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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

‘They’re happy, they’re ready to go’: Sounders eager for MLS Western Conference semifinal vs. Salt Lake

Gustav Svensson walked off the Sounders practice field Tuesday talking about sunny skies and rejuvenated legs.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Sounders torn on MLS’s new playoff format: Some apprehension, yet ‘it’s going to be super dramatic’

A pause and a contorted face are among the frequent reactions to questions regarding Major League Soccer’s new playoff format.


AL Wild Card preview: Low-budget Rays, Athletics meet in Oakland

The Oakland Athletics vowed to build on last season’s playoff return that ended in a lopsided wild-card loss at Yankee Stadium.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

MLB roundup: Rays beat Jays 6-2, return to playoffs for first time since 2013

The Tampa Bay Rays returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2013, clinching an AL wild card berth with a 6-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on …


UPDATED: Sat., March 30, 2019

Luke Toporowski scores twice, Spokane Chiefs top Portland to advance in WHL playoffs

Luke Toporowski spent Game 2 of the Spokane Chiefs’ first-round playoff series with the Portland Winterhawks away from the team, stricken with the flu.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018

Larry Stone: Seahawks’ playoff mission accomplished, it’s on to the next goal – ‘We’re not stopping here’

The Seahawks did the requisite amount of savoring on Sunday night, sprinkled with just a little bit of sass, and why not?


NFL’s theme song should be ‘Meet Me In The Middle’

With so many teams still alive for playoffs, NFL’s theme song should be ‘Meet Me In The Middle’


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018

Big Sky roundup: Jake Constantine leads Weber State past SE Missouri 48-23 in FCS playoffs

Jake Constantine threw for four touchdowns and ran for another and the Weber State defense picked off four passes to lead the second-seeded Wildcats to a 48-23 win over Southeast …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 24, 2018

Whitworth football falls to Saint John’s in second round of Division III playoffs

Leif Ericksen threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns, but the Pirates (10-1) fell 45-24 to Saint John’s in the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs in Collegeville, …


A Family Affair: Meyer Leading Fairfield to the Playoffs

The Fairfield Eagles are looking to conclude the 2018 season as unbeaten State Champions in Class B. While the senior class has helped propel them to new heights, their quarterback, …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018

ALDS preview: In October of openers, Indians and Astros will ride starters

This postseason may be best remembered for its bullpen openers. Just not in the A.L. Division Series between the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians. Relief pitchers are covering entire games …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018

Aaron Judge’s first-inning homer launches New York Yankees to win in American League wild-card game

Aaron Judge got the party started with a two-run homer in the first inning, Luis Severino atoned for flopping in his postseason debut last year and the New York Yankees …


Mercury beat Storm 86-66, cutting WNBA semis deficit to 2-1

DeWanna Bonner had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and the Phoenix Mercury scored the first 14 points of the fourth quarter to beat the Seattle Storm 86-66 in the WNBA …


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018

Analysis: The Mariners are on pace to make the playoffs. But … how?

The Mariners don’t wow you with statistical dominance. Their offense is about average, which was unexpected. Their pitching has been better than average – also unexpected. So how did they …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018

Strong contingent of area talent leads unbeaten Spokane Shadow in National Premier Soccer League playoffs

The Shadow will host FCM Portland on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Spokane Falls Community College in the West Region quarterfinal of the National Premier League Soccer playoffs.


UPDATED: Fri., April 6, 2018

Jazz sign former Gonzaga guard David Stockton for rest of season

David Stockton is sticking with the Utah Jazz. Stockton, son of Utah legend and Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton, is expected to sign with the Jazz for the …


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018

Larry Stone: Seattle Mariners’ record playoff drought could end this season (but probably not)

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away – metaphorically, at least – the Mariners owned this town.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 7, 2018

The Patriots are rested, recharged and rankled

Recharged and rankled are the New England Patriots, who await a visit from the Tennessee Titans in the AFC divisional playoffs next weekend.


Washington Nationals win N.L. East, 1st MLB team to clinch playoff spot

The Washington Nationals became the first team in the majors to clinch a playoff spot this season, winning the NL East on Sunday as Stephen Strasburg extended his scoreless streak …


Spokane Empire still alive in IFL playoff chase

The race for the second and final playoff berth in the Intense Conference will come down to the last week of the Indoor Football League regular season.


NBA Playoff Capsules: Lebron James scores 35, leads Cavaliers to sweep over Raptors

LeBron James scored 35 points, Kyrie Irving added 27 and the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a four-game sweep of Toronto, beating the Raptors 109-102 on Sunday to give James his seventh …


Chiefs’ Andy Reid believes holding should have been no-call

Chiefs coach Andy Reid doesn’t believe the holding penalty on left tackle Eric Fisher that cost Kansas City a tying 2-point conversion against Pittsburgh on Sunday night should have been …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 15, 2017

Steelers hold off Chiefs on Boswell’s 6 field goals, 18-16

Who needs to reach the end zone when you have Le’Veon Bell chewing up yards and the clock, and Chris Boswell setting an NFL playoff record with six field goals?


Aaron Rodgers, Packers knock off the Cowboys, 34-31

The rookie magic of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and tailback Ezekiel Elliott ran into a more powerful force here Sunday. That was the quarterbacking wizardry of Aaron Rodgers, and …


Seahawks headed back to Atlanta where loss still lingers

Four years ago, the Seattle Seahawks walked out of Atlanta after a defining moment that shaped what has taken place since.


NFL notes: Tomlin defends decision to leave Roethlisberger in game with big lead

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on Tuesday defended his decision to leave quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the Miami game despite holding an 18-point lead but admitted he got “over-aggressive” and shouldn’t …


Patriots, Raiders clinch playoff spots

Tom Brady and the Patriots clinched another division title and helped the Dolphins jump into a postseason position while Oakland snapped a 13-year playoff drought.


State football glances: 6 area teams reach state quarterfinals; St. Maries in title game

West Valley pulled off a significant come-from-behind road win last week, topping Franklin Pierce 44-41.


Giants, Blue Jays, Orioles grab playoff spots on final day

So much for any Game No. 162 chaos in baseball: The San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles grabbed the last three playoff spots Sunday, and the October …


Notebook: Bogaerts, Betts help Red Sox rally

With the potential tying run on third base, Mookie Betts wanted to get the ball in the air. It didn’t matter given the good bounces the Boston Red Sox were …