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Grip on Sports: Many are outraged, but maybe the M’s are doing the right thing by keeping Ichiro right now

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Getting away for a while is always fun. But returning home is something special. Though it has its own set of challenges. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Washington State’s spring game prepares the Cougars for whatever fall may bring

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You never know if Washington State’s annual spring game in Spokane will be played in weather more akin to September, October or November. Which is …


Grip on Sports: The M’s were holding their own with the Astros last night, until they weren’t

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Bad news. My neck is hurting. Probably similar to what Mike Leake’s neck feels like after that awful seventh inning last night. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Klay Thompson is Washington State’s biggest booster in the NBA these days

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Has it been seven years already? It seems like only yesterday Klay Thompson was pulling up from 24 feet in Pullman. Read on.


Grip on Sports: It seems to be about the right time to add more Major League teams

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is very little better than sitting down on a nice April weekend day and listening to a baseball game on the radio. Too bad …


Grip on Sports: Reports of the Seahawks’ flirtation with Colin Kaepernick revs up the outrage machine

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are just two words anyone needs to utter these days to get a rise out of a sports fan: Colin Kaepernick. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The weather in Minneapolis saved us from getting hurt trying to watch two events

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It was cold in Augusta yesterday. But not nearly as cold as it was in Minneapolis. Appropriate and expected, I guess, for early April. One …


Grip on Sports: There was a moment yesterday most Masters watchers felt they were actually on the course

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s not often a person watching the Masters at home thinks, with some actual justification, “I could do that.” And then along came Sergio Garcia …


Grip on Sports: The past and the future collided a bit yesterday at Idaho and around the area

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you like news instead of games, then yesterday was your day in the Inland Northwest sports world. But don’t despair if that is not …


Grip on Sports: Yes, April is about to begin, but basketball will still shower over us today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We are on the cusp of April, the month of showers, flowers and the Masters. And yet, today, the last day of March, we are …


Grip on Sports: We may have said bye-bye to other area success stories, but Felix Hernandez keeps chugging along

A GRIP ON SPORTS • I woke up this morning with the lyrics from an old, old song running through my head. Lyrics from an old musical, actually, one I …


Grip on Sports: A virus is spreading through college sports and all the money in the world won’t find a cure

A GRIP ON SPORTS • First it was lower tier football bowl games. Now it is the lower tier postseason basketball tournaments. Players are sitting because they don’t want to …


Grip on Sports: Outside of Gonzaga, the West is the opposite of best in college basketball these days

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There once was a time when the western states dominated college basketball. Transformed it from a sleepy game to the product we see on our …


Grip on Sports: Games like Gonzaga’s make us realize college basketball is our best friend

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You remember your best friend from grade school? You know the one, for a while there you were inseparable, no matter how many times you …


Grip on Sports: Here’s a little something to get you prepared before your day in front of the television set

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Today and tomorrow are two of the best days of the year for the sports fan. Very little compares. So we will get out of …


Grip on Sports: College basketball is all about connections and Gonzaga isn’t unusual in that regard

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The NCAA basketball tournament began last night in Dayton, Ohio. The Inland Northwest’s one representative begins tomorrow morning. We are stuck in-between, so it seems …


Grip on Sports: Once again, the Inland Northwest is a one-bid region

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Gonzaga will find out its NCAA fate today. But that’s it for Inland Northwest representation this college basketball season. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Sunday afternoon is always the best time to serve your finest whine

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is it Friday already? And the end of the college basketball regular season? Yes it is. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The past is always there for the Mariners, even if it’s not all that pretty

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Thursday seems like a good day to have thoughts on three subjects, so we do. We’ll lead off with Ichiro’s return, which seems appropriate, and …


Grip on Sports: It was a pretty productive Tuesday for Gonzaga’s basketball programs

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Being that everything needs to have a nickname these days, we have settled on Twofer Tuesday for yesterday. After all, Gonzaga won two West Coast …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga game shows that, over the years, ESPN’s Vitale has seemingly grown more Vitale-like

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Woke up this morning and did a quick check. Good. My ears had stopped bleeding. The bout of Vitaleitis was over. Read on.


Grip on Sports: No matter what the level, basketball’s postseason games always deliver

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is something special about postseason basketball. The playoffs are different in every sport, sure, but basketball, with its intensity level ratcheted up to 12 …


Grip on Sports: There’s so much happening in the world of sports, we need to stay positive or we may get kicked out

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It seems like a good morning to cover a lot of ground, quickly. Let’s travel from basketball to golf, from the baseball field to the …


Grip on Sports: Steely Whitworth may be forced to go back, Jack, and do it again this weekend

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s playoffs time in (much of) college basketball. In fact, one local school, Whitworth, is set to find out where it is headed in the …


Grip on Sports: There’s a storm brewing in college hoops and it sure seems like safe shelter is going to be hard to find

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It can’t be aspartame-coated. Yesterday was a pretty cruddy day for college sports, both nationally and in our region. Read on.


Grip on Sports: As more details emerge, college basketball’s most recent scandal threatens to derail the postseason

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It was hard to get out of bed this morning. But it was probably harder for Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller. Read on.


Grip on Sports: No matter what you wanted out of a college basketball game, the Inland Northwest’s teams supplied it last night - and one thing Idaho didn’t want

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Great endings. Surprises. Physical tests. Workmanlike efforts. Last night’s college basketball for the area teams featured all of the above. Sometimes more than one in …


Grip on Sports: It’s Valentine’s Day, which means it is OK to be snowed under with emotion

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If a movie was made about today, we would have to call it “Winter’s Revenge.” I’m not sure any Hollywood producer would buy it, however. …


Grip on Sports: Like the Who said, meet the new (selection committee) boss, just like the old boss

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is, basically, one month left in college basketball’s regular season. To celebrate, the NCAA tournament selection committee gave us a present: something to argue …


Grip on Sports: The miles may not be all that many but WSU and Gonzaga’s basketball programs are a world apart right now

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you wanted the starkest contrast possibly between the two most high-profile college basketball programs in the region, you found it last night. Read on.