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John Blanchette: Grad transfers Admon Gilder, Ryan Woolridge more than final ingredients in Gonzaga’s recipe for success

This grad transfer business – it’s a little like Christmas shopping, right?


Larry Stone: Despite down season, Huskies show pride and poise in win over Oregon State

It was a disaster waiting to happen, one that would have been the most devastating blow in a season that has seen the Huskies’ hopes and dreams slip away, one …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 9, 2019

Larry Stone: Sounders have a ‘ridiculous opportunity’ – the chance to win an MLS Cup in front of Seattle fans

For the sporting fans of Seattle, this is a rare and precious opportunity Sunday.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

John Blanchette: Kyle Smith’s new-look Cougars send clear message to fans, foes in season-opening romp

Playing actual basketball at both ends. Guarding and everything. With a … what do they call those again? Oh, right. A plan.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Matt Calkins: Is the Washington men’s basketball team being overlooked? Let’s not rush to judgment

Your Honor, we appreciate the Dawgs’ enthusiasm, and we’re not discounting them totally, but let’s be real for a second. They lost a


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s quiet cast must learn to chat, and in a snap

There was a sitcom-worthy moment last week after Gonzaga’s exhibition game romp as a few young Bulldogs relaxed in their locker-room lounge, refueling on some grub and, well, doing what …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

TV Take: Gonzaga opens season with familiar faces taking center stage in win over Alabama State

Another Gonzaga basketball season began Tuesday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Much of the 2019-20 season opener against visiting Alabama State was familiar, from the sellout crowd to head …


Doug Ferguson: Rivalries in golf require more than a great year

The question was in Chinese, so Rory McIlroy stared aimlessly until his eyes widened suddenly upon hearing two words he could understand. Brooks Koepka.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 2, 2019

Sounders going back to work with MLS Cup looming next Sunday at home

MLS’s new single-elimination playoff bracket took Cristian Roldan back to his childhood.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

Matt Calkins: With history mostly on his side, Seahawks’ Pete Carroll takes a chance on Josh Gordon

On Friday, the Seahawks claimed Gordon off waivers after 27 other teams passed on him. They took a chance on a former Pro Bowler because they felt he would enhance …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

Geoff Baker: NHL players are paid like other major pro athletes – and ticket sales cover those wages

A number of readers wrote in last week inquiring about my statement that NHL players make salaries comparable to other major professional sports leagues.


John Blanchette: Ol’ Doc Basketball has a wonderful mix of ingredients in creating the perfect Gonzaga player

Ol’ Doc Frankenstein – movie Frankenstein, anyway – had it easy.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

John Blanchette: ‘Positive stubbornness’ allowed Sam Jankovich to reshape Washington State athletics

Sam Jankovich, who died in his sleep early Wednesday morning at the age of 85, was sometimes brusque, often polarizing, combustible, fiercely loyal. Also wise counsel and enduring friend.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

Matt Calkins: Unshakable Sounders stun everybody but themselves in advancing to third MLS Cup final

LAFC had the best regular-season record in Major League Soccer history. It had a supporters section you could hear from the other side of the skyline. It had Jerry West …


Doug Ferguson: 82 and 26, the standards of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson looked boyish in a dark suit that hung from his shoulders and appeared to be two sizes too big, the result of losing 28 pounds. He says he …


Doug Ferguson: Tiger Woods tied with Sam Snead, and no one else is close

The toughest competition for Tiger Woods has always been history. What captured the public’s attention when Woods won the first of his 15 majors, the 1997 Masters, was whether he …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 27, 2019

TV Take: Officiating controversy distracts from classic Washington State-Oregon encounter

It’s too bad most of America was in bed long before Oregon snapped its four-game losing streak to Washington State with a last-second 37-35 victory at Autzen Stadium in Eugene.


Matt Calkins: The Hopkins Hoops Show at Washington truly begins this season

The first two seasons – that was the soft opening. It might have been surprising, and it might have been successful, but it wasn’t the unveiling of the man’s true …


NFL is losing its reputation for boring trade deadlines

Not long ago, it was rare to see a lot of trade activity during the season. There were occasional blockbuster moves – Herschel Walker, Eric Dickerson – but you had …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Larry Stone: Yet again, Sounders dig deep and find a way to win in MLS Western Conference semifinal

This was a season that at times looked limitless, and at times looked hopeless.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Paul Newberry: Astros have shown disdain for media over and over

There’s no cheering – or jeering – in the press box. Impartiality should be the guiding tenet of any journalist. Yet, the Houston Astros are making it really, really tough …


Doug Ferguson: Patty Tavatanakit takes fast track to LPGA Tour

If everything had gone according to plan, Patty Tavatanakit would be in North Carolina this week preparing for two weeks of the LPGA Q-Series in her bid to earn status …


Jenna Fryer: Brian France was right to bring playoffs to NASCAR

Spoilers, tension, a sense of urgency. Heroes, villains. The NASCAR playoffs are playing out with all the drama Brian France envisioned for the elimination-style playoff system he helped launch in …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019

John Blanchette: With HBO cameras rolling, Washington State rolled out the red carpet for Max Borghi

Other than Wazzu’s first step into the Pac-12 win column, the best news out of Saturday’s 41-10 drubbing of hapless Colorado was Borghi amassing a career high for touches – …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019

TV Take: Washington State delivers downpour Déjà vu for Steven Montez, Colorado

Two years ago Colorado traveled to Pullman on a rainy Saturday in late October. Quarterback Steven Montez was awful, the Buffaloes’ offense was inept and Washington State earned a four-touchdown …


Tim Dahlberg: Clumsy words tarnish the LeBron James brand

LeBron James had time, and plenty of it, to figure out how best to answer the questions he knew were coming. Long days in hotel rooms in China and a …


Doug Ferguson: Lanto Griffin values free golf lesson from a caring pro

Steve Prater can recall only one time in more than 30 years as a PGA professional that he refused payment for a golf lesson. Lanto Griffin doesn’t know where he …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019

TV Take: Defensive debacles continue for Washington State as Cougars remain winless in Pac-12 play

It had been two weeks, two eventful weeks, since Washington State had been on the football field. The Cougars returned Saturday afternoon with another road game against a ranked opponent.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

Bill Plaschke: Dodgers’ horrific collapse against Washington Nationals extends their October nightmare

This is not real. This cannot be happening.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 5, 2019

John Blanchette: Gonzaga needs Killian Tillie to be whole as desperately as Tillie needs Tillie to be whole

On Thursday, the 6-foot-10 senior and presumptive drive train of these Bulldogs underwent surgery on his right knee, and a brief statement from the school said “his status will be …