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Sliding inexorably toward winter 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Yesterday was the longest of the year in the northern climes. The sun was over the horizon for more minutes than any other, though I can't give you the exact figure. What I can tell you, however, is that means one...

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The things you can do in Frisco 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Did you know it is not illegal in San Francisco to get drunk, wander onto the 18th green during the middle of the U.S. Open award ceremonies and make "Ca-ca" noises in front of the television cameras? Neither did I. What...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012

No complaints today 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I was going to begin today's post by complaining about the sun shining through the window and ruining my ability to see the computer screen. Then I caught myself. After all, in six months I will be moaning about the overcast,...

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MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012

A morning show 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The sun rises early this time of year. And we rise with it every once in a while. It happened on Sunday, when the sound of the birds, a slight breeze and the bright sunshine all conspired to ruin any chance...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2012

Father's Day memories 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's Father's Day. So, like any good father, it's time to hand out a chore. See, I want to know your favorite sports-related memory of your father. Whether it was taking you to a game or hitting you fungos or walking...

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A quick Saturday post

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's Saturday morning. I get that. So we won't waste a lot of your time with chit-chat. I understand you want to get out into the day and explore the possibilities of your weekend. Read on.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

Another nice Friday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I really can't think of a better way to end the workweek. I warmed up a cup of Thursday's coffee, opened up the computer and began reading stories from Miami, San Francisco and Seattle about subjects as varied as the NBA...

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Why not play one-on-one? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I love this headline in the Oklahoma City newspaper. "Kevin Durant scores 36 to power Thunder past LeBron James' Heat." As if those were the only two guys playing last night. I guess to many folks, they are. Read on.

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Just another day in sports? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Let's see. Anything happen yesterday? Well, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner had to scratch from today's Belmont, the first time that's happened since The Depression. And six Mariner pitchers combined for a no-hitter, only the second time in history that...

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SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2012

Summer's opening weekend 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Summer unofficially begins this weekend. Schools not out around here, sure. And it's still cold in the morning at times. But according to lore, Memorial Day Weekend is the kickoff to summer. Fine by me. It's time to get into that...

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SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2012

Time to ask forgiveness

A GRIP ON SPORTS As most of you know, I'm a big Felix Hernandez booster. The guy can pitch, it's as simple as that. But yesterday evening, I found myself quietly rooting for Hernandez to fail. Don't judge me. Read on.

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A highly anticipated day arrives 

A GRIP ON SPORTS We're in the Seattle area this week on personal business but that doesn't stop us from filling you in on the sports happening around the Inland Northwest. Just like the dirty looks my wife Kim kept shooting me didn't stop me...

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Tiger's tale is showing 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The sun is peaking over the house next door. Yes, we can actually see the sunrise today and, no, the surprise has nothing to do with the hour. We're up this early a lot. It's the fact there are no clouds...

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Time to dial in 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • UPDATED: 10:30 A.M. We're not real focused today. Don't know what it is, whether it's the looming deadline on the 15th, which seems to sneak up on me every year. Or if it's something else causing me to act like...

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The best golf weekend tees off

A GRIP ON SPORTS Over the years I've come to realize this is one of the best weekends in sports. Masters weekend. I think it really sunk in about 1986, when I was playing in a softball tournament at Franklin Park and told everyone not...

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The changing of the guards 

A GRIP ON SPORTS A lot has changed since Washington State began basketball practice last October. Personally, I was a member of the working class back then, drawing a gigantic paycheck and disdaining such trivial pursuits as buying Mega Millions tickets. Most, if not all,...

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Hope you didn't hold your breath 

A GRIP ON SPORTS If you are a Washington State basketball fan, last night couldn't have finished much better. This gutty band of Cougars build a big second-half lead and hold on down the stretch to get past Big East monster Pitt, 67-66, at Beasley...

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MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012

One more Monday of local hoops 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Really, don't have any sharp hook this morning. I'm afraid my mood is as drab and dreary as the weather – it's raining pretty hard here in Spokane. Why is spring such a tease? One beautiful day followed by this? Hey,...

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MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2012

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