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A Grip on Sports: As Gonzaga discovered, it was not a good day to be one of the nation’s top-ranked teams

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It happens to football on the occasional Saturday in the fall. And it happens at least once a year in the winter for college hoops. …


A Grip on Sports: The names change, the stakes change, but Gonzaga and BYU in Provo will always be a red-letter game

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s a given when Gonzaga shows up in a West Coast Conference gym not named after the McCartheys, the game will be the biggest of …


A Grip on Sports: Trailblazers like Virginia Danke should never be forgotten by anyone – but especially by those following in their paths

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s mystifying how losing someone can remind others of how much they’ve gained. But that’s the case today as we look back at the changes …


A Grip on Sports: The road wasn’t completely kind to area college basketball teams Saturday

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Three local college basketball teams spent Saturday in cities other than the ones they live in. And how they got to their eventual results was …


A Grip on Sports: Better start getting your excuses in order because this may be the final Saturday you can use ‘it’s too cold’ as the reason to sit and watch college hoops

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This may be it. The last Saturday of the winter. That’s if you define winter as “when the high temperature is less than 50 degrees.” …


A Grip on Sports: No matter where you turn, you can probably find a college basketball game to watch tonight

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Just about every night this time of year, one can turn on their television set and tune into a college basketball game. It might be …


A Grip on Sports: If coaches can walk away at any time, college athletes should have the same prerogative

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The sky is not falling. It only seems that way in Colorado. And maybe around Spokane.


A Grip on Sports: The Cougars’ performance Sunday in front of George Raveling was award-worthy

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Woke up this morning with a bad sore throat and a stuffy nose. Wonder if I picked up a Parasite or something watching TV last …


A Grip on Sports: George Raveling’s legacy is being enshrined forever in Pullman today, as it should be

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Want to hear the three saddest words in sports? “There is no NFL this Sunday.” Wait, let me count that again. One, two … OK, …


A Grip on Sports: Even back in his Gonzaga days, it was easy to see Gonzales had major league stuff, mainly because it was hard to follow

A GRIP ON SPORTS • As I was slip-sliding around Spokane yesterday – and anyone who was out this morning probably was doing the same – we had some thoughts …


A Grip on Sports: Deciding who to root for on Super Bowl Sunday is tougher than deciding what to eat … and not nearly as much fun

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Happy Super Bowl Sunday everyone. (Or is it Merry Super Bowl Sunday? I never know which one is correct.) Hope you have your family gathered …


A Grip on Sports: Is your commemorative Super Bowl mug half-overflowing or half-empty? It’s a question Seahawk fans will be answering for another year

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Super Bowl weekend. Remember those back-to-back years when that meant something in this region? It didn’t end well.


A Grip on Sports: This season’s Cougars seem to be waking up the ghosts of basketball success past

A GRIP ON SPORTS • What is it about Arizona State, Washington State, Pullman and last-second shots? Oh, and throw in left-handed shooting guards too. A wild-ending happened again last …


A Grip on Sports: Without the NFL on this Sunday, what can we do? There is a seemingly endless list of possibilities and none of them have anything to do with the Pro Bowl

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This is the first Sunday without pro football since September. Which opens a world of possibilities.


A Grip on Sports: It’s Saturday and you know what that means. This time of year it means college basketball from sunup to beyond sundown

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Saturday. The weekend. Sports on TV. Sports in person. A good day. The best day of the week? Maybe.


A Grip on Sports: The weather around here may be yucky, but there is relief available on your television set

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is it spring yet? No? Well then, why is there golf and tennis all over my television set?


A Grip on Sports: The Beasley Coliseum rafters shook yesterday and they also changed forever

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you are reading this, it means you are no spring chicken, as my dad used to say. (Having not grown up on a farm, …


A Grip on Sports: Even a snowstorm won’t keep folks away from today’s huge sporting events in Pullman, Spokane

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Please, Mr. Plow, do a great job on U.S. 195 today. There’s a big event in Pullman this afternoon that we don’t want to miss, …


A Grip on Sports: As we herald an arrival in the Palouse, we also mourn a passing

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is news. Heck, there is always news. That’s why it’s called, well, news in the first place. Some of it is worth celebrating, some …


A Grip on Sports: It doesn’t look good for the Seahawks in their matchup against Green Bay

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There has already been one huge upset in this NFL playoff weekend. Can the Seattle Seahawks post another?


A Grip on Sports: While we wait for WSU to find a new football coach, there is always basketball and the Seahawks to entertain us

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Mike Leach is gone. He’s not coming back. WSU athletic director Pat Chun is out looking for his replacement. It may take a while. Or …


A Grip on Sports: Mike Leach has moved on; now WSU, athletic director Pat Chun have to find new leader for football program

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Mike Leach Era has ended at Washington State. The Who-Knows-What-The-Future-Will-Hold Era is up next. And that’s always a little scary. Sort of like wondering …


A Grip on Sports: Make no mistake about it, the NFL dominates our sports-watching landscape

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you could watch just one sport for the rest of your life, what would it be? The ratings tell us it would be the …


A Grip on Sports: Though we’re not sure exactly what day it is, we know there will be lots to digest in the world of sports

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Believe it or not, this is the first weekend of 2020. By the time we reach weekend No. 52, the whole world will have changed. …


A Grip on Sports: The new year is here and, more importantly, so is conference basketball

A GRIP ON SPORTS • All is right with the world. College basketball has taken over Thursday nights around here again.


A Grip on Sports: We can only imagine what was said behind the scenes during Clemson’s win over Ohio State

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are times when football and fantasy intersect. And, no, we’re not talking about some stupid fantasy football playoffs. We’re talking about hour 10 of …


A Grip on Sports: Washington State’s Cheez-It Bowl defeat drains Cougars’ ability to have a successful season

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yes, the 2019 Washington State Cougar football season ended in a bowl game – though Phoenix this week didn’t really qualify as a “warm-weather bowl …


A Grip on Sports: Posting a winning record is nothing to sneeze at even at the level Washington State plays football

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh, yes. In a doctor’s office for about three hours. That’s a big part of how I spent my day-after Christmas. Not …


A Grip on Sports: Gonzaga’s dominating performance last night says more about UNC than anything else

A GRIP ON SPORTS • After all the buzz and hubbub, last night’s game in the Kennel sort of fizzled. Not the atmosphere, which seemed electric even while watching at …


A Grip on Sports: Basketball will always hold a special place in our heart

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is a pretty big basketball game in Spokane tonight, in case you hadn’t heard. If you love the game – guilty – then you …