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Change is the one constant these days

A GRIP ON SPORTS

College basketball is a year-around sport these days. There is the regular season, March Madness, recruiting and, this time of year, transfer season. Read on.

There are a lot of sore people downtown today

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I can tell you right now, though I could have told you last night as well: Even just watching Hoopfest is something you should train for. Read on.

Twenty-five years of memories

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Every time I read a story on the roots of Hoopfest, I get a warm feeling. It is nice to know you were at the beginning of something. A trailblazer if you will. Or one of the original speed bumps, depending on how you look at it. Read on.

When it comes to rooting for the U.S., everyone is all-in

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It was kind of odd last night, while watching the NBA draft, to be interrupted with a World Cup discussion. But I guess that's where we are right now. Read on.

The last tear is the saddest

A GRIP ON SPORTS

You know what's sort of sad for a sports fan? When you get to the final ticket or two of a season. When you realize there are only a couple of more games left before it all ends. Read on.

It’s not only the weather that’s hot

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Today seems like a perfect day to talk about hot seats. After all, if you are outside and sit down, you are on one. But does the term really apply to anyone in the Mariners front office? Read on.

It’s like a blow dryer out there

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It just might hit 100 today around here, which doesn't happen all that often. And you know what heat does, don't you? It dries things out. Read on.

If the intent is there, that should be good enough

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It may be summer, but we have recruiting on our mind. And it is all Christian Caple's fault. Read on.

Recapturing a little magic

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Every once in a great while, a game like last night's in Safeco reminds us why baseball is such a great game to watch, listen to or read about. Read on.

Olynyk’s journey takes another turn

A GRIP ON SPORTS

A couple of years ago, when you saw Kelly Olynyk (if you saw him at all), he was the tall, skinny guy at the end of the Gonzaga bench, jumping up and celebrating whenever a Zag made a big play. Now he's a Boston Celtic. A soon-to-be-very-rich Boston Celtic. What a journey. Read on.

It takes an iron will to compete in these two events

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I sure hope whoever is in charge of the weather understands Hoopfest is this weekend. And it's not supposed to rain around here on Hoopfest. If it does, there will be heck to pay. Read on.

Another track and field fiasco

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There are a lot of lessons to be learned from athletics, not the least of which is how not to deal with a problem. “Oh,” you think to yourself, “he's talking about the Olympic track and field trials.” Was I that obvious? Read on.

A basketball celebration

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Do you like to people watch? Enjoy competition? Need a long walk? Then Hoopfest is for you. If you hate crowds, the smell of sun screen or the pain of over-used feet, then it's better to avoid downtown Spokane today. Read on.

NBA takes a backseat

A GRIP ON SPORTS

The biggest news today, other than what's coming out of Washington, D.C., of course, is the NBA draft. You would think that David Stern has enough pull in Washington to get the Supremes to put off announcing something as big as the health care decision until after New Orleans takes Anthony Davis, wouldn't you? Read on.

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