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TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012

The light show was free

A GRIP ON SPORTS One of the biggest draws for minor league baseball is fireworks night. The pitch: Watch a game, see fireworks after. Well, Mother Nature put on her own fireworks show in the Spokane area last night, with a lightning storm that rivaled…

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EWU picked second in Big Sky

PARK CITY, Utah - Eastern Washington's football team was picked second behind Montana State in both the media and coaches' Big Sky Conference polls released Tuesday. The Eagles, 6-5 last year, received 453 points overall in the media poll, 49 points behind MSU and 11…

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MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012

Boxed in during the summer 

A GRIP ON SPORTS You know what is just around the corner? The Olympics, that's what. And the British Open. And, if you peak just a bit farther down the street, you can see the start of college football. But right now, on this block,…

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Big Sky Conference unveils new logo 

After expanding to 13 schools, the Big Sky Conference is changing its look, remaking its logo in a presentation made Monday morning in Park City, Utah. Players from each conference school, each wearing uniforms incorporating the new logo, were presented to a gathering of media,…

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SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2012

EWU puts four on preseason All-Big Sky team

OGDEN, Utah - Four Eastern Washington players were selected to the preseason All-Big Sky Conference football team announced Sunday morning. Co-reigning conference champion Montana State placed six players on the team. The squad was chosen by select media and sports information directors in the league,…

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Is the sun still shining? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS There are a lot of reasons this morning post very nearly became an afternoon post. One is I was up well after my usual bed time last night, pretending for some reason to be 48-years-old or something. But the main reason…

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Not so fast my friend

A GRIP ON SPORTS It was only this past December when Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and his Big Ten counterpart Jim Delany stepped to a podium and made an announcement that rippled through college athletics. Read on.

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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012


WSU men's hoops headed to Australia 

COUGARS WSU made it official today -- the men's basketball team is all set for a tour of Australia that will begin in early August and include games against five different Australian teams. Read on for more details from the school's official release.

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Baseball takes a short pause

A GRIP ON SPORTS As the pause button on the major league baseball season is still stuck – Tuesday's All-Star game was the lowest-rated ever – for another day, there is little in the way of in-depth Mariners coverage today. But that's OK. There is…

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Shock ownership wants Olson back

Yet another interesting day in Shockland. Owner Brady Nelson stated unequivocally that he wants Andy Olson to return as head coach for a second season. Erik Meyer practiced, then decided he won't play again this season. He hasn't decided if he'll give it a shot…

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West Virginia’s Deniz Kilicli gives Gonzaga’s Elias Harris a hard shot to the body during the Bulldogs’ victory. (Christopher Anderson)

GU-West Virginia part of ESPN's Marathon

For the fourth straight season, Gonzaga will be part of ESPN’s Tip-Off Marathon. The Bulldogs will entertain West Virginia on Monday, Nov. 12, at 9 p.m. at the McCarthey Athletic Center in the first of 11 straight games televised on ESPN. Gonzaga is coming off…

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A busy July day 

A GRIP ON SPORTS You know how I've written recently about the lack of items to talk about? You might even have labeled it whining in your head and moved on. Well, I take it all back. And I promise I won't be whining anymore.…

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TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012

What to do tonight? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS As we sit down to write today, I'm not sure of my plans for this evening. Should I spend any time at all watching the All-Star Game? Or should I just work on finishing the book I am reading? Read on.

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MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012

SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2012

Shock lose to Philadelphia

Spokane, bounced from playoff contention before it even took the field, dropped a 62-48 decision to Philadelphia on Sunday in Philly. Shock QB Kyle Rowley was intercepted four times -- that's nine picks in his last two games. The Shock dropped to 8-8 with two…

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Shock face Soul

If I'm reading the tiebreakers correctly, Spokane's playoff hopes were extinguished late last night when San Jose defeated New Orleans. With the two division winners likely to be Arizona and San Jose, that leaves two at-large playoff slots. Spokane can equal San Jose and Utah…

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Work interrupted by tennis 

A GRIP ON SPORTS If you are a baseball fan who lives anywhere near, say, Spokane, I want to introduce you to something called a "run." It's when your team moves a player all the way from home plate to first, second and third base,…

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FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012

It's about to warm up 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Looking at the Weather Channel forecast for the rest of the week made me gulp. Were there actually 100-degree temperatures in there? Yep. That's pretty darn warm even if you're just sitting in the house watching baseball on the TV. Just…

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The Fourth a good time for memories

A GRIP ON SPORTS I hope everyone had a safe and sane Fourth. It was relatively quiet in Spokane, until the Indians' game ended. That's when the booming began and the fireworks started in the sky. Pretty cool. And at least they all went off…

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MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012

Edwards commits to Gonzaga

Ryan Edwards, a 7-foot center from Glacier High in Kalispell, Mont., has orally committed to Gonzaga. He joins Bellarmine Prep forward Lucas Meikle in GU's 2013 class. Here's my short article on Edwards' commitment that will run in Tuesday's S-R. --A couple other things that…

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Another track and field fiasco 

A GRIP ON SPORTS There are a lot of lessons to be learned from athletics, not the least of which is how not to deal with a problem. "Oh," you think to yourself, "he's talking about the Olympic track and field trials." Was I that…

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