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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 2, 2019, 11:49 a.m.

Spokane Shock expected to be back in the game with Indoor Football League

After a two-year absence, it appears arena football is returning to Spokane, along with the popular Shock name. Spokane is expected to return to the Indoor Football League for the …


Life without arena football: Faithful fans root for return of high-flying sport to Spokane

The season is winding down in arena football leagues across the country but not in Spokane. The franchise – known as the Shock for the first 10 seasons in arenafootball2 …


Life without arena football: Coaching job takes former Spokane Shock, Empire coach Adam Shackleford away from home base

When the Spokane Empire ceased operations after the 2017 season, head coach Adam Shackleford thought his 35-year streak of involvement in football was coming to an end. He had held …


Life without arena football: Terrance Sanders writes new chapters in journey after football

Terrance Sanders experienced numerous ups and downs during his lengthy arena football career. That’s continued in his post-football life.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 6:52 p.m.

Shackleford returns to assistant’s role after 11 years as arena head coach

Adam Shackleford didn’t think coaching was in his immediate future after the Spokane Empire shuttered operations in July.


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 4:33 p.m.

Spokane Empire need victory, help to reach IFL playoffs

Spokane has spent the last half of the Indoor Football League regular season playing its way out of the postseason. The Empire have dropped five of their last six games …


Spokane Empire planning game-day decision at QB for Iowa matchup

The Spokane Empire will have a quarterback when the offense lines up against red-hot Iowa on Friday. But the Indoor Football League team isn’t quite ready to announce whether it …


Spokane Empire gets back on winning track, holds off Colorado 48-43

The Spokane Empire really needed this one. So did their coach. Spokane held off Colorado 48-43 on Friday at the Arena, ending a three-game Indoor Football League losing streak. “I’m …


Spokane Empire face short preparation week, road trip to Colorado

It’s good timing to play the last-place team in the Intense Conference. It’s not good timing to play on a short week.


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 6:53 p.m.

Different league, same big-game feel for Spokane Empire, Arizona Rattlers

Feels a little like the old days.


In Brief: Patrick Reed builds a 2-shot lead at Bethpage Black

Patrick Reed’s place in the Ryder Cup is looking better with each round at The Barclays, and so are his prospects of winning.


Rattlers, Soul set for Arena Bowl showdown in suburbs

The Arizona Rattlers should have a big home field advantage when they play the Philadelphia Soul in the Arena Bowl on Friday night.



Sioux Falls’ offensive line presents major challenge for Spokane Empire

When All-Indoor Football League ballots come out each year, Adam Shackleford keeps Myniya Smith in mind.


Twin brothers face off when Empire takes on Tri-Cities Fever

Identical twins Rob and Robert Brown have played on the same football teams from Pop Warner through Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky.


Empire notes: Practice looks a lot like game day

Attend virtually any Spokane Empire practice and there is bound to be a dust-up: An offensive lineman mixing up it up with a defensive counterpart for a second or two …


Spokane Empire brace for rematch with Iowa

Between the extremes of a 30-22 loss to Billings and a 97-72 blowout over Colorado, the Spokane Empire held on for a three-point victory over visiting Iowa.


Empire’s old guy Josh Ferguson still playing like a youngster

Josh Ferguson set aside professional football for two seasons but never completely left the game behind.


Empire build big lead, hold off Barnstormers

Whether up by a bunch or down by a bunch, the Spokane Empire finds a way to make things interesting at the end. That was the case again on Friday …


Blanchette: Spokane Empire, Iowa Barnstormers have lot in common

Spokane and Des Moines are 1,200 miles apart and next-door neighbors on any number of demographic breakdowns.


Spokane Empire mixing in a game amongst numerous byes

The Spokane Empire didn’t catch an early flight for Billings. They caught an early bus.


Spokane Empire hang on for 66-65 win in IFL home debut

The Spokane Empire introduced the Indoor Football League game to the city in wild fashion Saturday night, pulling out a stunning 66-65 victory over the Wichita Falls Nighthawks that the …


Shackleford excited about home debut on Saturday

The fuss over Adam Shackleford’s return to the Tri-Cities is old news.


Empire win opener 60-51 over Tri-Cities

KENNEWICK, Wash. – The rivalry begins…again. The Tri-Cities and Spokane renewed their rivalry on turf Saturday night as the Empire pulled out a hotly-contested 60-51 victory at the Toyota Center.


Spokane Shock: Indoor Football League at a glance

The Spokane Shock announced a switch to the Indoor Football League on Tuesday, ending a six-year run in the Arena Football League. Here’s a quick look at the current members …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 1, 2015, 6:12 p.m.

It’s official: Adam Shackleford will coach IFL Shock

Adam Shackleford called it a working vacation. Turns out his phone couldn’t keep up as Shackleford, back in the saddle as Spokane’s head coach, began putting pieces in place as …


SaberCats beat Rattlers 70-67 to advance to ArenaBowl

STOCKTON, Calif. – Erik Meyer threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Gay with 8 seconds left to give the San Jose SaberCats a 70-67 victory over the Arizona Rattlers …


Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil buys into Arena League

Dick Vermeil is returning to pro football, this time as an owner in the Arena League. Vermeil, who took the St. Louis Rams to the NFL title in the 1999 …


Shock lead early before season ends with thud

PHOENIX – Spokane finally fixed its habit of slow starts but the rest of the game proved to be problematic. The visiting Shock jumped in front by two touchdowns, but …


Shock’s season ends with 72-41 loss at Arizona

Spokane finally fixed its habit of slow starts but the rest of the game proved to be problematic.