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Sports takes a back seat


Pardon me for being a bit distracted this morning, but I have been following the news from Boston. Makes sports seem a little less consequential today. Read on.


• As I write this, the hunt continues in the Boston area for the one remaining Boston Marathon bombing suspect. After a night of shooting, bombing and mayhem, one suspect is dead and the other is being hunted throughout a residential area. All of this appearing on my computer in pretty much real time. Such updates are satisfying when it happens during a football game or a NCAA tournament contest, but in life and death matters such as this, it seems a bit macabre – and unsettling. Still, I am transfixed, hoping no one else gets hurt and praying for a quick conclusion to the drama. But with this in the background, it is hard to change gears and write about sports. Sorry. So I will pass along the links and leave it at that.


• Washington State: Spring football is winding down a bit and it shows. Christian Caple's feature today is on the battle to be the first-string holder. Yes, it's an important spot. But, well, it is the holder. Just kidding. … Christian also has a blog post following yesterday's practice, the final one before Saturday's spring game in Spokane, and a morning post today. … Athlon ranks the Pac-12's quarterbacks. … How many Pac-12 guys will be top draft picks for the NFL?

• Gonzaga: Christian's college baseball notebook looks at one player who has made a huge difference in the Zags' lineup.

• EWU: Jim Allen continues to cover each of Eastern's position groupings as spring winds down. Today, he examines the offensive line.

• Idaho: Glen Dean is coming back to the Inland Northwest. The guard, who began his basketball career at Eastern before leaving for Utah, will graduate and transfer to Idaho, playing his final season with his brother, a recent Vandal signee. Josh Wright has more in this story and blog post. … Tonight is also the Vandals' spring game and Josh has a story and blog post on that as well.

• Shock: The road beckons – again – for the Shock. This time they are headed to San Jose. Jim Meehan has an advance of tonight's game.

• Preps: Mike Vlahovich catches up with all the baseball doings in his weekly notebook. … Greg Lee was out at Central Valley as the Bear girls won their track meet.

• Mariners: Right now Hisashi Iwakuma probably is the best pitcher on the Mariners' staff. I know that sounds a bit like heresy, but it's true. He threw another six innings of shutout baseball yesterday as the M's scored late off Justin Verlander and beat the Tigers 2-0. … The biggest hit in the homestand-ending win came from Kyle Seager, who came off the bench and delivered a run-scoring double. … The M's brought up Hector Noesi and put in the bullpen before last night's game.

• Seahawks: The NFL schedule is out and the Hawks will be featured prominently on the networks' prime time games.

• Sounders: I know it is hard to believe, but the Sounders are back to full strength. Yep, their whole team practiced yesterday and should be available for Saturday's game in Colorado.

• Sonics: Paul Allen will have trouble voting to allow the Kings to move, even if it is to Seattle. But the Maloofs want to sell to the Seattle folks, not a Sacramento group whose bid isn't as good.


•  That's it from the sporting life. We have other things to catch up on. Until later …

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Jim Allen (@srjimallen) Sports reporter Jim Allen's primary coverage areas are Eastern Washington University football and men's basketball, and college and high school soccer. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

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