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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 …


UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018, 2:21 p.m.

Gonzaga University alum to open tuition-free boarding school for troubled kids

Years after he himself was a homeless teenager, Jabez LeBret has begun work to open a free boarding school in San Diego for young people experiencing the same issues he …


Grip on Sports: The rest of the world has other things on their mind today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We could wail about the Mariners again, but that seems a bit redundant. Or we could wonder what the upcoming college football season will hold, …


Grip on Sports: As the Mariners swoon, the urge to panic may set in

A GRIP ON SPORTS • No, it’s not time to panic. Unless you really want to. Then feel free. Read on.


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: Gonzales has been the biggest surprise for the surprising Mariners

A GRIP ON SPORTS • NFL teams can go from mediocre to pretty good quickly. NBA squads become playoff teams sometimes overnight. But to go from below average to good …


Grip on Sports: Another piece of our connection to the Sonics passes with Shelton’s death

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Another piece of Northwest history passed recently a lot sooner than could be expected. Lonnie Shelton, who put the muscle in the SuperSonics’ 1979 championship …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga puts the puzzle of its nonconference schedule together with an eye on another shot at a national title

A GRIP ON SPORTS • College basketball scheduling isn’t easy. There is so many competing interests to balance it’s at times like a game of Catan with a piece missing. …


Grip on Sports: ‘The Lake’ life makes us jealous but also makes it easier to get around these parts on weekends

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s the weekend. And not just any weekend. A weekend in the middle of July. Which means the only sporting venue with a chance to …


USA Basketball picks 9 coaches to assist Gregg Popovich, including Gonzaga’s Mark Few

USA Basketball has picked its lineup of coaches to assist Gregg Popovich at the men’s national team minicamp in Las Vegas this month. Of the nine picks, seven are NBA …


Grip on Sports: Grad transfer rule allows Crandall to take his shot in McCarthey once again

A GRIP ON SPORTS • When the NCAA opened the door for college graduates to transfer and play right away, there were probably only a handful of folks who knew …


Gonzaga hires Jonas Piibor as men’s tennis coach

Jonas Piibor, who spent the last 10 seasons as associate head coach at Oregon, has been hired as Gonzaga’s men’s tennis coach, GU Director of Athletics Mike Roth announced Thursday.


Grip on Sports: Wherever it is sung, ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ sounds the same

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Did the rocket’s red glare lift you up or knock you down last night? It did both around here. The Indians’ fireworks were a celebration …


Grip on Sports: The Fourth and baseball go together like a hot dog and mustard, especially when the local team is winning

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Are you ready to celebrate? To shoot off some fireworks? To call your sister, brother, mom or dad and wish them a happy Fourth? Exchange …


Grip on Sports: The Mariners are having an “A” season in large part thanks to Dee

A GRIP ON SPORTS • No, the corn isn’t as high as an elephant’s eye just yet, but we are one day away from the Fourth of July. Right smack …


Grip on Sports: Even after a day off, some things just don’t change – but others do

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh ya, the Mariners were winning. They still are. And Hoopfest was coming. It’s here. And some old Zags were playing hoops. …


UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018, 10:35 p.m.

Gael Force blows away Few Good Men in second round of The Basketball Tournament

Omar Samhan showed he could multi-task, playing effective basketball while carrying on running conversations with anyone – refs, spectators, opposing players, an ESPN camera man as he walked off the …


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 9:14 p.m.

On eve of Hoopfest, former Gonzaga great Nigel Williams-Goss leads skills camp for kids, talks about his future plans

Nigel Williams-Goss, the All-American who led to Bulldogs to the national title game in 2017, was back in Spokane Friday, giving a one-hour skills camp on the eve of the …


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: The past tells us the Mariners will have a fall-off in the second half but the numbers say it shouldn’t be all that bad

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Seattle Mariners are halfway through the 2018 baseball season. And it’s been an exemplary first half. Does it bode well for the second – …


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 …


Schools and care providers seek remedy to nursing shortage

Nursing schools and care facilities are caught between wave of retirees and spike in school applications.


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 Mariners’ bullpen is ‘seriously regressing’

A GRIP ON SPORTS • What’s on tap for your Saturday? Is there any chance you’ll be digging a big hole in the backyard, preparing a place to bury your …


Grip on Sports: No reason to hide after a poor week, though it seems to be all the rage

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you are a baseball fan in the Spokane area, this hasn’t been a real good week for you. Read on.


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: 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 …


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 9:57 p.m.

Former Gonzaga standout Jeff Bohling back in Spokane with Boise, takes on ex-Bulldog Royce Bolinger

Jeff Bohling, the 2016 West Coast Conference Player of the Year, played second base for the Boise Hawks, his second year with the Colorado Rockies organization after being drafted in …