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UPDATED: Sat., March 23, 2019, 11:23 p.m.

John Blanchette: Brandon Clarke leaves everyone in Salt Lake City starstruck after dominating performance against Baylor

All those “watch lists” for college basketball’s many awards that managed to miss on Brandon Clarke altogether this year, or scramble to include him at midseason, or leave him off …


UPDATED: Sat., March 23, 2019, 8:17 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Washington coach Mike Hopkins is as loving as he is bizarre

Energetic. Passionate. Insightful. Inspiring. These are all accurate adjectives if you’re trying to describe Huskies men’s basketball coach Mike Hopkins.


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 10:20 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Washington shows poise from the top down to make successful return to NCAA Tournament

After watching a 13-point lead shrink to seven in less than a minute, and then watching a turnover give the ball back to a jacked-up Utah State team, Huskies basketball …


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 8:43 p.m.

John Blanchette: Baylor’s Rem Bakamus, John Jakus know their dancing partner far too well ahead of Gonzaga showdown

At the edge of a merry Baylor locker room after the Bears bounced Syracuse from the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night, John Jakus pinned himself against a wall and weighed …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 10 p.m.

John Blanchette: With WCC clunker left in the past, Gonzaga returns to high-flying form in rout of Fairleigh Dickinson

We took their temperature, over and over. We wondered if the Gonzaga Bulldogs had really kicked that bad case of influenza WCC that laid them low in Las Vegas.


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 7:51 p.m.

TV Take: Fresh broadcast faces provide plenty of blunders in Gonzaga’s romp of Fairleigh Dickinson

The NCAA Tournament is, in essence, a new season. With new goals, new opponents and new voices.


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 5:41 p.m.

Larry Stone: Ichiro, always a master of timing, gets it right again with his retirement

If there were any justice in the world, Ichiro would have beaten out the slow roller to shortstop in the eighth inning of Thursday’s game against the Oakland A’s in …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:53 a.m.

John Blanchette: Fairleigh Dickinson coach Greg Herenda knows what it takes to beat the odds

If Greg Herenda makes it to the Final Four this April with his Fairleigh Dickinson Knights it would be … well, it would be a damned miracle, OK?


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 10:26 p.m.

Vince Grippi: 3 thoughts from Fairleigh Dickinson’s 82-76 NCAA Tournament victory over Prairie View A&M

The Knights move on to face top-seeded Gonzaga on Thursday in Salt Lake City


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

John Blanchette: Geno Crandall knows all about dogged determination at NCAA Tournament

Though they all seem to get lumped together as happy Cinderellas, there are subtle degrees of underdog baked into March Madness.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 7:24 p.m.

With $15, you just can’t go wrong in building your own Gonzaga Dream Team

In a never-ending quest to match up the greatest players in Gonzaga basketball history – not to mention find ways to pass the time until the REAL games begin – …


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 4:34 p.m.

Larry Stone: Mariners face challenge in how to part with Ichiro, Felix Hernandez

Much about the start to this Mariners season is a bit off kilter. But that stands to reason, I suppose, in a year of such seismic change and philosophical recalibration.


John Blanchette: Depth and defense against offense and athleticism makes for tough choice in fictional battle between Gonzaga’s best

Picked up those inseparable buddies and Zags fans, Hysteria and Horse Sense, hitchhiking back from Las Vegas after cashing in their return flight tickets to put everything on Gonzaga to …


UPDATED: Sun., March 17, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

John Blanchette: On a topsy-turvy Selection Sunday, Gonzaga avoids another upset, holding on to No. 1 seed

So in case the Gonzaga Bulldogs still didn’t have that top-line feeling back after Terrible Tuesday, they were given an imprimatur on Selection Sunday. And they had nothing to do …


UPDATED: Sun., March 17, 2019, 9:26 p.m.

NCAA Selection Sunday winners and losers: CBS, Bradley, Big Ten, Larry Bird, truTV and more

The bracket is out. The bubbles have burst. The NCAA Tournament got real Sunday as CBS’s “Selection Sunday” show revealed the field.


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 11:15 p.m.

John Blanchette: For Gonzaga, move away from RPI in college hoops has been nothing but NET

Before Zion’s shoe went kablooey and “strong-ass offer” became the meme of the moment, college basketball’s ranking outrage of this season was some post-Thanksgiving indigestion.


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019, 11:21 p.m.

John Blanchette: After split with Ernie Kent, red flags still surround men’s hoops job at Washington State

Hiring Ernie Kent was tired thinking on the part of Chun’s predecessor, Bill Moos; he couldn’t have done any worse taking a flyer on a younger, cheaper comer. Constantly rolling …


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 9:55 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Pete Carroll bets on himself while letting Seahawks great Earl Thomas walk

Seattle was likely never going to offer the free safety


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 11:11 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s faceplant in WCC Tournament may be most painful come Selection Sunday

Have you heard about the new March Madness Savings Time? If you’re the Gonzaga Bulldogs, you set your clocks back to a No. 2 seed.


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 11:16 p.m.

TV Take: Run never comes for Gonzaga as Saint Mary’s completes the upset in ‘Shock City’

The script for this one has been performed before. Twice this season, in fact. Underdog Saint Mary’s stays close to top-ranked Gonzaga for a while. The Gaels slow the pace, …


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 7:28 p.m.

John Blanchette: Basketball aside, a heartbreaking day for the GU family

For the Gonzaga Bulldogs’s women’s basketball team, there is family and there is FAMILY, and now they know both the distinction and how it gets blurred together when life issues …


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Mariners’ Felix Hernandez has reason to be upset, but he also has an opportunity

Hernandez is beginning the season as the No. 5 starter on a Mariners team Fangraphs is projecting to win 75 games. If I’m Felix, I’m using my (likely) last season …


UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 10:49 p.m.

John Blanchette: Killian Tillie’s reemergence gives Gonzaga the house edge at WCC Tournament

Anyone have the guts to get this wager down before tipoff Monday night? Killian Tillie, tournament MVP.


UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 10:37 p.m.

TV Take: With Killian Tillie up and running, ESPN’s Dick Vitale claims Gonzaga likely his pick to win NCAA Tournament

Dick Vitale is enamored with GU’s penchant for sharing the ball and how that leads to togetherness throughout the game.


UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 7:26 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga down, but never out in gutsy victory over Saint Mary’s

Their gruesome falls to the court and the injuries that forced them to hobble out of Orleans Arena on crutches after the Monday afternoon women’s semifinals of the West Coast …


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 11:37 p.m.

Rob Curley: Gonzaga sits back, relaxes when it comes to taking flight

So, what’s it like to travel when you’re one of the elite college basketball programs in the nation?


John Blanchette: 1993-94 team paved way for Gonzaga’s high postseason expectations

Before Gonzaga took up more or less permanent residence in the high rise that is the NCAA Tournament bracket, the Bulldogs had to get past the doorman. And before that, …


UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019, 4:44 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Washington’s victory over Oregon State should all but lock up NCAA Tournament bid

After a 45-minute tango with Oregon State that resulted in an 81-76 overtime victory, the Huskies are a virtual lock to go dancing later this month.


Doug Ferguson: Complaining about rules not doing golf any favors

The memo PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan sent to players on the new Rules of Golf can be interpreted different ways based as much on the timing as the message.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 10:16 p.m.

Larry Stone: Kyler Murray should thank fellow ‘too-short QB’ Russell Wilson for paving the way

In one sense, there’s nothing new about the hue and cry over Kyler Murray, who shunned baseball to cast his lot with the NFL. He had the world waiting breathlessly …