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Indians can supply their own excitement

A GRIP ON SPORTS Minor league baseball features a lot of bells, whistles and other gimmicks to entice fans to the ballpark. But the best way isn't a gimmick at all. Fireworks? Who needs them when you have a lineup that supplies its own? Read...

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You can never look back 

A GRIP ON SPORTS This is it. Summer has officially begun. It happened early this morning, so early even I was asleep. But we are now in the hot-day-at-the-beach mode, so enjoy. To celebrate, we'll be talking baseball today and weaving in Don Henley lyrics....

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Maybe luck had nothing to do with it 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Was yesterday unlucky? Well, if you are a Mariners' fan, sure. An error by Robinson Cano led to the only run in a 1-0 loss. But a Texas fan might consider that lucky. Then there are the Ranger fans (hockey variety)...

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It's been long enough 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Eleven horses have done it. Since 1978, 12 more have entered the Belmont with a chance to join them. But none have come through. Will California Chrome be the one to break a 38-year drought today? Will he win horse racing's...

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SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2014

One injury can change an entire season

A GRIP ON SPORTS That was predictable. The difference between winning and losing in the Arena Football League is as thin as an X-ray. In the Spokane Shock's case, the X-ray of Erik Meyer's shoulder. Since Meyer, the best quarterback in the league, went down...

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SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014



MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014


Last night's Mariner win was so typical 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Last night's home opener against the Angels was just so Mariners. A sell-out crowd on hand to celebrate the beginning of the Robinson Cano era. A quick deficit. Two home runs from the "other" free agent, Corey Hart. And a win....

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THURSDAY, OCT. 31, 2013

SUNDAY, OCT. 20, 2013

FRIDAY, SEPT. 27, 2013

Care to make it three in-a-row? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS For consecutive days we've had pretty spirited discussions here. The first was on my misbegotten thoughts – to some – concerning the women's basketball tournament. The second was about the best detective shows of the 1970s. Talk about eclectic. Read on.

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 20, 2013

And we are back to football ...

A GRIP ON SPORTS We've been asking you for a couple days, via a poll, if you believe Washington State and Idaho have a football rivalry. If we had asked the same question 70 years ago, there would be no question about the answer. Though...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 31, 2013

It's time to fly your flag 

A GRIP ON SPORTS An eight-month wait is over. The area's college football teams are in action today. Win or lose – and the three closest to us are underdogs – at least, as Garth used to say, it's game on. Read on.

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SATURDAY, AUG. 24, 2013

SUNDAY, AUG. 18, 2013

Is the Hawks' bandwagon filling up? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I'm not a big fan of bandwagons. They're too big, too crowded and have bad shocks, hence a lot of people are thrown off when they hit a bump in the road. But the Seahawks' bandwagon is starting to look real...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 17, 2013

MONDAY, AUG. 12, 2013

SUNDAY, AUG. 11, 2013

SATURDAY, AUG. 10, 2013

Celebrating the fond memories 

A GRIP ON SPORTS There was a time when I used to love watching the explosions in the sky brought on by a thunderstorm. But that was before we opened our home to a Great Dane who thinks the noise is someone out to punish...

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MONDAY, JULY 22, 2013

SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2013

There must be priorities 

A GRIP ON SPORTS To be honest, I would rather have my feet up, a donut and cup of coffee nearby, the TV on the British Open. The last part of that sentence is happening, but that's it. Instead, my fingers are flying over the...

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