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UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 6:36 p.m.

Matt Calkins: If you like spring training, you’re in luck – the Mariners’ season will be six months of it

Do you clear a week to head out to Arizona every March? Is spring training your favorite part of the year?


UPDATED: Sat., March 23, 2019, 8:17 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Washington coach Mike Hopkins is as loving as he is bizarre

Energetic. Passionate. Insightful. Inspiring. These are all accurate adjectives if you’re trying to describe Huskies men’s basketball coach Mike Hopkins.


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 10:20 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Washington shows poise from the top down to make successful return to NCAA Tournament

After watching a 13-point lead shrink to seven in less than a minute, and then watching a turnover give the ball back to a jacked-up Utah State team, Huskies basketball …


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 9:55 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Pete Carroll bets on himself while letting Seahawks great Earl Thomas walk

Seattle was likely never going to offer the free safety


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Mariners’ Felix Hernandez has reason to be upset, but he also has an opportunity

Hernandez is beginning the season as the No. 5 starter on a Mariners team Fangraphs is projecting to win 75 games. If I’m Felix, I’m using my (likely) last season …


UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019, 4:44 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Washington’s victory over Oregon State should all but lock up NCAA Tournament bid

After a 45-minute tango with Oregon State that resulted in an 81-76 overtime victory, the Huskies are a virtual lock to go dancing later this month.


Matt Calkins: Seahawks follow NFL’s safe game with big-time pass-rushers by tagging Frank Clark

Clark got a huge raise by getting the tag, but imagine what he and other coveted pass rushers would get if they hit the open market. So far this offseason, …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 5:46 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Washington’s Matisse Thybulle has been the best player in the Pac-12, and it’s not even close

Matisse Thybulle is averaging 5.5 steals and 2.37 blocks in his past eight games. But he deserves much more than Defensive Player of the Year honors.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:08 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Co-defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake staying at Washington, with a smile on his face

For the second straight year, UW co-defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake has said no to Nick Saban.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 6:20 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Unranked Washington men’s basketball gets caught up in Pac-12’s image crisis

They’ve won 11 games in a row and are 9-0 in conference. They are 18-4 overall and have no truly glaring loss.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 5:43 p.m.

Matt Calkins: The Huskies just keep winning, and there’s no reason for it to stop any time soon

Advanced apologies for the jinx, but the Washington men’s basketball team looks like the class of the Pac-12 Conference.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Huskies star Jaylen Nowell has gotten even better – and smarter

Nowell, who averages 16.7 points per game, ranks third in the Pac-12 in two-point field-goal percentage at 56.8. But it’s not just about the numbers Nowell is producing – it’s …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

Commentary: Three months later, it’s time to rethink these Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks’ 38-31 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs showed that they belong in the playoffs. And young roster or not, they’re looking more and more like a team …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 5:16 p.m.

Matt Calkins: The key to Chris Petersen’s recruiting success at UW is hidden in Huskies’ number of scholarship offers

The Huskies only offered 91 scholarships for this class, which was the third-lowest among Power 5 schools. The average number of offers was 232. Oregon made 335.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 7:28 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Pac-12 playing for its football reputation during bowl season

Nearly four months later, it seems almost certain: The Huskies’ College Football Playoff chances ended the second they lost to Auburn.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 5:54 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Let’s hear it for a Seahawks team that is not only surprising to watch, but likable

One day after the Seahawks lost to Atlanta in January 2017, I penned a column saying they were no longer likable.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 5:49 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Huskies feel down after losing thriller to No. 1 Gonzaga, but don’t count them out

Washington gave top-ranked Gonzaga everything it could handle in an 81-79 loss, and the Huskies can take pride in knowing that they not only woke up the Pac-12 but the …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Matt Calkins: When the NHL comes to Seattle, don’t expect Vegas Golden Knights-level success immediately

If there was a better sports story this year than the Vegas Golden Knights, nobody told me about it. A first-year expansion team wins 51 games before soaring to the …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Matt Calkins: To make playoffs, Seahawks need Russell Wilson to be better than good

It’s easy to see why No. 3 might be taken for granted sometimes. But Sunday’s loss to the Chargers was a reminder of what has been true for a few …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 5:29 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Not easy finding truth behind Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s ‘consequences’

From the outside it appears Earl Thomas is joining a few former Seahawks stars in avoiding punishment for his actions away from the game. While Pete Carroll says there are …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 7:42 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Despite taking a stinging one-two punch, Huskies’ hopes haven’t hit the canvas

If you’re a Washington football fan, you might have cracked one more brew than you should have over Labor Day weekend. You might have needed a way to dull the …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 8:24 p.m.

Matt Calkins: It might be nothing, but until we know more, K.J. Wright’s knee treatment certainly is worrisome

What’s most sobering about this news is how truly tenuous this roster has become. The linebacking corps was supposed to be the one reliable aspect to this overhauled defense. Now, …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Mariners and Jerry Dipoto seem stuck with this starting rotation after a lack of options

So as the Mariners chase the Astros and A’s for a playoff spot, I ask: Does this team have the starters to contend? Could Dipoto have done more to beef …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 11, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Matt Calkins: George Fant travels the long road back for Seahawks and hasn’t lost any confidence

Left tackle George Fant was an undrafted free agent who morphed into a potential starter for the Seahawks before a devastating injury ended his season. He’s back now and still …


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 5:53 p.m.

Matt Calkins: More money would be good, but WNBA-NBA wage gap is about economics, not gender

Dissenting voices are necessary for change, and players such as former Washington Husky Kelsey Plum are providing them on the WNBA-NBA wage gap. But when it comes to compensation, we …


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 6:45 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Seattle an obvious choice to host 2026 World Cup matches

Of the 17 U.S. cities bidding to host World Cup games, Seattle deserves to be one of the 10 FIFA selects (three cities from Canada and three more from Mexico …


Matt Calkins: Should Seahawks really be running so hard to stay away from the pass?

That notion is one that has gained traction over the years, but isn’t one Seahawks coach Pete Carroll subscribes to. A longtime proponent of run-first football, Carroll oversaw some not-so-subtle …


UPDATED: Sat., April 28, 2018, 9 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Seahawks drafting Shaquem Griffin and reuniting him with his twin? That’s pure Hollywood

Shaquem Griffin had been the darling of his draft class since his superhero performance at the NFL combine in March. In addition to running the fastest 40-yard dash for a …


UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Matt Calkins: What are the Mariners thinking? Keeping Ichiro is purely illogical

So … are the Mariners going to bring Griffey back again? Maybe sign Randy Johnson to strengthen the rotation? Hell, if the price is right, they can probably lure Russell …


UPDATED: Thu., April 5, 2018, 4:32 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Most important Seahawks’ draft? You bet, and the team can’t afford any errors

Sometimes the NFL draft is for pure entertainment purposes. You know your team is already stacked with young talent, and though you’d like to see the front office add quality, …