A GRIP ON SPORTS • Weekends within the coronary heart of summer time could be a bit completely different. Not the warmth, thoughts you. That’s a given. Not the humidity, both. We’re speaking sports activities and the way you eat it. What’s on this weekend? A potpourri.

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• The primary stink comes from Houston. The M’s are visiting, which suggests their probabilities of successful are fats and slim – on the similar time. Up to now month, just about, Seattle has defeated each crew its confronted. Besides the Astros. The Mariners misplaced 3-1 to Oakland to start July. Since then, they’re 17-0 in opposition to everybody not in a Houston uniform and 0-4 in any other case.

The shedding streak continued Thursday evening because of Alex Bregman, who struggles to meet up with a fastball anymore. For some cause Bregman was given the present of a two-strike slider from Andres Munoz – whose fastball attain 100 miles per hour persistently – and drove it off the left-field wall. Bregman’s eighth-inning RBI, his third of the sport, keyed Houston’s 4-2 victory.

What’s going to occur this weekend? If historical past holds, you possibly can watch three extra losses.

That’s about the very best the mainstream – learn: extremely rated – sports activities provide between now and August. The perfect occasion of the weekend is on pay-per-view, with Spokane’s Julianna Pena defending her bantamweight title Saturday evening throughout UFC 277 from Dallas.

Pena might be in a rematch with former champion Amanda Nunes, who would really like her belt again.

As for sports activities of the somewhat-free selection (there’s a value to be paid for every little thing on TV, out of your cable or streaming invoice to having to sit down by means of commercials – or each), the very best could be the Sounders touring to LAFC tonight. The 7 p.m. match (on FS1) pits a scuffling squad (Seattle) vs. one of many MLS’ hottest (LAFC).

The Storm, which is scuffling some as effectively, is within the East, so its Saturday sport at Washington, which ESPN is broadcasting, begins at 9 a.m. right here in Washington. Breakfast with basketball. There are worse methods to begin a sizzling, dry weekend.

• We hate to agree with most of our colleagues. In any case, how are you going to be the neatest man within the digital room when you have the identical opinions as everybody else?

However the media’s collection of Washington State seventh within the upcoming soccer season could be applicable. Until Clay McGuire can do yeoman’s work.

McGuire, again for his second stint as offensive line coach in Pullman, has an inexperienced group. And the Air Raid’s success depends upon them coming collectively.

The Cougars misplaced loads from final yr’s O-line, together with fairly presumably the very best proper sort out within the nation, Abe Lucas. However one factor Mike Leach did in his tenure was construct depth up entrance and that depth remains to be in play, albeit a bit shallower than it was in his day.

What we received’t know till September, nonetheless, is how effectively Konner Gomness, Jarrett Kingston and the remaining play collectively. Dimension and athleticism are givens. Continuity takes time. That’s the place McGuire is available in. Can he meld them right into a cohesive unit, one that offers Cameron Ward time and opens sufficient holes for Nakia Watson to get to the second stage, the place he can overpower of us?

If the reply is sure, WSU finishes higher than seventh. If it isn’t, then a second-division end appears proper.

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WSU: We talked about the media ballot above – and linked Colton Clark’s pocket book that delves into it. The Cougars will open preseason camp Aug. 3. Colton is in Los Angeles and can report from the convention’s media day. … Elsewhere within the Pac-12 and school soccer, to prep you for the information out of L.A., we go alongside Jon Wilner’s newest Mercury Information column, which posits the Large Ten, Notre Dame and NBC will play an enormous function within the Pac-12’s future. … What kind of questions might be requested of Washington’s representatives? … Oregon State has some inquiries to reply, regardless of the excessive end predicted within the ballot. … Oregon soccer participant Spencer Webb was climbing a near-vertical cliff when he fell to his loss of life. … Colorado, which might be younger within the secondary, was picked final. … Arizona State and Arizona are picked simply forward of the Buffs. … Utah was picked to win all of it for the second consecutive season. … UCLA and UnderArmour are not suing one another. … Talking of cash, no likelihood this can go wildly incorrect, is there?

EWU and Idaho: Across the Large Sky, Montana begins preseason camp Aug. 8. … Former WSU soccer participant Kassidy Woods, now at Colorado State, has been picked for a Large Sky management spot. … Smarts has helped an Idaho State defensive again rework into a frontrunner.

Indians: Spokane received at Tri-Metropolis once more, Thursday evening by a 6-3 rating. Dave Nichols has a sport story. The important thing offensive participant? That might be Zac Veen, who had two game-clinching RBI. Applicable, as a result of Dave has this story on Veen, who has been on a tear as he’s risen within the Rockies’ system this season.

Monitor and Discipline: Ken Goe has a pleasant piece on Vin Lananna, one of many driving forces behind the game on this nation.

UFC: The story on Pena we linked above (and right here)? It was written by Charlotte McKinley. We all the time attempt to give credit score for S-R tales on this area.

Mariners: Munoz has been good to nice this season. He wasn’t final evening. … A part of the explanation Munoz was working the eighth issues Diego Castillo. The veteran reliever was not out there and won’t be for some time. He’s bought shoulder stiffness and is on the injured checklist. … The commerce deadline is close to. Simply who might the M’s transfer to enhance the roster?

Seahawks: The DK Metcalf contract talks are over. The receiver and the Hawks have reached settlement. Metcalf might be paid a bunch of cash over the subsequent three years, a lot of it up entrance and assured. … Jamal Adams had work accomplished on his hand within the offseason. It might not have fastened the issue. He’s getting it checked out. … Ok.J. Wright stated goodbye to soccer yesterday in the identical method he performed. The press convention was skilled, hard-hitting and trustworthy.

Sounders: As we talked about above, Seattle performs at LAFC tonight.

Storm: The East Coast journey started with a loss at Connecticut.

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• We wandered out to the driving vary yesterday. Hit some golf balls. Killed some grass. Sweated sufficient to water the grounds. It appears straightforward however golf is darn laborious. That’s is all. Till later …

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