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Grip on Sports: It’s a cliche, but behind every athlete is, in some way, a mom

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is no mold, no diagram, for the perfect mother. They are available in different shapes and sizes, different ages and looks. Some of them …


Grip on Sports: The M’s step-back officially kicks in as they fall below .500 for the first time this season

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The day we knew was coming finally arrived. The Mariners, 11 games over the break-even mark after the season’s first 15 games, are now on …


Grip on Sports: It gets a little convoluted, but the Seahawks seems to be bouncing back nicely after the Frank Clark trade

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Let’s see if we have this right. The Seahawks traded Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs for a couple draft picks, including a No. …


Grip on Sports: It’s been a busy stretch for Kyle Smith, WSU basketball players

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Isn’t May supposed to be a relatively quiet month in college sports? Well, it is not anymore, even if it ever was.


Grip on Sports: The Bloomsday run, the Run for the Roses, none of these are as easy as running down the Mariners’ chances

A GRIP ON SPORTS • As thousands of scantily clad folks prepare to make a 7.5-mile run through Spokane this morning, we sit down at our computer for our daily …


Grip on Sports: Arizona’s basketball program is burning to the ground and there is only one way to put out the flames

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We have one question. How is Sean Miller still Arizona’s basketball coach? If smoke correlates to fire, then there is a conflagration in Tucson. And …


Grip on Sports: It is a good day to cover a variety of subjects, from young to old

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where are we? Oh yes, back home. There is something comforting about that, no matter how successful the trip was. And, in this case at …


Grip on Sports: WSU’s Mike Leach seems to have another former SMU runningback mad at him

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Having a party soon? Check the invite list. Make sure Mike Leach and Eric Dickerson’s names don’t overlap. It could get ugly. Read on.


Grip on Sports: What a year it was for WSU’s Gardner Minshew

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh yes, following the NFL Draft. And other things. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Tonight’s NFL Draft marks the beginning of the future for Dillard and others from the area

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You would think it is football season with what starts tonight in Nashville. Yep, it’s the NFL Draft. The biggest off-season event in professional sports. …


Grip on Sports: If cloning were possible, Tuesday would have been a good night for sports fans to utilize it

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Some nights there are just too many games to watch. Last night was one of them. Read on.


Grip on Sports: Is the early season success for the Sounders and Mariners built on a firm foundation or quicksand?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • After watching the somewhat-local professional soccer team play yesterday, it hit me. The regional pro teams competing this summer have great records. But they may …


Grip on Sports: Brandon Clarke’s shining moments for Gonzaga will live in Bulldog lore

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There have been many bright, shining stars in the Gonzaga basketball constellation the past two decades. But has there ever been one that has shined …


Grip on Sports: Winning the Erving Award was just another of Hachimura’s amazing feats for Gonzaga

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Awards are always quite interesting, from who wins them to what they represent. But there was an interesting twist to Rui Hachimura’s winning the Julius …


Grip on Sports: Forget the robins, it’s another type of birdie that really lets us know spring is here

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The Norway maples in the backyard are blooming. You know what that means, right? In six months there will be leaves everywhere. If your glass …


Grip on Sports: Nothing seems to stop spring football practice in Pullman

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Whoever designed the Washington State University campus knew the importance of high ground. Even biblical-like floods didn’t stop Mike Leach and his group from holding …


Grip on Sports: Beauty is in the eye of the viewer when it comes to NCAA hoops

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Football players specialize on one side of the ball. Baseball? There is even a position where you never play defense and another where you never …


Grip on Sports: Klay Thompson’s WSU number will be retired and hang in a place where he came of age

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you were up late last night, you might have seen the news. In a nod to modern times, Washington State athletic director Pat Chun …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga experiences the one constant in sports – the pain of losing

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Two years ago, Gonzaga’s season ended a couple points short of every college basketball team’s ultimate goal, the NCAA title. Last night, this season ended …


Grip on Sports: As soon as one NCAA test ends, another awaits Gonzaga on Saturday

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Not to get ahead of ourselves, but Gonzaga’s win last night over Florida State, while a big one, was just prelude. Now the team that …


Grip on Sports: Today is the best day for a variety of reasons, not all of them coming on a basketball court

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The best day of the year deserves more than just some random thoughts. But that’s what the NCAA Tournament, which really begins today, is receiving. …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga learns its NCAA fate this afternoon

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Their place in the tournament has been locked in since their tournament win in Hawaii, more than likely. But this afternoon the Gonzaga Bulldogs discover …


Grip on Sports: Will the Eagles find a way to earn another NCAA berth tonight?

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s Saturday morning again. Which means you probably have a lot of fun things planned. Me too. But first we have to get this darn …


Grip on Sports: There are bad days and then there are awful days, like the one Gonzaga had Tuesday in Las Vegas

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Everyone who has ever visited Las Vegas can look back on a bad day or two in Sin City. It’s inevitable or they wouldn’t keep …


Grip on Sports: If you like upsets, the WCC tournament has been almost perfect thus far

A GRIP ON SPORTS • If you decided not to worry about the West Coast Conference tournament until it was Gonzaga’s turn to play, you’ve missed a lot. How much? …


Grip on Sports: Daylight saving time is coming, so maybe now the snow can melt

A GRIP ON SPORTS • What are your plans for the weekend? Do they include any basketball? Or is a marvelous movie on the horizon? Read on.


Grip on Sports: Awards are nice and all, but they are only the appetizer for what is ahead

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We are looking forward to the next week. And the week after that. And the week after that. And … well, you get the picture. …


Grip on Sports: It may be March, but we are snowed under with college football news today

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Went to bed last night with two feet of snow on the ground and the knowledge we live in an area where college basketball is …


Grip on Sports: It’s a good week to get ready for college basketball’s drive to the postseason

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Take a breath. Relax. Sit calmly for a moment. It’s time to prepare for college basketball’s stretch run. Read on.


Grip on Sports: High school basketball is over, but that’s just the beginning

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we? Oh yeah, basketball season. Not to be confused with baseball season or soccer season or anything else right now. Especially at the …