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Grip on Sports: The setting is different, but the stakes are the same tonight as Gonzaga tries to move on in the NCAA Tournament

A GRIP ON SPORTS • One Gonzaga basketball team is in the Sweet 16 – for the fifth consecutive season. That’s no upset, though the length of the run has …


Grip on Sports: Brandon Clarke came to Gonzaga to become the Bulldogs’ go-to guy

A GRIP ON SPORTS • In life, consistency can be a bit boring. In college basketball, it’s a prized commodity. Gonzaga continued its consistent domination of the NCAA Tournament’s first …


Grip on Sports: There is nothing quite like when your team wins an NCAA Tournament game

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Winning any NCAA Tournament basketball game is cause for celebration. No matter who you root for – or against. Gonzaga fans should never forget that. …


Grip on Sports: On a day when upsets were rare, Gonzaga made sure it played the favorite’s role correctly

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The first day of the NCAA Tournament is often-times filled with upsets. Buzzer-beating upsets. “Can’t-believe-what-I-just-saw” upsets. No-chance-in-heck upsets. The upset from yesterday? There were no …


Grip on Sports: Today is the best day for a variety of reasons, not all of them coming on a basketball court

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The best day of the year deserves more than just some random thoughts. But that’s what the NCAA Tournament, which really begins today, is receiving. …


Grip on Sports: As March’s madness ramps up, the M’s begin another quest to end their postseason drought

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Gonzaga has its opponent. The NCAA Tournament is underway. And so is the Major League Baseball season. Have you reserved your World Series tickets yet? …


Grip on Sports: If you want a sneak preview of Gonzaga’s first-round opponent, you have to get off work early today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Here’s a simple guess that’s bound to be correct: Today’s NCAA First Four game between Fairleigh Dickinson and Prairie View A&M will have the highest …


Grip on Sports: Yes, Gonzaga is the NCAA focus in Spokane, but there is a lot more to pick from – and to pick against

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Filled out your bracket yet? If the answer is no, why the heck not? If it is yes, how far do you have Gonzaga going? …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga learns its NCAA fate this afternoon

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Their place in the tournament has been locked in since their tournament win in Hawaii, more than likely. But this afternoon the Gonzaga Bulldogs discover …


Grip on Sports: Will the Eagles find a way to earn another NCAA berth tonight?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Saturday morning again. Which means you probably have a lot of fun things planned. Me too. But first we have to get this darn …


Grip on Sports: The Cougars decide to pay now for the last five years instead of waiting any longer

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Washington State made a change in its basketball program leadership yesterday. Bit the $4.2 million artillery shell and fired head coach Ernie Kent. At least …


Grip on Sports: Wednesday night’s loss marked the end of WSU’s basketball season but probably not Ernie Kent’s tenure

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is this the end? The end of Ernie Kent’s elaborate plans? Of everything that stands in Washington State’s basketball program, the end? Read on.


Grip on Sports: There are bad days and then there are awful days, like the one Gonzaga had Tuesday in Las Vegas

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Everyone who has ever visited Las Vegas can look back on a bad day or two in Sin City. It’s inevitable or they wouldn’t keep …


Grip on Sports: After two decades, the Gonzaga basketball phenomenon just keeps rolling

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Some of us are old enough to remember 1999. Y2K, The Matrix, Jose Mesa, Livin’ la Vida Loca, Vin Baker’s knee, Jar Jar Binks. But …


Grip on Sports: If you gave up watching the Zags for Lent, you finally can break your vow this evening

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Gonzaga basketball withdrawal symptoms are easy to identify. One of the more prominent is spending your Sunday arguing if the double bye the Zags received …


Grip on Sports: If you like upsets, the WCC tournament has been almost perfect thus far

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you decided not to worry about the West Coast Conference tournament until it was Gonzaga’s turn to play, you’ve missed a lot. How much? …


Grip on Sports: Daylight saving time is coming, so maybe now the snow can melt

A GRIP ON SPORTS • What are your plans for the weekend? Do they include any basketball? Or is a marvelous movie on the horizon? Read on.


Grip on Sports: Now you know March is really here – postseason college basketball tournaments are beginning

A GRIP ON SPORTS • And so it begins. If you were flipping around the dial last night, you may have seen snippets – or full games ­– from the …


Grip on Sports: Pac-12 basketball just doesn’t have the same excitement it had for years and years

A GRIP ON SPORTS • I’m not sure why Pac-12 basketball is so down this season. But I am sure about one thing: It doesn’t hold my interest like it …


Grip on Sports: Awards are nice and all, but they are only the appetizer for what is ahead

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We are looking forward to the next week. And the week after that. And the week after that. And … well, you get the picture. …


Grip on Sports: It may be March, but we are snowed under with college football news today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Went to bed last night with two feet of snow on the ground and the knowledge we live in an area where college basketball is …


Grip on Sports: It’s a good week to get ready for college basketball’s drive to the postseason

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Take a breath. Relax. Sit calmly for a moment. It’s time to prepare for college basketball’s stretch run. Read on.


Grip on Sports: High school basketball is over, but that’s just the beginning

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh yeah, basketball season. Not to be confused with baseball season or soccer season or anything else right now. Especially at the …


Grip on Sports: The newsboys on the corners may be gone, but the S-R sports section just keeps churning out the coverage

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you think newspapers are an extinct form of information delivery, think again. Today’s S-R sports page is proof they are still alive and typing. …


Grip on Sports: Thank goodness February is over – and it’s ending the right way

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This is the last day of February, the shortest, and longest, month of the year. Tomorrow we begin March, which is appropriately named because it …


Grip on Sports: There is nothing worse than a life lost way too young. Nothing.

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s ugly outside. Really ugly. It fits. Once again we are dealing with a life lost way too soon. Read on.


Grip on Sports: After a loaded weekend, we need to take a breath and regroup on Mondays

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Tuesday. Let’s get right to it. Read on.


Grip on Sports: If you can later this week, sneak out of your office space and wander over to the Arena for a State B break

A GRIP ON SPORTS • So what’s on your agenda for the work week? TPS reports? Destroying your computer? Ordering a new stapler? How about sneaking away for a hot …


Grip on Sports: You didn’t have to look too hard to find some college basketball to celebrate on Saturday

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you aren’t watching college basketball on your Saturdays this time of year, you aren’t doing Saturday right. That’s all I have to say about …


Grip on Sports: Times change but Senior Night still carries emotional baggage for the home team

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Maybe it’s because we qualify for the senior discount these days, but it seems a good morning to have a talk about senior nights. Read …