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Gene Warnick: A newcomer’s guide to public golf courses in Spokane County

Last year was my first full golf season in Spokane. The only course I had played previously was Indian Canyon, and that was in the previous millennium.


500 shots at a hole-in-one brings out the best (and worst) in a golfer

When stepping onto the tee box of a par-4 or par-5, the only thing that crosses my mind is to hit a nice drive. I’m not thinking about seeing that …


Doug Ferguson: Why it took 4 majors for Brooks Koepka to get his due

Majors matter more than any other golf tournament. They are not the sole measure of greatness.


UPDATED: Sat., May 25, 2019, 10:10 p.m.

Out of Right Field: Could 2019 M’s be worst edition yet?

Now that we’re one-third of the way through the season, it’s time to ask: Is this the worst Mariners team ever?


Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Mariners’ 6-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics

Domingo Santana hit two solo homers and Mitch Haniger had one for Seattle, which lost its fifth in a row.


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019, 10:49 p.m.

Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Mariners’ 6-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics

Matt Olson and Mark Canha hit back-to-back home runs as the Oakland Athletics defeated the visiting Mariners 6-2 Friday night for their seventh consecutive victory.


Jim Meehan: Former Washington State golfer Derek Bayley makes inroads early in pro career

Derek Bayley had a few things to tidy up before he turned pro, ending an impressive run in amateur golf.


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019, 7:02 p.m.

Larry Stone: Can the Storm find any silver lining in all the recent setbacks?

Sue Bird’s first words at the news conference Tuesday to discuss her knee surgery said it all.


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 7:22 p.m.

Matt Calkins: With Jaden McDaniels on the way, Huskies might have their best team in a decade – if not ever

Rivals considers Washington recruit Jaden McDaniels the seventh best college prospect, while ESPN currently has him going seventh in next year’s draft.


John Blanchette: Heart-and-soul Spokanite Randy Burkhart truly whistled while he worked

During summers at Priest Lake, Randy Burkhart was known to drag his son Jackson down to the boat before breakfast, motor offshore of Kalispell Island, bring a megaphone to his …


UPDATED: Sat., May 18, 2019, 11 p.m.

Out of Right Field: Oh, what a relief it isn’t for Mariners

Before the season began, general manager Jerry Dipoto admitted he was rebuilding Seattle’s roster. He even admitted the M’s were taking a step back, in hopes of becoming successful down …


Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Mariners’ 11-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins

Byron Buxton and C.J. Cron hit home runs in a seven-run fourth inning against Mariners right-hander Erik Swanson (1-5).


Ralph Walter: With help from an expert, even a knothead can learn to love hiking

Over the years, I’ve given my girlfriend some real duds as gifts – with the exception of last year: An autographed copy of “Day Hiking Eastern Washington,” co-authored by former …


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 4:25 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Sue Bird has been through it all with Storm in 17 years

Sue Bird, the 38-year-old point guard for the Seattle Storm, has essentially become the WNBA’s Tim Duncan. She’s a perennial All-Star with multiple titles who doesn’t decline with age.


Doug Ferguson: Dustin Johnson the best player with only 1 major

Dustin Johnson was on the wrong side of history at the last PGA Championship. It wasn’t because Brooks Koepka, his best friend in golf, walked away from Bellerive with the …


Tim Dahlberg: Heavyweights step up, just not against each other

Tyson Fury, the big British heavyweight who breaks into song at the most unexpected moments and would be fun to meet for a beer, will be fighting next month. So …


Jenna Fryer: IndyCar and NASCAR roar into showcase month of May

The most prolific month in motorsports arrived with two strong races with IndyCar and NASCAR both opening May with momentum-grabbing entertaining events that should carry the series through their Memorial …


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Tiger Woods’ comeback not even the best in golf history

Tiger Woods hysteria resumes this week at the PGA Championship, in the wake of his widely proclaimed “greatest comeback in sports history” last month at the Masters. I am going …


UPDATED: Sat., May 11, 2019, 6:44 p.m.

Out of Right Field: Mariners’ middle infield of the future arrives sooner rather than later

J.P. Crawford and Shed Long, the Mariners’ double-play combination of the future, were both recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.


UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019, 6:14 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Sounders not wasting any time improving a team that already looks among the best in MLS

If there is a notable Seattle sports signing in the spring, Starfire Sports isn’t usually where the press conference is. But this week, it was a pair of soon-to-be Sounders …


Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Mariners’ 3-1 loss to the New York Yankees

Left-hander J.A. Happ allowed one hit in five scoreless innings and Cameron Maybin drove in a run with a second-inning double as the New York Yankees defeated visiting Seattle 3-1 …


Commentary: With Kevin Durant out, will ‘old’ Stephen Curry return for Warriors in Rockets series?

Thursday morning, there was a lot of talk – on social media, in barbershops, on radio and TV shows – that the “old” Stephen Curry showed up in Game 5 …


Eddie Pells: No call in sports is above being picked apart

The replays stream onto our sets in high-definition on a practically endless loop, with no detail too small, or too big, to ignore: fingernails nicking basketballs, horses veering out of …


Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Mariners’ 10-1 win over the New York Yankees

Yusei Kikuchi allowed one run on three hits in 7 2/3 innings as the Mariners defeated the host New York Yankees 10-1 Wednesday night.


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Bobby Wagner has been a superhero for the Seahawks, so all this drama just sets the stage

I don’t know if there are a lot of people out there worried that Bobby Wagner won’t re-sign with the Seahawks, but if there are, let me offer a spoiler …


Doug Ferguson: Hard part for Max Homa was waiting his turn

He was among the best as an amateur, winning a prestigious national title and moving onto the PGA Tour. While he never thought it was going to be easy, making …


John Blanchette: Michael Jordan made The Shot, but Craig Ehlo made it necessary

It was the summer that Austin Ehlo – then a fifth-grader – was a camper at Michael Jordan’s Flight School in Santa Barbara, which should have been irony enough given …


Out of Right Field: A look toward the trade deadline as losses start to pile up

We’re still weeks away from Memorial Day, but let’s talk about which pieces Jerry Dipoto might be tempted to sell off as we head toward summer and, eventually, the trade …


UPDATED: Sat., May 4, 2019, 8:57 p.m.

Mark Story: Country House jockey makes no apologies after Kentucky Derby win

In the 145 years they have run the Kentucky Derby, no jockey has won the Run for the Roses the way Flavien Prat did Saturday.


Paul Newberry: Plenty of worries heading into Run for the Roses

After a grim year in horse racing, let’s just hope everyone makes it back alive at the Kentucky Derby.