A GRIP ON SPORTS • What’s on your agenda for the upcoming weekend? Is there anything you have to watch on television, other than “Game of Thrones” Sunday night? The Kentucky Derby? Golf? The M’s?
• One of the neat things the S-R has done for years on Fridays is run the list of all the sporting events on TV and radio for the weekend. It helps in planning, right? Planning excuses.
“Honey, I will weed your flower bed this afternoon. I will. But I know I won’t be feeling well from 1 to 4. I’ll have to lie on the couch. Maybe I’ll have the Mariner game on.”
That’s what I call a full-service newspaper.
You want to know what time you can watch Clarkston’s Joel Dahmen try to stay atop the leaderboard today in Charlotte? It’s on the Golf Channel at noon. (Dahmen is tied with some guy named Rory McElroy after they both shot 66 yesterday.)
If you haven’t missed the Kentucky Derby since you were a toddler on your dad’s lap and want to know when the coverage begins tomorrow, you can find it. If you are interested in knowing when the New York Red Bulls and the L.A. Galaxy square off, that’s there too.
Maybe you want to plant your tomatoes this week and have the WSU/UW baseball game on the radio while you do it. Coverage starts at 3 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy.
• Here is your yearly reminder Bloomsday is coming. It is this Sunday, in fact. Have you started training? Me neither. Darn it. We’re not going to win.
But one of the people Dave Nichols writes about today certainly will. He has a preview of the professional side of the race.
WSU: It was a busy day yesterday for Theo Lawson. Luke Falk, cut a day ago by the Dolphins, signed with the Jets. Theo has that story. … He also has a story on a new commit for the Cougar basketball team. There is also another one this morning. … And there is this piece on how much money Washington State raised for mental health awareness at the spring game. It was a worthy cause to support. (Other Pac-12 schools are also working on bringing the issue into the public consciousness.) … Elsewhere in the Pac-12, Larry Scott spoke after the spring meetings ended. The conference is expanding its basketball schedule, adding two more league games. Next year everyone will play 20 against conference foes and will be expected to play a tougher nonconference schedule. … Will Sean Miller be part of it with Arizona? There is discussion about that in Tucson. … New UCLA coach Mick Cronin added an assistant coach with strong Southern California ties. … There is football news as well, all of it pertaining to Washington. And yes, there is a quarterback discussion.
Gonzaga: As soon as Boogie Ellis de-committed from Duke, the Bulldogs’ name came up for the high school senior. Jim Meehan examines whether the Zags are recruiting the sought-after point guard. … The Bulldog baseball team is peaking at the end of the season again. Ryan Collingwood has more in this notebook. … Around the WCC, TJ Haws looks at the state of the BYU program.
Idaho: The Vandals have added a pair of junior college guards.
Chiefs: The WHL Bantam Draft was held yesterday and Spokane picked 11 players.
Preps: As the number of prep weekends dwindle, we have quite a few stories to pass along. Jim Meehan leads the way with a look at the GSL golf season and who may win the league title. … Dave Nichols has a story on a Lake City three-sport athlete who has chosen soccer for her college sport. … There are also roundups from soccer, baseball, softball and tennis.
Mariners: The M’s didn’t play yesterday but that doesn’t mean there are no stories to pass along. You want one about pitching? We have you covered.
• At some point this weekend I have to put everything down and go see the new Avenger movie. I’ve put it off as long as I can. Until later …
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