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Grip on Sports: The heat is on everywhere, from high school football practice in Idaho to far away as Texas, where the M’s hope to survive

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Has the temperature hit triple digits where you live? Not yet here in Spokane, but it will later this week. It certainly will in Lewiston, …


Grip on Sports: The weekend shows once again Gonzaga is an attractive destination for Europe’s best young big men

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There have been more memorable weekends in sports history – that one back in April, 1986 comes to mind – but a couple of interesting …


Grip on Sports: This latest M’s collapse may actually hurt more than similiar ones in the recent past

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s a bit excruciating, isn’t it? Watching the M’s lose night after night. Watching them sink lower and lower in the wild-card standings? Watching a …


Grip on Sports: College football’s sounds are back, doing their best to drown out the noises from the M’s recent face plant

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Whistles. Horns. Loud voices. Cleats on cement. Deep breathing. Cries of joy – and disappointment. Feet hitting turf. Such are the sounds of football practice. …


Grip on Sports: Back to school shopping should always include a football

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is August the Sunday of summer? You know, the summer month you really can’t enjoy because school is right around the corner. Or is it …


Grip on Sports: Seattle is going through another of those battles between the rich and famous

A GRIP ON SPORTS • One of the not-so-fun aspects of NFL camps in the summer is watching millionaires disagree with billionaires. Can’t they all get just along? Read on.


Grip on Sports: If the weather cools, it’s possible football won’t be disrupted by smoke this August

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Somewhere in the Latin roots of the word August there must be a shirttail relationship to another word: smoke. They seem to come to us …


Grip on Sports: Albi Stadium’s future has become a fumble that no one wants to recover

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yes, those who can’t remember the past may be condemned to repeat it. But George Santayana’s widely quoted philosophical theorem also has a corollary: Those …


Grip on Sports: It’s too late now, but wouldn’t it be nice if baseball’s Hall of Fame was a little more exclusive?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yesterday, baseball’s Hall of Fame once again welcomed a new class of honorees. And once again a place that should be reserved for the great …


Grip on Sports: Though the labor has started, it is still a long time until this year’s football season is born

A GRIP ON SPORTS • When a friend or relative welcomes a new baby into the family, what’s the first thing you want to do? My guess is it isn’t …


Grip on Sports: Though the M’s are still holding on to a coveted wild-card spot, the Oakland A’s are closing fast

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s sort of sad really. Here the Mariners are, trying to snap a playoff drought that dates back nearly to the last century, and they …


Grip on Sports: From Hollywood to Sodo to Spokane, today’s subjects are far flung geographically – and in other ways

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Settle in folks. It may be a Thursday in late July, but it isn’t a day to relax around these parts. Way too much news, …


Grip on Sports: There may not be any change-your-life breaking news at a football media day, but there is usually something fun to break up a hot July day

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yes, it is the 25th day of July. Which means we are in the heart of summer. But it might as well be the 25th …


Grip on Sports: Home is not only where the heart is, it is usually where the wins are

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is nothing like coming back home. In every aspect. Read on.


Grip on Sports: In a game dominated by the long ball, the Mariners’ Jean Segura hit the most dramatic one

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You get a home run. You get a home run. And you get a home run. Heck, everyone gets a home run. It’s the All-Star …


Grip on Sports: Memories of the home run derby need to be dusted off and updated for the next generation

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Somewhere in a storage locker on Spokane’s South Hill sits a box. It contains as many VHS tapes as would fit. And among those tapes …


Grip on Sports: James Paxton follows Felix’s lead, even down to the back soreness

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Trying to emulate Felix Hernandez’s career path is one thing, but maybe James Paxton is taking this worship of the King a bit too far. …


Grip on Sports: Sports books can give you the backstory on athletes and their choices

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are many great books written about sports, both in the fiction and non-fiction genre. And some, while true, seem almost to be a bit …


Grip on Sports: The M’s have a trio of all-stars chosen, but also miss out on a couple more

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Whenever choices are made, there will be people upset with those choices. It’s a reality of life that will never change. And it was illustrated …


Grip on Sports: It’s not Christmas, it’s better. Hoopfest is back this weekend

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are many good weekends around here. Memorial Day weekend is always fun. Labor Day weekend means college football is beginning. The weekend that includes …


Grip on Sports: CTE and the death of a young athlete

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yesterday was another tough day for fans of Washington State football. Heck, for all of us, really. Once again we are trying to answer a …


Grip on Sports: There is little to distract us this morning except some bad news

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It seems too early to be in the dog days of summer, and not nearly hot enough, but we may be in the puppy part …


Grip on Sports: We interrupt this summer of baseball with a bit of football

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We may not be all that far away from July, but today is a good day to touch base with football. Indoor and outdoor football. …


Grip on Sports: The Yankees can still drop the late-inning hammer and they pounded the Mariners’ bullpen last night

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Thunderstorms are in the forecast today around the Inland Northwest, but the lightning hit last night in New York. Read on.


Grip on Sports: If there is a competition for being lazy on a summer’s day, we have a chance to win

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The calendar tells us we are on the cusp of summer. In reality, we’ve been there for a while. At least in our mind. Read …


Grip on Sports: Would today, Father’s Day, be a good one to ‘have a catch’ with your favorite dad?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Happy Father’s Day, Spokane’s contribution to the calendar of holidays. Of all those special days, it is the warm-weather one with the tightest connection to …


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On the court or in the classroom, Eastern Washington’s Sir Washington has overcome all obstacles

Five years ago, Sir Washington somehow made it through high school, despite every obstacle life placed in his way. Two years later, he overcame injury and was on the court …


Grip on Sports: Mariners rally and save the day in more ways than one

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you gave up on the Mariners last night, you are forgiven. At least in this column. Something about not casting the first stone and …


Spreading Eagles’ wings: Three generations graduate from EWU on Saturday

Three generations within Carol Anderson’s family in Spokane plan to walk in graduation ceremonies Saturday for degrees from Eastern Washington University.


Grip on Sports: The sun is shining, it’s warm, the days are long – it’s a perfect time to think about football

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We’re not even officially to summer yet. That doesn’t happen for another 10 days or so. But that doesn’t stop the football talk. Nothing does, …