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UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Eagles secondary steps up in win over UC Davis; Webster twins relish big Senior Day

Twin brothers Nsimba and Nzuzi Webster sat down in front of a group of reporters Saturday following No. 5 Eastern Washington’s 59-20 thrashing of fourth-ranked UC Davis, their smiles lighting …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 7:25 p.m.

Area volleyball notebook: WSU volleyball hoping for ESPN GameDay boost for its matches this weekend

Whenever Washington State has a corresponding home football and volleyball weekend, it assists the volleyball program. Add ESPN GameDay’s first visit to Pullman for Saturday’s WSU-Oregon showdown, and the smile …

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 7:19 a.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Eagles offense puts up big numbers, but defense makes name for itself

With an offense as efficient as Eastern Washington’s, it’s defense – one of the most experienced in the Big Sky Conference – just has to do a serviceable job.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 8:56 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Nsimba Webster steps up as big-play receiver

On an almost annual basis, Eastern Washington has produced some of the Big Sky Conference’s most dynamic pass catchers. Senior Nsimba Webster, a shifty, athletic former high school quarterback, appears …

British Open notebook: Rory McIlroy loses ground with tough finish at British Open

Rory McIlroy pledged to “go down swinging” in his bid to win a major for the first time in four years. He might have to swing for the fences after …

UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 7:49 p.m.

British Open notebook: Sandy Lyle goes out with a birdie at the British Open

Sandy Lyle has a green jacket and his name on the claret jug. He might have one other thing in common with Jack Nicklaus – a birdie on what likely …

UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 10:28 p.m.

Brooks Koepka traces golfing success to Scotland, aims to win British Open

It was just five years ago that Brooks Koepka won the Scottish Hydro Challenge to earn a spot on the European Tour.

Dustin Pedroia returns to DL, played just 3 games after return to Red Sox

Dustin Pedroia’s return from the disabled list lasted three games.

UPDATED: Sat., June 2, 2018, 5:33 p.m.

That Voice: Howard Cosell’s grandson, Colin, debuts as Mets’ PA announcer

As a young boy, Colin Cosell would climb into Papa’s lap and listen to that famed voice, the nasal, New York tone booming to sports fans all over the country.

Indians sign 36-year-old Oliver Perez for struggling bullpen

The Cleveland Indians have signed 36-year-old left-hander Oliver Perez for their struggling bullpen. This is Perez’s eighth major league team.

Prep track and field notebook: Path to state begins this week for area athletes

The path to state begins in Idaho and Washington this week.

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig runs into wall, leaves with sore hip, foot

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig crashed into a wall chasing a foul ball Saturday and was forced to leave the game because of soreness in his left foot …

Prep track and field notebook: Emily Hernandez took a shot and nailed it

Freshman track and field athletes are usually so far down a depth chart that head coaches rarely know their names. That was true of thrower Emily Hernandez of Lake City. …

Track and field notebook: Valley Christian jumper Julia Hayes leaps at every opportunity

At 6-foot tall, Julia Hayes doesn’t see herself as a sprinter. The Valley Christian School junior does see value in running the 100 meters, though.

MLB Notes: MLB suspends Padres GM A.J. Preller 30 days over Drew Pomeranz trade

Major League Baseball suspended Padres general manager A.J. Preller for 30 days without pay on Thursday, hitting the San Diego executive with an unprecedented punishment for failing to disclose medical …

MLB Notes: Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson to undergo MRI on sore right hip

Reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson will have an MRI on his sore right hip Wednesday, Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said before Toronto hosted Tampa Bay in a matinee.

Zags notebook: Future games with Huskies still being worked out

Much has been made about the renewal of the Gonzaga-Washington basketball rivalry next season, but details of the four-game set still haven’t been finalized.

WSU notebook: Hall inductee Jerome Harrison admires new digs

PULLMAN – Martin Stadium has changed a lot since Jerome Harrison raced up and down its sidelines on the way to the 2005 college football rushing title. Harrison and the …

MLB notes: Cardinals’ interval review clears top executives in hacking of Astros’ database

High-level executives of the St. Louis Cardinals were not involved in the hacking of the Houston Astros’ player personnel database, an attorney hired by the team said Wednesday, citing an …

MLB notes: Things looking up for Rangers after huge month of May

With Prince Fielder leading the league in hitting and former MVP Josh Hamilton already having an impact in his Texas reunion, the Rangers have a winning record for the first …

Baltimore back in Camden Yard for first time since riots – and win

For their first game in front of fans at Camden Yard in two weeks, the Orioles took the field wearing specially-made white home jerseys that said “Baltimore” across the chest, …

Brewers tab former infielder Craig Counsell as new manager

Former Milwaukee infielder Craig Counsell was hired Monday to manage the Brewers, about 12 hours after the team fired Ron Roenicke. A major league-worst 7-18, the Brewers lost 40 of …

Baseball stat geeks will love new Statcast analytical system

Which outfielder sprints the fastest and runs the longest to snag line drives into the gap? Which shortstop is best at throwing from the grass to nip the runner at …

Colorado Rockies demote closer LaTroy Hawkins

LaTroy Hawkins is being moved out of Colorado’s closer role for now, though manager Walt Weiss isn’t ruling out the right-hander returning to ninth-inning duties. Weiss spoke with Hawkins on …

Dodgers have baseball’s highest opening-day payroll with $270 million

The Los Angeles Dodgers set a baseball record with a $270 million opening-day payroll, including nearly $44 million going to players no longer on the team. Major League Baseball’s average …

Already missed

HOUSTON – Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski stopped Kevin Pangos in the handshake line for an extended verbal pat on the back. “He was really nice about saying how he really …

A.L. Central race stirs

David Price bounced back from an alarming start and Miguel Cabrera homered twice, hitting one of Detroit’s three homers off Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, as the Tigers rolled to a 12-1 …

Dower: Message received

SALT LAKE CITY – Out of the corner of his eye, junior forward Sam Dower caught a few seconds of the Kansas State-La Salle game on a wall-mounted television inside …

NFL notes: Ravens LB Lewis won’t play

Injured Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis won’t play today against the Denver Broncos. Lewis has been sidelined since tearing his right triceps on Oct. 14 against the Dallas Cowboys. The …

Brewers bank on Braun bash

Ryan Braun stepped into the box when a familiar feeling overcame him. Just like in 2008, the Brewers’ homegrown slugger propelled Milwaukee back into the postseason. “It’s not new,” Prince …