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We’re not that old

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Fenway Park is turning 100 today and I'm here to refute the nasty Internet rumor that I was at the first game. Nope, couldn't get tickets. And, besides, I wanted to wait until Buck O'Brien was on the bump. Read on.

One day til Spokane

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FROM PULLMAN — We're officially one day away from the spring game, but we've got a few loose ends to tie up here in Pullman before driving to Coeur d'Alene later today. Visiting a friend there before Saturday's big scrimmage. Read on for some links, because there are a few.

Day 13 in the books as spring game awaits

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FROM PULLMAN — WSU needed to go without pads either today or on Tuesday — you're only allowed 12 practices in pads and they've already had 10, with the spring game coming up Saturday — so they were in helmets and shorts this afternoon. It was a lighter workout than usual.

If you can manage to get through today’s post …

A GRIP ON SPORTS • UPDATED 1 P.M.

While reading through items I found yesterday about the M's loss to Cleveland on Tuesday night, one line in a Geoff Baker blog post about Eric Wedge caught my eye. “Managing a baseball team is about leading people as much as it is about playing percentages and crunching numbers,” Baker wrote. Now Baker, the longtime beat writer for the Seattle Times is a numbers guy, in the sense he understands all the statistics that are in play and have become the rage in baseball. But he also understands there is more to winning at the major league level than just running numbers through a laptop. Read on.

One more practice before the real(ish) thing

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FROM PULLMAN — WSU practices this afternoon for the 13th time this spring — and the final time before perhaps the most anticipated spring game in the history of the program. (The Cougars do have another practice scheduled for the following Tuesday, though I'm guessing that won't receive as much attention.)

Video: Darren Markle

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FROM PULLMAN — Our series of video interviews continues with a look at WSU junior linebacker Darren Markle.

WSU Live Chat, noon

Maybe M’s need a live chicken

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When we got out of the car last night, the Mariner's had built an 8-1 lead over Cleveland. Yes, Cleveland, the poster child of ineptitude as illustrated by “Major League” (and a bunch of progressively worse sequels). Of course, the fictional Indians were the comeback kids, roaring all the way back to win the American League title. The real Indians, there is no way they could rally to overcome a seven-run deficit Tuesday night, is there? Not with all of 12,461 (yes, that was the official attendance) in the Safeco stands to cheer the home team on. Maybe one of them should have been banging on a real big drum. Read on.

Live Chat today, plus news and links

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FROM PULLMAN — We bemoaned the lack of linkable content the past couple days, but fret not. There is plenty more to read today. And if you just can't get enough, you can join us on our weekly live chat later today at noon, right here on the blog. Read on for more words.

Day 12 in the books for WSU

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FROM PULLMAN — Just one more practice remains now before WSU's spring game, as the Cougars went through their 12th workout of the spring on Tuesday. Not much news to pass along, though we do have some interesting notes after the jump.

A draft blows through a slow day

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If we were going to take a day off, today seems as if it would have been the day. Heck yesterday was expected to be pretty dead. No M's. No spring football. Then all heck broke loose around here. Read on.

Springing into a new season

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Growing up, some of the coolest things on television were the Disney nature shows. If you are of a certain age, you know what I mean. The best part was not the hawk swooping out of the sky, wings flapping to grab the mouse in its talons – though, for a 12-year-old boy that was pretty cool and I remember it to this day – but the time-lapse photography. The Disney folks would put a film camera on a certain part of, say, the desert, and let it roll for a year. The ensuing birth, growth and, ultimately, death of the flora in the area would zoom by like something out the front window in “The Time Machine.” Why am I thinking about this? Because, since the first of the year, I've been living the same experience, albeit in slow motion. Each morning I rise out of bed, trundle to my spot downstairs and begin reading and writing. I keep the windows open to watch the neighborhood. But today I noticed the buds on the tree to my left, the one that had a single 2011 leaf clinging to it until just a couple weeks ago, really opened up yesterday. The blooming is about to begin. Read on.

You can’t put it off much longer

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Everyone past a certain age – working age – knows what April 15th means. We don't have to go into it here, other than to say good luck to all you poor souls out there who have procrastinated about as long as you can. Just remember, because today is a Sunday, you have an extra day. Read on.

Another Saturday, another scrimmage

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FROM PULLMAN — Saturday was a special day. It marked the final practice of Washington State's spring that began before 10:30 a.m. Not complaining. But still a positive note. Read on for more notes.

Lintz might be grizzly, but D was bullish

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FROM PULLMAN — Mike Leach liked how the offense responded at times, but Saturday's scrimmage seemed to go to the defense for most of the day. We have notes and the like — plus another quote from Leach that you're sure to get a kick out of — so read on.

Lucky or unlucky, you decide

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Yesterday was Friday the 13th (and just a few hours before the most inauspicious day of the year for everyone, tax day). Unlucky? Sure. If you are a pro sports fan and live in the Northwest. Read on.

An early(ish) Saturday awaits

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FROM PULLMAN — Saw a funny tweet from a WSU athlete yesterday. It came from women's basketball player Sage Romberg, who said: “Whoa everyone and their mothers are in Pullman!” In case you didn't know, it's Mom's Weekend here. But there are other things going on, too, such as another football scrimmage this morning. Read on.

Shining a light on the day’s events

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I'm starting to become a believer. A believer in the advent of spring, as the sun is shining once again this morning. And a believer in the theory there is no off-season, no dead time in the world of sports, Inland Northwest edition. Way too much to pass along on this unluckiest of days. Read on.

Heading toward the stretch run

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FROM PULLMAN — If there's such a thing as a stretch run in spring practice, the Cougars are getting there. Just five more practices before they pack it up and call it a spring. We have news and notes from the latest session — as well as other places — so read on.

Mixed bag for Cougs on Day 10

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FROM PULLMAN — I swear I'm trying to be as creative as I can with these post titles and lead-ins. But when you're two-thirds of the way through spring practice and there just  isn't a whole lot going on … well, you get broad generalities. But hey, there's still plenty to discuss, so read on.

A lot happening in the sports world

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Just when you think the sports scene is winding down, some unexpected news hits Gonzaga. And other locales. Read on.

Cougars about to hit the two-thirds mark

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FROM PULLMAN — Another Thursday, another spring football practice for Washington State. This one will be the Cougars' 10th of the spring, meaning they're almost two-thirds of the way done. Read on for some links.

Video: Elliott Bosch

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FROM PULLMAN — Our series of video interviews continues with a brief look at WSU offensive lineman Elliott Bosch, a Spokane native who is trying his hand at center this spring.

Sports is a laughing matter

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Life can be tough. No doubt about it, especially if you are a Mariners fan. But there's an easy way to make it a lot more bearable – and by it, I mean life as well as being a Mariner fan. Humor. Read on.

Live Chat, plus more WSU news on a Wednesday

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FROM PULLMAN --  Washington State is 60 percent of the way through its spring football practice schedule. We got 100 percent of the way through these links this morning. Oops. Already used that joke, and it wasn't funny the first time. Moving on.

Cougars start slow on Day 9

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FROM PULLMAN — Mike Leach said his team had its slowest start of any practice yet this spring on Tuesday. No wonder things seemed quieter. We still have plenty of news and notes, so read on.

It may be all downhill from here

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Oftentimes a person can peer back over history and pinpoint a moment when the world turned. A point when events stopped going one way and pivoted another. Usually, such momentous occasions are only visible in the rear-view mirror. But not always. That's why I ask, was the top of the first inning last night the high-water mark of the Seattle Mariners' season? Read on.

Cougs continue practice today

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FROM PULLMAN — Spring practice No. 9 will commence at 3:10 p.m. for Washington State this afternoon. But there are some non-football questions to tend to, as well. Read on.

Denzell Dotson arrested on suspicion of DUI

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FROM PULLMAN — We've put together a short story about the arrest of WSU offensive lineman Denzell Dotson on early Sunday morning for suspicion of DUI.

A slow Monday

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FROM PULLMAN — Things seem to be moving a little slower today. Maybe that's because it's nearing mid-April and there isn't much college football or basketball news to report. Maybe it's because everyone's full from their Easter meals. Whatever the reason, we don't have much to read today. But read on anyway.