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FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015

It's hard to believe Tiger Woods can elicit sympathy 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • That was hard to watch. No, we’re not talking about the Mariners’ most recent shutout loss, one seemingly assured after the lineup was decimated just before the game. Nope, I’m talking about Tiger Woods’ U.S. Open opening round yesterday. Who knew we could feel bad for the guy? Read on.

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Phil Mickelson is out for his first U.S. Open title after finishing as the runner-up six times in the national championship during his career. (Associated Press)

A new look at one of the oldest events 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Not because of anything around here, of course. It’s kind of dead until Sunday, when the area’s fathers are honored. (That doesn’t happen elsewhere, does it?) But it’s one of my favorites because of what’s on TV. And that scares me a bit this week. Read on.

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James hangs his head during the second half of Game 6 on Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP)

Winter is finally over 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Well, I for one am glad the two winter professional sports, the NBA and the NHL, are finally done. After all, summer officially starts Sunday. Now we can start focusing on the most important warm-weather sport: football. Read on.

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MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2015

Mike Montgomery’s first major league victory came in his eighth pro season. (Associated Press)

Is winter coming early for the M's? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you watched “Game of Thrones” last night, you probably woke up this morning wondering how many of the key characters have to die. But, honestly, how often do they stay dead? It’s sort of like “The Princess Bride.” Or the Mariners. Read on.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2015

FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015



Winless Shock face Predators

A little football, a lotta golf. The AFL season is a month old and the Shock (0-3) are still searching for their first victory. Their next opportunity comes tonight against visiting Orlando (3-1). Here's my preview. One update to the article: Orlando's three wins are...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 10, 2015

SUNDAY, SEPT. 7, 2014

FRIDAY, AUG. 29, 2014

SATURDAY, AUG. 23, 2014

The M's rallied and so did the fans 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Like a whole bunch of you, I was torn last night. Watch the end of the Mariners' game or the first part of the Seahawks, when the starters would be playing? After Yoenis Cespedes' three-run, sixth-inning home run seemed to seal...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 19, 2014

SATURDAY, AUG. 9, 2014

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MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014


Making short work of a long weekend

A GRIP ON SPORTS When I finally turned off the television last night, the Mariners' game was still rolling along. When I awoke this morning, I half expected it to be going still. But it was over. As was, seemingly, the British Open. Read on.

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No void is ever left unfilled 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It is said the 24 hours after baseball's All-Star Game is the least crowded day in American sports. Which is why ESPN created the ESPYs, and stuck them there. Makes sense to me. Read on.

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MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014

Where do the M's stand at the break?

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's time for baseball's All-Star break. The traditional midpoint of the baseball season, though it comes well into the second half. However, it is a good time for reflection, if your team is still in the hunt for the postseason. That's...

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SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014


He's back

A GRIP ON SPORTS Yesterday LeBron James decided to take his ball and go home. In this case, that's a good thing. Really. Read on.

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The prodigal son returns 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Steve Garvey threw out the first pitch at the Spokane Indians game last night, wearing a 2014 Indians jersey even though his eldest son, Ryan, was in the visitor's dugout, a member of the Tri-City Dust Devils. And if that doesn't...

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