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UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 2, 2020

Out of Right Field: Offense absent, Mariners drop second straight to Athletics

SEATTLE – This year was always going to feature some growing pains for the Seattle Mariners. The pandemic shortening the season to 60 games (or whatever they end up with) …


UPDATED: Wed., July 29, 2020

Larry Stone: Careless behavior, decisions by Marlins and others during COVID-19 pandemic put MLB season in peril

In time-honored baseball parlance, the status of the MLB season is day to day.


UPDATED: Wed., July 29, 2020

Mac Engel: Will there be college football amid COVID? Former Power 5 AD paints bleak picture

The former athletic director of three Power 5 conference schools said football provides at least 71% of an athletic department’s annual budget.


UPDATED: Sun., July 26, 2020

Out of Right Field: M’s finally taste victory at Minute Maid Park

It’s over. The Mariners found a way to win at Minute Maid Park.


UPDATED: Sat., July 25, 2020

Larry Stone: Kraken? NHL Seattle’s team name is bold and distinctive, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it

The feverishly anticipated unveiling of the team name for the Seattle NHL franchise began inauspiciously Thursday morning, with about three minutes of silence on the feed as CEO Tod Leiweke …


Tim Dahlberg: Fingers crossed as NFL tries to pull a season off

The plan to play professional football this fall is finally coming into focus, just as rookies are set to report to NFL training camps around the country.


Larry Stone: ‘It was just elation’ - Washington tribes celebrate name change in other Washington

Fawn Sharp, president of the National Congress of American Indians and also president of the Quinault Indian Nation on the Olympic peninsula, awoke at 3:08 on a recent morning. These …


UPDATED: Sat., July 18, 2020

Jerry Brewer: Daniel Snyder is detrimental to the welfare of the NFL. He must go.

To hell with the name. It doesn’t matter what you call Daniel Snyder’s ruinous franchise. It will still be offensive. The team needs a reckoning, or a wrecking ball, as …


UPDATED: Fri., July 17, 2020

Larry Stone: With Breanna Stewart, Sue Bird back, coaching formula for Storm success is simple - ‘Don’t mess them up’

On a recent Zoom call, Storm coach Gary Kloppenburg was queried about the abundance of talent on the 2020 squad, augmented by the return of superstars Breanna Stewart and Sue …


UPDATED: Wed., July 15, 2020

Larry Stone: Jarred Kelenic is ‘exciting the daylights’ out of the Mariners. Just don’t expect him on the 2020 roster.

SEATTLE – Few things in sports are more exhilarating than the first glimpses of a transcendent talent. It can do strange voodoo on your brain – like make you ignore …


UPDATED: Mon., July 13, 2020

Mark Bradley: The odds of college football being played this fall? Not good.

A month ago, colleges were cautiously optimistic that football would be played this fall. The adjective – “optimistic” – and the adverb – “cautiously” – were assigned almost equal weight. …


UPDATED: Sat., July 11, 2020

Larry Stone: Washington’s Chris Petersen has no regrets – and he’s laser-focused on molding Seattle’s future business leaders

When Chris Petersen stepped down as Husky football coach in December, he expressed the desire to recharge, regain some balance in his life and reacquire the passion he felt had …


UPDATED: Sun., July 5, 2020

Commentary: Fans may not like what they see on return to stands

Don’t be too eager to sit in the stands if your favorite team is lucky enough to open play over the next few months.


UPDATED: Sat., July 11, 2020

Commentary: Some more appropriate names for Washington NFL team

Now that Washington’s NFL has taken a long-overdue step toward changing its name, it’s time to start lining up some possible replacements.


UPDATED: Sun., June 28, 2020

Trip down Northwest sports’ memory lane starts with baseball, hockey upgrades

I am, friends and family constantly remind me, quite elderly. So old, in fact, that I have witnessed a large percentage of the greatest teams, athletes and events in Inland …


UPDATED: Mon., June 22, 2020

Jerry Brewer: Noose in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall is a defining moment for NASCAR

Hate, not heritage. Pure hate. What else could prompt a person, or multiple people, to place a noose in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the man who nudged NASCAR …


UPDATED: Sat., June 20, 2020

Larry Stone: MLB’s labor battle may be nearing an end, but it will take a while to overcome the self-inflicted damage

Even the good news comes with a slap in the face for baseball these days.


UPDATED: Fri., June 19, 2020

Matt Calkins: Adding QB Kevin Thomson is big for Huskies, but let’s not anoint him the starter just yet

SEATTLE – Wednesday was a big deal, but this isn’t a done deal. The Huskies’ quarterback competition should still be fierce.


UPDATED: Sun., June 14, 2020

Jerry Brewer: Black and white teammates know: Conflict is inevitable; winners confront it

Let’s reframe this nonsense about sports’ immunity to discrimination. Certainly, Vic Fangio would appreciate that. A few days ago, the Denver Broncos coach trumpeted the naive notion that racism and …


UPDATED: Sat., June 13, 2020

Larry Stone: Black Lives Matter movement has catalyzed a reckoning across sports – and it’s not slowing down

SEATTLE – The country is going through momentous changes before our very eyes. And the world of sports, rather than providing a sanctuary for those who want to escape the …


UPDATED: Sat., June 13, 2020

Matt Calkins: With earlier return from coronavirus shutdown, Sounders and MLS can capture casual fans’ interest

SEATTLE – I have a feeling a lot of football, baseball and basketball fans are about to say something they haven’t said: “I can’t wait for Major League Soccer.”


UPDATED: Wed., June 10, 2020

Jerry Dipoto, Mariners confident rebuild remains on track despite prospects’ lost playing time

Logan Gilbert throws regularly from a mound in his Florida backyard, aiming at a posted target rather than a catcher’s glove. He lifts weights at home diligently, and consumes the …


UPDATED: Mon., June 8, 2020

Ralph Walter: No Wet Dog Fur Open golf tournament this year, but that’s no reason to be teed off

Always scheduled for the second Monday of June, the Wet Dog Fur Open – the S-R sports department’s unauthorized golf tournament that has produced enough embarrassing moments to make even …


John Blanchette: Well-traveled Jim Fitzgerald takes over Sasquatch during hairy times

It is simply not the case that Jim Fitzgerald has either attended or worked for every college and sports franchise between here and Seattle.


UPDATED: Sat., June 6, 2020

Mike Lupica: LeBron James is always willing to stand up and be heard

This is what can happen, though, so often with celebrities conditioned to the world hanging on every word and on every subject except beach erosion.


UPDATED: Sat., June 6, 2020

Paul Newberry: A college hockey program worth saving in Alabama

The Chargers of the University of Alabama in Huntsville have always been outliers


UPDATED: Tue., June 2, 2020

Larry Stone: Will George Floyd’s death compel people to finally consider the substance of Colin Kaepernick’s message?

As always, you can hear the message you want to hear. Even if it’s at the expense of the one you should be absorbing, at full volume, now more than …


UPDATED: Sat., May 30, 2020

John Blanchette: These sports memories might not have been big time, but we still miss them

Among the lesser and self-evident lessons from our ongoing limbo is just how much sports can be missed when they’ve been furloughed.


UPDATED: Sat., May 30, 2020

Matt Calkins: Seahawks’ L.J. Collier ready to bust the notion that he’s a draft bust

After a rookie season that displayed limited promise amid limited snaps, L.J. Collier, the Seahawks’ 2019 first-round draft pick, plans to change skeptics’ minds. “I’m champing on the bit to …


UPDATED: Thu., May 28, 2020

Michael Cunningham: MLB’s labor offer threatens damage to its best product: star players

The latest proposal by baseball owners for a 2020 season is so transparent in its attempt to divide the players’ union that it must be a gambit. Surely, they offered …