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UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 1:41 p.m.

A century and more in the making, rodeo continues to thrill crowds – and push the limits of human endurance

Despite the physicality and talent needed for rodeo, and despite fact that rodeos play on the sports cable network ESPN, and despite the steel will needed to climb aboard an …


Grip on Sports: You want to be entertained? Then catch a high school basketball game

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Pre-Christmas checklist: finish shopping (not done); pay December’s bills (not done); hock television (not done); watch high school basketball games (done). Read on.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 10:56 p.m.

Barrels of fun: Medical Lake’s Kathy Grimes finishes 12th in world standings

There shouldn’t have been any nerves. After all, Kathy Grimes had done this so many times before. The 52-year-old barrel racer from Medical Lake has been honing her horse-riding skills …


Ellensburg’s Riley, Brady Minor find success at National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas

Success at the National Finals Rodeo, which ended last weekend in Las Vegas, was pretty limited for contestants from Washington. Except for the Minor brothers, team ropers from Ellensburg.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 10:57 p.m.

Kathy Grimes, Tyson Durfey off to strong starts at National Finals Rodeo

Medical Lake resident fifth in world


Cheney bareback rider Ryan Gray cashes in for final time

Ryan Gray was always sure he would know when it was time to stop riding horses that didn’t want to be rode.


Area roundup: Howell’s 27 points leads Whitman over Whitworth

Tim Howell scored 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting and Whitman (5-0, 2-0) beat Whitworth (4-1, 1-1) 79-65 in a Northwest Conference matchup in Walla Walla on Tuesday.


Pendleton Round-Up named best large outdoor rodeo

The Pendleton Round-Up has been named the best large outdoor rodeo by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association for the second year in a row.


Pamela Capper wins first round of barrel racing at National Finals Rodeo in record-tying time

Pamela Capper won the first round of barrel racing with a time of 13.75 seconds – tying the record set by Mary Walker in 2012 – at the 2016 National …


53-year-old rodeo rookie took her time getting to Vegas

So, soon-to-be empty nesters, what’s your plan when the kids are out on their own? Remodel the house? Get a masters? Just enjoy the peace? Travel?


North Idaho State Fair a romp around the world

If the mix of entertainment seems eclectic at the North Idaho State Fair next week, that’s no accident. Fair organizers went looking for attractions representing different corners of the globe …


Family fun: Newport Rodeo ropes in music, games and more

Newport’s biggest weekend is getting a little bigger this year.


Locally: Double state champions Elizabeth Bolich, Tommie Sue Swannack lead area rodeo competitors

Elizabeth Bolich of Mead and Tommie Sue Swannack of Sprague were double state champions to lead the showing by area competitors in the Washington junior high and high school rodeo …


Durfey, Proctor have strong finale at NFR

LAS VEGAS - The National Finals Rodeo wasn’t great for a pair of cowboys with local ties. But it wasn’t bad. The 10-day rodeo wrapped up Saturday night with Tyson …


Sarah Rose McDonald takes over first in world standings at NFR

Sarah Rose McDonald took over first place in the barrel racing world standings by finishing first during round seven of the National Finals Rodeo on Wednesday night.


Trevor Brazile wins tie-down roping, secures 13th all-around title

Trevor Brazile’s tie-down roping victory allowed him to claim his record 13th all-around world championship and 23rd gold buckle in the sixth round of the National Finals Rodeo on Tuesday …


Katherine Merck, Spokane native and GU law student, crowned Miss Rodeo America

Katherine Merck, a Spokane native and Gonzaga Law School student, is the new 2016 Miss Rodeo America.


Colbert 55-year-old still competes in bareback riding

Jed McKinlay can’t shake his love for the cowboy culture. It’s in his blood, a passion that’s deeper than just a pair of cowboy boots. So no surprise when the …


Spencer Wright wins gold buckle, saddle bronc crown at NFR

LAS VEGAS – Rookie saddle bronc rider Spencer Wright used a fifth-place in the 10th and final round of the National Finals Rodeo on Saturday night to move atop the …


In Brief: Blackhawks beat Bruins, push win streak to eight games

NHL: Ben Smith assisted on the Blackhawks’ first goal and scored their second to lead Chicago to its eighth consecutive victory, 3-2 over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in …


Area roundup: Vandals volleyball notches fourth consecutive win

Becca Mau had 10 kills and Katelyn Peterson added nine kills and 14 digs Thursday as the Idaho volleyball team ran its winning streak to four matches with a 25-21, …


Gray rich in other ways

If Ryan Gray were just a cowboy he could write off 2014 as a waste. For just the second in 10 seasons he will miss the National Finals Rodeo. In …


Local horse Spring Fling inducted into PRCA Hall of Fame

Spring Fling, one of only three bucking horses in Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association history ever honored as the Bareback and Saddle Bronc of the Year, was inducted into the PRCA …


Wall flies past All-Star competition

NBA: John Wall soared over his Wizards mascot, and the East stomped on the West in the slam dunk contest in New Orleans Saturday night. Wall’s sensational slam finished off …


Briefs: Klay Thompson picked to USA Basketball national roster pool

BASKETBALL: Former WSU standout Klay Thompson was selected by USA Basketball on Thursday as one of 28 potential players for the World Cup of Basketball in Spain this summer and …


Cheney’s Gray wins ninth round in bareback riding

LAS VEGAS – It isn’t the best Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Ryan Gray has had in his eight trips to Las Vegas, but a little of the disappointment was washed …


Colbert roper Durfey places fifth

LAS VEGAS – Washington cowboys didn’t make much of a mark in Round 8 of the National Finals Rodeo on Thursday night. Colbert tie-down roper Tyson Durfey was the only …


Durfey ties for third in Round 6 at NFR

LAS VEGAS – Tyson Durfey hasn’t had much success at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, with one small check at the halfway point. Things changed a bit for the Colbert …


Gray enjoys good payday

LAS VEGAS – Ryan Gray finally had a good payday and Tyson Durfey finally had a payday in the fourth round of the National Finals Rodeo on Sunday night. Gray, …


Proctor wins again

LAS VEGAS – Grand Coulee native Shane Proctor was the bull-riding winner for the second consecutive night at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Proctor rode Squirrel Grove to …