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Larry Stone: Seahawks get their fourth-quarter mojo back in 27-24 win over the Packers

The Seahawks earned themselves some breathing room with a much-needed win over the Packers. And they did it by locking down on that fourth quarter finish, and riding their run …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 11:26 p.m.

TV Take: First viewing of Rui Hachimura this season shows ESPN crew the talent Gonzaga fans already knew

In the past year or so, those who watch Gonzaga basketball games on television have come to know Eric Rothman and Caron Butler well.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 11:13 a.m.

John Blanchette: Santa Clara answers Mark Few’s call to arms

It’s Santa Clara’s answer to comments Gonzaga’s longtime basketball coach made to Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Ed Graney at last month’s West Coast Conference media day at Orleans Arena – …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, 11:41 p.m.

TV Take: Gonzaga turns ‘very interesting matchup’ into 104-67 blowout win over Texas Southern

Before the start of Gonzaga’s 104-67 blowout of Texas Southern in front of the usual 6,000 at the McCarthey Athletic Center, Greg Heister and the SWX broadcast crew took turns …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, 11:42 p.m.

John Blanchette: In era of eye-popping offenses, Washington State defense as good as they need to be

The Wazzu defense came within one communications breakdown of a shutout, which was far more “D” than was required to bulldoze the Buffs.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

TV Take: From Gardner Minshew’s ‘Heisman moment’ to Mike Leach’s moustache, Washington State shines late in win at Colorado

There may be no quarterback west of Alabama that has played better this season than Washington State’s Gardner Minshew.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 6:59 p.m.

Larry Stone: Is Mike Zunino trade a tweak or start of a rebuild for Mariners?

Jerry Dipoto’s offseason machinations were set in motion by the trade of Mike Zunino for Ray outfielder Mallex Smith. Whether this is just part of a small plan or the …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Matt Calkins: To make playoffs, Seahawks need Russell Wilson to be better than good

It’s easy to see why No. 3 might be taken for granted sometimes. But Sunday’s loss to the Chargers was a reminder of what has been true for a few …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:09 p.m.

John Blanchette: On decision night, Gonzaga cruises to decisive victory over Idaho State

If they’re going to sync the first night of college basketball with Election Tuesday, each dribble, pass and basket is going to be a referendum.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

TV Take: Broadcast crew overcomes opening-night glitches as Gonzaga rolls Idaho State

Opening night always includes a few glitches, and college basketball isn’t any different. Nor is the broadcast crew immune. But the bugs were rare enough in Gonzaga’s 120-79 season-opening win …


Commentary: Wrong call on Jimmie Johnson on NASCAR’s bad day in Texas

NASCAR did not have its finest day at Texas Motor Speedway, where things first went awry with an erroneous penalty even before the race.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 4, 2018, 5:59 p.m.

John Blanchette: Washington State keeps closer eye on national scoreboard with each passing week

It’s been established: The Pac-12 can’t get out of its own way. So maybe try this, fellas: Get the hell out of Washington State’s.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018, 11:52 p.m.

TV Take: It took until the end, but ESPN’s swooning over Gardner Minshew pays off in Washington State win

If there is one thing you can count on the past few weeks watching Washington State football, it is the announcing crew is going to gush over quarterback Gardner Minshew.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018, 6:09 p.m.

Eli Francovich: Avista demurs on I-1631, climate change because it’s too complicated

Avista isn’t taking sides on Initiative 1631 carbon fee because “climate change is a complicated policy issue.” If I remember correctly, that was my go-to excuse for not doing my …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018, 5:40 p.m.

Larry Stone: Seahawks chose wisely in offseason when betting on Russell Wilson

The disruptions that marked the previous few years have been conspicuously absent. Russell Wilson is thriving, Carroll appears rejuvenated, and the Seahawks are trending in the right direction.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 11:13 p.m.

John Blanchette: Killian Tillie injury will force Gonzaga to test flexibility in a hurry

When we last left the Gonzaga Bulldogs in competitive mode, Killian Tillie was hunched in a sideline chair in the Staples Center, jacket collar pulled up under his lower lip. …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 11:15 p.m.

TV Take: Killian Tillie a popular topic of discussion in Gonzaga’s exhibition rout of Central Washington

It may be hard to quantify, but Gonzaga’s exhibition game against Central Washington at the McCarthey Athletic Center was probably the most anticipated in the past few years.


Ralph Walter: Deadline pressure takes Gonzaga basketball mania to new heights

As news broke Tuesday afternoon that talented Gonzaga big man Killian Tillie would miss a significant chunk of the season following surgery for an ankle fracture, a sense of Zagony …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 11:45 a.m.

John Blanchette: From Courtney Vandersloot on up to Will Foster, we rank the all-time Gonzaga players by height

That’s right. We decided to have the Gonzaga Bulldogs line up by height. Or rather, we lined them up.


John Blanchette: Game that started Gonzaga’s 20-year NCAA Tournament run was part fact, part fiction

But for 20 consecutive years now, a Gonzaga basketball team has been in the NCAA tournament, and nearly as often as not, played into the second weekend.


Bill Madden: Red Sox World Series win was a team effort led by one of the best managers in the game

The duck boats have made their way through Boston for the celebration of the greatest Red Sox team in history and while, at a major league high $228 million, you …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 27, 2018, 11:12 p.m.

John Blanchette: In unpredictable Pac-12, Washington State continues to be the cream of the crop

There were a lot of 6-6s projected, or maybe five wins and you could even find a 3-9 prediction or two out there, though that seemed the fuzziest of math …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 27, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

TV Take: Well-known Washington State impresses Pac-12 Network broadcasters again in win over Stanford

With familiarity comes respect, if the familiar relationship is a respectful one. Such is the case with the Pac-12 Network’s top football announcing duo, Ted Robinson and Yogi Roth, and …


Commentary: World Series taking baseball from National Pastime to National Past-Your-Bedtime

Baseball, you’re spewing out parental agita like balled-up pieces of clothing from a T-shirt gun with this thing you’ve been doing lately with the concept of “late” – by which …


Tim Reynolds: Raptors, Spurs can both claim trade victory

The early returns are in, and we now have a winner from the summer blockbuster trade between San Antonio and Toronto. Both sides look victorious.


Doug Ferguson: Brooks Koepka’s biggest feat as No. 1 is getting there

Reaching No. 1 in the world felt even sweeter to Brooks Koepka because of how he got there. Golf is about winning, and the world ranking is merely a result …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 11:43 p.m.

John Blanchette: Washington State’s Gardner Minshew is head and shoulders (and mustache) above Pac-12 competition

Just FedEx the Player of the Year award – Trophy? Plaque? Key chain? – to Gardner Minshew right now.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 9:17 p.m.

TV Take: Washington State caps perfect start to day with field-rushing finish in win over Oregon

Has there been more of a win-win Saturday for Washington State University?


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 9:54 p.m.

Rob Curley: Throwing a big hoops party with some of Gonzaga’s biggest stars? Of course! That’s just obvious

In doing that research for our family’s move to this area, it didn’t take long to figure out Gonzaga mattered. It also didn’t take long to realize that Zags basketball …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 9:53 a.m.

Dave Boling: No matter the mascot head he’s wearing, ESPN’s Lee Corso is always smiling

There’s a lot going on inside that giant mascot head. Or maybe it’s a cougar head, or maybe a duck or a buckeye – whatever’s the cranial representation of the …