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Gonzaga senior forward Johnathan Williams leaves the floor after defeating Pepperdine, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Grip on Sports: What’s in a number anyway?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you are a fan of obscure 1970s movies (and really, everyone should be), then you will recognize the name Johnson, Navin R. And how excited he got about regular season college basketball polls. No, that’s not it. It was something to do with the phone book. Read on.
Emily Westerberg Love, left, and Aubree Johnson Chestnut, who helped carry Central Valley and Post Falls, respectively, to state high school basketball championships and later played together at Arizona State, remain best friends today. (File / The Spokesman-Review)

Emily Westerberg, Aubree Johnson remain close as sisters

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 9:12 a.m.

There is every reason to be jealous of Emily Westerberg and Aubree Johnson. It’s not the two state basketball championships and countless accolades both won, Westerberg at Central Valley and Johnson at Post Falls. It’s not their accomplishments for the Arizona State basketball team and the unprecedented heights the Sun Devils reached in their playing days. It’s not even their precious families, as both married and now each have three children. What is truly remarkable is that Emily Westerberg Love and Aubree Johnson Chestnut can live thousands of miles apart and still talk like they are next door neighbors – or twin sisters sharing a bedroom.

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Couch Slouch believes Olympics brings us together under false pretenses. (Wong Maye-E / AP)

Couch Slouch: Olympics has turned Orwellian

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Approaching my third week of boycotting the 2018 Winter Olympics, I want to say something that, frankly, nobody really wants to hear; in fact, when I brought this up the other night while eating at my parents’ house, my mother told me that I would have to use the drive-thru window the next time I came over for dinner. So here we go: The Olympics ideal is, well, hooey-and-a-half.

Annual Fishing Frenzy coming to Spokane Valley

The Spokane Valley Marine Fishing Frenzy will take place on Saturday. Pro bass fisherman John Murray will speak at the free one-day event. There will be other speakers discussing techniques, the newest gear on the market and more, said Tyler Brinks, the president of the Spokane Bass Club.
In this Oct. 9, 2017, file photo, Houston Astros relief pitcher Justin Verlander, left, and catcher Brian McCann talk during the fifth inning of Game 4 of baseball’s American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox in Boston. Major League Baseball is imposing stricter limits on mound visits in an effort to speed games but decided against 20-second pitch clocks for 2018. (Charles Krupa / Associated Press)

MLB imposes stricter mound limits, defers on pitch clocks

Major League Baseball has imposed stricter limits on mound visits by players in an effort to speed games but decided against 20-second pitch clocks for 2018. After more than a year of negotiations, the Major League Baseball Players Association refused to agree to the changes but also signed an agreement that it will not oppose the rules.
FIL - In this Sept. 4, 2017, file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks' J.D. Martinez gestures toward the camera as he stands in the dugout after hitting his fourth home run of the game in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, in Los Angeles. Perhaps 100 free agents still seek contracts as the start of spring training workouts on Feb. 14 draws near, a group that includes J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) ORG XMIT: NY182 (Mark J. Terrill / AP)

AP source: J.D. Martinez, Red Sox agree to $110M, 5-year deal

J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox have, at long last, come to an agreement. The slow dance between the free agent slugger and the power-deficient team wrapped up Monday when they settled on a $110 million, five-year contract.
In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo doubles off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl during the sixth inning of a baseball game, in Chicago. Rizzo is set to rejoin the club for its first full-squad workout after returning to Florida to support victims of last week’s deadly shooting at his former high school. (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP)

His heart in Florida, Anthony Rizzo rejoins Cubs after mournful trip

After last week’s deadly shooting rampage at his former high school in Parkland, Florida, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo knew he must immediately go home. “Numb” is how he described his initial feelings hearing the deadly attack happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
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