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UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 27, 2019

TV Take: Officiating controversy distracts from classic Washington State-Oregon encounter

It’s too bad most of America was in bed long before Oregon snapped its four-game losing streak to Washington State with a last-second 37-35 victory at Autzen Stadium in Eugene.


Matt Calkins: The Hopkins Hoops Show at Washington truly begins this season

The first two seasons – that was the soft opening. It might have been surprising, and it might have been successful, but it wasn’t the unveiling of the man’s true …


NFL is losing its reputation for boring trade deadlines

Not long ago, it was rare to see a lot of trade activity during the season. There were occasional blockbuster moves – Herschel Walker, Eric Dickerson – but you had …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Larry Stone: Yet again, Sounders dig deep and find a way to win in MLS Western Conference semifinal

This was a season that at times looked limitless, and at times looked hopeless.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Paul Newberry: Astros have shown disdain for media over and over

There’s no cheering – or jeering – in the press box. Impartiality should be the guiding tenet of any journalist. Yet, the Houston Astros are making it really, really tough …


Doug Ferguson: Patty Tavatanakit takes fast track to LPGA Tour

If everything had gone according to plan, Patty Tavatanakit would be in North Carolina this week preparing for two weeks of the LPGA Q-Series in her bid to earn status …


Jenna Fryer: Brian France was right to bring playoffs to NASCAR

Spoilers, tension, a sense of urgency. Heroes, villains. The NASCAR playoffs are playing out with all the drama Brian France envisioned for the elimination-style playoff system he helped launch in …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019

John Blanchette: With HBO cameras rolling, Washington State rolled out the red carpet for Max Borghi

Other than Wazzu’s first step into the Pac-12 win column, the best news out of Saturday’s 41-10 drubbing of hapless Colorado was Borghi amassing a career high for touches – …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019

TV Take: Washington State delivers downpour Déjà vu for Steven Montez, Colorado

Two years ago Colorado traveled to Pullman on a rainy Saturday in late October. Quarterback Steven Montez was awful, the Buffaloes’ offense was inept and Washington State earned a four-touchdown …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Rob Curley: Revisit Zags’ rise with Big Ed and Q on eve of Bulldogs’ season

The evening will feature tons of cool videos, fun and revealing live interviews on stage with Gonzaga men’s assistant coach Tommy Lloyd and women’s head coach Lisa Fortier, as well …


Tim Dahlberg: Clumsy words tarnish the LeBron James brand

LeBron James had time, and plenty of it, to figure out how best to answer the questions he knew were coming. Long days in hotel rooms in China and a …


Doug Ferguson: Lanto Griffin values free golf lesson from a caring pro

Steve Prater can recall only one time in more than 30 years as a PGA professional that he refused payment for a golf lesson. Lanto Griffin doesn’t know where he …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019

TV Take: Defensive debacles continue for Washington State as Cougars remain winless in Pac-12 play

It had been two weeks, two eventful weeks, since Washington State had been on the football field. The Cougars returned Saturday afternoon with another road game against a ranked opponent.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

Bill Plaschke: Dodgers’ horrific collapse against Washington Nationals extends their October nightmare

This is not real. This cannot be happening.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 5, 2019

John Blanchette: Gonzaga needs Killian Tillie to be whole as desperately as Tillie needs Tillie to be whole

On Thursday, the 6-foot-10 senior and presumptive drive train of these Bulldogs underwent surgery on his right knee, and a brief statement from the school said “his status will be …


Doug Ferguson: The cups runneth over in golf

The next Ryder Cup starts in 360 days, the perfect occasion for the opposing captains to meet Tuesday at Whistling Straits and share absolutely nothing. That’s not entirely true.


Jenna Fryer: Wild weekend at home pumps new life into NASCAR

Chase Elliott crashed head-on into a wall and still recovered to win a pivotal race. That wasn’t even the most exciting thing to happen in NASCAR last week. The series …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 29, 2019

John Blanchette: Whatever you choose to call it, Washington State shows lack of electricity

Larry Scott can’t get his league’s games on DirecTV, and now he can’t get them on Dish, either. But apparently he has enough pull to harness lightning.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 29, 2019

TV Take: Tyler Huntley, defense leave Utah fans dancing in the rain after dominant victory over Washington State

Thunder. Lightning. Rain. And a dominating Utah defense. All were part of Fox Sports 1’s Saturday night broadcast from Salt Lake City that also included Washington State, if only peripherally.


Paul Newberry: Guys in stripes getting plenty of NFL face time

In the early weeks of the NFL season, the biggest stars are the guys in the stripes. They’re certainly getting the most face time. The league is awash in yellow …


Tim Dahlberg: No sweat when it comes to funding new stadiums

The question isn’t whether taxpayers in Arlington, Texas, got hosed when they agreed to spend a half-billion dollars for a new ballpark next door to the one they spent millions …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

Matt Calkins: Gardner Minshew isn’t the Northwest’s first out-of-nowhere sports story, but he may be the best

Move over Movember, Meptember is in the spotlight now. Gardner Minshew and his signature mustache are captivating the nation the way they did the state of Washington a year ago.


Doug Ferguson: From orphan in China to playing with pros at Pebble

Kayli Lucas is headed to Pebble Beach to play in a PGA Tour Champions event, a dream week for a 17-year-old girl from Tennessee who knew nothing about golf until …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019

Jenna Fryer: IndyCar closes season feeling relevant again

It feels like the 1990s again in IndyCar, which closed its season with a throwback tour to a pair of treasured old haunts, a compelling championship race and a rookie …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 22, 2019

TV Take: Gardner Minshew a witness to Washington State’s improbable loss to UCLA

The definition of #Pac-12AfterDark? It showed up Saturday night in Martin Stadium as UCLA rallied from down 32 points behind sophomore Dorian Thompson-Robinson for a 67-63 win in a game …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 21, 2019

John Blanchette: Mason Petrino kicks up heels in Idaho’s defining win over Eastern Washington

Faux outrage is fun reserved for winners, and surely the Vandals were that on Saturday at the Kibbie Dome – 35-27 over the school up the road, Eastern Washington, which …


Ammi Midstokke: The dogs that heal us

If you’ve seen me trotting along in the forest or meandering around the streets, you’ve probably also seen my dog (formally known as Freya the Brown Dog) by my side. …


Barry Wilner: Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Nick Foles, Sam Darnold. Who’s next to go?

The way NFL quarterbacks having been going down or losing their jobs just two weeks into the season, it’s no stretch to wonder who’s next.


Doug Ferguson: Suzann Pettersen achieves rare feat by retiring on top

Suzann Pettersen achieved one of the rarest feats in golf. The winning shot in the Solheim Cup? Yes, it starts there. That putt she made from just outside 6 feet …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019

TV Take: In battle billed as Air Raid masterclass, defense the difference in Washington State win over Houston

It was billed as a matchup of the earliest proponents of the Air Raid offense. Mike Leach, the mentor, versus Dana Holgorsen, his former player and assistant coach.