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THURSDAY, AUG. 30, 2012

MONDAY, AUG. 13, 2012

So long to London 

A GRIP ON SPORTS For the past two weeks or so, the Olympics have not only held our attention spans in sway, but have given me something to write about – if need be – each morning. But that is over now. London 2012 is...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 12, 2012

Watching and writing 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • UPDATED: 9:05 A.M. My attention is split right now. No, I haven't developed a second persona. I am trying to watch the gold medal basketball game while I write. Thus part of me is a writer, part of me a...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 11, 2012

Why rant on a day like this? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I really don't have anything to rant about today. Sorry. Though I did notice the stars of the Arena Bowl seemed to be all former Shock players. And Tiger Woods is in position to win another major. And the Mariners threw...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2012

Still the world's greatest athlete? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The names rolled off the tongue like a rap song – though rap hadn't been invented yet. Names like Jim Thorpe, Rafer Johnson, Bob Mathias, Bill Toomey, Bruce Jenner. They were the winners of the Olympic decathlon and they were considered...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2012

Learning some perspective

A GRIP ON SPORTS Yesterday was a good day. With some time on my hands, I was able to spend a bit of time watching the Olympic men basketball semifinals. And I discovered a group of officials who make the Pac-12's look incredibly talented. Read...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8, 2012

M's losses fly under the radar 

A GRIP ON SPORTS With the Olympics going on, it's been a bit harder to stay in touch with the Mariners. But last night, thanks to a rare meltdown by the bullpen, we were all given multiple chances to check in with the M's. Fourteen...

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MONDAY, AUG. 6, 2012

SUNDAY, AUG. 5, 2012

Doesn't everybody want to be a Yankee? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Larry Larue, the Tacoma News Tribune Mariners' beat reporter, had fun with Twitter yesterday. He kept re-tweeting Yankee fans' tweets about Felix Hernandez. The basis of the fans' tweets? Why was Felix still with the M's and not a Yankee? He...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 4, 2012

The greatest of all time? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The Olympics are dominating the world's sporting consciousness – as they should – even though the main element of the Games, track and field, has just gotten underway. During the first week new faces in gymnastics, cycling and swimming commandeered the...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 3, 2012

Win or win, Olympics draw big ratings 

A GRIP ON SPORTS When it came time to watch television last night, I already knew Michael Phelps had defeated Ryan Lochte, Gabby Douglas was an all-around champion and the U.S. women had won the gold in rowing. But that didn't stop Kim and me...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2012

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1, 2012

TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

A new smile to follow 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The best part of the Olympics? Spending four weeks or so learning about athletes in sports you might not pay all that much attention to during the other 47 months between the Games. Which leads to this question: What's not to...

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MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012

SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2012

When the going gets tough ... 

A GRIP ON SPORTS You know it's going to be a tough morning when you set the alarm for 5 a.m. You know it's going to be even tougher when your browser crashes at 5:26 a.m. You know it's going to be so tough you'll...

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FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012

Back into the swing of things 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The summer lull is officially over. Just about every local college has news to talk about today, something that hasn't happened consistently since March. Not all of it is in the good news variety, that's for sure. Read on.

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THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2012

Football is just around the corner 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It doesn't seem possible, but August is less than a week away. Really. And with that bit of news comes this accompanying tidbit: Football camps are not that far behind. Yep, it's not all that long from now each day will...

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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012

MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012

SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2012

TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012

MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012

Another track and field fiasco 

A GRIP ON SPORTS There are a lot of lessons to be learned from athletics, not the least of which is how not to deal with a problem. "Oh," you think to yourself, "he's talking about the Olympic track and field trials." Was I that...

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SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2012

A basketball celebration

A GRIP ON SPORTS Do you like to people watch? Enjoy competition? Need a long walk? Then Hoopfest is for you. If you hate crowds, the smell of sun screen or the pain of over-used feet, then it's better to avoid downtown Spokane today. Read...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012

An odd sort of Thursday morning 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Kind of an odd day. Maybe it's because the sun is shining. OK, not really, but it's not raining and the clouds are a bit scattered. Or maybe it's because we found a series of stories worth passing along on Olympic...

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