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May is the beginning of the best stretch

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It is the first of May. The fifth month of 2013. The beginning of the best time of year. Read on.


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• Why are the next few months the best time of the year? Pull out your smart phone and look at the 10-day forecast from the Weather Channel. There are 80-degree temperatures listed. Yep, it is starting to warm up. That means outdoor activities. Golf, softball, running, tennis, baseball, rock climbing, bicycling. You name it. If you can do it outdoors, it is now in the picture. Heck, if you like gardening, even that's comfortable in 78-degree weather. So step away from the computer (OK, that piece of advice is really for me), turn off the television, get out of bed and go do something in the next seven days. After you're done and your legs hurt, then you can hit SportsLink again. I will make sure there is something here for you. And I'll share all my outdoor adventures with you.

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• Washington State: Another thing that happens when the weather turns warm: The links dry up a bit. But Christian Caple was able to find a few today for his morning post and I can add this interesting Ted Miller story on the Pac-12 and SEC. … There is also this piece on WSU's women's rugby team (pictured), a club sport in Pullman that has been pretty darn successful.

• EWU: Though the spring game is over, the Eagles – like a lot of schools these days – are still finishing up spring practice. Jim Allen has the story.

• Preps: Jim was also out at Albi Stadium last night covering the GSL's 4A district soccer games. Ferris moved into regionals with a 2-1 shootout win over Central Valley.

• Shock: After their first defeat of the season, the Shock is trying to ensure the offense gets going quickly. Jim Meehan has more in his weekly notebook.

• Bloomsday: The men's field is so top heavy this year, the Bloomsday folks expect a record time. Chris Derrick has the story.

• Mariners: We've said it before and we'll say it again. Forget the up-and-down nature of the offense. The M's will be as good as their starting pitching. Joe Saunders was great Tuesday night and they won. Brandon Maurer (pictured) was poor in his start last night and the M's got beat. Handily, as in 7-2 to Baltimore. If the three guys not named Hernandez and Iwakuma can keep the Mariners in games, they will have a decent last five months of the season. … With Jeff Datz on the equivalent of the coaching disabled list as he battles an undisclosed type of cancer, former major league catcher John Stearns took over in the third base coaching box.

• Sounders: Despite injuries and the changing nature of the roster, the Sounders are moving up in the MLS power rankings. Well, at least not dropping. And that's coming off a bye week.

• Sonics: What's next for Seattle and Chris Hansen? Well, this guy thinks they have to be less honest.

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• That's it for today. The sunshine is calling. I want to get at my list of outdoor activities. The first one: put out the trash. Now that's what I call fun. Until later …


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