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Released The Green Bay Packers have released veteran center Jeff Saturday. General manager Ted Thompson announced the move Monday. Saturday signed a two-year deal with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent in March 2012 after playing 13 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He had been the Colts’ full-time starting center since 2000. Saturday, a six-time Pro Bowl selection in 14 seasons, was benched as a starter with two games left in the regular season in favor of Evan Dietrich-Smith. Injured Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Mat Gamel has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee for the second time in less than a year and will miss the season. The 27-year-old was injured May 1 at San Diego when he hit a wall while chasing Nick Hundley’s foul popup, cutting short his 2012 season after 21 games. Gamel reinjured the knee during the first week of spring training and a MRI revealed the tear.
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – The hometown reporters and photographers would have wanted a piece of whoever USC sent to Tuesday’s Pac-12 media day, regardless of their Heisman hopes or star power.
TACOMA – The back door was unkind to the Mead wrestling team. Despite four state champs out of five finalists, Mead’s Panthers couldn’t match Tahoma’s depth.
Randy Cloke calls Colville the “northern star” at the tip of the corridor of wrestling’s elite. On a straight line moving northward, Mead is chasing a State 4A title and Deer Park is after its fifth successive 2A championship.
Mutemath is adding blues and funk to the equation. Mat Kearney is maturing with “Young Love.” And Los Lonely Boys remain in their own world. All three acts have recent albums in tow for tours that arrive in the coming days at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave. (Tickets for all three are available through www.ticketfly.com.)
RICHMOND, Va. – Kevin Harvick stormed into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship by winning at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night. The victory moved him into a tie with rival Kyle Busch at the top of the championship standings.
Two lawmakers from Spokane Valley want to bar law enforcement officers from parking unmarked police cars on private property for routine matters. The legislation, sponsored by Republican state Reps. Matt Shea and Larry Crouse, seeks to clarify what they called a “vague” state law that allows local law enforcement to use unmarked cars for administrative tasks. They both said in a news release that the clarification would avoid future confrontations like the one that led to the fatal police shooting of 74-year-old Wayne Scott Creach last summer.
TACOMA – Deer Park’s race to a fourth straight State 2A wrestling championship hit a little construction delay Saturday morning, but by the time heavyweight Shawn Burton registered a 26-second pin over a Centralia wrestler to close the semifinals, the Stags were back on the open road. With three finalists, two champions and eight placers, Deer Park piled up 147½ points to beat Centralia by 45.
TACOMA – The biggest schools in the Greater Spokane League and the smallest schools in the area didn’t win team championships, but they did just fine individually at Mat Classic XXIII in the Tacoma Dome with 11 champions and several team trophies when it all ended Saturday night. Mead ended up third in 4A, Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) was second in 1A and Reardan was third in B.
Youth is being served at Mead where six of seven state qualifiers are juniors or younger. And they’ll be traveling without another youngster, state placer (and potential title contending sophomore) Tyler McLean, whose season ended prematurely with a knee injury.
Martin Mitchell is right where he wants to be – coaching wrestlers at Rogers. In his first-year as Pirates head coach, he has two wrestlers, 171-pound finalist Josh Whitaker and 135-pounder Chris Douglas, in Mat Classic XXIII this weekend in Tacoma.
Mead's Jordan Rogers and Jeremy Golding head another powerful area contingent in all classifications to this weekend’s Mat Classic XXIII two day state championships Friday and Saturday in the Tacoma Dome.
In the days of dismal budget news, there’s a bright spot at East Valley Middle School and four other local middle schools. The schools all qualified for a 21st Century Grant from the U.S. Department of Education that pays for tutoring and after-school activities. “This has been a tremendous community builder for us,” said East Valley Principal Mark Purvine.
Brandon Moseley lost his first match in his final State 2A high school wrestling tournament during Mat Classic XXI during the weekend. But the Cheney senior came all the way through the “back door,” winning five straight times to place third.
By all accounts, Mat Classic X was a rarity. Not only was it bigger, with the addition of a fourth tournament, it was better. Adding six mats on the floor of the Tacoma Dome, actually improved the well-run wrestling extravaganza in some ways.
Mat Classic IX was a celebration of the 38-year career of Cash Stone, but for a few minutes Saturday afternoon at the Tacoma Dome, the legendary Mead High School wrestling coach uncharacteristically couldn't muster a smile. Teammates Joe Collier and Art Avalon were battling in the 275-pound semifinals for the right to wrestle in the last match of Stone's career. "I've got no guts," Stone said, leaning his head on a reporter's shoulder and looking down. "I hate it. I hate it. It's Art's fault. He had two chances to be on the other side of the bracket (while competing at regionals). I hate it. "They're both great kids." Collier beat his teammate by the surprisingly easy score of 15-0. "I do stuff for myself, but Coach Stone is the great guy," Collier said. "To be able to wrestle his last match is an honor to me, a great honor." No match totals were kept in the Mead wrestling room, but in tournaments, Collier and Avalon went to state tied 1-1. "It seems like every time I wrestle him, he gets better," Avalon said. "I was surprised with him and myself. I got so winded. He's gotten so good, he handed it to me." Collier said wrestling someone he knows so well in such an important match plays on his mind. "When you wrestle someone you don't know, you can at least imagine what they might do," he said. "When you wrestle someone you know that well, you just keep going over the same things over and over. I was really surprised (by the score), I thought it would be knock-down, drag-out, go down to the end." Stone spent two days accepting handshakes and hugs from referees, meet officials and opposing coaches. He was also recognized before the finals. "It's been a fun two days," Stone's wife, Dorothy, said. "Cash is the kind of person who makes a decision and never second-guesses it. He's loved every minute of it. He's not going out because he's tired of it." Togetherness pays Last summer, East Valley and Lakeside wrestlers formed friendships and shared dreams at their own intensive camp in Missoula. So, the fact both went into Saturday night's finals in first place was special to everyone concerned. "What's fun is that we all sat together last summer and talked of this happening," said Lakeside coach Scott Jones, honored as A-B coach of the year before the finals. "The kids got to see that it's not a lot of bull." Jones said that seeing EV's Brad Crockett reach the finals after spending two weeks with him during the summer, was as satisfying as the successes of his own wrestlers. Craig Hanson of the Knights was Jones' assistant at Lakeside before becoming a head coach, first at Coeur d'Alene and then at EV. Future classics Washington Interscholastics Activities Association executive director Mike Colbrese said the future of Mat Classic X is up in the air. A fifth classification is being added next year. If that means adding just six mats in the Tacoma Dome, X will be similar to IX. "We'll try to keep them all together," Colbrese said. "The Tacoma Dome people have assured me there is enough room for six more mats." The kicker is whether B schools split off from A. Currently, they are combined. "I don't know if the B's will have enough teams to separate out," he said. "The tough thing to do with individual sports is determine the number of individuals it takes to be considered a team." Officials are working on the criteria to determine a team. It takes 24 teams competing to hold a state championship. Trivial facts If there were any question about the strength of wrestling in Eastern Washington, consider this. In three Mat Classic tournaments, a combined 16 of the top 30 teams came from Region IV. Of 84 finalists, 32 came from Region IV. Out of 168 state qualifiers from Region IV, a stunning 71 percent (119) earned top eight places.