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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.


• I'm sorry, but the past few days have been holy heck. My back has decided it a) doesn't want to part of the Grippi culture any more; b) hates my guts; or c) is getting back at me for all the years I spent kissing up to its mortal enemy, my stomach. Either way, I've been advised not to sit too long, which sort of puts a crimp in how I do my job. So today, tomorrow, maybe longer, these blog posts are going to be abbreviated at best. Sorry but it's just the way it is.


• WSU: Xavier Cooper was the first Cougar drafted this year, and the first Cougar defensive lineman drafted this high in years. Jacob Thorpe has the story and a blog post on the development. We also found some stories from the Cleveland area about the Browns' decision. ... Jacob was also at the baseball game, a 14-5 loss to Arizona. ... Finally, Jacob has a morning post with links.

• Gonzaga: The Bulldogs' baseball team is at UCLA for a three-game series this weekend. It didn't start out all that well.

• EWU: How did the spring go, Beau Baldwin? Pretty well. That's the judgment from Eastern's football coach, via this story by Jim Allen.

• Shock: Spokane is trying to put together a winning streak. Jim Meehan has an advance of tonight's game at New Orleans. 

• Preps: There were key baseball, softball and soccer games (or matches) in the GSL yesterday. It's that time of year. In baseball, Mead edged U-Hi, 1-0. Tom Clouse has the story. ... In softball, Shadle Park got past U-Hi, 5-4. Chris Derrick has the story. ... And in soccer, Lewis and Clark won the battle of the South Hill, defeating Ferris 2-0. Jim Allen has the story. ... The season's biggest tennis tournament is also upon us. Steve Christilaw has more in this notebook.

• Golf: Jim Meehan's column this week covers the retirement of the area's most accomplished teacher, former Manito pro Steve Prugh. 

• Seahawks: If I were healthy, the Hawks' pick of Michigan's Frank Clark yesterday would have been column-worthy. But due to circumstances beyond our control, we'll leave that to others. Larry Stone and Dave Boling to be precise. ... Clark, a defensive end with domestic violence accusations in his past, wasn't the Hawks only gamble yesterday. Tyler Lockett, an undersized but quick pass receiver and kick returner, was their second choice, after they sent a bunch of picks to Washington to get move up a few spots. I wonder if the picks could have been flopped without a loss of other choices. The Hawk brain trust had their reasons for all the decisions. ... Jerry Brewer is leaving Seattle. Like a lot of the Hawks' draft choices yesterday, he's headed to D.C.

• Mariners: Once again, the M's couldn't do the little things they need to do to win a game. It cost them for the second consecutive night as they lost, 4-3, to first-place Houston. ... Dustin Ackley needs to hold up his end of the bargain. ... Carson Smith is a Seattle record-setter.


• That's all I can do. Sorry. Wait, I have to pass this along. It was my favorite sports moment from yesterday. Two golfers almost getting in a fight. Seems out of place, doesn't it? Until later ... 

Vince Grippi
Vince Grippi is a freelance local sports blogger for He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

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