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Grip on Sports: When Felix is pitching this poorly, maybe it’s time to change the channel

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If we really wanted to be a bummer on this beautifully hot Wednesday, we could talk about Felix Hernandez and quite possibly his final start …


Grip on Sports: The heat is on everywhere, from high school football practice in Idaho to far away as Texas, where the M’s hope to survive

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Has the temperature hit triple digits where you live? Not yet here in Spokane, but it will later this week. It certainly will in Lewiston, …


Grip on Sports: The weekend shows once again Gonzaga is an attractive destination for Europe’s best young big men

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There have been more memorable weekends in sports history – that one back in April, 1986 comes to mind – but a couple of interesting …


Grip on Sports: This latest M’s collapse may actually hurt more than similiar ones in the recent past

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s a bit excruciating, isn’t it? Watching the M’s lose night after night. Watching them sink lower and lower in the wild-card standings? Watching a …


Grip on Sports: College football’s sounds are back, doing their best to drown out the noises from the M’s recent face plant

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Whistles. Horns. Loud voices. Cleats on cement. Deep breathing. Cries of joy – and disappointment. Feet hitting turf. Such are the sounds of football practice. …


Grip on Sports: Back to school shopping should always include a football

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is August the Sunday of summer? You know, the summer month you really can’t enjoy because school is right around the corner. Or is it …


Grip on Sports: Seattle is going through another of those battles between the rich and famous

A GRIP ON SPORTS • One of the not-so-fun aspects of NFL camps in the summer is watching millionaires disagree with billionaires. Can’t they all get just along? Read on.


Grip on Sports: If the weather cools, it’s possible football won’t be disrupted by smoke this August

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Somewhere in the Latin roots of the word August there must be a shirttail relationship to another word: smoke. They seem to come to us …


Grip on Sports: Albi Stadium’s future has become a fumble that no one wants to recover

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yes, those who can’t remember the past may be condemned to repeat it. But George Santayana’s widely quoted philosophical theorem also has a corollary: Those …


A pet out of its element: WSU vet school officials create a temporary home for alligator confiscated in Asotin County

You can’t keep “potentially dangerous animals” in Washington without a permit from the director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. That law led to a 3-foot long, 8-pound …


Grip on Sports: It’s too late now, but wouldn’t it be nice if baseball’s Hall of Fame was a little more exclusive?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yesterday, baseball’s Hall of Fame once again welcomed a new class of honorees. And once again a place that should be reserved for the great …


Grip on Sports: Both the A’s and the Mariners have found the road through Colorado a bit rocky

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s funny, really. The Colorado Rockies aren’t in the American League West. Heck, they aren’t even in the American League. But they may end up …


Grip on Sports: Though the labor has started, it is still a long time until this year’s football season is born

A GRIP ON SPORTS • When a friend or relative welcomes a new baby into the family, what’s the first thing you want to do? My guess is it isn’t …


Grip on Sports: Though the M’s are still holding on to a coveted wild-card spot, the Oakland A’s are closing fast

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s sort of sad really. Here the Mariners are, trying to snap a playoff drought that dates back nearly to the last century, and they …


Grip on Sports: From Hollywood to Sodo to Spokane, today’s subjects are far flung geographically – and in other ways

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Settle in folks. It may be a Thursday in late July, but it isn’t a day to relax around these parts. Way too much news, …


WSU professors say ‘wine not,’ bet on red … and white

Washington State University professors Phillip and Patricia Butterfield are accomplished, lifelong academics. Phillip spent 25 years as an engineer before shifting to microbiology; Patricia, who was dean of the College …


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

Spokane’s Eric Ansett helps WSGA team win Morse Cup title

Spokane’s Eric Ansett helped the Washington State Golf Association’s three-man team capture the Morse Cup, which was held concurrently with the Pacific Coast Amateur at The Olympic Club in San …


Grip on Sports: There may not be any change-your-life breaking news at a football media day, but there is usually something fun to break up a hot July day

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yes, it is the 25th day of July. Which means we are in the heart of summer. But it might as well be the 25th …


Grip on Sports: Home is not only where the heart is, it is usually where the wins are

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is nothing like coming back home. In every aspect. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The British Open had a surprise winner who played with a surprising calm

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The drama that is a major golf tournament was on display in Scotland yesterday. Heck, even a sentimental favorite took the lead at one point. …


Does legal weed make police more effective? WSU study points toward yes.

Marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington state has “produced some demonstrable and persistent benefit” to police departments’ ability to solve other types of crime, according to researchers at Washington State …


Ask Dr. Universe: Why does music give us chills?

The truth is I really wasn’t sure why music gives us chills, but I was determined to find out. My first stop was the Washington State University School of Music. …


Grip on Sports: In a game dominated by the long ball, the Mariners’ Jean Segura hit the most dramatic one

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You get a home run. You get a home run. And you get a home run. Heck, everyone gets a home run. It’s the All-Star …


Grip on Sports: Memories of the home run derby need to be dusted off and updated for the next generation

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Somewhere in a storage locker on Spokane’s South Hill sits a box. It contains as many VHS tapes as would fit. And among those tapes …


Grip on Sports: It’s hard to explain momentum in sports until the rock rolls over your playoff hopes

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Momentum is the most mercurial entity in sports, especially professional sports. And yet it’s hard to prove it even exists. Read on.


Grip on Sports: The rest of the world has other things on their mind today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We could wail about the Mariners again, but that seems a bit redundant. Or we could wonder what the upcoming college football season will hold, …


Grip on Sports: As the Mariners swoon, the urge to panic may set in

A GRIP ON SPORTS • No, it’s not time to panic. Unless you really want to. Then feel free. Read on.


Ask Dr. Universe: What food is sweet and good to eat?

It’s also good to remember that it’s not just sweet foods that have sugars. They’re in a lot of the foods we eat, like sliced bread, salad dressing, and ketchup, …


Grip on Sports: James Paxton follows Felix’s lead, even down to the back soreness

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Trying to emulate Felix Hernandez’s career path is one thing, but maybe James Paxton is taking this worship of the King a bit too far. …


Grip on Sports: Gonzales has been the biggest surprise for the surprising Mariners

A GRIP ON SPORTS • NFL teams can go from mediocre to pretty good quickly. NBA squads become playoff teams sometimes overnight. But to go from below average to good …