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UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 14, 2019

TV Take: Gonzaga’s ‘toughness and resilience’ on full display in impressive win over athletic Arizona

When the two best college basketball programs in the West battle on a Saturday night in December, you would expect ESPN to put its best next to the court – …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Larry Stone: Allegations, punishment involving Astros, Patriots and Russia unlikely to deter cheaters as financial motivation grows

It was Sophocles, the Greek tragedian, who said, “I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.”


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 8, 2019

TV Take: Bill Walton’s thoughts wandered, found way back to court late as Gonzaga holds off challenge from Washington

It was obvious Sunday that the Gonzaga Bulldogs had a point – or points – to make in their 83-76 victory over host Washington, the Zags’ sixth consecutive win over …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 7, 2019

John Blanchette: Washington State sophomore CJ Elleby’s restraint a sign of maturity

The game’s final pass went deep beyond the defensive pressure to CJ Elleby, all alone in the frontcourt with but a few unimpeded steps between himself and the ritualistic exclamation-point …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Matt Calkins: Three games ago, the Seahawks’ defense decided it was time to be great … mission accomplished

There was no victory celebration for the Seahawks’ defense three games ago when Seattle beat Tampa Bay 40-34 in overtime. At that point, though, the defenders decided it was time …


Paul Newberry: Coach O turns out to be the perfect choice for LSU

He comes at you with that raspy Cajun timbre, his words delivered from deep in the throat in rapid-fire succession, often requiring subtitles for those not raised in the backwaters …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

TV Take: Joel Ayayi gets his share of air time in Gonzaga’s thumping of Texas Southern

It’s just a guess, but more than likely the weather was better in the Bahamas, where Gonzaga spent its Thanksgiving weekend, than it was Wednesday night in Spokane.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

John Blanchette: Washington happy to let Mike Leach keep getting in Washington State’s way at Apple Cup

Sometime in the second half of Friday’s Apple Cup, a Fox camera zeroed in on a couple in the stands, the female decked out in Husky purple, the male in …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Matt Calkins: Pete Carroll, John Schneider deserve praise for reviving Seahawks’ Super Bowl hopes

When debating NFL awards candidates, don’t forget about the Seattle Seahawks’ coach and general manager.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

TV Take: Mike Leach, Jimmy Lake take center stage in Washington’s latest Apple Cup beatdown of Washington State

There have been 112 Apple Cups and, no, Tim Brando hasn’t called them all. It just seems that way.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 28, 2019

TV Take: Gonzaga overcomes depth issues, midgame shooting lull to outlast Oregon in overtime

If your taste runs more toward understated among announcers, ESPN’s stable of college basketball broadcast pairs probably don’t float your Thanksgiving gravy boat.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 27, 2019

TV Take: With Killian Tillie taking the night off, Joel Ayayi and Corey Kispert steal the show in Gonzaga’s rout of Southern Miss

No matter on Wednesday. Southern Mississippi didn’t have the talent to stay with the eighth-ranked Zags, with GU cruising to a 94-69 victory.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

Luke DeCock: Have Coach K and Roy Williams switched bodies? Duke, UNC are acting like each other

When Roy Williams called timeout less than three minutes into a game against Elon last week, it was the latest sign that something very strange is going on among the …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

Larry Stone: After another strong defensive performance on road versus Eagles, Seahawks are starting to think big

The Seahawks are starting to see the outlines of a best-case scenario that was mostly fantasy and wishful thinking just a couple of weeks ago.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 24, 2019

John Blanchette: Max Borghi delivers on guaranteed satisfaction

So, Max Borghi, any guarantees for the Apple Cup?


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 23, 2019

TV Take: Finish of Washington State’s last-gasp win over Oregon State handled with grace, precision by broadcast crew

As Washington State’s 54-53 last-second bowl-clinching victory over visiting Oregon State began, the Pac-12 Network focused on the most important part of pregame: recognizing Tyler Hilinski through a moving Senior …


John Blanchette: Killian Tillie proves good things come to Zags who wait

Killian Tillie’s belated entrée into the 2019-20 basketball season came at precisely 6:05 Tuesday evening, greeted with a clamor that made up in volume what it may have lacked in …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

TV Take: Gonzaga forced to adapt on both ends in hard-fought win over Texas Arlington

Two important things happened in Gonzaga’s 72-66 victory Tuesday night over visiting Texas Arlington: Killian Tillie returned to the court after his knee surgery and the eighth-ranked Zags were tested.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Jenna Fryer: NASCAR bullish on future after promising rebound

The freefall is over, rock bottom hit more than a year ago, the restart button officially activated.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Tim Dahlberg: Intrigue building in series of heavyweight fights

They are a flawed group at best, the heavyweights who will be vying for your attention – and money – over the next few months. Unpredictable, too, though that just …


John Blanchette: Whatever you call them, Washington State’s players are one (guaranteed) win from bowl game

The Cougars have at least put themselves in the conversation for one of college football’s many consolation prizes, though that’s barely a challenge with 39 bowls. And like every other …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 16, 2019

TV Take: Washington State’s Anthony Gordon bests Stanford’s Davis Mills in aerial showcase

Washington State was in control. The Cougars led Stanford by 12 points late in the second quarter and were about to extend their lead again when Anthony Gordon missed an …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 15, 2019

TV Take: Gonzaga shakes off slow start en route to dominant victory over Texas A&M

This was supposed to be Gonzaga’s first big test. And it was, but only for as long as it probably took viewers to find the SEC Network on their television …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 15, 2019

Paul Newberry: A suspension is the least of Myles Garrett’s concerns

Myles Garrett will surely spend the rest of his career – maybe even the rest of his life – trying to live down his helmet-swinging assault on Mason Rudolph.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 15, 2019

Matt Calkins: Jacob Eason’s choice – declare for the NFL draft or lead Washington to a potentially historic season

Nine months from today, Jacob Eason will likely be in an NFL training camp as a newly minted millionaire. With that platinum arm, the Huskies quarterback will probably be competing …


Paul Newberry: Colin Kaepernick’s tryout sounds more like a setup

Colin Kaepernick’s NFL tryout sounds more like a setup. A PR stunt to former teammate Eric Reid, one that comes with all sorts of take-it-or leave-it conditions.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

Matt Calkins: Twice is nice, but three would mean Sounders dynasty sits on rare throne

If the newest MLS Cup was a living, conscious being, it would have felt neglected Tuesday. The trophy had just found a new home with the Sounders after they beat …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

TV Take: Gonzaga, KHQ crew both shine with limited rotations in rout of North Dakota

Sometimes art imitates life. It happened Tuesday night during Gonzaga’s third easy win to start the season, this one 97-66 over the North Dakota Fighting Hawks.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

Commentary: Joe Gibbs walks fine line managing 3 title contenders

Joe Gibbs is a retired Hall of Fame NFL coach with three Super Bowl titles who changed course in his early 50s to wade into NASCAR and see if he …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

Larry Stone: If revitalized defense can keep it up, Seahawks will be the team no one wants to face

The Seahawks hope the defense’s performance in Monday’s victory over the 49ers is the emergence of a unit that all year has been considered their weak link. If they did, …