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UPDATED: Fri., March 13, 2020

Larry Stone: In roughly 24 hours coronavirus makes sports, a longtime sanctuary in times of crisis, disappear

It was dizzying. It was surreal. It was unfathomable.


UPDATED: Thu., March 5, 2020

Larry Stone: Jarred Kelenic, Julio Rodriguez have impressed for Mariners, but let’s tap the brakes

After nearly two weeks in Arizona watching the Mariners go through the rigors of spring training, I am much more optimistic about their 2020 outlook.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 29, 2020

Larry Stone: Ichiro makes seamless transition from star player to Seattle Mariners coach

For the first time since perhaps infancy, Ichiro has begun a baseball season with no aspirations of being an active ballplayer.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Larry Stone: Ahead of ‘huge year’ as the Mariners’ starting second baseman, Shed Long is working hard to improve defensively

You can see them together virtually every desert morning, Shed Long and Perry Hill, working on whatever quirky drill the 67-year-old zen master of the infield has devised.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Larry Stone: Even with a bleak Mariners outlook, there’s plenty of joy and intrigue with spring training

The mere phrase “pitchers and catchers report” is always enough to thrill the senses – even if you know going in that those pitchers and catchers are not nearly good …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Larry Stone: For Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna, impact on women’s basketball cut short in most tragic way

Kobe Bryant’s shocking death Sunday at age 41 resonated with especially profound pain in that realm, where Bryant was a beloved figure. He was an absolutely unabashed supporter of the …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 25, 2020

Larry Stone: What’s next? Russell Wilson’s ‘goofball’ persona remains the Seahawks’ best offseason story line

Russell Wilson tweeted the other day that it “makes me sick” not to be still playing in pursuit of a Super Bowl title.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 24, 2020

Larry Stone: Jerry Dipoto says Mariners’ 2020 success won’t be measured by wins. You’ll have to wait till next year for those.

The Mariners’ pre-spring training luncheon traditionally is an opportunity to pump up the fan base with optimism and good vibes for the season to come.


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. 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: 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.


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: 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 …



UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 14, 2019

Larry Stone: The worst might be yet to come for Mariners. So when will things turn for the better?

You know it had to have killed Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto to be a benign observer to the most active winter meetings in recent memory.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Larry Stone: Allegations, punishment involving Astros, Patriots and Russia unlikely to deter cheaters as financial motivation grows

It was Sophocles, the Greek tragedian, who said, “I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.”


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

Larry Stone: After another strong defensive performance on road versus Eagles, Seahawks are starting to think big

The Seahawks are starting to see the outlines of a best-case scenario that was mostly fantasy and wishful thinking just a couple of weeks ago.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

Larry Stone: If revitalized defense can keep it up, Seahawks will be the team no one wants to face

The Seahawks hope the defense’s performance in Monday’s victory over the 49ers is the emergence of a unit that all year has been considered their weak link. If they did, …


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: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Larry Stone: We’re finally about to find out how good the 7-2 Seahawks really are

The Seahawks have nudged, trudged, finessed, finagled, willed and Wilson’d their way to a 7-2 record.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

Larry Stone: Late Mariners broadcaster Ron Fairly was a weaver of tales, and here are some favorites

Late Mariners broadcaster Ron Fairly was a weaver of tales, and here are some favorites


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. 9, 2019

Larry Stone: After ‘step-back’ season, Mariners must develop stars to bridge gap with MLB postseason teams

It’s readily evident that the Mariners, as presently constituted, aren’t even in the same ballpark as the 10 teams that qualified for the postseason.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019

Larry Stone: Not everything is rosy, but the Seahawks are 2-0 and ‘just getting warmed up’

They have won two games by a grand total of three points against teams that by November – or sooner – might look like they actually should have been pushovers.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019

Larry Stone: Seahawks have areas of concern, but offseason moves make Super Bowl dreams not so far-fetched

In the 2018 season, the Seahawks lost six games – including the one to Dallas in the playoffs that still causes sleepless nights – by a total of 23 points.


Larry Stone: Seahawks QB today, tycoon tomorrow –Just call Russell Wilson ‘Mr. Unlimited’

Last year, Russell Wilson somewhat facetiously introduced his alter-ego, “Mr. Unlimited,” to counteract what he termed “the typical boring Russell, Robot Russell.”


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

Larry Stone: Jake Haener’s decision to transfer was ‘awkward.’ Will it be problematic for Chris Petersen and Washington?

The word coach Chris Petersen used to describe the timing of the Jake Haener drama was “awkward.”


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019

Larry Stone: With QB job his, Jacob Eason gets chance to take Washington Huskies to new level

It was the decision that seemed inevitable, but by all accounts really wasn’t.