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Tuesday, November 12, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Life without arena football: Faithful fans root for return of high-flying sport to Spokane

The season is winding down in arena football leagues across the country but not in Spokane. The franchise – known as the Shock for the first 10 seasons in arenafootball2 …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017

Shackleford returns to assistant’s role after 11 years as arena head coach

Adam Shackleford didn’t think coaching was in his immediate future after the Spokane Empire shuttered operations in July.


Adam Shackleford joins Nebraska Danger’s coaching staff

Former Spokane Empire coach Adam Shackleford is back in the Indoor Football League game as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach with the Nebraska Danger.


Spokane Empire players named to All-IFL team

Spokane Empire defensive lineman John Griggs was named to the first team All-IFL team, while defensive back John Hardy-Tuliau was named to the second team, the Indoor Football League announced …


Spokane Empire’s season ends with last-second road loss to Salt Lake

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – Verlon Reed hit Devin Mahina with a 2-yard touchdown pass as time expired and the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles beat the Spokane Empire 45-42 on …


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017

Spokane Empire need victory, help to reach IFL playoffs

Spokane has spent the last half of the Indoor Football League regular season playing its way out of the postseason. The Empire have dropped five of their last six games …


Spokane Empire still alive in IFL playoff chase

The race for the second and final playoff berth in the Intense Conference will come down to the last week of the Indoor Football League regular season.


UPDATED: Fri., June 9, 2017

Spokane Empire devastated by Iowa Barnstormers in 30-point loss

DES MOINES, Iowa – Travis Partridge threw five touchdown passes and the Iowa Barnstormers never trailed, convincingly beating the Spokane Empire 58-28 on Friday in Indoor Football League action. Partridge …


Spokane Empire planning game-day decision at QB for Iowa matchup

The Spokane Empire will have a quarterback when the offense lines up against red-hot Iowa on Friday. But the Indoor Football League team isn’t quite ready to announce whether it …


UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017

Playoff implications at stake in Spokane-Arizona matchup

The third meeting between Spokane and Arizona on Saturday at the Arena will shape both Indoor Football League teams’ postseason plans.


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017

Charles Dowdell out, Aaron Wilmer in at quarterback for Spokane Empire

A three-game losing streak has damaged the Spokane Empire’s once glossy record and their standing in the Indoor Football League playoff chase.


Spokane Empire face short preparation week, road trip to Colorado

It’s good timing to play the last-place team in the Intense Conference. It’s not good timing to play on a short week.


UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017

Spokane Empire clash with Storm for first time since United Bowl 2016

The Spokane Empire will face the Sioux Falls Storm in Week 12 of the 2017 Indoor Football League regular season at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls at …


UPDATED: Sun., April 30, 2017

Bryan Pray keeps his composure, boosts Spokane Empire to narrow win over Salt Lake

Spokane wide receiver Bryan Pray, a five-year Indoor Football Leauge veteran, proved his worth as an experienced player in the Empire’s 31-29 win over Salt Lake on Sunday at the …


Spokane Empire hope to keep rolling after statement win over Arizona Rattlers

The Spokane Empire finally got their statement win.


Spokane Empire prevail late over Rattlers

The Spokane Empire outscored the Arizona 25-14 in the final quarter and edged the Rattlers 60-51 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.


Defense holds up in Spokane Empire’s victory over Colorado Crush

In a matchup last season, the Spokane Empire hung almost 100 points on the scoreboard in a 97-72 win over the Colorado Crush. What a difference a year can make.


Spokane Empire to host Salt Lake’s versatile QB Verlon Reed

The Spokane Empire (3-1) will host the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles on Friday at the Arena in the second of the teams’ three-game regular season series.


Devonn Brown catches 4 touchdowns in Spokane Empire’s rout of Colorado Crush

Charles Dowdell threw for 200 yards with seven touchdowns, Devonn Brown was on the receiving end of four of them, and the Spokane Empire crushed the Colorado Crush 70-37 on …


UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017

Empire ground Screaming Eagles in IFL action

The Spokane Empire dominated the first half and survived a second-half rally to turn back the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles 41-35 in Indoor Football League action on Monday in Salt …


UPDATED: Fri., March 10, 2017

Spokane Empire sign DB Toney Hurd, activate WR Samuel Charles

The Spokane Empire signed defensive back Toney Hurd Jr. to their 2017 IFL roster. Hurd joins the Empire for his rookie season as a member of the IFL.


UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017

Spokane Empire take on Wichita Falls Nighthawks in first IFL road game

The Spokane Empire will play its second game of the Indoor Football League season and first road game against the Wichita Falls Nighthawks (2-0) on Friday at the Kay Yeager …


Empire trim roster ahead of IFL season opener

Spokane Empire head coach Adam Shackleford felt great about the team he brought into training camp.


Spokane Empire sign wide receivers Carl Sims and Bryan Pray

The Indoor Football League’s all-time leading wide receivers could call Spokane home in 2017. The Empire announced on Friday the signings of Carl Sims (6-foot-0, 190 pounds) and Bryan Pray …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017

Spokane Empire signs former Eastern Washington lineman Cassidy Curtis

The Spokane Empire signed former Eastern Washington offensive lineman Cassidy Curtis to their 2017 IFL roster.


Spokane’s IFL schedule includes three Arizona contests

Spokane and former Arena Football League rival Arizona will meet three times in the 2017 Indoor Football League regular season.


Arizona’s arrival strengthens IFL

The Arizona Rattlers officially joined the Indoor Football League on Monday, a move that should have a positive impact on the Spokane Empire and the IFL.


Empire add defensive lineman

The Spokane Empire has added defensive lineman Royce Lafrance to their Indoor Football League roster, the team announced Sunday.


Sources: Arizona close to joining Spokane in Indoor Football League

Spokane switched arena leagues last year and it appears two Arena Football League franchises hope to follow in the Empire’s footsteps to the Indoor Football League.


Area roundup: Overland’s goal wins it for Washington State

Alysha Overland headed in a rebound at 38:01 for the game’s only goal and Washington State upset 13th-ranked Santa Clara in soccer Thursday in Pullman.