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UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 11:15 p.m.

TV Take: Gonzaga nearly snoozes through wake-up call in win at Loyola Marymount

Sooner or later, Gonzaga was going to have one of those nights. A night when the shots don’t fall. When the outside shots are more often than not clanging off …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 6:31 p.m.

Matt Calkins: It might hurt the Seahawks, but nobody can question Kam Chancellor’s right to his money

You know that Seahawks fans, regardless of their reverence for the man, can’t be pleased with Kam Chancellor’s contract. He hasn’t played since the middle of the 2017 season, won’t …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 10:39 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s Sophie Whittle works even harder now that she’s at the top of the collegiate tennis world

The news, as is increasingly the case these days, was delivered via text – two of them, in fact, from her coaches. Though not so much news as congratulations, so …


Doug Ferguson: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson still going strong

The 144-man field at Riviera has 88 players who have combined to win 496 times on the PGA Tour. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson account for 25 percent of those …


Tom Withers: Browns give Kareem Hunt 2nd chance, hope he stays inbounds

The lasting visual of Kareem Hunt’s second NFL season wasn’t him stiff-arming a linebacker, shedding a tackle or barreling over a cornerback at the goal line for a touchdown. It …


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

John Blanchette: Killian Tillie’s latest injury setback adds fuel to Gonzaga’s already red-hot fire

There are rulebooks, and coin flips to decide who kicks off, and the once-a-game center jump to, well, keep things fair. But in the bigger sense, there’s no fairness doctrine …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 11:04 p.m.

TV Take: Gonzaga’s dismantling of Saint Mary’s leaves ESPN2 crew dreaming of the finer things in life

The way Gonzaga has been playing lately, it was a good thing Sean Farnham was in Spokane to broadcast the Saint Mary’s game for ESPN2.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 11:23 p.m.

John Blanchette: Football’s success gives Washington State Athletic Director Pat Chun extra momentum for Year 2

In his first 12 months as athletic director at Washington State, Pat Chun has turned over 25 percent of the staff, overseen a record year in fundraising and been the …


Q&A: Washington State’s Patrick Chun talks about his first year as athletic director in Pullman

Spokesman-Review columnist John Blanchette talks with Washington State athletic director Patrick Chun, one year into him taking over the job.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 10:34 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga fans won’t soon forget Brandon Clarke’s record-breaking season

The domination enters a third decade and the blowouts, amazingly enough, get ever bigger. The worshippers at McCarthey Athletic Center are left to seek other, more exotic, Gonzaga basketball thrills.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 6:46 p.m.

Paul Newberry: NBA trade deadline provides best reality show around

There’s no better reality show than the NBA’s off-the-court drama, which was at its peak leading up to the trade deadline and returns again this summer as soon as the …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 11:27 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s West Coast Conference domination a statement to the college basketball world

Fifteen seasons back, the Gonzaga Bulldogs clinched the West Coast Conference regular season title on Feb. 14, something akin to sinking the 8-ball with five of the other guy’s targets …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

TV Take: Gonzaga again passes San Francisco’s physical test to remain unbeaten in WCC play

The first two games between fourth-ranked Gonzaga and the University of San Francisco haven’t been within single digits. Close, maybe not, but intense? That’s for sure.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 6:20 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Unranked Washington men’s basketball gets caught up in Pac-12’s image crisis

They’ve won 11 games in a row and are 9-0 in conference. They are 18-4 overall and have no truly glaring loss.


Doug Ferguson: Bad rules, bad temper, rough start to golf this year

Golf barely got out of January before it got attention for all the wrong reasons. Sergio Garcia took out his frustrations in a bunker (nothing new) and the greens (shockingly …


Arnie Stapleton: No love for the defense in Super Bowl 53

In a Super Bowl snoozer featuring a single touchdown by victorious New England and the high-scoring, newfangled, all-the-rage Los Angeles Rams managing a measly three points, the MVP trophy went …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 11:11 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie continues working back to being the player he once was

What we remember – and so does he – is that impossible run of shots 11 months ago, 3-pointer after 3-pointer shimmying through the net and setting off a sequence …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 11:12 p.m.

TV Take: Senior-led San Diego puts up fight, but falls short of earning first McCarthey Athletic Center victory

The University of San Diego men’s basketball team has never won a game in the McCarthey Athletic Center.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 11:01 p.m.

TV Take: Familiar face guides fans through Gonzaga’s thumping of BYU

Most times Gonzaga appears on an ESPN network, the analyst informing the viewer about the Bulldogs, this year and in the past, have little to no connection to one of …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 5:43 p.m.

Matt Calkins: The Huskies just keep winning, and there’s no reason for it to stop any time soon

Advanced apologies for the jinx, but the Washington men’s basketball team looks like the class of the Pac-12 Conference.


Doug Ferguson: Justin Rose, Adam Scott hit $50M milestone together

Justin Rose won at Torrey Pines. Adam Scott challenged him to the final hole. And thanks to that 1-2 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open, both surpassed $50 million in …


Paul Newberry: How will brash Rams cope with wily ol’ Patriots?

The guys from LA seemed to enjoy the spectacle. The silly questions. The ridiculous antics. The carnival-like atmosphere. Why wouldn’t they? It’s all new to most of them.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 11:16 p.m.

TV Take: No road woes for No. 4 Gonzaga in rout of Santa Clara

Early in Gonzaga’s blowout win over host Santa Clara on Thursday night, the SWX broadcast flashed a graphic on the screen. It listed the four schools that had ever won …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 5:46 p.m.

From the archives: Jerry Kramer’s ‘Ice Bowl’ block a moment frozen in time

Editor’s note: The following story, written by former Spokesman-Review columnist Harry Missildine, appeared in The Spokesman-Review on Jan. 1, 1968, following the Green Bay Packers’ 21-17 victory over the Dallas …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 6:02 p.m.

Larry Stone: Edgar Martinez brings his trademark cool to Hall of Fame moment

Not even 10 long years of waiting for his Cooperstown call could crack the Mariners DH’s stoic facade, but two disparate places – Seattle and Puerto Rico – are doing …


Howard Fendrich: Don’t write off Serena or Federer just yet

Tempting as it might be, don’t write off Serena Williams or Roger Federer just yet. Sure, both are 37, and they’re showing their age.


Tim Dahlberg: Hall of Fame is becoming a crowded place

Edgar Martinez got in just as his chances were running out, meaning baseball’s Hall of Fame will have yet another designated hitter. Three pitchers are in the newly elected class, …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 11:04 p.m.

John Blanchette: Overlooked no more – Edgar Martinez gets the national recognition he deserves with Hall of Fame induction

Once the Seattle Mariners’ Hall of Fame designated hitter puts that decisive swing on Jack McDowell’s split-fingered fastball and the camera tracks the ball into left field, you never see …


Doug Ferguson: Tiger Woods’ biggest moment didn’t last very long

Rarely in sports has such a big moment had such a short shelf life. Even one involving Tiger Woods.


Arnie Stapleton: Pats’, Rams’ titles not tarnished by bad officiating

The AFC and NFC championships won by the Patriots and Rams were not tarnished by bad officiating, according to Arnie Stapleton.