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  • Steve Christilaw: Female coaches in professional sports are good fit

    A new day is dawning in the sporting world. A year ago Becky Hammon became the first woman to be a full-time paid assistant coach in the National Basketball Association. …


  • Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio enter Hall of Fame

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Three pitchers who became dominant after trades and a rock-solid catcher-turned-second baseman entered the Baseball Hall of Fame today.


  • Matt Stonie tops Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating contest

    NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Stonie shocked the competitive eating world Saturday by upsetting Joey “Jaws” Chestnut at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous in …


  • Steve Christilaw: Youngsters’ brains too valuable for headers in soccer

    Sometimes the most important aspects of our character are how we deal with life after we begin to know better. In the past few years we’ve begun to understand the …


  • Stevens, Sholz among graduating athletes leaving big shoes to fill

    It’s hard to believe that another school sports year has come and gone. It seems like just yesterday that young athletes were filtering in from the dog days of summer …


  • Help your kids get serious about playing healthy

    Swimming, lacrosse, hockey, track, rock climbing, karate and volleyball are only a few of the sports your child could participate in this year. Whether your child is involved in an …


  • Steve Christilaw:

    When you stop and think about it, we have a rich history of hometown guys accomplishing great things in the sporting world. Not just athletes who played in the area …


  • Penalty phase opens in Boston Marathon bombing trial

    BOSTON (AP) — The life-or-death phase in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev got underway Tuesday with a prosecutor showing the jury a photo of Tsarnaev giving the …


  • Spokane Gun Club gets tax reprieve

    The Spokane Gun Club, in operation for more than 120 years, will not have to pay $40,000 in back taxes on property they’ve owned in Spokane Valley since the 1940s.


  • Steve Ballmer tops list of world’s richest sports-related figures

    NEW YORK – Michael Jordan and two other NBA owners have reached new heights, making Forbes world list of billionaires. Forbes released its list on Monday and noted that Jordan’s …


  • If the shoe fits, Cinderella season on horizon

    This is Cinderella season. The end of another basketball season always spawns talk of Cinderella teams, teams that had no business finishing where they did. Overachievers, they say.


  • Newsmakers

    Signed The Seattle Mariners have signed catcher John Baker to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. The Mariners announced the signing after Baker, 34, passed a physical. …


  • Brazilian organizers say IndyCar opener has been canceled

    The IndyCar Series opener scheduled for March in Brazil’s capital was canceled on Thursday. The television channel promoting the event released a brief statement saying the decision was made “unilaterally” …


  • Give and Take: Sunday letters

    Zags brighten day I do volunteer work usually once per week at the Spokane Veterans Hospital. I visit with Hospice and Community Living Center residents.


  • Newsmakers

    Reiterated Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said he met with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on a trip to New York this week to reiterate the city’s …


  • In brief: Rose, Bulls snap Spurs’ four-game win streak

    NBA: Derrick Rose scored 22 points and the struggling Chicago Bulls beat the visiting San Antonio Spurs 104-81 on Thursday night. The Bulls came away with a much-needed win after …


  • WCC basketball: LMU beats Portland

    Ayodeji Egbeyemi scored 22 points, Marin Mornar added 21 points with 10 rebounds and Loyola Marymount beat Portland 80-68 on Thursday in Los Angeles. Portland cut the deficit to one …


  • Newsmakers

    Announced Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, 3-0 as a college starter including a win over Oregon in the national championship game, said he will return to the Buckeyes for his …


  • Don’t overlook lessons learned in prep sports

    If you write about high school sports for any length of time, you will occasionally be challenged to defend their very existence. Sometimes it’s by a childless homeowner bemoaning the …


  • In brief: LaMarcus Aldridge leads Trail Blazers past Heat

    NBA LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers used a big third quarter to beat the Miami Heat 99-83 Thursday night in Portland, Oregon. …


  • Team Peterson wins

    The Peterson kids were spread out over several classes at West Valley High School. Between oldest brother Bryan, Mitch and sister Leah, high school graduation is spread out over the …


  • Looking ahead, but remembering legends lost

    I’m excited for the New Year – 2015 is just hours old and already it holds great promise. A new year always does. The Seahawks are poised to make January …


  • Church of England appoints first female bishop

    LONDON (AP) — The Church of England on Wednesday named the first female bishop in its 500-year history, promoting saxophone-playing, soccer-loving vicar Libby Lane to bishop of Stockport. The announcement …


  • Hands-up gesture by five Rams brings to mind other political protests in sports

    The “Hands-up. Don’t shoot!” gesture that five St. Louis Rams made during pregame wasn’t the first time athletes have used their platform to make political statements. A short list of …


  • State soccer draw unfairly pairs EV, WV in first round

    Something is just off about the girls state Class 2A soccer tournament. No, that doesn’t quite cover it.


  • FCC spikes sports blackout rule

    The FCC wants an end to sports blackouts. The Federal Communications Commission voted to end a decades-old rule preventing cable and satellite operators from airing sports events that were blacked …


  • In brief: Jozy Altidore ends scoreless skid

    Soccer: American forward Jozy Altidore ended a 30-game club scoreless streak dating to Dec. 4, getting the game’s first goal Tuesday night for Sunderland in a 2-1 loss to Stoke …


  • Area roundup: Gonzaga women’s golf finishes in 7th place

    Alice Kim and Ciera Min each shot 1-under-par 72s and the Gonzaga Bulldogs turned in their best round of the season (1-under 291) to finish in seventh place at the …


  • Vikings’ Peterson booked and released on child abuse charge

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was booked and released from a Texas jail on a child abuse charge early Saturday, capping a tumultuous week for the …


  • Area roundup: Rylan Berriman, Pirates clip Warriors

    Rylan Berriman’s goal in the 97th minute gave the Whitworth men’s soccer team a 2-1 come-from-behind nonconference victory over Corban in the Pirates’ home opener Saturday afternoon in Spokane. The …

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