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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. …


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: Trailblazers like Virginia Danke should never be forgotten by anyone – but especially by those following in their paths

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s mystifying how losing someone can remind others of how much they’ve gained. But that’s the case today as we look back at the changes …


A Grip on Sports: Gonzaga’s Timme is just one bright spot in a work week split in two by them

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s the middle of the work week, so we might as well inject ourselves into the middle of whole bunch of news.


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 …


A Grip on Sports: The Astros’ scandal has reached the heights of absurdity as Rob Manfred defends the indefensible

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Let’s summarize. The Houston Astros cheated. They got caught. Scapegoats were identified and punished. Everyone else in the organization is defiant. But the commissioner of …


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 …


Gonzaga launches initiative to meet educational, health needs in northeast Spokane

Gonzaga University announced the Opportunity Northeast initiative last week, two years after the school embarked on a listening tour to learn about issues and perceptions from the people who live …


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.” …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

Always looking for the fastbreak, Gonzaga senior guard Jessie Loera trying to slow down and enjoy Senior Day

Saturday’s game against Santa Clara will also serve as Senior Day for Loera and put her on the spot no matter what happens in the game.


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 …


A Grip on Sports: If coaches can walk away at any time, college athletes should have the same prerogative

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The sky is not falling. It only seems that way in Colorado. And maybe around Spokane.


A Grip on Sports: With about a month left in college basketball’s regular season, who is best positioned for the NCAA Tournament’s top seeds, besides Gonzaga of course?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Some days you just have nothing. It’s easy to tell. Before you begin writing, you are scrolling through Twitter trying to come up with a …


A Grip on Sports: The Cougars’ performance Sunday in front of George Raveling was award-worthy

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Woke up this morning with a bad sore throat and a stuffy nose. Wonder if I picked up a Parasite or something watching TV last …


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, …


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: Will Super Bowl loss leave the 49ers with a hangover, as it has seemed to do recently for NFC teams that come up just short?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Thankfully, it was a good game. Competitive. Exciting. Tension-filled. Then the Lab ran over the Beagle and ruined everything. What, you thought I was talking …


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: Is your commemorative Super Bowl mug half-overflowing or half-empty? It’s a question Seahawk fans will be answering for another year

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Super Bowl weekend. Remember those back-to-back years when that meant something in this region? It didn’t end well.


Gonzaga to host funeral services for the Rev. Bernard Coughlin in late February; former president will be buried in Spokane

Gonzaga University will hold funeral services for the Rev. Bernard Coughlin, the university’s longest serving president, on campus in late February.


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: This season’s Cougars seem to be waking up the ghosts of basketball success past

A GRIP ON SPORTS • What is it about Arizona State, Washington State, Pullman and last-second shots? Oh, and throw in left-handed shooting guards too. A wild-ending happened again last …


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.