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A GRIP ON SPORTS • Baseball has a legacy. It’s the game handed down through the generations, from father to daughter or mother to son, or some combination of same. It spans the generation gap. At least last night’s National League Championship Series’ result did in our house.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s about to get weird. But not this weekend. This weekend is the eye of the sports hurricane, so to speak. Next weekend the Big Ten begins playing football and all heck will break loose. This weekend? The best televised event might be whatever feed CBS sets up from Nick Saban’s house.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • We could fill this entire space this Friday morning with links to stories about the Pac-12 Conference’s decisions from yesterday. But we won’t. Just most of it. After all, we have to look forward. There are other things happening this weekend.
The issue of Native American mascots and imagery in sports was thrust into the headlines again over the summer when the Washington, D.C., NFL team decided to change the name of its team from a dictionary-defined slang term and removed all Native American terms and imagery from its branding.
A little more than 25 years ago, Charlie Butts never would have imagined himself getting to play the national anthem in front of thousands of fans for any major Spokane sporting event. And it was even more unimaginable to think of himself as becoming a staple of Spokane sporting events in general.
Indians starter Mike Clevinger will pitch Wednesday for the first time since breaking team and Major League Baseball's COVID-19 protocols and being demoted for 10 days.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • When wandering through the nation’s newspapers today, one thing hit me. The Indianapolis 500 doesn’t seem to be making much of an impact. Maybe it’s the new pandemic-forced date. It could be the lack of fans. Or maybe the race is just passé.
He had broken his left arm in a mishap at church camp and was shackled with the standard wrist-to-elbow cast.
In his retirement, fate sent Dave Vaughn into a second career: recovery.
Indians manager Terry Francona underwent a scheduled medical procedure for a gastrointestinal ailment and will likely miss the team’s three-game series against the Detroit Tigers.
The Cleveland Indians placed starters Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac on the restricted list after the pitchers broke team rules by leaving their hotel in Chicago and risking exposure to the coronavirus.
Indians manager Terry Francona remains absent from the team to get rest while dealing with a gastrointestinal issue that he’s battled for months.
When Sharon Taylor died of coronavirus, her family — standing apart, wearing masks — sang her favorite hymns at her graveside, next to a tiny headstone for her stillborn daughter, buried 26 years ago. Fresh flowers marked row after row of new graves. Holy Rosary is one of the only cemeteries in this Choctaw Indian family’s community, and it’s running out of space — a sign of the virus’s massive toll on the Choctaw people.
Indians manager Terry Francona continues to undergo medical tests for a gastrointestinal issue and there remains no clear timetable for when he’ll return to the team.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is a trio of big stories to delve into this morning and it all has to be done before our daily deadline. Corey Kispert’s decision. The Pac-12 player demands and their impact at WSU. The Mariners. Let’s get to it.
In the days and weeks following the killing of George Floyd and subsequent resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement and the campaign to rid society of racist language and images, the use of Native American terms and imagery in sports has once again become a national headline.
WASHINGTON – Lawmakers from the Inland Northwest are calling on leaders in the House of Representatives to allow votes on two bills to address violence against Native American women and girls, which despite bipartisan support have stalled as COVID-19 has thrown the legislative schedule into disarray.
The Indians wore blue road jerseys with “Cleveland” on the front and not “Indians” for their home opener to support minorities.
The Cleveland Indians will consult with Native American leaders as they consider changing the name of their franchise for the first time since 1915.
Members of the Spokane Tribe of Indians will be able to vote on whether every tribal citizen adult will receive a $2,000 payment in COVID-19 aid funding in a special election Saturday.