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A Grip on Sports: As Gonzaga discovered, it was not a good day to be one of the nation’s top-ranked teams

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It happens to football on the occasional Saturday in the fall. And it happens at least once a year in the winter for college hoops. …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 23, 2020

Shawn Vestal: EWU would be reckless not to consider proposal to cut, or eliminate, sports

EWU made cuts of almost $7 million across campus in the past two years; it spent about twice that in a single year to subsidize athletics. Ask yourself if you …


A Grip on Sports: The names change, the stakes change, but Gonzaga and BYU in Provo will always be a red-letter game

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s a given when Gonzaga shows up in a West Coast Conference gym not named after the McCartheys, the game will be the biggest of …


A Grip on Sports: After last night’s split-personality games, the weekend’s college basketball matchups loom even larger

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Wait, it’s Friday again? Already? Man, the week went by fast. Sort of like how quickly the University of San Francisco coughed up its lead …


A Grip on Sports: How Ryan Newman survived Monday’s Daytona 500 crash is miraculous – and a relief

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Car crashes are usually more a part of snowy mornings on Interstate 90 than they are Monday sports, but that wasn’t the case yesterday at …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

Eastern Washington University faculty members propose cutting sports to pay for academics

“Eastern’s not doing anything outrageous. We’re not doing anything extravagant,” EWU Athletic Director Lynn Hickey said. “At the same time, we know that we need to be responsible, fiscally. But …


A Grip on Sports: The road wasn’t completely kind to area college basketball teams Saturday

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Three local college basketball teams spent Saturday in cities other than the ones they live in. And how they got to their eventual results was …


A Grip on Sports: Better start getting your excuses in order because this may be the final Saturday you can use ‘it’s too cold’ as the reason to sit and watch college hoops

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This may be it. The last Saturday of the winter. That’s if you define winter as “when the high temperature is less than 50 degrees.” …


A Grip on Sports: It might not bring solace, but Washington State’s loss at UCLA last night was not that unusual

A GRIP ON SPORTS • One nice thing about having experience - read, being old – is the ability to put some things in perspective. Of course, sports rarely is …


A Grip on Sports: No matter where you turn, you can probably find a college basketball game to watch tonight

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Just about every night this time of year, one can turn on their television set and tune into a college basketball game. It might be …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

‘Activist in residence’ teaches EWU students about immigrant rights

This year’s EWU “activist in residence” is Lili Navarrete, an alumna of the university who immigrated to Spokane from Mexico City in 1988. She is the director of public affairs …


A Grip on Sports: George Raveling’s legacy is being enshrined forever in Pullman today, as it should be

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Want to hear the three saddest words in sports? “There is no NFL this Sunday.” Wait, let me count that again. One, two … OK, …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

EWU therapeutic recreation program gives students tools to help others

The recreational program at EWU is hands-on and prepares students to use recreational activities to help patients achieve physical and mental goals.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 8, 2020

‘You have to support them’: Fans, first-timers come out as curling national championships kick off in Cheney

Eastern Washington University football legend Michael Roos didn’t toss a coin or throw a pitch to open a week of championship competition at his alma mater in Cheney on Saturday …


A Grip on Sports: Is there much better than rivalry games, especially in college hoops? There are a couple on tap this weekend that would argue for a negative answer to that question

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Rivalries are at the heart of sports, but nowhere are they more intense than at the college level. Don’t believe me? Then just check Twitter …


A Grip on Sports: Friday mornings in the winter are all about the previous night’s college basketball, from Gonzaga to Eastern and in-between

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Around 6 last night, I turned to the person next to me and told them I knew what I would be writing about this morning. …


A Grip on Sports: From football signings to basketball previews, this Thursday is anything but slow

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you have time today to read every story we are about to link, congratulations. You are either retired or so financially secure you don’t …


A Grip on Sports: Even back in his Gonzaga days, it was easy to see Gonzales had major league stuff, mainly because it was hard to follow

A GRIP ON SPORTS • As I was slip-sliding around Spokane yesterday – and anyone who was out this morning probably was doing the same – we had some thoughts …


A Grip on Sports: For a short while at the turn of the century, the Seahawks had one of the best offensive line duos in history

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The mind plays tricks on all of us occasionally. What we once saw as mediocre becomes good. The good becomes great. And our memories evolve …


A Grip on Sports: Deciding who to root for on Super Bowl Sunday is tougher than deciding what to eat … and not nearly as much fun

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Happy Super Bowl Sunday everyone. (Or is it Merry Super Bowl Sunday? I never know which one is correct.) Hope you have your family gathered …


A Grip on Sports: Never take for granted how great college basketball is … and how great it is to be able to watch just about any game you want

A GRIP ON SPORTS • When your Thursday night includes college basketball, is there anyway it is going to be boring? If you answered anything but “no” to that question …


A Grip on Sports: We long for the optimism spring training will bring and the way it can cleanse the palate after a hard winter

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Living in the moment is not always easy. There are times when it would be so nice to fast-forward to whatever awaits tomorrow or the …


A Grip on Sports: Sunday’s tragedy reiterates how life has a way of taking unexpected turns

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Not expecting to miss out on the most tragic sports story in years, that’s for sure. But that’s what happened.


EWU student to continue facing obstruction charge stemming from November protest

Maya Caruth, 25, was arrested on Nov. 7 after crossing a so-called “safety zone” that separated hundreds of student protesters from three religious activists who had arrived on campus with …


A Grip on Sports: Without the NFL on this Sunday, what can we do? There is a seemingly endless list of possibilities and none of them have anything to do with the Pro Bowl

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This is the first Sunday without pro football since September. Which opens a world of possibilities.


A Grip on Sports: It’s Saturday and you know what that means. This time of year it means college basketball from sunup to beyond sundown

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Saturday. The weekend. Sports on TV. Sports in person. A good day. The best day of the week? Maybe.


A Grip on Sports: Sorry M’s fans, there is a another year of building for the future ahead

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Jan. 24, so what is on the agenda for today? Baseball, of course. Specifically, the Seattle Mariners, the region’s major league team. And its …


A Grip on Sports: The Beasley Coliseum rafters shook yesterday and they also changed forever

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you are reading this, it means you are no spring chicken, as my dad used to say. (Having not grown up on a farm, …


A Grip on Sports: The podium presentation was impressive, but Nick Rolovich’s introduction at Washington State was just part of an overpowering day in local sports

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You don’t often have a Friday morning so filled with reports of news, upsets, routs and the like. It’s a cornucopia of sports on a …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Student’s arrest at EWU protest prompts First Amendment arguments

Invoking the First Amendment, an attorney questioned the right of law enforcement to separate protesters and counterprotesters into different sections of the campus mall based on their appearances and perceived …