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Out of Right Field: The time is now for Jerry Dipoto to act

With James Paxton’s and Felix Hernandez’ status in doubt at the moment, Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto should not drag his feet in acquiring proven rotation help.


UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

Gary Peterson: Breaking the NBA? On the contrary, Warriors are doing it a favor

You know the gripe: The Warriors win too many games and too many championships. They have too many parades and sign too many really, really good players. The caterwauling has …


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 6:38 p.m.

Larry Stone: The Mariners need to keep top slugger Nelson Cruz in Seattle

In his first three years in Seattle, Nelson Cruz averaged 42 homers, 105 RBIs and a .925 OPS. And this year, even with a stint on the disabled list, he …


UPDATED: Sat., July 7, 2018, 7:45 p.m.

Out of Right Field: Robinson Cano reflects on dealing with suspension as Mariners thrive in his absence

Robinson Cano, 35, tested positive for Furosemide during the offseason, a diuretic that masks the effects of performance-enhancing drugs. He was suspended by MLB but appealed, claiming the drug was …


UPDATED: Wed., July 4, 2018, 5:29 p.m.

Larry Stone: Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor’s departure elicits feelings of admiration, guilt

Kam Chancellor’s combustive hits are a large part of what draws us to football. The problem is, we know too much these days. Too much about the debilitating effects of …


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 5 p.m.

Jim Meehan: Area golf pros provide pointers on lag putting, discuss Tiger Woods’ major chances

When it comes to golf, most of us can use all the help we can get from sensible minds. It’s one of the reasons we bring back the pros roundtable …


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 8:45 a.m.

John Blanchette: Omar Samhan hopes to play the spoiler role for Gonzaga fans at The Basketball Tournament

A funny thing happened to Omar Samhan in Japan last winter. He had to shake Rob Sacre’s hand – and try to keep a straight face.


Doug Ferguson: Still no dominant player halfway through the golf year

Bubba Watson has as many wins in four months as the previous three years combined. The player atop the U.S. standings for the Ryder Cup didn’t really start his year …


John Leicester: Video refereeing a boon and a bust at World Cup

As must have been the case with the first glimmers of electric lights in the 19th century, video assistant referees benefited from an initial “Wow! The technology works!” buzz when …


UPDATED: Sat., June 23, 2018, 8:36 p.m.

Out of right field: Mariners getting harsh dose of reality on the road

The Mariners the look of a juggernaut. If not that, they at least looked to have a good shot to halt the longest streak in sports


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 6:16 p.m.

Larry Stone: Short College World Series stay will only leave hungry Washington Huskies wanting more

Monday’s 14-5 Washington loss to the Oregon State Beavers ended the Huskies’ stay in the College World Series at the barest minimum: two losses and a trip home. But this …


Doug Ferguson: U.S. Open being remembered for the wrong reasons

If the aim of the U.S. Open is to identify the best player, then the last three got it right. The problem is a tendency to remember what went wrong.


UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018, 10:32 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Plenty to remember, forget about 20th century

Like many of you, I am in the process of navigating two distinct centuries of American living. Eighteen years in, I am finally settling into 21th-century ways, but, frankly, the …


UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018, 4:19 p.m.

Commentary: Phil Mickelson’s bizarre US Open breach deserves forgiveness, not scorn

All at once the man with the 43 PGA Tour wins, including five major titles – the affable lefty who might be the most popular player with fans – became …


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 4:28 p.m.

Larry Stone: Lindsay Meggs’ tough-love coaching style guides Washington baseball to first College World Series

Some say Meggs, 55, has mellowed. Meggs will tell you that, in fact. But at his core, as he prepares to take Washington into its first College World Series, Meggs …


John Leicester: Vladimir Putin gets luck of the draw at World Cup opener

When Yuri Gazinsky headed in the first goal of the 2018 World Cup, giving host Russia early joy in what developed into a 5-0 thumping of Saudi Arabia, Russian President …


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 7:13 p.m.

Peter Botte: The most formidable foe at U.S. Open is the ever-unforgiving Shinnecock Hills greens

Jordan Spieth sailed a bunker shot clear over the green just after 8 a.m. on his second hole of the day, leading to an early triple bogey that immediately had …


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Larry Stone: Seahawks scenarios with Earl Thomas playing this season seem unlikely

One by one, they are leaving, Seahawks icons of a glorious era – a run that with every departure looks more and more like it is past tense.


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 6:45 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Seattle an obvious choice to host 2026 World Cup matches

Of the 17 U.S. cities bidding to host World Cup games, Seattle deserves to be one of the 10 FIFA selects (three cities from Canada and three more from Mexico …


John Blanchette: Royce Bolinger gets a second baseball life as pitching prospect

Royce Bolinger, after seven years into his professional baseball career as a hitter, has come full circle to where he began, as a member of the 2018 Indians … pitching …


John Blanchette: Looking at the great ‘what if’ had the Spokane Indians remained a Triple-A team

What if Spokane hadn’t lost its Triple-A team? Maybe the timeline would have looked something like this:


Doug Ferguson: Michael Putnam latest example of not giving up on U.S. Open

Michael Putnam and Vijay Singh each opened with a 73 at U.S. Open qualifying. Only one showed up at the second of the two courses in play. Putnam shot a …


UPDATED: Sat., June 2, 2018, 11:51 p.m.

Rob Curley: For one night, Gonzaga fans turned Safeco Field into McCarthey West … and it was perfect

The Mariners have been hosting Gonzaga Nights for years now, but Saturday’s was as perfect as one could be. And one of the most attended as nearly 2,000 Bulldog fans …


Ammi Midstokke: Midlife crisis for backwoods girls

I don’t need a fast car. Fast cars are low to the ground and red and wouldn’t make it past the first gravel pitch of my driveway on a good …


John Blanchette: Washington State’s plan for balanced athletics budget uses mental gymnastics

In the world of NCAA sports, Washington State is to fiscal gymnastics what Alabama is to football. If only they handed out national championships for that sort of thing.


UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 10:59 p.m.

John Blanchette: Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer returns to Sandpoint completely validated

Why Jerry Kramer had to wait more than half his life – 45 years – for a distinction that should have been pro forma will remain a mystery, though joining …


UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 11:14 p.m.

John Blanchette: Japanese media devour every scrap from Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura

On Tuesday, crews from Japan’s six national television channels – 20 people in all – descended on McCarthey Athletic Center to explore Ruiworld.


Tim Dahlberg: Viva Las Vegas! Knights a win from Stanley Cup Final

Marc-Andre Fleury sat shirtless in front of his locker, staring blankly, his exhausted gaze fixed nowhere. Pads still strapped to his legs after another spectacular night’s work, the Vegas Golden …


John Blanchette: Robinson Cano forces Mariners into another dose of reality

What a great day for the Seattle Mariners. They got themselves a Gold Glove second baseman and saved $12 million.


Doug Ferguson: End of an era for The Players Championship in May

Webb Simpson popped the cork on a champagne bottle to celebrate his victory in The Players Championship. Though not by design, the moment also could have signaled the close of …