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The changing of the guard continues

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There are some questions that are impossible to answer definitively. Like why the M's are so mediocre year-in and year-out. Or why Pete Carroll is always smiling. Or why kids decide to leave one college for another. Read on.

Hawks hope Midas touch works with Pryor

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Terrelle Pryor, lined up in the slot receiver position, goes in motion. He receives a handoff from Russell Wilson and it looks as if he's going to pass. But instead he takes off running. Ten yards, 20, 30, 40 and he's run out of bounds at the San Francisco 8. A spike, a few words and … darn, there's the alarm. Time to go to work. Read on.

At least they are still playing

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It is amazing what gets fans worked up some times. Just amazing. Read on.

One loss that seems like more

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It's only one game. OK, maybe it is more than that. Read on.

One change causes more in Pullman

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When Bill Moos decided to make a change at the top of the Washington State basketball program, we all knew the ripples would be felt throughout the program. We are just finding out, however, how far. Read on.

A tradition like none other

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You know what day it is? Yep, it's Tax Day. Time to pay the piper. Read on.

Every moment holds a lesson

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There is something to be said for learning lessons. Even if those lessons come with a really high price. Read on.

Give trades a little time to mature

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Want to be right about a baseball trade? Avoid the impulse to make a quick judgment. Read on.

Golf supplies its own drama

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No writer's block today. The subject of today's column is obvious. Read on.

Melting the ice with hot coffee

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Every once in a while I sit at my computer in the early morning hours and freeze. No, I'm not cold. I guess a better way to put it is I freeze up. I have no idea what I'm going to write about. No idea what would interest you. No idea how to entertain everyone. Usually, to break up the ice on my hands, I push away from the computer, get up, walk to the kitchen and make coffee. As it percolates in the Cuisinart, I count myself lucky if a thought comes into my head. Let's hope it works today. Read on.

Last night’s Mariner win was so typical

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Last night's home opener against the Angels was just so Mariners. A sell-out crowd on hand to celebrate the beginning of the Robinson Cano era. A quick deficit. Two home runs from the “other” free agent, Corey Hart. And a win. Nope, that wasn't what was so like the Mariners. No, that came midway through the game when young lefthander James Paxton, who seemed on top of his game, pulled himself out, pointing to his back as he left. Yep, he's hurt. A strained lat muscle it is said. Oh oh. Read on.

Something just didn’t add up last night

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After watching Connecticut win another national title last night, it hit me. The Huskies' win should give seventh seeds every year the realization even they can win the NCAA tournament. Seventh seeds with NBA first-round draft picks in the backcourt and athletic, defensive-oriented big men up front. Wait, not too many seventh seeds can boast that, can they? Read on.

Ducks trying to poach Gonzaga’s Graves

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There was a time not too long ago when each college basketball offseason was met with speculation about Mark Few and just about every big-time job opening. Would the Gonzaga coach go or would he stay? Now that Few has turned down every overture, staying put year after year, the talk has died down. Sure, when the Cal job opened after Mike Montgomery's retirement, Few was mentioned in the media. But no one took it seriously. We seem to be beyond that. However, there is another successful basketball coach at Gonzaga and his name is starting to pop up every time a job opens. It happened again yesterday. And it isn't just a mention. Kelly Graves is being courted by Oregon and the Ducks don't like to take no for an answer. Read on.

The Masters won’t be the same without Tiger

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One of the rites of Spring, with a capital “S,” is watching the Masters on television. It's coming up in about 10 days, but it won't be the same. Not with Tiger Woods sidelined. Read on.

Will the M’s be lions or lambs?

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Today is lamb day. As in how March is supposed to go out. Meekly. We'll see. Read on.

A pretty poor ending to a great night

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I've tried. I've really tried. But last night was too tough. An exceptional college basketball game soiled. Read on.

Replacing a coach can take a while

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College coaching searches don't follow a straight-line path. Usually. There are exceptions, of course, with Mike Leach's hiring at Washington State one of those. Cougar athletic director Bill Moos had his coach in mind early, had made contact and had hammered out the basic outline of an agreement before he let Paul Wulff go. But that's rare. The usual process is a lot longer and messier. As we are seeing right now. Read on.

We have a bit more perspective around here

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If we were down South, today would be a holiday of sorts. We're not so it isn't. Read on.

The view is nice from up here

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For the longest time I was a big fan of the NFL's self-imposed parity. But that was then. Now it just seems wrong. Read on.

A little ray of Tuesday sunshine

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Wow, the outlook about life changes when the sun is out, doesn't it? Smiles are a bit easier to come by, patience is a bit easier to find and every part of the body works just a bit better. That was yesterday. Now what does today bring? Well, not the same level of news and links we've been seeing, that's for sure. Read on.

As Yogi might say, it’s not over but it’s over

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The college basketball season in these parts is officially over. The ending wasn't what anyone wanted, I'm sure. For any of the area's teams. Read on.

Gonzaga’s matchup with Arizona brings back memories

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The funny thing about one of the more memorable college basketball games I ever covered? I wasn't even in the same arena. Heck, I wasn't even in the same state. Read on.

Bulldogs relaxed, ready to go

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS _ If Gonzaga women’s basketball players were miffed about being sent to Texas to play their opening round, they haven’t shown it here. Continue reading.

 

A throwback for the Zags on Friday

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It seemed like old times yesterday afternoon. Gonzaga, that plucky little squad from Spokane, Washington, facing a Midwest powerhouse in its opening NCAA game. And the valiant Zags battled through adversity to pull out the win. How 20th Century of them. Read on.

It’s the best Thursday/Friday of the year

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Did you have a good day yesterday? Ready to do it again? Me too. Read on.

The next couples day are about recuperating

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There is a move afoot, brought to you by our friends at Budweiser, to make the opening day of baseball season a national holiday. Publicity stunt? Sure. Heck, baseball's Opening Day isn't even the most important day in American sports these days. It's probably a poor third. Heck, in my eyes, if any day (or days) deserves national holiday status, it is today. And/or tomorrow. Call them Cinderella Days. Then the males of this country wouldn't have to schedule surgical procedures earlier in the week just to be able to enjoy them. Read on.

Who is next for the Cougars?

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The end came yesterday, as we knew it would, with the announcement Ken Bone was out as Washington State's basketball coach. His five-year tenure was over. And the gaze quickly turned to the future. Read on.

The madness begins tonight

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Thanks to the magic of the “first round,” the NCAA tournament begins tonight. Imagine, being picked on Sunday night, flying to Dayton on a Monday and then playing on a Tuesday. Lots of prep time contained in there. And lots of time for school too. Read on.