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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 …


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 …


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.


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.


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 weather around here may be yucky, but there is relief available on your television set

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is it spring yet? No? Well then, why is there golf and tennis all over my television set?


A Grip on Sports: Derek Jeter is headed to the Hall of Fame, as he deserves, though not as a unanimous choice

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Baseball’s Hall of Fame is the oldest of the sports’ halls. Maybe the best, too, but that is probably in the eye of the visitor. …


A Grip on Sports: The Zags messed up their poll ranking by – and we’re not joking – winning two games at home by big margins over good-to-decent teams

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Let’s see how this worked. Team A won two games at home against teams ranked quite a bit higher in the metric the NCAA uses …


A Grip on Sports: The Cougars’ new football coach, Nick Rolovich, already seems to understand the cultural essence of the school’s fans

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You can have all the press conferences you want. All the orchestrated events or appearances at basketball games and on television shows too. But nothing …