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A Grip on Sports: As spring rolls on, major events continue to be rolled into the fall – if they are to be played at all

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Nothing seems to stand out on this Friday, which isn’t odd at all in these times. So we’ll catch up with a few items that …


A Grip on Sports: Baseball’s long history lends itself to lists of all-time greats even if games are on hiatus

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s April for goodness sakes. Showers. Flowers. And baseball. That’s what we expect, right? We’ll try to help.


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.