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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Virginia Danke, a ‘trailblazer’ for women’s sports in Spokane, dies at 94

The woman considered the mother of girls high school sports in Spokane has died.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Homero Gómez González, Mexico’s monarch butterfly defender, found dead

Homero Gómez González, a former logger who became one of central Mexico’s most prominent defenders of the region’s monarch butterfly population, was found dead Wednesday.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 26, 2020

Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant dies in California helicopter crash

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Former Idaho interim athletic director Pete Isakson dies at 48

In perhaps one of the most satisfying days in his tenure as athletics director, Pete Isakson got to take part in the groundbreaking for the UI’s new basketball arena, set …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

Don Larsen, who threw only perfect World Series game, dies at 90

Don Larsen, the journeyman pitcher who reached the heights of baseball glory in 1956 for the New York Yankees when he threw a perfect game and the only no-hitter in …


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

Former Spokane Indians player, Seattle Mariners broadcaster Ron Fairly dies at age 81

With an unmistakable style featuring a self-deprecating sense of humor and unique voice, Ron Fairly was a distinctive presence on the Seattle Mariners radio and television broadcasts for 14 seasons.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

Former Washington State, Miami athletic director Sam Jankovich dies at 85

Jankovich began his tenure at Washington State in 1968 as an assistant on Jim Sweeney’s football staff.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019

Former Whitworth baseball coach ‘Spike’ Grosvenor leaves lasting legacy on, off the field after his death

A curveball that didn’t curve. That’s how I met Spike Grosvenor.


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019

Former players remember ex-Whitworth coach Daryl Squires as even-tempered gentleman

Even in Whitworth’s most gut-check moments, former head football coach Daryl Squires maintained an even-keel disposition.


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019

Jim Meehan: Golf loses prominent figure with passing of longtime Esmeralda pro Bill Warner

Warner spent 37 years as the pro at Esmeralda, simultaneously running the busy city course while providing instruction to players of all levels and life lessons to young employees. Warner …


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019

Larry Stone: Jim Bouton made sure the Seattle Pilots would live forever with his seminal book ‘Ball Four’

The thing about Jim Bouton that always amazed me – and warmed my heart – was the pure joy he derived from his masterpiece, “Ball Four.”


John Blanchette: Heart-and-soul Spokanite Randy Burkhart truly whistled while he worked

During summers at Priest Lake, Randy Burkhart was known to drag his son Jackson down to the boat before breakfast, motor offshore of Kalispell Island, bring a megaphone to his …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019

Former North Idaho College baseball coach Jack Bloxom dies at 80

Jack Bloxom was the face of North Idaho College’s baseball program for 30 years and a fixture in the region’s baseball scene.


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019

Former North Idaho basketball standout Chris Harrison dies of heart attack

Chris Harrison had a smile for everyone he met and brought his charisma onto the basketball court, along with a fierce competitive streak.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018

Sigi Schmid, winningest MLS coach, dies at 65

Sigi Schmid, the winningest coach in MLS history, has died. He was 65.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018

Idaho Vandals Hall of Fame basketball player Don Newman dies at age 60

Don Newman set the tone in his two seasons as Idaho climbed the Big Sky Conference ladder by winning 11 and 17 games, respectively, setting the table for coach Don …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018

Former Carroll College coach Bob Petrino Sr. dies in Montana

Longtime Carroll College football coach Bob Petrino Sr., the father of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino and Idaho coach Paul Petrino, has died at his home in Montana. He was …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018

Ray Hobbs remembered for shaping sports culture at area high schools

Hobbs compiled a 188-104-8 record with the Greyhounds football team, highlighted by three consecutive undefeated seasons. He was named the Inland Empire Coach of the Year in 1979 and was …


Racing pioneer Dan Gurney dead from pneumonia complications

Dan Gurney, the first driver with victories in each of the Formula One, IndyCar and NASCAR Cup series, died Sunday from complications of pneumonia. He was 86.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 13, 2018

Legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson, ‘the soundtrack of Saturday afternoons in the autumn,’ dies at age 89

Throughout a career that spanned 52 years, Keith Jackson’s voice accompanied the telecast of a few of the country’s – and world’s – classic sporting events. He worked 15 Rose …


Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies at 49

Jana Novotna, who won the hearts of the tennis world when she sobbed on the shoulder of a member of the British royal family after a heartbreaking loss in the …


Legendary mountain climber Fred Becky dies at 94

Legendary mountain climber Fred Beckey, who wrote dozens of books and is credited with notching more first ascents than any other American mountaineer, has died. He was 94.


Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb dies at 28 in ATV crash

Daniel Webb, a former relief pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, has died in an ATV accident. He was 28.


Hall of Fame QB Y.A. Tittle dead at 90

Y.A. Tittle, the Hall of Fame quarterback and 1963 NFL Most Valuable Player, has died. He was 90.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 1, 2017

Hockey broadcaster Dave Strader dies of cancer at 62

Dave Strader, the hockey broadcaster known affectionately as “The Voice,” has died after battling bile duct cancer for more than a year. He was 62.


Hall of Famer Pierre Pilote dies at 85

Hall of Fame defenseman Pierre Pilote, a three-time Norris Trophy winner who helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 1961, has died. He was 85.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 12, 2017

Longtime NHL coach, GM Bryan Murray dies at 74 of cancer

Bryan Murray, a longtime NHL coach and general manager who helped turn around the Washington Capitals and took the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup Final, has died at 74.


UPDATED: Sun., July 23, 2017

Basketball Hall of Famer John Kundla dies at 101

John Kundla, the Hall of Fame coach who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA championships, died Sunday. He was 101.


Former major leaguer Jim Piersall dies at 87, Red Sox say

Former major leaguer Jim Piersall, who bared his soul about his struggles with mental illness in his book “Fear Strikes Out,” has died. He was 87.