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Football: Anthony Payton joins Spokane Empire coaching staff

Anthony Payton has been named assistant coach for the Spokane Empire, the Indoor Football League team announced Wednesday. Payton will enter his ninth coaching season, including last season with the Arena Football League’s Portland Steel. Payton played football at East ...

Fever linebacker Marcell Coke Jr. (34) tries to catch Empire os Trevor Kennedy (18) during the first half of a IFL arena football game, Friday, May 20, 2016, in the Spokane Arena. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane’s IFL schedule includes three Arizona contests

Spokane and former Arena Football League rival Arizona will meet three times in the 2017 Indoor Football League regular season. Spokane has a bye on opening weekend Feb. 16-18. The Empire’s home opener follows Feb. 23 against Green Bay before ...

Spokane Shock's #5 Anthony Amos tries to dodge tackles from Arizona Rattlers #19 Marquis Floyd and #7AJ Cruze during the game at the Spokane Arena on Saturday, May 30, 2015. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Arizona’s arrival strengthens IFL

The Arizona Rattlers officially joined the Indoor Football League on Monday, a move that should have a positive impact on the Spokane Empire and the IFL. Arizona brings name recognition, stability and a tradition of success. The Rattlers won five ...

Empire add defensive lineman

The Spokane Empire has added defensive lineman Royce Lafrance to their Indoor Football League roster, the team announced Sunday. Lafrance (6-foot-4, 265 pounds) played four college seasons at Tulane and will be an IFL rookie.

In this July 12, 2014 file photo, Spokane Shock receiver Mike Washington races past Arizona Rattlers defender Arkeith Brown during an AFL game in the Spokane Arena. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Sources: Arizona close to joining Spokane in Indoor Football League

Spokane switched arena leagues last year and it appears two Arena Football League franchises hope to follow in the Empire’s footsteps to the Indoor Football League. Arizona, which won three straight ArenaBowls from 2012-14 and lost in last year’s AFL ...

Area roundup: GU’s Min takes third in Tacoma

Gonzaga’s Ciera Min shot 3-under 69 in the third and final round on Tuesday and finished second overall in the the Pat Lesser Harbottle Invitational at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club in Tacoma. Min finished the tournament at 2-under ...

Spokane Empire sign Andrew Jackson

The Spokane Empire signed linebacker Andrew Jackson for the 2017 season. Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 245-pounder, played at Western Kentucky University and was drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He played in 13 ...

Empire re-sign wide receiver J.J. Hayes

The Spokane Empire re-signed wide receiver J.J. Hayes for their 2017 roster, the Indoor Football League team announced Tuesday. Hayes (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) finished second on the team in receptions (62), receiving yards (685) and receiving touchdowns (14) during the ...

Gonzaga’s Austin Giftopoulos is WCC men’s soccer Player of the Week

Gonzaga sophomore defender Austin Giftopoulos was named the West Coast Conference men’s soccer Player of the Week, it was announced Monday. Giftopoulos, who missed all but six games with a season-ending injury last year, scored a goal and added an ...

Patrick Reed tees off during the second round of The Barclays. (Kathy Kmonicek / Associated Press)

In Brief: Patrick Reed builds a 2-shot lead at Bethpage Black

Golf: Patrick Reed’s place in the Ryder Cup is looking better with each round at The Barclays, and so are his prospects of winning. Even with a careless finish Friday at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y., Reed rode a fast ...

Area roundup: Overland’s goal wins it for Washington State

Alysha Overland headed in a rebound at 38:01 for the game’s only goal and Washington State upset 13th-ranked Santa Clara in soccer Thursday in Pullman. Ella Dederick made three saves for the Cougars (1-1-0). On Overland’s goal, Kaitlyn Johnson’s shot ...

Rattlers, Soul set for Arena Bowl showdown in suburbs

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Arizona Rattlers should have a big home field advantage when they play the Philadelphia Soul in the Arena Bowl on Friday night. Except they aren’t really at home. The Rattlers are 48-4 at Talking Stick Resort ...

Quarterback Charles Dowdell re-signs with Spokane Empire

The Spokane Empire have signed quarterback Charles Dowdell to their 2017 IFL roster. Dowdell (QB, 6-0, 200, Saginaw Valley State) started all 16 regular season games for the Empire last season and led Spokane to a 12-4 regular season record, ...

Empire signs defensive lineman

The Spokane Empire has signed rookie defensive lineman Rika Levi for the 2017 Indoor Football League season. Levi (6-foot-2, 335 pounds) played his final two collegiate seasons at Texas Tech after transferring from the College of San Mateo in California. ...

Area roundup: Chiefs sign pair of Czech forwards

The Spokane Chiefs announced Monday that Czech forwards Ondrej Najman and Pavel Kousal have signed player contracts for the upcoming Western Hockey League season. Najman and Kousal were the Chiefs’ first- and second-round picks, respectively, in the 2016 import draft. ...

Spokane Empire sign quarterback Austin Trainor

The Spokane Empire have signed quarterback Austin Trainor, the team announced Sunday. Trainor will join the Empire for his rookie Indoor Football League season in 2017. He played his first two collegiate season at Florida A&M and his final two ...

Spokane Empire fade and fall to Sioux Falls in IFL’s United Bowl

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Spokane Empire’s hopes for earning an Indoor Football League championship and ending the five-year reign of the Sioux Falls Storm fell short of the mark on Saturday night. Playing the IFL’s flagship franchise, the Empire ...

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