TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013

Shock try to bounce back

The Shock were out of sorts Saturday, falling behind Tampa Bay 28-7 at halftime and eventually losing 70-62. The offense wasn't crisp, the primary topic I addressed in my notebook that will run in Wednesday's S-R, for a number of reasons. Had Spokane hung on...

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It ain't over until it's over 

A GRIP ON SPORTS You know how an NBA game usually comes down to the last two minutes? That's sort of how I feel about Chris Hansen's quest to move the Sacramento Kings to Seattle. It will come down to the final two minutes. And...

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MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013


SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2013

The future and the past 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The NFL draft is about the future. We understand that and honor it, linking enough newspaper stories today to wipe out a small forest. But we also like it when a newspaper honors the past. And the Review does that today...

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Wilson, Tuel and links

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- At least two former Washington State football players will have a chance to earn their way onto NFL rosters this season. And the Cougars got a commitment from an in-state player whose WSU career is still ahead of him. Keep reading.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2013


Idaho's Cowan signs with Raiders

For the first time since 2007, Idaho didn't have a player selected in the NFL draft. But at least a few former Vandals will get tryouts via undrafted free agent deals or invitations to minicamps. That includes punter Bobby Cowan, who signed a free agent...

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Shock, Storm set for AFL clash

Good evening from the Arena where No. 1 Spokane (5-0) and No. 4 Tampa Bay (3-2) meet at 7. The Shock will be without 'Jack' linebacker Terence Moore (shoulder). DB Patrick Stoudamire will step in as the starter. WR Jeffrey Solomon (shoulder) is suited up...

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Tuel tweets that he's signed with Buffalo 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- It didn't take long for Jeff Tuel to sign a free-agent deal after going undrafted. The former WSU quarterback announced on his Twitter page today that he has signed with the Buffalo Bills. That's not all that surprising, considering Buffalo was...

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The Seahawks continue to surprise 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Why would anyone be surprised by anything the Seahawks do during the NFL draft? Trade down to get more picks, take a guy who plays a position already well stocked, or pick a guy with some baggage, it's always something. Read...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013

Dale Wright rides Byalash under the moon in 1980.   (Photo Archive / The Spokesman-Review)

History of Playfair

Read a history of the Playfair Race Course in Sunday's S-R by Jim Price, a retired copy editor and reporter for The Spokesman-Review, who also spent 14 seasons as track announcer and publicist for Playfair. Also check out a big picture gallery of Playfair's glory...

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The NFL draft is a made-for-TV event

A GRIP ON SPORTS I didn't get to watch the NFL draft yesterday – as a fan of fine menswear, I rarely miss it – but because the Seahawks were not involved, I didn't think it was that big a deal. However, because I was...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013

Carson Murray, center, warms up for practice at Rogers High School. Murray broke his own school record in the high jump Saturday, clearing 6 feet, 8 inches. (Jesse Tinsley)

Thursday Prep Page

Here's our prep-related stories in Thursday's newspaper. Carson Murray of Rogers, pictured above, is a special student-athlete in many ways. Wednesday Walton, standout hurdler at Post Falls, is having an outstanding season. The Greater Spokane League does it right in honoring its scholar athletes. Here's...

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Former EWU star Erik Meyer has been named the starting quarterback in his second season with Shock. * Game times, TV and radio broadcasts are subject to change. (File)

Meyer making most of return

Erik Meyer had just mentioned Spokane's strong team chemistry during a television interview when 4 or 5 of his teammates snuck up behind him and starting imitating his touchdown dance, drawing chuckles from everyone nearby. After two frustrating, injury filled seasons, Meyer and the Shock...

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The M's, and us, aren't very lucky 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Those of us who write for "A Grip on Sports" are not a very lucky group. None have ever won the lottery. Success at bingo? Forget about it. And having to write a daily column during the last two Seattle Mariners'...

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Simmons retires, other WSU links

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Mansel Simmons wrote on his Facebook page yesterday that he has given up football due to head injuries sustained in a fight with an Idaho football player earlier this spring. Simmons, a third-year sophomore receiver, was knocked unconscious and suffered a...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013


It's sunny here at least

A GRIP ON SPORTS Are there better words to hear this time of year than "65 and sunny?" How about this: "Mariners handle woeful Astros?" We can tell you, one of those statements is applicable. The other, not so much. Read on.

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