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UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Matt Calkins: Does Seahawks coach Pete Carroll deserve Pro Football Hall of Fame call?

Few will dispute that Carroll is the most successful coach in the organization’s history. And given his consistency, it’s hard to argue that he isn’t one of the best coaches …


Tim Dahlberg: Finally, the Super Bowl might be fun again

For the first time in four years, the Patriots will be sitting at home when the NFL championship is decided. And, really, on the 100th anniversary of the NFL, that …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020

Dan Thompson: Gonzaga again refuses to shrink in the big moment, even when its number of healthy players does

Yoeli Childs took the floor during warmups looking the part of someone who was going to play Saturday night, only to occupy one of the first three seats on the …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020

Vince Grippi: Nearly a decade after leaving Washington State, Klay Thompson proud as ever to be a Cougar

For Klay Thompson, whose No. 1 jersey will now fly in the Beasley Coliseum rafters for perpetuity, it seems like only yesterday he was wandering the Pullman streets, enjoying the …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020

Larry Stone: Astros’ cheating, fallout compromise Major League Baseball’s credibility like steroids scandal once did

Pitchers and catchers report for spring training in a month, which usually is cause for celebration. But the carnage from baseball’s cheating scandal continues to grow, casting a pall on …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

TV Take: Gonzaga displays WCC dominance in thumping of second-place Santa Clara

Santa Clara entered Thursday night’s matchup with top-ranked Gonzaga sporting a 15-3 record and the West Coast Conference’s second-best league record.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

John Blanchette: Nick Rolovich’s Apple computation adds to his growing popularity at Washington State

It took 25 minutes for Nick Rolovich’s introduction as Washington State’s 33rd head football coach to crest on Thursday afternoon.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

John Blanchette: Hiring more about hope than home runs at Washington State

Time was, hiring a new coach began with winning the press conference. No more.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Tim Dahlberg: Houston Astros get the punishment, Los Angeles Dodgers pay the price

AJ Hinch won’t be managing in the big leagues any time soon, if at all. Alex Cora will soon join him in the unemployment line, and it’s hard to believe …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

Matt Calkins: Good luck trying to replace Mike Leach at Washington State

The comforting response, if you’re a Washington State football fan, is to tell yourself that it was time – that the Mike Leach era had peaked and a change is …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

TV Take: Plenty of wipeouts for KHQ crew to analyze in Gonzaga’s rout of San Diego

The wipeout nature of the game – appropriate, in a sense, for surfer paradise San Diego – allowed the Spokane-based crew to examine some aspects of the Zags’ season that …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

John Blanchette: Now Mike Leach can become Mississippi State’s Starkville reality

Wonder if the folks at Mississippi State will enjoy discovering that their new coach considers the Egg Bowl to be just another game?


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Washington State AD Pat Chun optimistic about football’s future after Mike Leach’s move to Mississippi State

With the majority of the football team still elsewhere on winter break, and the streets of Pullman relatively quiet, Pat Chun stood at a podium inside the Cougar Football Complex …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Matt Calkins: Controversy aside, Jadeveon Clowney is a defensive force – and he’s been crucial to the Seahawks’ run

When Clowney is healthy, he has had more impact on the Seahawks’ success than anybody not named Russell Wilson.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

John Blanchette: Something’s afoul at the free-throw line for nation’s No. 1 team

Not quite 7 minutes on the clock had elapsed Saturday night when a whistle sent Gonzaga to the foul line for the first time.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

TV Take: Gonzaga fends off pesky Pepperdine with one of GU’s own calling the action on ESPN2

When Gonzaga fans turn on ESPN2 to watch their Zags play, they expect to get a different perspective from the self-proclaimed Worldwide Leader.


Jerry Brewer: Russell Wilson has been a star for the Seahawks. Now he has to be the franchise.

It’s remarkable how little Russell Wilson has changed. Spend five years away from a person, and you expect to notice differences, even subtle ones. I’m not sure Wilson even has …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

TV Take: Tale of two halves for Gonzaga in West Coast Conference-opening victory at Portland

You had to wonder what those still-awake college basketball fans east of the Rockies thought when Thursday night’s Gonzaga halftime score flashed across their screen.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

Larry Stone: David Stern’s legacy in Seattle is simple: There are no Sonics

The death of David Stern on Wednesday elicited the expected tributes to his far-reaching legacy as the 30-year commissioner of the NBA. No less an eminence than Michael Jordan extolled …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

Matt Calkins: Nobody intrigues Seattle sports fans like Marshawn Lynch

With Marshawn Lynch re-signing with the Seahawks, these past nine days have been among the wilder ones in franchise history. But they also confirmed something – that nobody intrigues Seattle …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 30, 2019

John Blanchette: Peanut brittle, paydays make visit to Gonzaga worth the lopsided result for lesser-known nonconference foes

Men of a certain age who as boys collected baseball cards – along with marbles and skinned knees – may recall the morbid fascination that came with opening another five-cent …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

Larry Stone: No shortage of drama in Seahawks-49ers prime-time showdown

In typical Pete Carroll understatement, here’s how the coach envisions Seahawks fans during Sunday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

John Blanchette: Sour Cheez-It Bowl epitomized how Washington State regressed this season

Maybe it’s the regret of another defining moment slipping through the Washington State Cougars’ paws in Anthony Gordon’s finale – a 31-21 loss to Air Force on Friday night at …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 27, 2019

TV Take: Air Force’s early ‘soul-sucking drive’ helped set tone for Cheez-It Bowl full of clichés against Washington State

If you had contrasting styles as the most on-point cliché of the bowl season, you are a winner. Even if only half of the folks who watched Air Force’s 31-21 …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019

John Blanchette: Both Air Force, Washington State offenses prove balance is more about perception that percentages

Even with Air Force’s beloved triple-option Flexbone offense pushing 40 years old, does anybody hit Troy Calhoun with, “Coach, why can’t you pass it even a little more?”


Larry Stone: As improbable as it may be, Marshawn Lynch could be the Seahawks’ Christmas miracle

Was anyone talking Monday about the most abysmal Seahawks performance of the year? Barely. All the buzz – and it quickly turned into a din – revolved around the ramifications …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 21, 2019

Larry Stone: Huskies’ blowout Las Vegas Bowl win signals a changing of the guard as Chris Petersen exits, Jimmy Lake takes over

In his first few moments as the no-longer-defensive coordinator and now-official head coach of Washington, Jimmy Lake was looking for people to hug.


John Blanchette: Gonzaga not chicken when it comes to taking its spot atop the college basketball podium

“Welcome to your worst nightmare Gonzaga: the #1 ranking,” came the blast over Twitter. From Buffalo bloody Wild Wings.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 21, 2019

TV Take: Gonzaga’s offensive, defensive game plans executed to perfection against high-scoring Eastern Washington

Gonzaga came into Saturday afternoon’s neighborly showdown with Eastern Washington with a chance to ascend into the No. 1 spot in the national polls.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019

Larry Stone: Entering final game as Huskies’ football coach, Chris Petersen embraces his uncertain future

Chris Petersen was in a rather playful mood Friday, the day before his final game as the University of Washington’s football coach. In fact, it may be his final game …