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Larry Stone: After scary year with cancer, Angie Mentink savors daily drumbeat of baseball

Mariners broadcaster Angie Mentink has passed the six-month clean checkup after her diagnosis of breast cancer and says her eternal optimism and focusing on what is important keep her going.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Mariners and Jerry Dipoto seem stuck with this starting rotation after a lack of options

So as the Mariners chase the Astros and A’s for a playoff spot, I ask: Does this team have the starters to contend? Could Dipoto have done more to beef …


Ammi Midstokke: Pursuing friendships and other excuses to play outside

A while back something shifted in the universe and I found myself in a position to accept applications for new friends. There had been some moving of schools, moving of …


Out of Right Field: Distractions abound for Mariners as Felix Hernandez moves to pen and Robinson Cano returns

As if the Seattle Mariners didn’t have enough to deal with on the field, off-field issues with their two stars and highest paid players will complicate anything the team does …


John Blanchette: Handing the ball to Marshawn Lynch in Super Bowl XLIX turns the Seahawks into an unstoppable dynasty – or he’s stopped short

Not that you need any reminders. It is the wound that won’t scab over, the acid reflux that won’t go away. In this part of the country, it’s the rebuke …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 11, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Matt Calkins: George Fant travels the long road back for Seahawks and hasn’t lost any confidence

Left tackle George Fant was an undrafted free agent who morphed into a potential starter for the Seahawks before a devastating injury ended his season. He’s back now and still …


UPDATED: Sat., July 28, 2018, 5:22 p.m.

Out of Right Field: Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has landed some big ones

When Mariners manager Scott Servais was asked recently about the wheeling and dealing of general manager Jerry Dipoto, his longtime friend, Servais likened it to a trip to the supermarket.


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

Larry Stone: Have Seahawks fallen from NFL’s elite? We’re about to find out

As Seattle began training camp Thursday with question marks all over the field, there was inspiration to be found in the atmosphere of doubt and uncertainty. In fact, some veteran …


Out of Right Field: Mariners future looks bright with duo of Jerry Dipoto, Scott Servais in charge

Continuity is important. But not as important as winning. The Mariners, whose past is pockmarked with little of either, are banking on the two playing well together in the future.


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 5:53 p.m.

Matt Calkins: More money would be good, but WNBA-NBA wage gap is about economics, not gender

Dissenting voices are necessary for change, and players such as former Washington Husky Kelsey Plum are providing them on the WNBA-NBA wage gap. But when it comes to compensation, we …


UPDATED: Wed., July 18, 2018, 6:29 p.m.

Steve Popper: Kawhi Leonard, DeMar DeRozan blockbuster deal makes teams happy, but not the players

There is a line of thinking in any sport, that a trade that makes both sides happy is the best one – even if no general manager really wants the …


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 …