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What a Saturday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Wow. What a Saturday. Gonzaga's men and women in the West Coast Conference tournament. Eastern Washington in the Big Sky tournament. Idaho, the hottest team around, finishing up its regular season. Washington State concluding Pac-12 regular season play against USC, one...

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Spring can't be too far away 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Most people believe winter is about over when they see the first robin of spring. Or maybe the first crocus. Not me. I know it's over when I see my first State B basketball game at the Arena. It's more reliable...

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Time to tip a busy weekend 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's Thursday. That's a pretty crowded news day in its own right. But it's also the first day of the Washington state basketball tournaments. And it's also a busy college basketball week. With all that being said, no reason to chit-chat....

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TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2012

Noon, really?

A GRIP ON SPORTS Really, we were going to bide our time on this subject. Wait until next week to vent. But you can't always control the news cycle. Sometimes your hand is forced by an outside entity. So you have to move before you're...

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MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2012

It's high school state tourney time 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Really contemplated just sleeping in until about noon today. After the weekend we had in Spokane – there is about a foot of snow on my back deck, though that's mostly in a pile pushed up against the railing due to...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2012

Don't plan too much for today 

A GRIP ON SPORTS What is it about Saturday mornings this time of year? If you want to spend your day cleaning out the garage or showshoeing on Mt. Spokane or golfing in Phoenix, don't click the link. By the time you are done, you'll...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2012

The Kennel's magic is alive and well 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Behold the power of the Kennel. Gonzaga obviously didn't play all that well Thursday night, giving up a battalion of offensive rebounds and turning the ball over 20 times, but they still defeated visiting Brigham Young by 11. That, my friends,...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2012

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2012

A little extra on this Wednesday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS We've always prided ourselves on being a full-service blog station. We not only fill up your computer screen with tales from the professional, collegiate and prep worlds, but we check under the hood to give you news you can use as...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2012

SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2012

THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2012

Another title in Gonzaga's sights 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It happened again. A week ago Zags' nation had changed its name to consternation. The consensus was there was little, if any, chance Gonzaga would be able to catch St. Mary's and win its 12th-consecutive West Coast Conference title. Then the...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2012

TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2012

Don't forget what day it is

A GRIP ON SPORTS Unless you've been living under the Rock of Gibraltar, or possibly under Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's house, you know what today is. It comes fast on the heels of Groundhog's Day and, if you don't want to be stuck under a...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2012

No more sniffles on the weekend

A GRIP ON SPORTS I can't prove it, because I'm not a computer doctor, but I'm afraid my computer-machine-thingee caught a virus over the past few days. Running hot, battery problems, slow to get moving. Yep, all the earmarks. But after a day spent reloading...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2012

It's Rivalry Thursday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Yep, it's Rivalry Thursday in Spokane. The best rivalry on the West Coast (that's your opinion, as per our poll from yesterday) is about to tipoff the second of what may be three matchups this seasons. Tonight's edition comes from the...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2012

MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2012

The day after the Super Bowl

A GRIP ON SPORTS • UPDATED: 10:20 A.M. Super Bowl Sunday is usually a day of fun for the American sports fan. Gather with friends or sit with family and watch the game (and commercials). Yesterday was no different for most of you, I'm sure....

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SATURDAY, FEB. 4, 2012

FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2012

There's a shadow on local hoops

A GRIP ON SPORTS So we are supposed to have six more weeks of winter, right? Well if it's anything like the preceding six weeks, I'm fine with that. Other than a couple days, this has been an easy winter to navigate in the Inland...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2012

Looking back on a hoop Saturday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It seems like about the same time every morning I hear sirens near the old homestead. It doesn't matter whether it's a weekday or weekend, about this time some sirens pop up in the background and heads off into the distance....

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FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2012

A Friday morning scratching post 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Always thought there was no greater distraction working at home than a young child wanting attention. But now we have a cat. A pushy, needy, demanding cat. The cat is worse. It won't stay in its crib. Read on.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012

Another day in the wilderness

A GRIP ON SPORTS Growing up, catechism was a big part of everyday life at St. Rita's School. We learned lots of Bible history, from the lion's den back in the old days to the letter writing of the later years. And we learned the...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012

MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2012

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