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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, …


John Blanchette: Grad transfers Admon Gilder, Ryan Woolridge more than final ingredients in Gonzaga’s recipe for success

This grad transfer business – it’s a little like Christmas shopping, right?


Larry Stone: Despite down season, Huskies show pride and poise in win over Oregon State

It was a disaster waiting to happen, one that would have been the most devastating blow in a season that has seen the Huskies’ hopes and dreams slip away, one …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 9, 2019

Larry Stone: Sounders have a ‘ridiculous opportunity’ – the chance to win an MLS Cup in front of Seattle fans

For the sporting fans of Seattle, this is a rare and precious opportunity Sunday.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

John Blanchette: Kyle Smith’s new-look Cougars send clear message to fans, foes in season-opening romp

Playing actual basketball at both ends. Guarding and everything. With a … what do they call those again? Oh, right. A plan.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Matt Calkins: Is the Washington men’s basketball team being overlooked? Let’s not rush to judgment

Your Honor, we appreciate the Dawgs’ enthusiasm, and we’re not discounting them totally, but let’s be real for a second. They lost a


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s quiet cast must learn to chat, and in a snap

There was a sitcom-worthy moment last week after Gonzaga’s exhibition game romp as a few young Bulldogs relaxed in their locker-room lounge, refueling on some grub and, well, doing what …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

TV Take: Gonzaga opens season with familiar faces taking center stage in win over Alabama State

Another Gonzaga basketball season began Tuesday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Much of the 2019-20 season opener against visiting Alabama State was familiar, from the sellout crowd to head …


Doug Ferguson: Rivalries in golf require more than a great year

The question was in Chinese, so Rory McIlroy stared aimlessly until his eyes widened suddenly upon hearing two words he could understand. Brooks Koepka.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 2, 2019

Sounders going back to work with MLS Cup looming next Sunday at home

MLS’s new single-elimination playoff bracket took Cristian Roldan back to his childhood.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

Matt Calkins: With history mostly on his side, Seahawks’ Pete Carroll takes a chance on Josh Gordon

On Friday, the Seahawks claimed Gordon off waivers after 27 other teams passed on him. They took a chance on a former Pro Bowler because they felt he would enhance …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

Geoff Baker: NHL players are paid like other major pro athletes – and ticket sales cover those wages

A number of readers wrote in last week inquiring about my statement that NHL players make salaries comparable to other major professional sports leagues.


John Blanchette: Ol’ Doc Basketball has a wonderful mix of ingredients in creating the perfect Gonzaga player

Ol’ Doc Frankenstein – movie Frankenstein, anyway – had it easy.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

John Blanchette: ‘Positive stubbornness’ allowed Sam Jankovich to reshape Washington State athletics

Sam Jankovich, who died in his sleep early Wednesday morning at the age of 85, was sometimes brusque, often polarizing, combustible, fiercely loyal. Also wise counsel and enduring friend.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

Matt Calkins: Unshakable Sounders stun everybody but themselves in advancing to third MLS Cup final

LAFC had the best regular-season record in Major League Soccer history. It had a supporters section you could hear from the other side of the skyline. It had Jerry West …


Doug Ferguson: 82 and 26, the standards of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson looked boyish in a dark suit that hung from his shoulders and appeared to be two sizes too big, the result of losing 28 pounds. He says he …


Doug Ferguson: Tiger Woods tied with Sam Snead, and no one else is close

The toughest competition for Tiger Woods has always been history. What captured the public’s attention when Woods won the first of his 15 majors, the 1997 Masters, was whether he …