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Grip on Sports: It’s Easter, which is a day for family – and a whole bunch of stories

Eastern Washington University basketball coach Shantay Legans, center, demonstrates drills to his big men during practice at Reese Court, Thursday, April 13, 2017, at EWU. Legans, an eight-year assistant to Jim Hayford and Kirk Earlywine, took over when Hayford left for Seattle University. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Eastern Washington University basketball coach Shantay Legans, center, demonstrates drills to his big men during practice at Reese Court, Thursday, April 13, 2017, at EWU. Legans, an eight-year assistant to Jim Hayford and Kirk Earlywine, took over when Hayford left for Seattle University. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Easter. New bonnets, dresses, bow ties, baskets, church services. All that goes into celebrating. And don’t forget time with the family. Read on.

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• It’s the last one we don’t want to interrupt. We know this is a big holiday for a lot of folks. Our family is gathering for dinner tonight at well.

So we’ll exit stage left quickly this morning.

But before we go, we want to call attention to Jim Allen’s story today on new Eastern Washington University basketball coach Shantay Legans.

Jim does a good job introducing the new coach who has been in Cheney for a long time. It’s just that he’s been in the background, helping Jim Hayford (and Kirk Earlywine before that) build the program.

If there ever was an assistant coach that could be said to be working behind the scenes, that would be Legans.

But that doesn’t tell the whole story. He’s also a tireless worker. A guy who makes friends easily – a good thing in recruiting. A friend to the players.

And a guy who deserved the promotion.

Now get back to your Easter activities.

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WSU: The Cougars scrimmaged Saturday morning in Martin Stadium and Jacob Thorpe was there. Afterward he talked with the coaches and guess what? There were things they liked and things they didn’t. Here’s Jacob’s story on the happenings. … It was a good day for a WSU track athlete but not so good for the baseball team. … Elsewhere in the Pac-12, the Arizona Wildcats made official what has long been rumored: former Washington basketball coach Lorenzo Romar will become Sean Miller’s top assistant. That’s a formidable pairing. … Spring football is winding down just about everywhere, with USC finishing up with a scrimmage, Stanford holding its Red/White Game and Utah ending with a spring game that still didn’t identify a starting quarterback. … California soldiers on. As does Oregon.

EWU: It’s a big day for the Eagles, with Jim's story on Legans, which is accompanied by a photo gallery put together by Jesse Tinsley, and a football scrimmage. Jim also has the latter story, covering Aaron Best’s first as head coach.

Empire: We looked and looked yesterday but couldn’t find Josh Horton’s story on the Empire’s 36-24 win over the Colorado Crush on Friday night. We found it today, along with Colin Mulvany’s photo report.

Mariners: As per usual, Dave Nichols has a Mariners Log today, which summarizes all of last night’s action. Say what you will about the M’s – and I say plenty of rotten things – James Paxton is turning into a star. … I will be back on the website tonight with a column on the M’s. Paxton will be part of it. So will another star.

Seahawks: Marshawn Lynch’s comeback? A good thing or a bad thing? Discuss among yourself.

Sounders: It was a busy Saturday in the MLS, with San Jose doing its thing, scoring late to earn a draw, and Los Angeles losing again. … The big upset? Portland lost at home. … Real Salt Lake scored two late goals and defeated Colorado 2-1 in their rivalry match.

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• Have a great Easter. It will be beautiful around here. See you Monday. Until later …

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