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UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Playoffs or no playoffs? That is the question for surging Eastern Washington

Of the several dominoes that will likely need to fall for Eastern Washington to crack the Football Championship Subdivision playoff field, the biggest is respect from the playoff committee.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 14, 2019

Eastern Washington notebook: Antoine Custer confident Eagles will bounce back

Antoine Custer had reason to grimace following Eastern Washington’s gut-punching 49-44 loss at Jacksonville State on Saturday, but the senior running back smiled through the discomfort.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019

Eastern Washington notebook: Dennis Merritt’s injury thins out Eagles’ backfield

Teammates took a knee Saturday as burgeoning Eastern Washington running back Dennis Merritt was carted off the Roos Field turf, some emotional after he suffered what appeared to be a …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019

Eastern Washington notebook: Defensive back Joe Lang the latest small-town walk-on to start for the Eagles

The previous time Joe Lang saw his name in the starting lineup, he was helping Washington small-school power Royal cruise to a 1A state title at the Tacoma Dome.

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 31, 2019

Eastern Washington notebook: Eagles linebacker Chris Ojoh shines in lopsided loss to Washington

When budding Eastern Washington linebacker Chris Ojoh reported to fall camp 15 pounds heavier than he was a year ago, his teammates felt sympathy for opposing ballcarriers.

UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019

Big Sky Kickoff Notebook: Ex-EWU assistant Troy Taylor takes charge at Sacramento State

Troy Taylor had tenure as an educator in Folsom, California, and was leading one of the state’s premier high school football programs. He was in a good spot.

UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019

Prep notebook: Davenport’s Sydney Zeiler signs letter of intent; all-state baseball feeder games in Spokane

Sydney Zeiler of Davenport signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Eastern Oregon University earlier this week.

UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019

College baseball notebook: With Oregon State win, Gonzaga continues to peak near end of season

Ernie Yake isn’t much different than the throngs of under-the-radar baseball recruits who’ve gone on to thrive at Gonzaga.

UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019

Gonzaga-Florida State notebook: Bulldogs lean on athleticism to avoid repeat of last year’s loss to Seminoles

Leading up to the game, the focus was on how Gonzaga would respond to the athleticism of Florida State. After all, the Zags were pushed around in last year’s Sweet …

UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019

College baseball notebook: Gonzaga happy to be back home after tough nonconference road schedule

The Bulldogs’ three-game stretch against San Diego (17-8, 3-3) at Patterson Baseball Complex begins Friday.

UPDATED: Sat., March 23, 2019

Gonzaga notebook: Once in the middle of the action, Dan Dickau calls NCAA Tournament on radio

From Gonzaga’s first Associated Press All-American to first round draft pick to broadcaster, Dan Dickau has seen all levels of the basketball world.

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019

Senior Bowl notebook: Washington State’s Gardner Minshew voted captain by South teammates

When Gardner Minshew wasn’t winning over coaches and scouts with his right arm or his football savvy this week at the Senior Bowl, the Washington State quarterback was wowing them …

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019

Eastern Washington notebook: Steady Sam McPherson steps up in FCS title game loss for Eagles

Sam McPherson, who rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown in Eastern Washington’s 38-24 loss to North Dakota State in Saturday’s FCS title game, is fleet-footed, but not “elite fast” …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019

Eastern Washington notebook: Jay-Tee Tiuli makes the trip, but playing status not yet determined

Eastern Washington nose tackle Jay-Tee Tiuli donned a game jersey and red football pants Thursday as he posed for a team picture at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018

Eastern Washington notebook: Eagles’ offensive line has its way with Maine’s ‘Black Hole’ defense

Eastern Washington’s veteran offensive front wasn’t fazed in Saturday’s semifinal by Maine, which came to Cheney leading the country in run defense and was second in sacks.

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018

Eastern Washington notebook: Eagles defense getting better each game in march toward FCS title

Consider Eastern Washington’s defense the Timex watch of the FCS.

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018

Eastern Washington notebook: Eagles secondary steps up in win over UC Davis; Webster twins relish big Senior Day

Twin brothers Nsimba and Nzuzi Webster sat down in front of a group of reporters Saturday following No. 5 Eastern Washington’s 59-20 thrashing of fourth-ranked UC Davis, their smiles lighting …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018

Area volleyball notebook: WSU volleyball hoping for ESPN GameDay boost for its matches this weekend

Whenever Washington State has a corresponding home football and volleyball weekend, it assists the volleyball program. Add ESPN GameDay’s first visit to Pullman for Saturday’s WSU-Oregon showdown, and the smile …

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018

Eastern Washington notebook: Eagles offense puts up big numbers, but defense makes name for itself

With an offense as efficient as Eastern Washington’s, it’s defense – one of the most experienced in the Big Sky Conference – just has to do a serviceable job.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018

Eastern Washington notebook: Nsimba Webster steps up as big-play receiver

On an almost annual basis, Eastern Washington has produced some of the Big Sky Conference’s most dynamic pass catchers. Senior Nsimba Webster, a shifty, athletic former high school quarterback, appears …

British Open notebook: Rory McIlroy loses ground with tough finish at British Open

Rory McIlroy pledged to “go down swinging” in his bid to win a major for the first time in four years. He might have to swing for the fences after …

UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018

British Open notebook: Sandy Lyle goes out with a birdie at the British Open

Sandy Lyle has a green jacket and his name on the claret jug. He might have one other thing in common with Jack Nicklaus – a birdie on what likely …

UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018

Brooks Koepka traces golfing success to Scotland, aims to win British Open

It was just five years ago that Brooks Koepka won the Scottish Hydro Challenge to earn a spot on the European Tour.

Dustin Pedroia returns to DL, played just 3 games after return to Red Sox

Dustin Pedroia’s return from the disabled list lasted three games.

UPDATED: Sat., June 2, 2018

That Voice: Howard Cosell’s grandson, Colin, debuts as Mets’ PA announcer

As a young boy, Colin Cosell would climb into Papa’s lap and listen to that famed voice, the nasal, New York tone booming to sports fans all over the country.

Indians sign 36-year-old Oliver Perez for struggling bullpen

The Cleveland Indians have signed 36-year-old left-hander Oliver Perez for their struggling bullpen. This is Perez’s eighth major league team.

Prep track and field notebook: Path to state begins this week for area athletes

The path to state begins in Idaho and Washington this week.

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig runs into wall, leaves with sore hip, foot

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig crashed into a wall chasing a foul ball Saturday and was forced to leave the game because of soreness in his left foot …

Prep track and field notebook: Emily Hernandez took a shot and nailed it

Freshman track and field athletes are usually so far down a depth chart that head coaches rarely know their names. That was true of thrower Emily Hernandez of Lake City. …

Track and field notebook: Valley Christian jumper Julia Hayes leaps at every opportunity

At 6-foot tall, Julia Hayes doesn’t see herself as a sprinter. The Valley Christian School junior does see value in running the 100 meters, though.