Ryan is a reporter in the Sports Department and writes sports features covering Eastern Washington University. He joined The Spokesman-Review in 2017. A Coeur d’Alene, Idaho native, Ryan previously worked at other newspapers in the region, including the Lewiston Tribune, Helena Independent Record and East Oregonian.
When Spokane native Michael Chiesa checked into his upscale Abu Dhabi hotel last week, he was welcomed with a chocolate figurine of himself in an octagon against fellow welterweight Neil Magny. The Shadle Park graduate hopes the real fight --the headliner at UFC Fight Island 8 on Wednesday on ESPN -- is even sweeter.
Southern Utah rode a late 14-3 run and efficient free-throw shooting to hold off the defending Big Sky Conference champion Eastern Washington Eagles in a seesaw 99-94 win, splitting the two-game series.
Montana, Montana State and Portland State each opted out the league's delayed six-game schedule, following the lead of Sacramento State which opted out in October. This largely affects Eastern Washington and Idaho's schedules and how each the respective programs move forward.
The Eagles, who hadn't played a game in nearly a month due to several coronavirus-related cancellations, rode junior big man Tanner's Groves and a late surge at Reese Court to hand the Thunderbirds their first Big Sky Conference loss.