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A Grip on Sports: It didn’t happen in a major league park, but our favorite baseball memory can only be shared one day a year

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Are you good or bad at April Fools jokes? Why am I asking? No reason. Just wondering. Nature seems to be pretty good at them, …


A Grip on Sports: NCAA gives back a year of eligibility lost to the pandemic, but with some caveats and unresolved costs

A GRIP ON SPORTS • With little in the way of original sports news to discuss these days, a lot of us are talking about the past. They collide today. …


A Grip on Sports: Gonzaga has played so many great nonconference games over the years, there are only a few slam dunks on our list of favorites

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are many times even in the busiest of years Gonzaga’s signing of nonconference matchups dominate a news cycle. But yesterday’s twin notices of future …


A Grip on Sports: The NCAA has a couple decisions to make soon so we have a suggestion to make them easier

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Life isn’t normal right now for anyone. So we will try to keep it as close as possible for you folks in this place. Which …


A Grip on Sports: The most-accomplished women’s college basketball players in our lifetimes have accomplished so much

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s that time again. After a few days of news, it’s time to get back to looking back. And making a list. Checking it twice. …


A Grip on Sports: Without a real Opening Day, we have to rely on our memories of those in the past

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You know what today isn’t? Well, darn it, it isn’t Opening Day. It was supposed to be. But, you know. Like everything else, baseball’s Opening …


A Grip on Sports: For the second time in a little more than two years, Washington State deals with a football-related tragedy as Bryce Beekman dies at 22

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is way too much sad information right now. Way too much. More was piled on this morning with the news out of Pullman that …


A Grip on Sports: With the Olympics on hold until next year, all we have are our memories

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This summer’s Olympics are officially done, even before they began. The IOC announced this morning they would be held in 2021, though they will still …


UPDATED: Tue., March 24, 2020

Eric Edelstein lends voice on Instagram: Actor and GU alum launches ‘Voice Actors Read’ to entertain kids at home

Actor Eric Edelstein, a Gonzaga alumnus known for his voice-acting roles including Grizz in “We Bare Bears,” launched a reading program for children on Instagram this week.


Women’s Business Center helps ideas bloom

Charlene Anderson knows exactly what she wants – to own an mixed martial arts and weightlifting gym for women.


A Grip on Sports: The Olympics would burn brighter and safer if the Games were postponed a year

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Not sure if anyone did this, but when we were growing up, we used to look at the list of Summer Olympics, dreaming of someday …


A Grip on Sports: This might have been the year to end the Pacific Northwest’s NCAA title drought

A GRIP ON SPORTS • This March was lining up to be an exceptional one for the Pacific Northwest. There were a couple men’s teams who seemed capable of winning …


A Grip on Sports: Picking a ‘favorite’ basketball player can mean many things, but the main element may be how much fun they supplied to those watching

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Saturday. Fun day. Cartoons, dates, golf, naps, depending on what state of your life you are in. So let’s have fun. Let’s stretch our …


A Grip on Sports: There have been many accomplishments from local college basketball players but none greater than John Stockton

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Now this was hard. Trying to distill all the college basketball players who have played in the Inland Northwest over the past 50 years into …


A Grip on Sports: This season may have ended abruptly, but the next one should be bright for Gonzaga, Eastern, WSU and other area teams

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Isn’t it fun to be surprised, in a good way? Someone jumping up from behind a couch yelling “happy birthday” is such an example. Opening …


A Grip on Sports: Mark Few tops our list of all-time local college basketball coaches, but there are 10 others to highlight

A GRIP ON SPORTS • College sports is different than the “next level,” as many commentators like to call the professional ranks. The biggest difference is, with college, the players …


A Grip on Sports: Tom Brady makes an announcement and everyone stops to think about it, even us

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Who would have thought, in these days of living alone as much as possible, huge sports news would break early in the morning. Tom Brady …


A Grip on Sports: The past is a mother lode of items to mine as we get through the next few weeks

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Was your weekend as weird as expected? Around Spokane, the snow and accompanying cold wind put a bite into any plans outside the home, though …


A Grip on Sports: Pop your popcorn and settle in for a debate on the best of sports movies over the years

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Ides of March are upon us. And the villain today isn’t Brutus with a knife, but a microscopic virus. It has stabbed the entire …


A Grip on Sports: Even with the lack of competition, filling this space still will be possible – with outside help

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The world of sports was quiet yesterday. So quiet, actually, as to be safe from the creatures in Quiet Place 2. But not a virus …


UPDATED: Fri., March 13, 2020

Whitworth, Community Colleges of Spokane extend spring break; WSU cancels Mom’s Weekend

Whitworth University, North Idaho College and the Community Colleges of Spokane have joined the list of schools canceling in-person classes and preparing to give lessons online due to COVID-19. Meanwhile, …


A Grip on Sports: There is nothing to look forward to in the sports world today, but that shouldn’t stop us from looking to the future

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Friday mornings are usually the time to look ahead, to see what’s on tap for the weekend. Let’s check. OK, that’s over. If we are …


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

Gonzaga extends spring break, prepares to move courses online due to COVID-19

In messages to students, faculty and staff on Thursday, Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh said spring semester courses are now scheduled to resume on March 23.


A Grip on Sports: As virus fears grow, the sporting world becomes more insular or shuts down

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Let’s be clear here. The coronavirus outbreak is serious. And it has to be taken seriously. Even in the world of sports.


A Grip on Sports: It’s already been a good year in Inland Northwest college basketball and it could still get better

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Here it is, more than a third of the way through the month of March, and all five of the college men’s basketball teams in …


A Grip on Sports: Gonzaga’s men rise above USF but the women are unable to finish off Portland

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Down, then up. That was Monday for a Gonzaga basketball fan in Las Vegas. Or for those in Spokane watching on TV. It didn’t make …


A Grip on Sports: The finish is in view, but a lot of action awaits before Gonzaga’s season ends

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The college basketball season seems to drag on interminably. And, at the same time, seems over in a flash. We have reached the flashpoint. And …


A Grip on Sports: After a long wait, WCC Tournament will finally include Gonzaga, the Cougars finally know their Pac-12 Tournament opponent and Whitworth moves on in the NCAA Tournament

A GRIP ON SPORTS • What is it Tom Petty once sung about? Something about waiting being the hardest part? Mr. Petty must have been a basketball fan.


A Grip on Sports: No matter how much water drops from the sky today, it can’t compare with the amount of hoops available on the TV

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It is wet outside. The good type of wet. Rain showers. Sprinkles really. Good for the plants and good for plans to watch sports on …


UPDATED: Fri., March 6, 2020

University of Washington moves classes online over virus fears; EWU moves finals online, up

Despite the University of Washington’s announcement Friday to move all classes online, Washington State University, the University of Idaho and other area colleges will continue holding classes while monitoring developments …