Greg Jayne: NCAA keeps on doing an impossible job

By Greg Jayne June 30, 2013 6 a.m.

The lingering lesson from the NCAA's 40-lashes-with-a-wet-noodle punishment of Oregon is this: College sports' governing body is legislating itself into irrelevance.

By the Numbers: Cubs have more quirky facts than World Series titles

By Greg Jayne June 29, 2013 6 a.m.

With one of baseball's most beloved franchises visiting Seattle this weekend, putting together a list of 20 Chicago Cubs factoids is an irresistible proposition.

Efraimson to run at World Youth Championships

By Greg Jayne June 26, 2013 6:01 p.m.

Alexa Efraimson probably didn't realize that you can run all the way to Ukraine. But that's just what she did Wednesday.

By the Numbers: History can be rewritten when warranted

By Greg Jayne June 22, 2013 6 a.m.

History never changes, but our interpretation of it can.

Greg Jayne: Timbers coach is mixing up some soccer magic

By Greg Jayne June 16, 2013 6 a.m.

While there was nothing magical about the post-game comments of Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter, there is a bit of wizardry going on with his squad.

By the Numbers: Webb's 82-year-old record requires a double-take

By Greg Jayne June 15, 2013 6 a.m.

For some reason, as a young, numbers-obsessed baseball fan, I was always fascinated by doubles.

By the numbers: Earned run average made sense in a different era

By Greg Jayne June 8, 2013 6 a.m.

In 2010, the Mariners' Felix Hernandez won an unprecedented Cy Young Award.

Volcanoes hit stride late in victory

By Greg Jayne June 3, 2013 6 a.m.

Chehales Tapscott had 33 points and 19 rebounds and triggered a fourth-quarter onslaught Sunday for the Vancouver Volcanoes.

Greg Jayne: Let the LeBron vs. His Airness talk end

By Greg Jayne June 2, 2013 6 a.m.

We don't know who is going to win the NBA championship, but we do know that it's not going to matter.

By the numbers: Wedge's remarks on Ackley just don't add up

By Greg Jayne June 1, 2013 6 a.m.

Well, I'm glad we cleared that up. Dustin Ackley, the once and former hope of the Seattle Mariners, has been demoted to Triple-A. And the problem, we know now, is . . . wait for it . . . mathematics.

Greg Jayne: Prepping to leave Sports behind

By Greg Jayne May 26, 2013 6 a.m.

It was quick and concise and more poignant than likely was intended.

Track and field: Efraimson wins another title, sets another record

By Greg Jayne May 25, 2013 10:15 p.m.

Alexa Efraimson ran to another state title Saturday, but the most compelling race is one that won't take place.

Zalk wins hurdles title; Ward-El 2nd in shot put

By Greg Jayne May 24, 2013 7:52 p.m.

Skyview's Aubrey Ward-El recorded a strong mark of 41 feet, 9 inches, on her first attempt in the 4A state shot put and it held up for second place.

Camas' Efraimson wins 1,600 at state in record time

By Greg Jayne May 23, 2013 8:11 p.m.

The magnitude of Alexa Efraimson's achievement Thursday was reflected in the sound. As the Camas sophomore crossed the finish line in the 1,600 meters at the state track and field meet at Mount Tahoma High School, and the scoreboard flashed her time, a loud and collective "WHOAAAAA" could be heard from the stands.

3A Track: Goecke makes most of second chance

By Greg Jayne May 18, 2013 7:21 p.m.

Nicole Goecke won the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 18.34 seconds, well ahead of the 2:21.14 posted by second-place Shawna Troupe of Kelso.

By the Numbers: Determining the unbreakable mark

By Greg Jayne May 18, 2013 6 a.m.

Baseball's most unbreakable record? That's not easy.

Big 4A names punch tickets to state track and field meet

By Greg Jayne May 17, 2013 11:20 p.m.

The big names performed as expected, but Friday's Class 4A bi-district track and field meet was really about people like Camille Parsons.

Greg Jayne: On Mother's Day, this mom will watch Klay

By Greg Jayne May 12, 2013 6 a.m.

Julie Thompson’s Mother’s Day will be different from most.

By the Numbers: Good news if you are fan of the whiff

By Greg Jayne May 11, 2013 6 a.m.

What once was a gentle breeze has turned into hurricane-force winds. Major-league hitters are swinging and missing at a record rate.

4A district track: Motivation carries the day

By Greg Jayne May 9, 2013 11:16 p.m.

Kevin Washington turned his disappointment into elation Thursday.

3A district track: Team effort has Prairie soaring

By Greg Jayne May 9, 2013 11:14 p.m.

When Peter Zalk, James Phillips, and Josiah Schmidt went 1-2-4 in the first race of the day Thursday, it was a harbinger of things to come for the Prairie boys track and field team.

Prairie's Phillips loves challenge at 3A district track meet

By Greg Jayne May 8, 2013 11:43 p.m.

James Phillips must have a little bit of masochist in him.

Camas' Anderson gets fast start at 4A district track meet

By Greg Jayne May 8, 2013 11:36 p.m.

With a big day scheduled for Thursday, Grayson Anderson already has had a big meet.

Greg Jayne: Sorrow for NBA diehards in Seattle

By Greg Jayne May 5, 2013 6 a.m.

They didn't deserve this, that's for sure.

By the Numbers: Where there's Smoak, there's little fire

By Greg Jayne May 4, 2013 6 a.m.

Justin Smoak is the most prominent symbol of Seattle's ineptitude over the past four seasons.

Greg Jayne: Next goal for Keller: Marines

By Greg Jayne April 28, 2013 6 a.m.

He says he'll be back. He says there's time. He says he's young.

By the Numbers: The numbers keep climbing on Felix

By Greg Jayne April 27, 2013 6 a.m.

The first victory came on Aug. 9, 2005, 1-0 over the Minnesota Twins, when Felix Hernandez was 19 years, 4 months, and 1 day old.

By the Numbers: Cubs need to build team, not ballpark

By Greg Jayne April 20, 2013 6 a.m.

There might be something to this notion that Wrigley Field has kept the Cubs down for all these years.

Greg Jayne: Attacks show our worst, our best

By Greg Jayne April 16, 2013 6 a.m.

There are no words to explain the depravity that led somebody to detonate two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Greg Jayne: There's always more to tell about legendary coaches

By Greg Jayne April 14, 2013 6 a.m.

The well-deserved tributes have started, and there's no telling when they will run their course.

The Fan Experience: Buying in

By Greg Jayne April 14, 2013 6 a.m.

The question becomes a simple one: What kind of experience do fans receive for their entertainment dollar?

By the Numbers: There's a WAR going on in baseball

By Greg Jayne April 13, 2013 6 a.m.

By the end of the 2012 baseball season, there was so much talk about WAR that you thought you were listening to a classic rock station.

Greg Jayne: Crush of life hasn't held back Patterson

By Greg Jayne April 7, 2013 6 a.m.

Her biography from the past year could be a primer for the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale.

By the Numbers: Robinson The Ballplayer left a legacy

By Greg Jayne April 6, 2013 6 a.m.

Attempting to capitalize on the opening of baseball season, Hollywood will be unfurling "42" this week.

Greg Jayne: Finding something to believe in

By Greg Jayne March 31, 2013 6 a.m.

It has become one of sports' great philosophical questions, a query that demands Socratic debate: What if everybody believed that nobody believed in them?

Prep roundup: Efraimson surprises with fast 1,500

By Greg Jayne March 16, 2013 11:03 p.m.

Alexa Efraimson surprised even herself Saturday.

Greg Jayne: Call to retire Roy's number a symptom of mediocrity

By Greg Jayne March 10, 2013 6 a.m.

It was a nice moment, a powerful moment, and yet it raised some philosophical questions. You know, questions about expectations, and questions about demands, and questions about the acceptance of mediocrity.

Greg Jayne: Postseason should be concern No. 1 for Gonzaga

By Greg Jayne March 3, 2013 6 a.m.

Gonzaga is poised to ascend to the No. 1 spot in the college basketball rankings when the polls are released Monday, a status that 10 years ago seemed unlikely.

Greg Jayne: Seattle an Olympic city?

By Greg Jayne February 24, 2013 6 a.m.

Why couldn't the largest city in the Northwest host an Olympic Games?

Boys basketball live chat on Saturday

By Greg Jayne February 22, 2013 8 p.m.

The Columbian will be running a live chat Saturday, providing fans with updates from boys basketball regional games.

Girls basketball live chat on Friday

By Greg Jayne February 22, 2013 6:14 p.m.

The Columbian will be running a live chat Friday, providing fans with updates from girls basketball regional games.

Greg Jayne: Al Aldridge still learning on the job

By Greg Jayne February 10, 2013 6 a.m.

After 62 years on this earth and 32 seasons as a basketball coach and 710 victories that included six state championships, Al Aldridge has adjusted.

Plainsmen team up for district crown

By Greg Jayne February 9, 2013 11:03 p.m.

According to Evergreen boys basketball coach Brian Witherspoon, his team's most important goal in any given game is to have four players score in double figures.

White's 3-pointer stems inspired Battle Ground rally

By Greg Jayne February 9, 2013 12 a.m.

At the moment when panic could well have been setting in, Andrew White calmly lined up a shot from behind the 3-point line Friday.

Greg Jayne: NFL experience too raw for some

By Greg Jayne February 3, 2013 6:01 a.m.

You see, NFL fandom on any given Sunday has become a tribal ritual. Go to a game at any stadium in the league and you can witness a Lord of the Flies mentality.

Greg Jayne: Providing opportunity comes with cost

By Greg Jayne January 27, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Governments, we have learned time and time again, are masters of the noble idea and the nonexistent checkbook.

Greg Jayne: We all love good story whether fact or fiction

By Greg Jayne January 20, 2013 6:01 a.m.

The truth, they say, is out there. Somewhere between the myth-making and the hero-worship and the legend-building, somewhere beyond the darkness of fiction and the fog of what we wish to be true, stands the brightness that is the truth.

Greg Jayne column: Many questions about Kelly's job change

By Greg Jayne January 16, 2013 4:18 p.m.

Questions? Of course there are questions.

Titanic point total for Union wrestlers

By Greg Jayne January 12, 2013 11:27 p.m.

Union scored the most points in the team race Saturday, but Prairie might have provided the most entertainment.

For Tully, winning title is art form at Clark County

By Greg Jayne January 12, 2013 11:26 p.m.

For Erin Tully, the path to the Clark County Wrestling Championships began years ago is a completely different type of venue.