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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019, 4:55 p.m.

Larry Stone: With QB job his, Jacob Eason gets chance to take Washington Huskies to new level

It was the decision that seemed inevitable, but by all accounts really wasn’t.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 10:20 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Sounders’ philosophy won’t change with new ownership group

A rapper’s Rolls-Royce parked in the VIP lot. Camera crews descending on a quarterback and a pop star. Music blaring. Kids cheering. This was an event fueled by star power.


Paul Newberry: MLB needs to protect its fans at every ballpark

There’s always a surge of excitement when a foul ball comes your way, mixed with a sense of dread. It’s a thrilling souvenir to take home from the ballpark. Yet …


Paul Newberry: Jay-Z sells out Colin Kaepernick, grabs big money from NFL

Remember when Jay-Z was a dynamic hip-hop artist whose stark lyrics gave voice to the oppressed and downtrodden? Well, those days are over. He may have 99 Problems – but …


Doug Ferguson: Video sheds new light on old problem of slow play

The Player Advisory Council is meeting this week during the BMW Championship, and slow play is on the agenda. The tour all along had planned on the final PAC meeting …


Out of Right Field: Glimmers of hope for the future in the Mariners’ minor league system

After several years of the Seattle Mariners farm system bringing up the rear in national rankings, the M’s pipeline has been widely praised as a top-10 group following this season’s …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 10, 2019, 8:12 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Chris Petersen’s recruiting ability should have Washington fans stoked, opponents scared

Anytime Washington football coach Chris Petersen opens his mouth, there’s potential for headline news.


Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Seattle Mariners’ 9-4 loss to the San Diego Padres

Fernando Tatis Jr., Eric Hosmer and Josh Naylor homered for the Padres, who have defeated the Mariners seven straight times in interleague play.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 8:47 p.m.

Matt Calkins: For Seahawks’ D.J. Fluker, being big is old news; being counted upon each week doesn’t get old

When you’re talking to Seahawks guard D.J. Fluker, don’t worry so much about technical detail. Just enjoy the ride. Listen to him talk about how he couldn’t play Pop Warner …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 3, 2019, 9:52 p.m.

Out of Right Field: Kyle Seager lurking around ‘Mendoza Line’ not a good sign for Mariners

It happened 40 years ago. Bruce Bochte and Tom Paciorek noticed an odd statistical note popping up on the Kingdome scoreboard every time Mario Mendoza stepped to the plate.


Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Seattle Mariners’ 10-2 loss to the Houston Astros

Six players hit home runs as the host Houston Astros defeated the Mariners 10-2 Friday night.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019, 4:22 p.m.

Living in the pastime: Monthly BasebALZ program keeps baseball in the minds of those suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia

It starts with a baseball. Each person who attends the monthly BasebALZ program in a conference room at the offices of Alzheimer’s Los Angeles is handed one, faded and scuffed.


Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Seattle Mariners’ 9-7 loss against the Texas Rangers

Willie Calhoun hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and the Texas Rangers held on for a 9-7 victory against the visiting Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.


Jim Meehan: Age no handicap for Hangman Valley ladies-club members Virginia Danke, June Syverson

You can find the two nonagenarians hitting fairways, dropping putts and wowing playing partners most Wednesdays in the 9-hole ladies club at Hangman Valley.


UPDATED: Sat., July 27, 2019, 10:04 p.m.

Out of Right Field: Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto can’t ply his trade

For all the wheeling and dealing that “Trader” Jerry Dipoto has done as the general manager of the Mariners, surprisingly little of it has come at the July 31 trade …


UPDATED: Sat., July 27, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Contract extension for Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner was a matter of ‘when,’ not ‘if’

Late Friday the Seahawks made Wagner the NFL’s highest-paid linebacker at $18 million annually.


UPDATED: Sat., July 20, 2019, 5:56 p.m.

Larry Stone: An admiration of the magic of Cooperstown ahead of Edgar Martinez’s Hall of Fame induction

Even in the dead of winter, Cooperstown is baseball heaven, its mecca – the “soul of baseball,” as Jeff Idelson, the outgoing president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, …


Tim Dahlberg: Even 7 shots back, Brooks Koepka is lurking at Open

Brooks Koepka doesn’t need to reach too far back in the memory bank to know how precarious a big lead can be. He nearly gave away his last major just …


Tim Dahlberg: Another missed cut for Tiger Woods, who’s not 23 anymore

So now we know. Tiger Woods isn’t done, no matter what it looked like on his slog through the only two rounds he’ll play in this British Open. He’s also …


Tim Dahlberg: Rory McIlroy fizzles in home Open debut

A day Rory McIlroy had been anticipating for so long came apart almost before it began. A dreaded snowman on the first hole, a triple on the last and McIlroy …


John Blanchette: After forgoing early entry into the NBA draft, Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie must go about reinventing – and improving – his game

They are there and he is here in Spokane, but if it bothers Killian Tillie even a whit it is undetectable – even if he fully expected to be there, …


Out of Right Field: How draft picks, trade chips might shape Seattle Mariners 2022 roster

Allow us to gaze into the future to envision how draft picks, trade chips might shape what the Seattle Mariners might look like three years down the road.


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 11:48 p.m.

When you crave a calling, not a career: Anita Lo, Joanna James join other top female foodies at Crave

Some people have jobs. Others have careers. And then there are those who have callings. Having dinner with Joanna James, Mareya Ibrahim and Deborah Di Bernardo makes that point. Great …


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 10:33 p.m.

Jim Meehan: Golf loses prominent figure with passing of longtime Esmeralda pro Bill Warner

Warner spent 37 years as the pro at Esmeralda, simultaneously running the busy city course while providing instruction to players of all levels and life lessons to young employees. Warner …


Tim Dahlberg: Baseball has issues beyond a juiced ball

First the players, now the ball. Home runs are skyrocketing, and once again Major League Baseball officials claim they don’t know the reason why. Then again, it might be that …


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 4:08 p.m.

Larry Stone: Jim Bouton made sure the Seattle Pilots would live forever with his seminal book ‘Ball Four’

The thing about Jim Bouton that always amazed me – and warmed my heart – was the pure joy he derived from his masterpiece, “Ball Four.”


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 7:23 p.m.

Jane McManus: Megan Rapinoe delivers another goal for equality during USWNT’s Canyon of Heroes celebration

When the U.S. women’s national soccer team rolled up Broadway to celebrate its second straight World Cup championship, that stretch of black asphalt was once again transformed into the 10-deep, …


Out of Right Field: Mariners past, future on display Sunday

Mariners fans can get a glimpse into the future today. And some goosebumps from the past.


John Blanchette: Pat Shine coaxed into All-Star spotlight again to help Christian Yelich at Home Run Derby

Face it, you don’t want to be the caddie who hands his golfer the wrong club. Or the field-goal holder who doesn’t get the laces out.


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 8:31 p.m.

Helene Elliott: Unpatriotic? U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe says: ‘I’m extremely American’

Holding and voicing strong opinions is only part of Rapinoe’s identity.