chiefs

The Spokane Chiefs ended the Kootenay Ice's seven-game winning streak Saturday night at the Arena with a 4-2 win ignited by veterans Mitch Holmberg and Brenden Kichton. Spokane's next home game is Friday against the hot Kelowna Rockets. Read story

Continue reading this post »



Mistake in final seconds dooms Idaho

Where have we have seen this before? Idaho was in position to send its game with New Mexico State to overtime -- after trailing by 17 points late in the first half -- but Marcus Bell's foul on an inbounds with 2.7 seconds left sent...

Continue reading this post »


Chiefs double up Kootenay

Mitch Holmberg had two goals and one assist and Brenden Kichton added one goal and two assists Saturday night as the Spokane Chiefs toppled the Kootenay Ice 4-2 in Western Hockey League play at the Arena. Spokane snapped Kootenay's seven-game winning streak. Story to come

Continue reading this post »


Holmberg guides way to 3-2 lead

Mitch Holmberg has had a hand in every score Saturday night as the Spokane Chiefs lead the Kootenay Ice 3-2 after two periods of Western Hockey League play at the Arena. Holmberg has two goals and one assist, giving him 27 goals and 49 points...

Continue reading this post »



Another streak challenges Chiefs

The Spokane Chiefs are hosting the Kootenay Ice in a Western Hockey League game that's set to start in 20 minutes at the Arena. Kootenay has a modest record of 17-24-1-0, but the Ice are in the midst of a seven-game winning streak that began...

Continue reading this post »




Thoughts on WSU from Haas 

COUGARS FROM BERKELEY -- After going one season without visiting the Bay Area, the Washington State men's basketball team is back in Haas Pavilion to take on California. We have thoughts about today's game, as usual. Read on.

Continue reading this post »



Another gameday in the Bay 

COUGARS FROM OAKLAND -- It's back to work today for Washington State, which plays a 1 p.m. game at California in Haas Pavilion. We have some links and a few notes to pass along first. Read on.

Continue reading this post »

FRIDAY, JAN. 11, 2013

Cougars lose sight of UCLA in second half

The Washington State Cougars played right with 14th-ranked UCLA during the first half Friday night. The game was tied at 25 with 3:49 left in the first half and UCLA reached halftime with a slim four-point advantage. The second half, however, was a different story....

Continue reading this post »


Portland tops Chiefs for 13th straight win

The Spokane Chiefs led the Portland Winterhawks 2-1 one-third of the way through the third period on Friday night. The rest of the third period definitely belonged to Portland, which chalked up its 13th consecutive victory. Read story Read Canadian Press story

Continue reading this post »


Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos heads to the basket in the first half. He finished with 22 points. (COLIN MULVANY PHOTOS)

Day after Saint Mary's

Good morning. A lot of items to link to and get to in my day-after Saint Mary's post. Gonzaga relinquished nearly all of a 20-point lead before holding off the Gaels 83-78 last night. Links: My game story, John Blanchette's column and Colin Mulvany's photo...

Continue reading this post »


Ending the week in style 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It was a pretty interesting Thursday around here, what with Gonzaga having to hold off St. Mary's best shots, Eastern winning in a blowout fashion for the first time this season and the Pac-12 releasing the football schedules for next season....

Continue reading this post »


Waiting another day for WSU 

COUGARS FROM OAKLAND -- With an extra day between games this week, we're still in the Bay Area while Washington State won't come back here until later tonight. That's OK. We found something to do. Read on.

Continue reading this post »


Vandals stumble late again

It was a frustrating night for Kyle Barone. And it was a frustrating last few minutes for the Idaho Vandals in general. After building a late seven-point lead, UI faltered in crunch time again in a 55-49 WAC loss to the University of Denver at...

Continue reading this post »

THURSDAY, JAN. 10, 2013

Zags hold off Saint Mary's, 83-78

It was a tale of two halves. Gonzaga got the better half -- barely. The Bulldogs built an 18-point halftime cushion and led by 20 early in the second before Saint Mary's stormed back. The Gaels got within three points twice and then closed within...

Continue reading this post »


BYU win drops Gonzaga to third

The Gonzaga women have won the last eight West Coast Conference titles, compiling a 105-9 conference record along the way, but the Bulldogs find themselves in an unaccustomed spot - third place - after Thursday night's play. Gonzaga lost at Saint Mary's 54-51 in a...

Continue reading this post »


Winterhawks see no reason to deal

The Western Conference-leading Portland Winterhawks saw no reason to make any swaps as the Western Hockey League trade deadline came and went Thursday. Portland is 15-1 since former Spokane Chiefs player Travis Green took over for suspended coach Mike Johnston. The Chiefs, fourth place in...

Continue reading this post »


Chiefs acquire big-scoring forward from Brandon

The Spokane Chiefs traded away Marek Kalus, Collin Valcourt and prospect Rhett Gardner before Thursday's Western Hockey League trade deadline. The Chiefs' big acquisition is high-scoring 19-year-old forward Alessio Bertaggia, who was leading the Brandon Wheat Kings in scoring. Read story

Continue reading this post »


SportsLink is your portal into sports news around the Inland Northwest and beyond. You'll find updates, notes and opinions, and plenty of reader feedback.






Looking for a Grip on Sports?

Vince Grippi's daily take on all things regional sports has been moved to our main sports section online. You can find a collection of these columns here.


Blog Archives

Dec. 2013 Nov. 2013 Oct. 2013 Sept. 2013
Aug. 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013
April 2013 March 2013 Feb. 2013 Jan. 2013