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UPDATED: Mon., April 6, 2020

Ralph Walter: As times change, a chance to embrace distance, co-workers and the 5-point shot

As the coronavirus pandemic has exploded and our lives have been turned upside down, we’ve had to adjust even our most comforting routines. Even something as inane as old-man basketball.

Eric Sondheimer: Sports psychologist offers advice on life without sports

Dr. Andrew Yellen, 72, is in his 36th year as a Granada Hills, California-based sports psychologist after spending 10 years (1974-84) as football coach at Grant High School in Van …

UPDATED: Sat., April 4, 2020

Couch Slouch: After years of opposing gambling, the NFL sounds ready to go all in

Money never sleeps, correct? Well, the sun never sets on the sports-betting empire either.

UPDATED: Sat., April 4, 2020

Matt Calkins: With Isaiah Stewart and likely Jaden McDaniels NBA-bound, Washington should be done with one-and-done players

It was as surprising as San Diego sunshine, but it happened Wednesday. Huskies big man Isaiah Stewart declared for the NBA draft, and the best player to suit up for …

Paul Newberry: Remembering Final Four that never was in the A-T-L

It would’ve been a magnificent weekend. Hoops. Music. A confetti shower at the end. A real celebration of basketball.

Tim Reynolds: It’s time for Rudy Tomjanovich to get the Hall’s call

The votes are in, and word is about to come if this finally is the year that former Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich gets the call from the Basketball Hall …

Ammi Midstokke: The resiliency of our children

I take it all back. All that optimistic hooh-hah about connecting with family, reading books more, really developing my water color skills. Everything was going great until we ran out …

Paul Newberry: Say no to bizarre ideas to get sports going again

In these challenging times when sports around the world are largely shut down because of the pandemic, some bizarre ideas have been floated to get things going again.

Doug Ferguson: Postponing Olympics merely an inconvenience for golf

The move was expected, yet no less exceptional, when the IOC decided to postpone the Tokyo Olympics until next year.

UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Commissioner Larry Scott on the Pac-12’s financial hit, Power Five coordination, ‘concern and anxiety’ over the athletes

The Pac-12 is facing a revenue hit of at least $1 million per-school from the cancellation of its men’s basketball tournament and March Madness, although the full extent of the …

Water cooler: Will 2021 Tokyo Olympics become the spring games?

Imagine a gorgeous spring day in Tokyo

UPDATED: Sun., March 29, 2020

Couch slouch: From pub darts to Keith Olbermann, some new ideas for ESPN programming

ESPN without sports is like NASA without space. But ESPN is smarter than NASA – it can still thrive even if its world explodes into the atmosphere. Here is a …

UPDATED: Sat., March 28, 2020

Paul Newberry: As we battle coronavirus, don’t forget 1919 Stanley Cup

Anyone who scoffs at the idea of shutting down sports to deal with the coronavirus outbreak needs a primer on the 1919 Stanley Cup Final

UPDATED: Fri., March 27, 2020

Larry Stone: Waiting for MLB’s opening day amid coronavirus crisis: ‘You have to laugh; if not, you’re going to cry.’

Under different circumstances, Rick Rizzs would have been bubbling with enthusiasm Thursday – turned up to an even higher boil than normal from a man who thrives on undisguised zeal.

Tim Dahlberg: Enough greed, just shorten the baseball season

Major league owners and players seem to be in rare agreement. They want to play as many games as possible, as soon as possible. Ordinarily that would be something to …

UPDATED: Tue., March 24, 2020

Jim Litke: The ‘no-win’ Olympics gets another chance

Long after other major sports leaders tore up their calendars, the International Olympic Committee is headed to the sidelines.

Helene Elliott: IOC ultimately made the smart decision by postponing Tokyo Olympics until 2021

Spurred by a near-rebellion by the federations of several countries who feared for the safety of their athletes while the COVID-19 pandemic rages, the International Olympic Committee came to its …

UPDATED: Sat., March 21, 2020

Matt Calkins: Do social distancing and playing sports in Seattle go together during the coronavirus outbreak?

There were more parking spaces available than usual Tuesday at Interbay Golf Center in Seattle, but that didn’t mean the first tee wasn’t full. Every few minutes, the starter called …

Paul Newberry: Playoffs-or-bust should be Tom Brady’s new mantra

Well, it’s official now. Tom Brady is a Buccaneer. Sounds strange, doesn’t it?

UPDATED: Thu., March 19, 2020

Couch Slouch: Feeling empty, sports fans? You can bet on the games returning – in 2021, perhaps.

Sports fans have put all their eggs in one basket for so long, they’ve tossed out every other basket in the house. So now, many of them, in the face …

UPDATED: Sat., March 14, 2020

Ralph Walter: The past week has turned into the sports world’s greatest ‘What-If’

Back in 2018, we launched a series called “The Great What-If,” stories that explored alternate endings to real-life sporting events: what if the SuperSonics had stayed in Seattle? What if …

Shawn Windsor: The absence of March Madness and other sports is exactly what we need

So, again, what’s going to fill our time without sports? What other refuge will we seek?

UPDATED: Fri., March 13, 2020

Larry Stone: In roughly 24 hours coronavirus makes sports, a longtime sanctuary in times of crisis, disappear

It was dizzying. It was surreal. It was unfathomable.

UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

John Blanchette: Shattered dreams pale in comparison to potentially shattered lives

This is now the Year of Playing Dangerously. Presuming anyone gets to play from this point on.

UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

John Blanchette: Mark Few trusted NCAA to ‘do the right thing’ and it did in limiting patrons at tournament games

It’s unlikely that any fan base will feel as emotionally empty – OK, robbed – as Gonzaga’s local mob, which has been teased with seeing the Zags launch a tournament …

UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

John Blanchette: Familiar WCC title win has special feeling for Gonzaga

When do you suppose came the signal for the Gonzaga masses that it was safe to exhale?

UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

TV Take: Drew Timme puts twinkle in eye of ESPN crew as Gonzaga rolls past Saint Mary’s for WCC Tournament title

Yes, the West Coast Conference is improved this year. It might even be the best it’s ever been. But second-ranked Gonzaga is still the king.

UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

John Blanchette: Gonzaga avoids Black Monday, settles for an Off-Black one after men rally to beat San Francisco

A bit more than four minutes remained when Joel Ayayi got loose in the paint and pulled up for a 10-footer that would give Gonzaga the lead for good and …

UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2020

TV Take: When it comes to the WCC Tournament, Gonzaga fans can bet on the ESPN tandem of Bob Wischusen and Dick Vitale to be on the call

No matter what you think of Vitale, beneath all the “babys” and the “PTPers” is a knowledgeble basketball mind. You would expect nothing less from a former college and NBA …

John Blanchette: Return trip to Las Vegas reminds coach Lisa Fortier, Gonzaga to always carry on

Australian accents tickled Hayden Mispley, an affinity shared by many.