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A GRIP ON SPORTS

Sorry this is late today but I had a family commitment to attend to this morning. But we have your links ready now. Read on.

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• Because it is so late in the morning – at least for this column – we'll just dispense with the usual blather about this or that and get to the stories you should be reading. I know that will bring a tear to the eye of a couple folks – both of whom are related to me – but everyone is else is probably doing a bit of a dance, though quite possibly just with their feet under their work desk. A pox on all of you.

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• WSU: Not a lot going on in the Cougars' world right now, what with graduation having come and gone. But the baseball team did defeat Utah 1-0 in Pac-12 play yesterday and the Pac-12 track and field championships featured the decathlon and heptathlon as their kickoff events. Jacob Thorpe covered the latter with this story. ... The Seattle Times looks at WSU's spring practices.

• Chiefs: Portland was this close to elimination in the WHL championship series but rallied and won 6-5 in overtime at Edmonton to send it to a game seven in Portland tonight.

• Shock: The Portland Thunder had won two in a row. Had. They lost last night to undefeated Arizona, 61-32.

• Seahawks: Pete Carroll may be in his sixties, but he not a "get-off-my-lawn" type of AARP member. In fact, he embraces youth and all the enthusiasm it brings.

• Mariners: This is my favorite item from yesterday. The M's made five errors in their 9-7 loss to Kansas City yesterday. No, that's not why this is my favorite item. The five errors ticked off Lloyd McClendon a little bit. “We kicked ourselves in the ass today,” he told reporters, “and it’s that simple.” That is commentary that gets right to the point. I think I might just like McClendon's outspokenness. ... Dustin Ackley (pictured) hit two home runs. Yep, two. The M's needed three. ... Taijuan Walker and James Paxton are feeling stronger every day. ... Regional baseball networks are all the rage. So were VCRs not that long ago.

• Sounders: Talk about errors. The Sounders made more than five yesterday. So many, in fact, I lost count. Anyway, the league-leading team lost 5-0 in New England, the Sounders' worst MLS loss. It wasn't the type of match anyone envisioned. Now all Seattle can do is hope it gets to the MLS Cup so it can avenge itself.

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• Again, sorry this wasn't up sooner. We'll be back tomorrow at the usual time. And by that I mean the usual, usual time. Not today's usual time. Until later ... 




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