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UPDATED: Sat., July 27, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019

Mark Bradley: The NBA is the world champ of offseasons

Nobody does offseasons like the NBA. One day in, this one was astonishing.

UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019

Matt Calkins: Malik McDowell embarrassment shouldn’t stop Seahawks from taking gambles in the NFL draft

It’s critical that NFL front offices vet potential personnel meticulously to minimize risk. But that’s all they can do – minimize it.

UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019

Greg Cote: U.S. women show no arrogance, just excellence in beating England in World Cup semifinal

Julie Foudy, the former U.S. soccer star turned broadcaster, refers to current American national team players as “owning their awesome.” Actually, the U.S. is doing more than “owning” the excellence, …

UPDATED: Sat., June 29, 2019

Out of Right Field: Baseball must find a way to avoid becoming irrelevant in sports-culture landscape

The past, at least the past almost two decades, haven’t been kind to the Seattle Mariners. The present isn’t much better, what with their under .500 record and public proclamations …

UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019

Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Seattle Mariners’ 2-1 loss to the Houston Astros

Yuli Gurriel homered with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Houston Astros a 2-1 victory against the Mariners on Friday night.

UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019

Helene Elliott: U.S. win over France a testament of greater things to come for soccer

This was a chance to showcase some of the best athletes of a sport that is still seeking a wider audience and firmer financial base to support its development, a …

UPDATED: Sun., June 30, 2019

Ralph Walter: Raising a glass to Hoopfest, Ken Hopkins and 60-year-old knees

Sometimes you have to risk injury – or even worse, ridicule – for the good of the team. In the end, when it comes to Hoopfest, it’s all worth it.

Ammi Midstokke: Mountain medicine for the wee ones

I have been trying to get my daughter to hike since before she could walk.

UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019

Jerry Brewer: Megan Rapinoe isn’t here to make you comfortable

It’s hard to keep count of all the polarizing ways that people describe Megan Rapinoe.

Doug Ferguson: Maria Fassi embraces expectations and wants to be a star

With power and personality, Maria Fassi has the package to be a star.

UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019

Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Seattle Mariners’ 8-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles

Wearing the uniforms of the one-and-done 1969 Seattle Pilots, the Mariners suffered an 8-4 defeat Saturday afternoon to the Baltimore Orioles, who had dropped 10 in a row.

Paul Newberry: Baseball is doomed on Florida’s Gulf Coast

As the Tampa Bay Rays look into the idea of playing games north of the border, it’s clear that baseball is doomed on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019

John Blanchette: Despite their collegiate accomplishments, the toughest challenges still await this bunch of Bulldogs

Both players, Hachimura in particular, will have to endure the modern blather that suggests that any first-rounder who falls short of All-Pro status is somehow a bust.

Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Seattle Mariners’ 5-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles

Wade LeBlanc pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings as the Seattle Mariners defeated the visiting Baltimore Orioles 5-2 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.

UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019

Michelle Kaufman: Never a doubt U.S. women would keep foot on gas in grudge match against Sweden

Sandbagging? The U.S. Women’s World Cup team? No way.