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Area coaching icons Dan Fitzgerald, Buzzie Welch honored alongside Jack Thompson, others during Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame ceremony

Dan Fitzgerald first came to Spokane in 1972, and as he, his wife Darleen and daughter Kelly were driving up Division Street in a U-Haul, the future Gonzaga men’s basketball …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019

Former Washington State QB Ryan Leaf soaks up atmosphere at Northern Colorado game following Hall of Fame induction

Amid a sea of Cougars jerseys – some bearing his No. 16 – Ryan Leaf strode across Cougville, next to Martin Stadium, before Saturday’s game against Northern Colorado.


A love affair with baseball: Sutton brothers umpire the Hall of Fame tourney for 12-year-olds

The average age of the 47 umpires working the Hall of Fame baseball tournament for 12-year-olds in Cooperstown, N.Y., is somewhere around 40 years old.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 3, 2019

Defensive backfield trio of Champ Bailey, Ty Law, Ed Reed inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

Also inducted were Kevin Mawae, Pat Bowlen, Johnny Robinson and Gil Brandt.


UPDATED: Sun., July 21, 2019

Like always Hall-of-Famer Edgar Martinez came prepared

He’d read and practiced the speech an estimated 50 times coming into Sunday, with an admitted 12 more times that morning, to the point where it was almost memorized. That …


Edgar Martinez tours Hall of Fame, thanks fans again

It took Edgar Martinez a decade on the ballot to reach the pinnacle of baseball. A visit to the Hall of Fame on Monday reaffirmed his appreciation of being selected …


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019

Nominees announced for 57th annual North Idaho Sports Award Banquet

The guest speaker is former Seattle Seahawks fullback Mack Strong.


Mariners finally get chance to honor Edgar Martinez’ election

Edgar Martinez finally got to celebrate his Hall of Fame election in the place he called home for his entire career. Martinez spent last week being honored on the East …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 25, 2019

Mike Mussina will not have team logo on Hall of Fame plaque’s cap

Mike Mussina will not have a team logo on the cap of his Hall of Fame plaque. The Hall announced the decision three days after Mussina was elected. Mussina spent …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019

No hat logo for Roy Halladay’s Hall plaque; Mike Mussina uncertain

Roy Halladay won’t have a logo on the cap of his Hall of Fame plaque, and Mike Mussina wants some time before giving his opinion to the Hall, which makes …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019

To Hall of Famers, baseball has transformed at dizzying pace

Baseball has transformed at dizzying speed since Edgar Martinez took his final swing and Mike Mussina, Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay threw their final pitches. Mussina, appearing at a news …


Next year it’s Derek Jeter’s chance to join Mariano Rivera in the Hall

Derek Jeter headlines the group of candidates who will be newly eligible for baseball’s Hall of Fame next year. Mariano Rivera, Jeter’s longtime teammate with the New York Yankees, was …


Tim Dahlberg: Hall of Fame is becoming a crowded place

Edgar Martinez got in just as his chances were running out, meaning baseball’s Hall of Fame will have yet another designated hitter. Three pitchers are in the newly elected class, …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019

Mariano Rivera 1st unanimous Hall of Fame pick; Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina also in

Mariano Rivera has become baseball’s first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, elected along with Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina. Rivera received all 425 votes in balloting by the …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019

Edgar Martinez appears ready to get the call from the Hall

The battle between teeth-gnashing anxiety and dreamy hope inside the minds of Mariners’ fans will either explode into more bitter disappointment … or into long-awaited joy for Edgar Martinez in …


Lou Piniella back on ‘Today’s Game Era’ HOF ballot

Late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, former managers Lou Piniella, Davey Johnson and Charlie Manuel, and six players headed by Lee Smith are on the 10-man ballot for the …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018

Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed, London Fletcher, Champ Bailey 1st-year HOF nominees

Tony Gonzalez is the most accomplished tight end in NFL history. He’s now a nominee for the 2019 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. So is safety Ed …


Chipper Jones shines in Hall of Fame induction speech

Chipper Jones didn’t bow to the pressure of the moment, and it was considerable. Jones was inducted Sunday into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and he stood there delivering his …



Vlad Guerrero tours Baseball Hall of Fame, “so glad” he made it

Fresh from swinging some heavy lumber in the basement of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Vladimir Guerrero took a quick peek at where his likeness will hang in three months.


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018

Like father, like son: Ex-Gonzaga guard David Stockton signs 10-day contract with Utah Jazz

Ten-day contracts in the NBA generally don’t create much of a stir but they do when they involve the Stockton name and the Utah Jazz organization.


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018

John Blanchette: Ronny Turiaf still keeps his Gonzaga memories close, no matter where in the world he may be

His ability to speak five languages made Ronny Turiaf – Zag by way of France by way of Martinique – the school’s international man of mystery. Or would have, except …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018

Sandpoint High, University of Idaho standout Jerry Kramer elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

In his 11th time as a finalist, Sandpoint High and University of Idaho grad Jerry Kramer was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018

John Blanchette: Destiny better be knocking on Jerry Kramer’s door come Pro Football Hall of Fame decision day

Saturday is decision day for the voters of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and destiny day for Sandpoint’s – and Idaho’s – favorite football son, who will either be …


Hat’s off to Vlad: Guerrero 1st to wear Angels cap into Hall

Vladimir Guerrero will become the first player to wear an Angels hat on his Hall of Fame plaque. Guerrero spent more time in Montreal, leading many to think he would …


John Blanchette: Disappointed Mariners fans must designate 2019 as Edgar Martinez’s year

Remember the wry commercial that used to run during Seattle Mariners telecasts – and lives forever on YouTube – about all the things Edgar Martinez did between his at-bats as …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018

Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero highlight class of four players elected to baseball Hall

Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018

Martinez rockets up Hall of Fame ballot as DHs gain respect

Edgar Martinez is rocketing up the Hall of Fame ballot, boosted 13 years after his final swing by new-age statistical analyses and campaigning.


Larry Stone: Edgar Martinez’s Hall of Fame chances too close to call at 11th hour

The Martinezes plan to spend Wednesday just like any other day.


Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey dies at 87

Doug Harvey was so sure of his calls on the diamond, he ended every game the same way. Following the last out, the umpire took his wad of chewing tobacco …