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SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2016


In this May 25, 1965, file photo, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali is held back by referee Joe Walcott, left, after Ali knocked out challenger Sonny Liston in the first round of their title fight in Lewiston, Maine. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74.

Muhammad Ali was so much more than just a boxer 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Boxing isn’t a sport that dominates the nation’s consciousness anymore. Certainly not like it did 40 or 50 years ago when there was one man who was able to keep it in the spotlight all by himself. The brightest light in a dark time. But now Muhammad Ali is gone. Read on.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 25, 2015

FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2015

Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch makes it a point not to run out of bounds. (Associated Press)

We hold these truths to be self-evident

A GRIP ON SPORTS • A few things seemed pretty obvious yesterday. The NFL must have a camera on Marshawn Lynch every second he's on the field. Hitting a guy illegally in the head – and possibly ending his career – is barely a bigger deal to the league than grabbing your crotch. Someone is lying in New England. And, football aside, we're still pretty

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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2015

MONDAY, JAN. 19, 2015

Chris Matthews recovers onside kick that led to Seahawks taking lead in fourth quarter.

How the heck did they win that game? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Well into the evening last night, when someone in our house would bump into someone else, they would utter these words: "How the heck did they win that game?" Except most of the time, to paraphrase a popular holiday movie, we didn't say heck. No one really expected an answer. There wasn't a good one. Read on.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2015

Another full day in a season full of them

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It certainly is a full day. What with the Seahawks about to compete for another Super Bowl berth, the Zags ranked third in the nation, high schools deep into basketball season and assorted other sports vying for our attention, it should be. Read on.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 26, 2014

SATURDAY, JAN. 25, 2014

SUNDAY, JAN. 19, 2014

This is even bigger than St. Nick

A GRIP ON SPORTS Can you believe it? It's finally here. No, not Christmas. That flew by last month with hardly a ripple in our household. I'm talking about today's NFC Championship. Heck, I think we bought more foodstuffs for this afternoon than we purchased...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15, 2014


No one played Superman yesterday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS As I settled down last evening, I realized something. Every team I was hoping would win yesterday had lost. Not just some of them. All of them. A perfect Saturday, in a Mr. Mxyzptlk sort of way. Read on.

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Time to move on 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It seemed inevitable, even with all the inevitable denials. But after word surfaced earlier this week Pac-12 coordinator of officiating Ed Rush had offered a reward for a technical on Arizona's Sean Miller – joking or not – during the conference...

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Winning the right way

A GRIP ON SPORTS If you had a chance to watch the Mariners play last night, you were lucky. They played the way baseball is supposed to be played. I'm not sure how many times it will happen in 2013, but I'm going to enjoy...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31, 2012

A candy-coated blog post 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's Halloween and I'm glad for one thing: It's not on a Friday night. When it is, newspapers all over America are flooded with high school football stories that begin "it was a dark and stormy night." Read on.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012

Fixing some memories on a Sunday

A GRIP ON SPORTS First the Miami Heat roared back in the second half and defeated the Boston Celtics, sending the two teams everyone expected – Miami and Oklahoma City – into the NBA finals. Then later in the evening in Las Vegas, Timothy Bradley...

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MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012

Running around on a Monday morning 

A GRIP ON SPORTS We're going to get right at it today, not because there is anything earth-shattering to relate or any incredibly important place for me to go. No, we're getting right at it because we're running late today and want you to have...

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SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2012

Every day is big now 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • UPDATED: 9:40 A.M. Sunday mornings were always a chore – and a joy – growing up in the newspaper world. The papers were huge, and when your family made its living making sure those papers were in folks' driveways first...

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