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Grip on Sports: A day with another WNBA title and another Mariner season of tilting at windmills

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Wednesday was about winning. And losing. And about the past and the future. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The rhythm of the football season mandates a slow buildup to each Saturday

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is a bit of rhythm to a college football week. It starts with a slow shuffle and moves with a quicker beat as Saturday …


Grip on Sports: The new NFL season opens a lot like the old one ended, at least for the Seahawks

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The first Sunday of NFL football is over. Why is it that, despite wholesale changes in the offseason, so many teams haven’t really changed at …


Grip on Sports: From emotional releases to penalties to calling off the fight, yesterday’s action kept our attention

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It may not have been officially be Flag Day, but that’s how it felt Saturday around here. Washington State raised its Cougar one in an …


Grip on Sports: College football on Saturdays seems to go on and on and on, which is a good thing

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Another college football Saturday awaits. But if you want to watch it all, you better be ready to give it about 18, 19 hours. Wait, …


Grip on Sports: As Washington State opens its home football season, the Cougars move forward instead of moving on

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Everyone has experienced sadness mixed in with the joy sports can bring. That’s part of how sports mirror life. But one would hope a certain …


Grip on Sports: Sometimes a deeper dive is needed to make sense out of the numbers

A GRIP ON SPORTS • A lot happened in the regional sports scene yesterday, much of it self-evident. But the most important items were a bit hidden. Read on.


Grip on Sports: There are dry spells and then there are droughts

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The long stretch run is upon us. We’re not really referring to the baseball season, but that too. It coincides with the unofficial end of …


Grip on Sports: Indians’ late-season charge has put a smile on everyone’s face

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It may be the beginning of football season, but it’s still a bit early to give up on baseball, isn’t it? Especially when the local …


Grip on Sports: College football’s first full Saturday at times made us sore, but also offered some exercise

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is your backside sore? You know, after spending from 9 in the morning until after 11 at night sitting and watching college football? No way …


Grip on Sports: The waiting is finally over, college football is really back today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It is here. Finally. It is the first full Saturday of college football season. Everyone plays. And everyone gets to cheer. Or moan. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Summer may not be officially done, but it basically is as football takes over

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s still August, isn’t it? For a few more hours at least. But yet high school football is in full-go mode. It’s not something that’s …


Grip on Sports: From signings to trades to losses to endings to special sections, it is one packed day

A GRIP ON SPORTS • So much happened yesterday, time constraints make it impossible to get to it all. Not for me, but for you. Who has an entire day …


Grip on Sports: If it weren’t for the National League West, the M’s would have a better view of the postseason

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The question has to be asked as we enter the last few days of August. It has to be asked of the Mariners and their …


Grip on Sports: If the Mariners’ door is closing, at least college football’s window is opening

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s game week for the local college football teams. It couldn’t have come at a better time. Heck, it is even raining in Spokane this …


Grip on Sports: Seahawks come up short but their overall performance has to be considered an improvement

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s getting to be that time of year. You know, when weekends become so busy there is no time to mow the lawn. Or wash …


Grip on Sports: As long as there is success, most fans are willing to give their favorites a pass

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Instead of lamenting the state of the Mariners this morning, we’re going in another direction: lamenting the hypocrisy of fans. It’s a well that may …


Grip on Sports: Would you want a bunch of your ‘fans’ to decide if you keep your job? That’s what happens in Seattle

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Every four years, Seattle Sounder fans do something no other fan base in North American professional sports are allowed to do: They vote whether to …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 10:29 p.m.

Chick-fil-A is not coming to Gonzaga

Gonzaga University will not open a Chick-fil-A on its campus, contrary to an incorrect notification on the company’s website, according to a Gonzaga spokesperson.


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 …