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Grip on Sports: Mistakes in the past turn out to be too much for Idaho’s Rob Spear to survive

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The biggest news in the Inland Northwest yesterday, other than the smoke that fills our skies? That would be the dismissal of Rob Spear as …


Grip on Sports: More than likely this Mike Leach proposal is just a little too fun to ever happen

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Washington State football coach Mike Leach likes to play the role of the contrarian. Nothing wrong with that. But usually his contrary views have little …


Grip on Sports: Given an opportunity by Paxton’s injury, Felix shines but the A’s still take a little more of the luster off the Mariners’ season

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s the way it’s always been in sports. One player’s misfortune is another player’s opportunity. It was last night in Oakland. Though, overall, this year …


Grip on Sports: When did Thursday become the night for change?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • A pretty eventful Thursday evening, wasn’t it? The M’s debuted a new lineup (it worked), Felix Hernandez was exiled to the bullpen and NFL preseason …


Grip on Sports: The only thing that rivals the numbers on the thermometer is the number of stories to tell

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The temperature in Eastern Washington is going to soar well above 100 today, which means we are having a summer after all. Add to that …


Grip on Sports: When Felix is pitching this poorly, maybe it’s time to change the channel

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If we really wanted to be a bummer on this beautifully hot Wednesday, we could talk about Felix Hernandez and quite possibly his final start …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 7, 2018, 5:21 p.m.

Change in West Coast Conference scheduling makes travel plans easier for Gonzaga women’s basketball

Basketball season will always be a grind, but life will get a bit easier this season for the Gonzaga women. After a two-year hiatus, the West Coast Conference is going …


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: 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: 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: Both the A’s and the Mariners have found the road through Colorado a bit rocky

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s funny, really. The Colorado Rockies aren’t in the American League West. Heck, they aren’t even in the American League. But they may end up …


From Spokane to the Mariners, Marco Gonzales is having a dream season

From a top Gonzaga baseball pitcher to the minor leagues, now Marco Gonzales is making moves with the Seattle Mariners.


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: 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 …