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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 …


UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 4:45 p.m.

Out of right field: Path to postseason for Mariners still tough, even with hot start

Could this be the year? The year the Mariners break their postseason drought? What do I look like, Nostradamus?


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 5:37 p.m.

Larry Stone: These Seahawks have something to prove – just the way Pete Carroll likes it

This offseason of change means the Seahawks will be relying on younger, untested players who have something to prove. Remember how that went the first time? It’s not by accident.


Tim Reynolds: Dwane Casey’s firing means good isn’t good enough

The regular season is irrelevant. That’s the message the Toronto Raptors sent Friday when they fired Dwane Casey, two days after his now-former peers in the NBA said he did …


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 7:55 a.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s Steve Hertz may retire, but he’ll be out standing in his field

He shook the trees – hard – for the money that built the joint.


Doug Ferguson: Tiger and Phil improve relationship with age

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were never all that close – off the course for sure, or even on the course when measured by results. They are paired in the …


John Blanchette: Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout take wind out of Mariners’ bluster

If they could have rustled up 23-year-old Felix Hernandez to go head-to-head with 23-year-old Shohei Ohtani, then they might have had something.


John Blanchette: Marco Gonzales’ education continues with each pitch for Mariners

There may be 70 or more credentialed media here specifically to itemize his every move, whether at the plate or on the mound or jogging through the outfield during batting …


Ammi Midstokke: If life were an ultramarathon

Fact: While I have now completed an ultramarathon, this does not make me an ultramarathoner. The former suggests I survived. The latter suggests I


Alan Liere: A Little Bit of Love in every bite

A friend of mine, Eddie, judged the goodness of his woman by the kind of sandwich she packed in his fishing lunch. “Yeah,” he’d say as he attacked his meatloaf …


UPDATED: Sat., May 5, 2018, 11:10 a.m.

John Blanchette: Contrived or not, Ichiro Suzuki’s special role with Mariners befits special player

Day 2 of Ichiro Suzuki, Special Assistant to the Chairman, began without the formal press conference and moved straight into the meat of his duties at Safeco Field: Starting with …


Commentary: High school sports specialization hurts athletes in the long run

According to a study, high school athletes who specialize in a single sport are 70 percent more likely to suffer an injury during their playing season than those who play …


UPDATED: Sat., May 5, 2018, 10:25 a.m.

Ralph Walter: Even when it’s bad, golfin’s good in our neighborhood

I know how lucky I am to be living in a place where golf is both amazing and affordable, regardless of how amazing or atrocious the game can sometimes get. …


Doug Ferguson: Justin Thomas trying to make his bad golf better

The question Justin Thomas faced seven months ago was how to follow a season that featured five PGA Tour victories, his first major championship, the FedEx Cup and all the …


Matt Calkins: Should Seahawks really be running so hard to stay away from the pass?

That notion is one that has gained traction over the years, but isn’t one Seahawks coach Pete Carroll subscribes to. A longtime proponent of run-first football, Carroll oversaw some not-so-subtle …


UPDATED: Sat., April 28, 2018, 9 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Seahawks drafting Shaquem Griffin and reuniting him with his twin? That’s pure Hollywood

Shaquem Griffin had been the darling of his draft class since his superhero performance at the NFL combine in March. In addition to running the fastest 40-yard dash for a …


UPDATED: Sat., April 28, 2018, 8:31 p.m.

John Blanchette: Displaying character off the field deserves a few award nominations

The Spokane Sports Commission has put out the call for nominations for the annual Spokane Youth Sports Awards it hands out each June in partnership with SWX. They’re to honor …


Doug Ferguson: PGA Tour primed for big 2nd half of season

The PGA Tour began the second half of the season at the Texas Open, with Andrew Landry becoming the seventh first-time winner. Never mind that it feels as though the …


UPDATED: Sat., April 21, 2018, 8:22 p.m.

Out of Right Field: Time to let Ichiro move on

No one involved wants Ichiro Suzuki’s storied big-league career to end this way, but it may be unavoidable.


Ammi Midstokke: Magic and other desperate means of motivation

I was in Germany and fighting a recurring bout of bronchitis. I knew because I had it earlier that season and I was brilliantly attempting to ignore it and run …


Norman Chad: The stupid, strange nature of baseball’s unwritten rules

In 1951, Bobby Thomson hit the “Shot Heard ’Round The World” in the ninth inning as the New York Giants beat the Brooklyn Dodgers for the National League pennant.


Doug Ferguson: Majors can have impact on others in different ways

Major champions today create memories for tomorrow. Some of them, anyway.


Jenna Fryer: Sebastien Bourdais proves he is still among the best in world

Sebastien Bourdais was once considered among the best drivers in the world. In case you forgot, refer to the breathtaking pass he made Sunday on the streets of Long Beach …


UPDATED: Sat., April 14, 2018, 6:48 p.m.

Out of Right Field: Let’s spark the Mariners’ competitive juices with expansion team in Portland

It’s 2018. The dawn of another year in which the Seattle Mariners promise their fans a postseason appearance.


John Leicester: Ronaldo keeps his head in big “What if” moment

While all about him lost their heads, Cristiano Ronaldo kept his. Yet again he stepped up for his club, Real Madrid, while Gianluigi Buffon, at the tail end of 17 …


Doug Ferguson: Patrick Reed’s defense of Masters title starts early

Patrick Reed won’t have to wait until next April to defend his title in the Masters. Even as he slipped into a green jacket, he was perceived more as a …