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It’s a world I wouldn’t want to live in

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Really, isn’t that what we’ve all come to expect from Felix Hernandez and Nelson Cruz these days? OK, Wednesday’s early afternoon performance was even a bit better than usual for Felix. And Cruz’s game-clinching home run was a power display, even for him. Read on.

WSU makes another change in coaching staff

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is a truism in college sports these days that everyone seems to want to ignore. But it happens more often than not. Read on.

If Cano comes around, so will the M’s

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This was the way it was supposed to go all season. Good pitching from start to finish and a key Robinson Cano hit or two. The question is, then, will it continue? Read on.

Memorial Day has always been about honor

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s a day of remembrance, isn’t it? Of those who left to defend their country and never returned. Read on.

At least the weather is nice

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is this the poorest holiday weekend of the year for sports watching? It may just be. Read on.

This weekend just won’t be the same

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Clear your mind. A beautiful weekend is ahead, full of exciting possibilities. Looking behind isn’t worth as much effort. Read on.

Kraft, Pats surrender

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is sort of a “Game of Thrones” battle going on in the NFL these days, though Robert Kraft yesterday acted more like Tyrion Lannister than Jamie. Read on.

The M’s need to answer the call with men on base

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is a not-so-exclusive club in America right now. It’s a club populated only by people who have received scam phone calls purporting to be from the IRS. I’ve been inducted, I don’t know, a thousand times? Read on.

Summer is upon us in a few ways

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Welcome to summer, albeit a couple weeks early. Sunshine, highs in the 80s and a dearth of stories to pass along. Read on.

Saturday got lost in the shuffle a bit

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If there ever is a lost Saturday, it was yesterday. Tucked between the weekend that hosts Mother’s Day and the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, this is the forgotten weekend. And there are many who would like to forget yesterday. Read on.

Halliday has earned support on this one

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are news reports you read and say “well, that makes sense.” There are others that are just the opposite. Like yesterday. Read on.

M’s transmission is still slipping

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Did the M’s lose last night? They did. Well, I figured. When I hit the sack they had already left the population of Kirkland stranded in scoring position. Read on.

What part of a fool and his money don’t people understand?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • About once a week or so, something happens that proves P.T. Barnum was way ahead of his time. And right. Read on.

NFL comes down pretty easy on Brady, Patriots

A GRIP ON SPORTS • So the NFL threw the book at Tom Brady and the Patriots. At least it wasn't heavy like "The Stand." It was more like "Of Mice and Men." You were expecting anything else? Read on.

Hoopfest is closer than you think

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are many civic events each year in Spokane. The Lilac Parade, Bloomsday, opening day of pothole season. But one towers above all others. At least in my mind. Read on.

Hey Mom, thanks

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Today is a day to say thanks. Thanks to all of you mothers out there. When it comes to sports, you are the engine that makes the whole thing go. Read on.

What a perfect spring weekend

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s another perfect Saturday in Spokane. The high is going to be in the 70s, the sun will be shining and you have one more day to shop for Mom. Read on

Hey, this is serious

A GRIP ON SPORTS • A lot of easy jokes out there this morning, jokes I would have jumped at making just a few short years ago. Not any more. Read on …

Polè will attend Bengals rookie camp

The Cincinnati Bengals will hold their opening meeting of rookie minicamp tonight and Kalafitoni Polè will be in the room.

The former Washington State defensive tackle went undrafted, but still has a shot to make an NFL team. Rookie minicamp is the first step and, while the focus will be on the drafted players, if Polè can impress the coaches, perhaps he can score an invite to training camp in the fall.

Quarterback Connor Halliday will be hoping for the same thing for himself at Washington's training camp next week.

Now for some links:

— In the paper yesterday we had a feature on WSU's closer, Ian Hamilton.

— ESPN's Kyle Bonagura looks back at the draft's early entrants from the Pac-12 and says Xavier Cooper's decision to leave WSU early was a good one.

— CougCenter asks where WSU should rank in the post-spring Pac-12 Power Rankings.

— Utah's Dres Anderson will try to make the 49ers roster after not getting drafted.

— California's exceptional basketball recruiting class is changing expectations for the team next season.

These M’s are ripping hope right out of our hearts

A GRIP ON SPORTS • In the eighth-inning break last night, I began to think the M’s just could be all right. After all, they had received a great start from James Paxton, had rallied to take a 4-2 lead and were turning the game over to the bullpen. Hope was springing. Read on

The M’s without Felix is too awful to imagine

A GRIP ON SPORTS • All we can say is thank goodness for Felix Hernandez. Where would the Mariners be today without him? Read on.

These days, fights aren’t worth fighting for

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Thanks to my cable provider, who shall remain nameless (though it looks a bit like a scrawny Rob Lowe), I was unable to watch the “big” fight last night. Actually, the cable problems that hit probably kept me away from the Spurs/Clippers game more than the fight. Read on.

A little of this, a little of that

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You will find a short blog post on the other side. If you are wondering why it is so short, all I can say is, I'm under orders. Read on.

Hawks’ first pick in the draft came a while ago

A GRIP ON SPORTS • What was your favorite moment of the NFL draft’s first day? Was it when the commissioner was booed heartily? Or when the Walter Payton award winner was cheered? How about the Seahawks’ pick? Oh ya, that happened weeks ago. Read on.


Morning links: Pac-12 sends nine to the NFL

It was a banner night for the Pac-12, which had a record nine players selected in the first round of the NFL draft.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was the first west coast player selected; the reigning Heisman Trophy winner was taken second overall by the Tennessee Titans. Then, the Jets selected USC's Leonard Williams with the sixth pick in the draft.

The Huskies had three players selected: Danny Shelton (12th pick, Browns), Shaq Thompson (25th, Panthers) and dismissed cornerback Marcus Peters (18th, Chiefs).

Arik Armstead was the third defensive lineman selected from the Pac-12, going to San Francisco as the 17th selection, while Stanford's Andrus Peat, taken by New Orleans with pick No. 13, was the only offensive lineman.

USC's Nelson Agholor will team up with Chip Kelly in Philadelphia and Arizona State's Damarious Randall rounded out the conference's big day, going to Green Bay with the 30th pick.

Washington State might get in on the action today. The NFL draft will continue with the second and third rounds, and some mock drafts have Xavier Cooper getting selected in that range.

Ted Miller wrote about WSU quarterback Luke Falk on the Pac-12 Blog.

Morning links: Peterson named to Hampshire Honor Society

Soon to be graduated Washington State linebacker Mitch Peterson was named to the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society.

The society is made up of college football players from all divisions that are significant contributors to their teams and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better throughout their time in school. Peterson was a two-year letter-winner at WSU and appeared in 19 games, making one start.

A native of Spokane, Peterson was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team this past season and his father tells me he is about to graduate magna cum laude with a Masters in Business Administration. Here is the full release from the school.

At noon today we'll be holding a live chat to answer any remaining questions from spring football.

Now for some links …

— In today's paper we wrapped up our coverage of WSU's spring football with a look ahead to the team's offseason plans.

— We also have our coverage of the last day of the Pac-12 golf championships.

— Connor Halliday's mom wrote a first-person account of her experience watching Halliday play for Sports Illustrated's Monday Morning Quarterback.

— The Pac-12 has revamping the way it trains officials and holds them accountable.  

— Washington signed a highly-regarded basketball recruit out of New Zealand.

— Down the road, way down the road, Utah is going to play Baylor, probably.

— Mike Leach says the Cougars will hold some satellite camps for recruiting in California this summer. This explains what those are.

— UCLA's star freshman quarterback is rising up the depth chart.