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American Bubba Watson acknowledges the crowd after his birdie on the 18th hole during the second round of the British Open allowed him to make the cut. (Ben Curtis / Associated Press)
American Bubba Watson acknowledges the crowd after his birdie on the 18th hole during the second round of the British Open allowed him to make the cut. (Ben Curtis / Associated Press)

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The older you get, the more you notice how much the world has changed. Most of the time it's for the better. Read on.

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• Take this morning for example. It wasn't all that long ago the British Open was a mysterious proposition. You wanted to know who won? You either got up at an ungodly hour or you waited for the next day's newspaper. These days, you don't even need access to a television to watch the best players in the world play golf in more clothes than Robert Peary. Nope, all you need is a decent internet connection and a phone. Heck, if you have a great wireless plan, you don't even need wireless. So when Phil Mickelson loses a drive right, you can watch it at the dog park. Or when Dustin Johnson leaves a 24-foot eagle putt inches short, you can watch it while eating breakfast at IHOP. It's fun. And just part of our day-to-day life in 2016.

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• WSU: The Pac-12 media days finished up yesterday and Jacob Thorpe was there. He has a notebook and a story on Washington's hype-filled offseason. ... Mike Leach's comments from Thursday incited many types of responses. This one must be the strangest. ... Missed Christian Caple's story yesterday on Parker Henry.

• Gonzaga: Portland and new coach Terry Porter are improving their nonconference schedule.

• Golf: It's the middle of the local golf season and Jim Meehan is in the middle of it. Not with his clubs but with his computer, with this story on the opening round of the Rosauers Open.

• Indians: A 4-3 win Friday night over Salem-Keizer led to Josh Horton's game story and not one but two blog posts. ... Eugene rallied from a six-run deficit for a 9-7 win at Tri-City. ... Everett struggled at Hillsboro.

• Mariners: If you really wanted to get excited because the Mariners were back in action last night, sorry. They played poorly, made mistakes, had their shortstop hurt (again) and lost 7-3 to Houston. Doesn't this season have the feel of slipping away? It has before, of course, and the M's have righted the ship, but it's deeper into the year and it seems a bit scary. ... There should be some pitching help arriving soon in the form of Felix Hernandez and Charlie Furbush. ... The M's will play the Cubs on a Sunday night soon. Trust me, it's been a while. ... Don't get too emotional, but here's your weekly ex-Mariner alert.

• Seahawks: K.J. Wright has been consistent ever since he joined the Hawks.

• Sounders: Reeling Real Salt Lake needs three points when it hosts New England tonight. ... The L.A. Galaxy defeated Houston 1-0.

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• It's raining at Royal Troon. What a shock. Until later ...




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