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Seattle Mariners’ Robinson Cano (22) makes contact for a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (Brandon Wade / Associated Press)

Really, this is when the first cold of the year hits?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You’ve probably heard the numbers on a certain voluntary medical procedure the Wednesday before the NCAA tournament opens. How men use the day to take care of the future because it allows them two to four days worth of excuses to miss work and watch the opening week. Sounds like something that might work this week as well.

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TUESDAY, AUG. 4, 2015

Newcomer Jimmy Graham reaches to catch a ball at the Seattle Seahawks camp on Monday. (Associated Press)

We're already settling into a routine

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Isn’t it amazing how quickly the abnormal becomes the normal? Just last week all we could think about was the Seahawks opening training camp and the dawn of a new NFL season. Now it already seems to be akin to an old helmet, beat up, marked and smelly. Read on.

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SATURDAY, AUG. 1, 2015

TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2015

MONDAY, JULY 20, 2015

SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2015

Seattle Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma retired 11 of the first 12 Yankees he faced Saturday in New York. (Associated Press)

The middle doesn't hold anymore for Jack Z

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The end is near for the Mariners. No, we don't mean the end of the season or of their pursuit of a postseason berth. We're talking the end of Jack Zduriencik Era. The M's general manager has lost the middle and we all know what that means. Read on.

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FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2015

TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2015

This one was a blast 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Baseball put a clock on the Home Run Derby last night and, coupled with a few other changes, it really helped. The event was back. Read on.

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FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2015


MONDAY, JULY 6, 2015

 (Associated Press)

It was a win built on years of effort

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Boom. Boom. Boom. And boom! Four goals in 16 minutes. In a sport in which one goal often is enough, the U.S. Women’s National Team put away the World Cup final with Japan before most of us were settled in our seats. Fine. Read on.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015

SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2015


Jordan Spieth hits out of the tall fescue grass on the 18th hole at Chambers Bay on Friday. He took a six on the hole that was set up as a par 4 for the second round. Speith was heard to say of the 18th: “the dumbest hole I’ve played in my life.” (Associated Press)

What should we do today?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Another perfect Northwest day on hand. Sunny, highs in the 70s. Just perfect. So what to do? Should we stay inside and watch golfers complain about Chambers Bay? Or should we head outside, enjoying the natural beauty of our hometown? Decisions, decisions. Read on.

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