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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 different in every case.
It was Shuster’s ninth national title, his fifth as a skip.
Tabitha Peterson played an aggressive game from the get-go to knock off three-time U.S. women’s curling champion Jamie Sinclair Saturday at Eastern Washington University Rec Center.
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 served well by adding perspective. Despite that, we attempt this morning to help those Washington State fans still in a little bit of shock after Thursday night’s overtime loss at UCLA.
For Matt Hamilton, the first foray into curling was a classic case of middle-school contrariness.
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 subject. It’s a pathetic cry for help. And today it didn’t work. Instead we decided to look at the top eight college basketball teams in the nation, the eight teams in the running for the top four seeds of the NCAA Tournament.
The composition of a curling team is often a fluid process, changing with players’ circumstances from year to year. Work complicates schedules. People move across the country. Family gets busier.
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, the five saddest words in sports. Luckily, there are other things to fill the void around here today. One very important thing, actually. And it is happening in Pullman.
Eastern Washington University football legend Michael Roos didn’t toss a coin or throw a pitch to open a week of championship competition at his alma mater in Cheney on Saturday evening. To officially begin the USA Curling National Championships at EWU’s University Recreation Center, the former Tennessee Titans tackle glided across perfectly pebbled ice to throw the first curling stone toward the house at the other end of the rink.
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 or Instagram the day two rivals meet. Today or tomorrow would work just fine.
Cheney is hosting the USA Curling National Championships as teams vie for shot at fame.
Settling into the hack, I said to myself over and over again, “Don’t fall.” Don’t fall. Don’t fall. I fell.
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 have anything else to do. There are way too many stories to get through for a Thursday.
Shawn Olesen has a day job back in Fargo, North Dakota, as a warehouse manager, and the work, he said, is rewarding.
It can be said that professional athletes are not like us civilians. And even when they are, they’re not.
Far removed from basketball’s March Madness or even hockey’s Frozen Four, the college curling championship is quietly taking place at the Broomstones Curling Club in the Boston suburbs. The nation’s top 16 club teams are competing for the championship, including defending champion Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
USA Curling’s top event, the men’s and women’s national championships, is set to take place in the Spokane area in 2020.
On Sunday and Monday evening, some 200 people gathered at the Frontier Ice Arena for massive group curling lessons led by members of the Coeur d’Alene Curling Club. They were children, teens and adults – mostly beginners unacquainted with the rules of the game and the tricky kneeling-sliding motion involved.
Long before John Shuster led the U.S. men’s curling team to Olympic gold, the Utility Now Known As Avista was touting the merits of the sport.
Curling clubs across the United States have seen a major uptick in interest in the sport in the wake of the U.S. men winning the gold medal at the Winter Olympics. A curling club in Omaha, Nebraska, reports that 1,000 people will participate in its learn-to-curl events this winter and spring. That is more than twice as many as in a normal year. About 20,000 curlers are registered with USA Curling, and that number is sure to grow.