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Grip on Sports: It’s not sunny everywhere, including the Mariners’ injury report

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The weekend beckons. It’s not supposed to be warm, but sunshine expected around here. None in Seattle however, especially not around the Mariners’ offices. Read …


Grip on Sports: It took a team effort for the Mariners to lose last night

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Some baseball losses are shouldered by the hitters. Some are the fault of the pitchers. And some, like the M’s defeat last night in Toronto, …


Grip on Sports: Like most things the NCAA does, the APR is not perfect but it does help us keep score

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The NCAA wants everyone to believe college athletics are played by student/athletes, with the emphasis on the last word. And that those student/athletes are at …


Grip on Sports: If you like racing, this is a good weekend near and far

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yesterday, 19 out of 20 horses who started at the Kentucky Derby finished. Only one, Always Dreaming, was declared the champion, however. Today, more than …


Grip on Sports: You can count on two things on the first Saturday in May – the M’s floundering and the Kentucky Derby

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Call it Black Friday if you must, but yesterday wasn’t all that bad for the Mariners. It was worse. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Bloomsday is a part of Spokane’s DNA

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Every year we look out the back slider and see the massive Lilac plant in the southwest corner of the yard. And wait for it …


Grip on Sports: Just a typical April weekend in sports but it was also the last one for almost a year

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh ya, dealing with the draft. And spring football. And the M’s struggles. Take a day and nothing changes. Read on.


Grip on Sports: It’s the time of year when sports worlds coliide

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Sunday. For more than a third of the year that means NFL football. But we are in the other two-thirds right now, which means …


Grip on Sports: A rite of spring arrives today with the Cougars

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s going to be a typical spring day in Spokane, with one atypical event: Washington State will hold its spring football game this afternoon at …


Grip on Sports: It’s Easter, which is a day for family – and a whole bunch of stories

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Easter. New bonnets, dresses, bow ties, baskets, church services. All that goes into celebrating. And don’t forget time with the family. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Even Easter week isn’t immune to speculation and rumor

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Easter weekend looms, with the specter of little ones roaming the neighborhood in search of eggs. Yep, for those of you who believe life began …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga’s national title dream is no longer just a fantasy as it was 40 years ago

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It wasn’t an April Fools’ joke, though it certainly had the sound of one. “Hey mom, did you hear. Gonzaga won. The Zags are in …


Grip on Sports: Today is Gonzaga and Spokane’s shining moment, though Monday may even be brighter

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If Gonzaga wins this afternoon, will they burn Bernhardt couches up at the Manito Center? Or will they think it’s just an elaborate April Fools’ …


Grip on Sports: The one where we talk about primates, backs, the Final Four and Gonzaga

A GRIP ON SPORTS • For the third time in program history and the second time in three years, Gonzaga is playing an Elite Eight game. The reward for the …


Grip on Sports: Will Gonzaga turn Northwestern’s NCAA ride back into a pumpkin today?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Had enough basketball yet? Or are you just getting started? We are halfway through the 64 teams that started the four-day weekend of NCAA hoop, …


Grip on Sports: Maybe we should just wait until Gonzaga’s NCAA run is over before worrying about the Mariners

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The weather around here has been downright spring-like the past couple days, so that got us thinking about baseball. And realizing we haven’t really checked …


Grip on Sports: Some days in Reno are like Friday, though probably only a few have been worse

A GRIP ON SPORTS • That was a bad day in the world’s biggest little city. At least for teams from around the Inland Northwest. The Big Sky Conference basketball …


Grip on Sports: Though WSU finished another basketball season under .500, Ernie Kent is locked in for a few more years

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Another Washington State University basketball season is over. And like most before this one, it wasn’t all that successful. But whether or not that changes …


Memoir: Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe reveals weight-loss surgery

The 33-year-old “Empire” star, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in 2009’s “Precious,” says she did not have the surgery to be beautiful but to improve her …


Grip on Sports: From Gonzaga to preps, there are enough basketball games on TV today to satisfy any fan

A GRIP ON SPORTS • As the days grow longer, the college basketball season grows shorter. But all it means is there is more intensity packed into each day. Today …


Grip on Sports: Eastern’s win, high school hoops give us more than enough to digest Thursday

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Even with Gonzaga and Washington State not playing on a Thursday night, yesterday was a busy one for basketball in the area. So instead of …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga dominates San Diego in a game no one but the folks in the Jenny Craig Pavilion got to see

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There may have been more dominating performances by the Gonzaga University basketball team than the one it turned in last night in San Diego, but, …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga’s WCC reign means just about every road game is a sold-out event

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Gonzaga is on the road again, which means there will be a big crowd in someone’s gym. It’s just the way it is in the …


Grip on Sports: Fireworks of a different kind erupted in Pullman last night

A GRIP ON SPORTS • One would hope with two of the nation’s top five college basketball teams playing in the Inland Northwest on the same night, there would be …


Grip on Sports: Decision by WSU’s Fossum is easy to understand

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Being a walk-on in Division I isn’t easy. Even if you play. And that’s not a given for those who pay their way in college …


Grip on Sports: Forget the groundhog, it’s all about when Gonzaga wins its 25th game

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Mount Snowplow began to melt away yesterday. To slip down the drain at the end of the cul-de-sac. It’s the best harbinger known to man …


Grip on Sports: The long march toward high school state basketball tournaments has begun

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Let’s see. It’s Wednesday. No college basketball tonight in the area. The NFL is finished. The NBA? No, not until Seattle has a team again. …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga rolls, sure, but Eastern, Idaho and WSU games had more drama

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You know what makes life more exciting? Little surprises. An unexpected bill in the mail, or, on a happier note, an unexpected check. A wink …


Grip on Sports: Beau Baldwin, Mike Kramer and the deep roots of Eastern Washington football

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Beau Baldwin is a heck of a football coach. The Eastern Washington head man has accomplished things that no other Eagle coach has ever done, …


‘Empire’ is new name for Spokane arena football team

A locomotive might not fit on an arena football field, but it suits Spokane’s franchise just fine.