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The week begins with a chance to get outside – until it starts raining

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The work week is starting for most everyone, though most of our student friends have the day off. It’s going to be spring-like in the Spokane area, or at least that’s what the weatherman is promising. So let’s get right at what we have. Read on.

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• According to my iPhone’s Weather Channel app, we are looking at a week with highs mostly in the 50s and lows never below freezing. In mid-February. Sure, it’s not so good for the snowpack but it sure is nice for getting out and about, something we probably all intend to do. Work off a little of those Valentine treats, right? If your plans include doing something sports related, I’m at a loss to figure out what it may be. Skiing? Running, maybe, though it is supposed to rain. But watching an event on TV? Not going to happen. It’s pretty bland. That’s OK. If you have small kids at home today – it is the President’s Day holiday – then you’ll be too exhausted to enjoy anything tonight anyhow. If you don’t have kids, my guess is you will be working a few extra hours to help fill the void for those who took the day off. And if you are like me, retired? Then you probably are busy every day. Naps don’t take themselves you know. Either way, you probably want to start your day with a spin around the Northwest sports world. That’s our job. To be tour guide. So here you go.

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• WSU: When I was covering the best Washington State basketball team possibly ever – the 2008 Sweet Sixteen group – I heard often about the 81-29 loss to Oklahoma State in 2004. From that debacle, with the core of the 2008 team playing as freshmen, came the realization it couldn’t get any worse. It was a touchstone event for Kyle Weaver, Derrick Low, et al, as they developed into a mature team that played with the best in the nation. (Robbie Cowgill once told me he sat on the bench and wondered, quite literally, if the Cougars would ever score.) Maybe yesterday’s 88-47 loss at Utah will do the same for this group of Cougars. Jacob Thorpe was in Salt Lake City and has the game story following the worst WSU rout since that 2004 game. ... Jacob also has video from interviews with Ernie Kent and players Brett Boese and Josh Hawkinson as well as the box score. ... We can pass along coverage from the Salt Lake City-area newspapers as well. ... The WSU women fell in Los Angeles to USC. ... In other men’s action around the Pac-12, Arizona moved into a tie with Oregon atop the league standings with a home win over USC. In the two weekend games against the LA schools, UA shot 69 free throws. USC and UCLA combined for 27. ... The Bruins did rebound to get past Arizona State.

• Whitworth: The Whit men captured the Northwest Conference swimming title.

• Chiefs: Spokane hosted Everett yesterday in the Chiefs third game in three nights. Everett scored a late goal and won, 3-2. I know Tom Clouse was there but I was unable to find his game story. There is this picture gallery from Jesse Tinsley, however, and a story from the Everett Herald.

• Mariners: Kyle Seager is the best position player the M’s have developed since Alex Rodriguez. Take that for what you will.

• Sounders: It’s looks as the Obafemi-Martins-to-China rumors are true. At least there is interest. And the Sounders may be down a designated player for a while. Not the best way to enter the MLS season. ... The Sounders did win a scrimmage yesterday.

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• And so the week begins. Until later ...




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