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A GRIP ON SPORTS • The coffee tasted great this morning. Maybe it’s because of the cold front passing through Spokane. We went from needing air conditioning to heating in about 16 hours. That got us asking ourselves who is hot and who is cold around these parts in the world of sports.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Excellence comes in many forms. So many, it seems, sometimes sports fans forget how to recognize it. Years later, they will look back and wonder why they didn’t celebrate the accomplishments more while they were happening. Don’t make that mistake now.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is there much better than watching three Thoroughbreds racing down the stretch side-by-side, straining to win one of horse racing’s biggest prizes? Excellence is always wonderful to witness, no matter what type of competition it appears in.
Washington State was one of just two teams in the Pac-12 without someone selected in the 2021 NFL draft, ending an eight-year streak. But with a group of high-level Pac-12 starters choosing to return for an extra season, 2022 could be a banner year for WSU at the draft.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Jarred Kelenic is supposed to be the piece that pushed the Mariners back into playoff contention. If that is to be true, the M’s will need more nights like the one he had under Friday’s T-Mobile lights.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Friday mornings are all about looking ahead. To the weekend. And beyond. So we will do that. Though, to be fair, the past informs the future. Every darn day.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Ah, spring traditions. Cleaning. The M’s fade and the ensuing latest saviors recalled from the minors. Hay fever. An unfair NFL schedule for the Seahawks. Running. An NCAA screwup. Wait, that last one isn’t just a spring thing.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Here we are. At the midweek point. Camel day ... or something like that. As we begin our slide into what will be a near-perfect weekend, let’s slide into a whole bunch of sports-related items. And other things.
Portland built a sizable lead early and took advantage of five Washington State errors in a 10-6 nonconference baseball victory at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman on Tuesday.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • The future is ... Thursday? That’s when, according to multiple reports, Jarred Kelenic will join the Seattle Mariners. He’ll carry not only his valise into the clubhouse but more expectations than any M’s rookie outfielder since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1989. In other words, no pressure young man. Just lead the franchise into the World Series.
Despite a failed bond measure in 2019 and the pandemic, Pullman Regional Hospital will host a family medicine residency program sponsored by Washington State University starting in July 2022.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • We have fond memories of horse racing. Deep, rich, family oriented ones. So we hate to watch as the sport continually punches itself in the face. As happened again over the weekend.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh, yes. Wondering if the Mariners were going to be OK. That’s about it.
Mike Leach has secured another commitment from Jamire Calvin – this time as the head coach at Mississippi State.
It was the long game that paid off for Washington State in the Mouhamed Gueye sweepstakes.
Colin Montez hit a two-run single in the eighth inning to help Washington State earn a 5-2 comeback victory over 16th-ranked UCLA on Friday in Pullman.
One year after pulling in one of the top classes in program history, Kyle Smith and Washington State show no signs of slowing down on the recruiting trail.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • No one is going to call the upcoming weekend a classic in terms of sports on television – or in person. But there is enough going on to keep your life interesting if you don’t want to leave the house. And enough if you do.
Washington State University is proposing a 2.5% tuition increase for all undergraduate and graduate students for the coming school year.
The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, championed by the late WSU president for whom the school is named, sent its first 121 students into the medical field as part of a virtual and drive-thru ceremony Thursday. Masks and socially distanced photographs took the place of hugs, but for many, the moment was surreal beyond the pandemic.