>>Adam Morrison Back At GU
I recently ran into Adam Morrison on the golf course and wondered what he may try next. I joined the many that Adam drew into his fan club. From watching him at Mead to leading Gonzaga and of course his attempts in pro ball. I have pictures in my house of the interviews I was able to get with him as a freshman and his Bobcasts jersey hangs in manland. It was disppointing when I thought he began to close down and became less accessible and then of course just could not sustain a pro career. But on the golf course, I saw the old Adam. The guy you could walk right up to. The GU superstar. The kid from Mead. I think many of us were happy to hear yesterday that Morrison is joining the Bulldogs' coaching staff. Morrison is taking classes at Gonzaga and will be a member of the coaching staff next season. Morrison was named a First-Team All-American and the Chevrolet National Player of the Year after leading Gonzaga to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2006.
>>Mariners Winning With Power, Speed and Style.
My tweet last night (@marsonhawk) simply noted how fun these are to watch again. Now if it were not for Houston we would still be in last place. but at least for now, it is fun! Hisashi Iwakuma struck out nine over six innings of four-hit, shutout ball to pace the Mariners to an 8-2 win over the Twins at Safeco Field. Nick Franklin belted a three-run home run for Seattle, which rebounded from Wednesday's loss that ended an eight-game win streak. Dustin Ackley went 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI in the win. The series continues tonight.
>>Seahawks Add Harvin To PUP List
The Seattle Seahawks have placed wide receiver Percy Harvin, defensive ends Chris Clemons and Greg Scruggs, tight end Zach Miller, cornerback Tharold Simon and running back Robert Turbin on the Physically Unable to Perform List. Linebacker Korey Toomer was put on the non-football injury list. Harvin is looking for a second option on his injured hip.
Kyle Castro dominated on the mound, earning him his first win of the season as the Spokane Indians topped the first-place Vancouver Canadians 2-1 in front of 4,660 fans.
Castro easily enjoyed his best outing of the season, striking out five and allowing just one run in five innings. Castro also lowered his ERA down two points. The Indians offense helped Castro out enough for the former 2011 third-round draft pick to earn the win.
Spokane is now 1 - 2 to start the seasons second half.
>>Seahawks Players Arrive At Camp
So camp begins for more teams in the NFL then just Seattle but the Hawks are all I care about. I took for granted all the years that Seattle had camp in the hot fields of Cheney. It gave those of us in Eastern Washington who get ripped off as tax payers for junk that happens in Seattle, the chance to spend weeks looking at our west side team. Well it's a business afterall and camps are sold out in Renton as expectations are high with the Seahawks players arriving at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center for training camp. Seattle's first practice is this morning at 10:30 a.m. Their first preseason game is August 8th on the road against the Chargers.
>>Indians' Kazmir Shuts Down Mariners In Win
The streak had to come to an end eventually. But what a miserable way to let it go. Scott Kazmir was dominant for eight innings as the Indians' offense put up 10-runs to cruise past the Mariners 10-1 from Safeco Field. Joe Saunders was tagged for six runs on nine hits in just over four innings for the loss. The loss snaps the Mariners season-best eight game win streak.
>>Mariners Host Twins
The Mariners hope to start another winning streak tonight as they kick off a four-game series against the Twins. Seattle is only five games under .500 at 48-and-53. Hisashi Iwakuma takes the hill for the M's opposite Kevin Correia.
>>M's Skipper Wedge Suffers Mild Stroke
Seattle Mariners manger Eric Wedge is out of the hospital after suffering a very mild stroke. The 45-year-old skipper was helped off the field during batting practice before Monday's game after a dizzy spell. Wedge spent two days in the hospital before being released on Wednesday. He's expected to make a full and complete recovery, but will not be in uniform for Seattle's upcoming series against the Twins. Wedge will also skip the team's road trip to Boston and Baltimore. Bench coach Robby Thompson is filling in during Wedge's absence. >>Washington Football Practices Closed To Public
Husy fans, the public will not be able to view Washington Huskies fall practices as they get ready for the season. The construction at the new Husky reason is the main reason. Starting on August 19th partial sections of practice will be open to the media. And if you do root for the team in purple, (Ummm - I don't - all crimson here. Cougs and Pirates!) keep in mind that you can hear all of those Husky football games in Spokane on 590 KQNT.
>>Mariners Make It Eight With Win Over Indians
The Mariners took their current winning streak to eight games with a 4-3 win over the Indians at Safeco Field. Closer Tom Wilhelmsen had runners at the corners with no outs but pitched his way out of the jam to earn his 23rd save. Kyle Seager had three hits and Erasmo Ramirez got his first win of the season after allowing three runs on eight hits in five-and-two-thirds innings. The series concludes with a matinée game this afternoon.
>>Wedge Spends Second Night In Hospital
Mariners manager Eric Wedge is expected to miss the rest of the series with Cleveland after a second night in a hospital awaiting test results, "The Seattle Times" reported. Wedge felt dizzy spells before Monday's game and was taken to a local hospital. He did not manage the M's Tuesday night. The team was led by bench coach Robbie Thompson.
>>Seahawks Sign Tight End
The Seahawks signed tight end Michael Palmer Tuesday to compete for a backup spot on the roster. Palmer spent the past three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and made five starts in 43 games. Seattle released rookie defensive back Ray Polk to make room for Palmer.
>>Mariners Maul Astros
If it were not for Houston, Seattle would be in last place. So I am not sure what to make of this sweep or a six game winning stream or Nick Franklin's LARGE helmet on his little body. Little officer Franklin blasted a grand slam to pace the Mariners to a 12-5 win over the Astros in Houston. Franklin's first career salami. Dustin Ackley was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored for Seattle, which has won six straight. Michael Saunders scored twice and knock in two runs in the win. Felix Hernandez struck out seven in six innings of shutout ball as he moved to 11-and-4.
>>Mariners Hosting Cleveland
The Mariners hope to continue their winning ways on Monday when they start a series with the Cleveland Indians. Seattle is 46-and-52 and sends Aaron Harang to the mound to start the first game of the series tonight at Safeco Field. Cleveland swept four games from the Mariners in Ohio in May.
>>Indians fall to Hops
Spoane lost 6-5 to Hillsboro last night after winning Saturday to get their first win in Hillsboro. The Indians will wrap up the 5 game series to the Hops tonight and return home for a quick home stand against Vancouver. Spokane is 4 games back as the first half of the season wraps up today.
>>Seahawks Camp To Open
The Seahawks are set to start training camp on Wednesday at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Both veterans and rookies must report by that day. The first practice is Thursday for a team widely viewed as a Super Bowl contender.
From my friends over at KREM 2 Sports.
SPOKANE -- The Zags have landed another transfer from a big name program, as Portland native Kyle Wiltjer has decided to leave Kentucky and transfer to Gonzaga.
CBSSports.com reported the news Thursday afternoon. Wiltjer followed with a message to Kentucky fans on Twitter, saying in part:
"I'm facing a make it or break it moment and the primary factor in this decision is transforming my body. I'm choosing to transfer to Gonzaga because I feel they have a proven plan in place to help develop players similar to me, which has seen great results. I believe with hard work I can maximize my development at Gonzaga."
His message seems to indicate that he will follow in the footsteps of Kelly Olynyk, who went from being primarily a perimeter oriented 7-footer, to a stronger, more balanced player that went on to win WCC Player of the Year and become a lottery pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Wiltjer earned SEC Sixth Man of the Year as a sophomore averaging 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds. The 6-foot-10-inch forward hit 36.7 percent of his three-point attempts.
He will sit out the 2013-2014 season per the NCAA's transfer rules.
As a freshman Wiltjer had a hand in Kentucky's National Championship run.
The 2011 McDonald's All-American considered Gonzaga before choosing the Wildcats out of high school.
Mark Few is adding two Big East transfers in 2013 - former Providence guard Gerard Coleman, and former Louisville forward Angel Nunez.
As I write this Zach Johnson is 6-under par and has a two-shot lead in the first round of the British Open in Scotland. Johnson is still on the course at Muirfield, while Rafael Cabrera-Bello is the leader in the clubhouse after carding a 4-under
67. The Tiger countdown is on as he tees off in this hour. (6:45 a.m. PT) Sorry ut I'm still a huge fan. This is my second favorite of the majors. The Masters being my first. I imagine that golf courses fill up even more this weekend as many of us get that quick thought that we can play some of this miracle shots we watch on TV.
>>Mariners Open Second Half Tomorrow In Houston
TheMariners open the second half of the season tomorrow in Houston against the Astros. Seattle sends Joe Saunders to the mound in the series opener. He is 8-and-8 with a 4.24 ERA this season. The Astros will counter with Bud Norris, who is 6-and-8 with a 3.63 ERA. The M's are 43-and-52 and sit 13 games behind AL West-leading Oakland.
>>International League Tops PCL In Triple-A All-Star Game
Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Tony Sanchez smacked a three-run homer to lead the International League to a 4-3 win over the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game in Reno. M's prospect Carlos Peguero walked in his only plate appearance for the PCL in defeat, while pitcher Brian Moran tossed a scoreless inning in relief.
>>Hall of Famer gets deal
Stanford University has announced a long-term agreement with Hall of Fame women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer. I have interview Tara and broadcast several of her games. She is a class act once you get through the stealthy competative look on the sideliines. The school made the announcement Wednesday evening, but gave no other details. The 60-year-old VanDerveer, who
was enshrined into the Hall of Fame in 2011, has won a pair of NCAA championships with the Cardinal in 1990 and 1992. She's been the coach at Stanford since the 1985-86 season and has reached ten Final Fours. Her run of
five straight Final Four appearances was stopped this past season when Stanford was upset by Georgia in the Sweet 16.
>>AL Beats NL In 84th All-Star Game
The American League defeated the National League 3-0 in the 84th annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York. Ten pitchers combined for a three-hitter as the AL snapped a three-game losing streak to the NL. The Junior Circuit will have home field advantage in the World Series.
>>Yankees' Rivera Named ASG MVP
New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is the MVP of the 84th annual MLB All-Star Game. Rivera, who is retiring at the end of the season, tossed a scoreless eighth inning in the American League's 3-0 win over the National League at Citi Field in New York. He is the first Yankee to win the award since Derek Jeter in 2000.
>>Union Expects Biogenesis Suspensions To Be Served Next Season
The MLB Players' Association believes any suspensions related to Biogenesis won't be served until 2014. Union head Michael Weiner says he expects the league to present its findings within the next month but, due to appeals, players likely won't begin serving any penalties until next season. Commissioner Bud Selig has refused to put a timeline on it.
>>Mariners In Houston Friday
The Mariners come out of the All-Star break with a series in Houston against AL West opponents the Astros. Seattle sends Joe Saunders to the mound in the series opener with his 8-and-8 record. The M's are 43-and-52 and are 9-and-a-half games up on last place Houston. any announcement. Do I even get excited about any chance of a wild card?
>>Seahawks Make Forbes Top 50 List
The Seahawks are one of 30 NFL teams in the Forbes Top 50 most valuable sports franchises. They check in at number 27 overall and number 18 among NFL teams. Seattle is valued at 1-point-04 billion dollars with owner Paul Allen carrying an estimated net worth of 15 billion.
>>WSU Men's Hoops To Face Butler
The Cougars will meet mid-major power Butler in their opening game of the college basketball Old Spice Classic in Orlando on Thanksgiving Day. Washington State's game against the Bulldogs will be seen on ESPN2 at 11 a.m. Pacific time. This will be the second meeting between the two schools in basketball.
>>Torre: Replay Expansion Expected In 2014
Major League Baseball is getting set to expand its use of instant replay. Executive vice president Joe Torre says the league is pretty confident it will be in place for the start of next season. MLB has had replay for home runs since 2008, but is looking to add replay for fair and foul calls down the lines, as well as trapped balls in the outfield.
>>Packers To Retire Favre's Number, But Not In 2013
I know the split was rough but why even wait? Retire the uni. The Green Bay Packers plan to retire the number-4 of former quarterback Brett Favre but it isn't likely to be this year. Team president Mark Murphy tells Fox Sports Wisconsin that he doesn't anticipate the move during the 2013 season, but it should happen before Favre's Hall of Fame induction in 2016.
The Mariners used four home runs, including two from Raul Ibanez, to power past the Angels 8-3 in the Emerald City. Ibanez was 3-for-4 with three RBI for Seattle, which had lost three straight. Kendrys Morales and Kyle Seager also left the yard for the M's. Mike Zunino was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI in the win. Joe Saunders evened his record at 8-and-8 after seven shutout innings. Mike Trout was 2-for-3 with a run scored and driven in for Los Angeles, which has lost two-of-three. Jerome Williams allowed six runs in under four frames as he dipped to 5-and-5.
>>NBA Summer League
I must have missed something. When did covering the NBA Summer League become a big deal? It's not that I don't enjoy it. Thanks to NBA TV I've been watching the league for years. It's a great way to watch the local guys try to make the league. But we are now updating the scores and stats like it's a game that means something. It's a practice game full of college players and league bench players. It's not exactly like any of these guys are scoring over Lebron. So can we please enjoy it but stop reporting on it as if Kelly Olynyk's 12 points and 7 rebounds in 15 minutes of play in the Boston's 102-83 win over Orlando meant anything.
Spokane lost to Salem-Keiser 6-2 last night. Suffering back to back losses for the first time in two weeks. Spokane drops to 15-13. 7 games back of Everett in the North Division. The Volcanoes are in first place in the South Division with an 18-10 record. Same two teams tonight in Oregon.
The Spokane Shock stayed in Florida following last week's win in Florida against Tampa. It's a 4pm kickoff today as the playoff bound Shock take on Jacksonville.