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John Blanchette: Robinson Cano forces Mariners into another dose of reality

What a great day for the Seattle Mariners. They got themselves a Gold Glove second baseman and saved $12 million.


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 7:55 a.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s Steve Hertz may retire, but he’ll be out standing in his field

He shook the trees – hard – for the money that built the joint.


John Blanchette: Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout take wind out of Mariners’ bluster

If they could have rustled up 23-year-old Felix Hernandez to go head-to-head with 23-year-old Shohei Ohtani, then they might have had something.


John Blanchette: Marco Gonzales’ education continues with each pitch for Mariners

There may be 70 or more credentialed media here specifically to itemize his every move, whether at the plate or on the mound or jogging through the outfield during batting …


UPDATED: Sat., May 5, 2018, 11:10 a.m.

John Blanchette: Contrived or not, Ichiro Suzuki’s special role with Mariners befits special player

Day 2 of Ichiro Suzuki, Special Assistant to the Chairman, began without the formal press conference and moved straight into the meat of his duties at Safeco Field: Starting with …


UPDATED: Sat., April 28, 2018, 8:31 p.m.

John Blanchette: Displaying character off the field deserves a few award nominations

The Spokane Sports Commission has put out the call for nominations for the annual Spokane Youth Sports Awards it hands out each June in partnership with SWX. They’re to honor …


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 8:55 a.m.

John Blanchette: In the end, a change of scenery just wasn’t enough for Gonzaga

In the shortest romance since Taylor Swift and, well, anybody, Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth made official Monday the ceasefire of flirtations between the Bulldogs and the MWC. That means …


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

John Blanchette: This season’s Gonzaga team deserves to take a bow, even if it fell short of Final Four encore

Having had so much success for so long, it gets increasingly difficult for each successive Gonzaga team to distinguish itself. Being part of a proud lineage is reward enough, certainly, …


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 11:31 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga can focus on what was rather than what might have been

There haven’t been too many what-might-have-been endings in Gonzaga University’s recent and glittery basketball history.


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 9:54 a.m.

John Blanchette: The chill is gone, baby; the NCAA Tournament is about to get real

Madness? Let’s get more specific. It’s really March Schizophrenia. Let ol’ Doc Basketball here explain.


With GU victory, ex-Zag Rem Bakamus gets last laugh on ESPN’s Dan Dakich

Local hacks and national yakkers, all are acquired tastes. Dan Dakich’s shtick on ESPN college basketball broadcasts and his Indianapolis-based radio show goes down with much of his audience like …


UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 11:42 p.m.

John Blanchette: Remarkable Gonzaga program marches ‘fourth’ to another Sweet 16

Maybe not until Rui Hachimura’s breakaway dunk with 4 – that number again – seconds left did all seem secure for the Zags in their 90-84 punch-out of Ohio State …


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

John Blanchette: After 20, even 30 years, all Gonzaga players matter

They may not be the team everyone talks about now nearly 30 years later. But they’re part of a bigger team.


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 6:44 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s confident ‘Snacks’ took bite out of Spartans

March Madness began in earnest Thursday amid a swarm of killer 3s.


UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 9:14 p.m.

John Blanchette: Enjoy the Big Dance, but don’t ignore the band’s sour notes

For some of us, this is the best sports day of the year. But, man, does college basketball seem to be intent on putting us in a bad mood.


John Blanchette: Count on out-of-this-world play during Gonzaga’s bright future

“Welcome to Selection Sunday 2038 on PBS. I’m your host, Greg Gumbel and, yes, I am 91 years old, but I’m going to keep doing this until we get it …


20 for 20: Gonzaga basketball has produced plenty of memorable moments in NCAA Tournament run

The best plays, performances, games, quips and wild cards over two decades of dancing for the Gonzaga Bulldogs


It all started with a tip-in: An oral history of Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament

Gonzaga’s residence in the NCAA Basketball Tournament extends to 20 consecutive years now with the Bulldogs’ placement in the 2018 bracket, meaning there’s actually a player on the Bulldogs roster …


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:33 a.m.

John Blanchette: Sixth straight tournament win just as sweet for Gonzaga

The last sliver of confetti had settled on the floor at Orleans Arena and the net had been scissored into souvenirs, so the Gonzaga Bulldogs drifted away toward their locker …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 11:10 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie threw himself a birthday bash, San Francisco had a front-row seat

But on Killian Tillie’s 20th birthday here at the Orleans Arena, he did become very much eligible for the Most Outstanding Player award at the West Coast Conference basketball tournament, …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 3:27 p.m.

John Blanchette: Zags to the MWC? That’s hysterical, or good sense

Wandered down to the sports book at the Orleans Casino and, you guessed it, those best of buddies and Zags fans, Hysteria and Horse Sense, were sitting side by side …


John Blanchette: Gonzaga coaches sweat through quarterfinal with eyes on family matters

It probably should have been no surprise that Gonzaga had to work so hard to shed Loyola Marymount 83-69 in the prime-time game at Orleans Arena – not getting any …


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 11:01 p.m.

John Blanchette: Ronny Turiaf still keeps his Gonzaga memories close, no matter where in the world he may be

His ability to speak five languages made Ronny Turiaf – Zag by way of France by way of Martinique – the school’s international man of mystery. Or would have, except …


John Blanchette: Las Vegas has played host to plenty of memorable WCC tournament moments for Gonzaga

The marriage of the West Coast Conference tournament and Las Vegas turns 10 this week, an anniversary of such happy construct that it’s hard to remember the Pliocene days when …


UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 9:15 p.m.

John Blanchette: Righting the Academy’s wrongs as sports films again overlooked at The Oscars

We know it’s behind us, because this year “Get Out” is in the hunt for Best Picture and because Denzel is once again hitting cleanup in the Best Actor lineup …


John Blanchette: Mountain’s ‘landscape’ offers Gonzaga potential dream of upward mobility

You know the best fit for Gonzaga University in the college athletic universe? Easy. It’s the Big East Mountain West Coast Conference.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, 9:56 p.m.

John Blanchette: Tabbed as underdogs to start the season, the Gonzaga Bulldogs again showed the WCC goes through them

On a day when everyone wanted to fly college basketball’s flag at half-staff, the Gonzaga Bulldogs went through the routine of raising another – all the way up. Another all …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 11:27 p.m.

John Blanchette: Pepperdine coach Marty Wilson among many to say goodbye to The Kennel

The merry old times made it back for Senior Night, and don’t kid yourself – winning the game makes all the difference.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

John Blanchette: Silas Melson has been key part of Gonzaga’s winning culture since first day on campus

Silas Melson is an old soul. So says his mother, Deidre. His father, Tony, too. The description Mark Few summons is “throwback.”


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 11:30 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga proving that RPI is no longer the golden child of college hoops metrics

But maybe the sizzle got doused way back on Sunday, when the NCAA selection committee did its in-season bracket preview for the second year. And the most revealing part of …