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A bit distracted today

A GRIP ON SPORTS

As I type this, Tiger Woods is teeing it up for his second round at the U.S. Open. Like a lot of you, I am trying to work and keep tabs on what's happening in Pennsylvania. And it isn't easy. Read on.


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• You know what I'm talking about. Though I don't have to worry about the boss looking over my shoulder (she's at work), I do have to finish this post before I can really concentrate on the golf. But that doesn't mean I'm not stealing a peek now and then. So if there are any mistakes, I'm blaming my divided attention. (As an aside, I had a couple mistakes yesterday but I can't blame the golf, it was in a rain delay.) It's always nice to have an excuse, right? Tiger Woods may have suffered a wrist or elbow injury yesterday, something that seems to be more and more of an issue. And Dwayne Wade has a knee problem that must hurt about every other game. It had to be barking a bit a couple days ago but was silent last night when he scored 32 to lead the Heat to a win. Nice to have a built-in bailout.

• The Indians begin the 2013 Northwest League season tonight when they host the Everett Aquasox, the M's NWL team. The weather is supposed to be near-perfect this weekend for the opening series which includes a Father's Day game. It's the beginning of one of the best aspects of summer in Spokane. There is no excuse for not attending at least one Indians game. It's part of Americana, a piece of our culture. There is very few things better than sitting in the stands on a warm summer night, a hot dog and drink in hand, the scorecard slowly filling up with your own scoring style. If there's a young child with you, all the better. Talk, teach, share the game. It's fun.

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• WSU: A couple of items for you, including the list of players who will be attending the Pac-12's media day. The Cougars are sending Deone Bucannon and Spokane's Elliott Bosch. … Oregon State will open college World Series play Saturday.

• Gonzaga: More honors for GU pitcher/first baseman Marco Gonzales.

• Indians: Yep, it's opening night and Chris Derrick has an advance that covers the changes in the NWL. … One of those changes is the Hillsboro Hops, this year's Yakima franchise. … Eugene is ready for the year as is Everett.

• Chiefs: A familiar name is returning to coach the Everett franchise.

• Softball: Spokane's softball stars now have their own plaque.

• Mariners: No M's game last night, which means there was plenty of time to examine the M's problems, ranging from injuries to blown leads through the bullpen woes. But there were some positives to bring up, like Dustin Ackley's resurgence at Triple A and his play in the outfield.

• Seahawks: It's official. Tarvaris Jackson will get a chance to compete for the Hawks' backup quarterback position. … The Hawks have to manage this season's expectations.

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• We're back on the radio today, joining Rick Lukens and Tom Giles from 3 to 6 p.m. (yes, I know we ended at 5 yesterday, sorry). If you want to listen, you can here (yes, I know I had the wrong link yesterday but this one should be right). Until then …


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