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Some years the spring forward doesn’t happen often enough

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Daylight savings time didn’t catch us by surprise, even though it seems to come earlier every year. But it does hurt to lose an hour no matter when it happens. Read on.

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• Just think of the days in your sporting life when losing an hour would have made a difference. How about the day of the Super Bowl in 2015? If it had been an hour shorter, the Hawks would have won their second consecutive title. That last hour, boy, that was rough. Or if there had been an hour less in last year’s NCAA Elite Eight Sunday. Gonzaga may have made its first Final Four. Heck, if there would have been an hour less in that December day a few years ago (or even just a few minutes), Washington State would have two bowl wins in the past three years. But losing an hour comes but once a year, thankfully, and it’s always hard to catch up. I’m not sure I will today.

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• WSU: The Cougars won’t be playing any more basketball this season, though the Huskies will. They expect to be in the NIT. ... Oregon and Utah will be in the NCAA tournament, though only the Ducks will be riding momentum after yesterday’s rout in the Pac-12 tournament final. Will Oregon receive a No. 1 seed? ... Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott was given a bit of a rude reception at the conference tournament.

• Gonzaga: The Bulldogs know they are headed to the NCAAs but they’ll find out where and when they’ll play this week. Jim Meehan has this preview of GU's waiting game. ... We also can pass along this photo gallery of Gonzaga NCAA photos through the years. ... Saint Mary’s hopes it will get a chance. ... BYU? It’s just expecting to play in the NIT.

• Idaho: The women are headed to the NCAA tournament again after defeating Idaho State in the Big Sky tournament final. Jim Allen was in Reno and has this game story and Sean Kramer adds some postgame video. ... Weber State claimed the men’s title and the automatic berth, defeating Montana in another tight title game.

• CCS: The CCS men advanced to the Northwest Athletic Conference title game with a 77-66 win over Big Bend. ... A few Sasquatch earned some honors this week as the school prepares for another hall of fame induction.

• Chiefs: A day after winning big over Tri-City, Spokane lost by the same score to Kelowna in the final home game of the regular season. Tom Clouse was there and has this story. ... The Americans made up some ground with a 4-1 win over Everett.

• Empire: Spokane was handed its first loss of the year, falling 30-22 to Billings on the road.

• Seahawks: The Russell Okung tour continued yesterday, with the left tackle still trying to decide which team is the best for his talents (and wallet). ... Dave Boling is of the mind the Hawks need to get deals done with Pete Carroll and John Schneider right now.

• Mariners: Win one, lose one. The M’s split their squad Saturday and split the two games, losing to the Dodgers and defeating the Reds. ... The M’s made some roster moves yesterday, including claiming a backup catcher off waivers. But the position battles continue. ... Baseball fights rarely last long and often times the bad feelings don't either.

• Sounders: A backup goaltender did exactly what the starter did in the first match of the season: Allow an easy goal that led to a Seattle defeat. The Sounders, who led early, lost 2-1 at Real Salt Lake.

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• OK, it’s an hour later than one would expect. Is that such a big deal? Well, when you have to be somewhere in just a few minutes, sure. Until later ...




Vince Grippi
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