Al Stover

I am a reporter at a weekly newspaper in Ritzville Washington. When I'm not running around the office, I play video games, write fantasy fiction and listening to podcasts. 

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Joshua-Ruiz Is Not the Fight We Want, but Probably What We Deserve
a month ago
Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will make his United States boxing debut after all. Reports confirmed that Joshua will defend his WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles against Andy Ruiz Jr. on June 1 at Madison Square Garden. The trip to MSG will be the first fight for Joshua on American soil since he turned pro in 2013, though Ruiz was not his original opponent. Joshua was set to take on Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller until the latter was recently suspended for failing multiple drug tes...
Dear Sports Fans: Keep It Civil
a month ago
One thing I love about covering sports is that I get to move around the field, or in some cases, the court, and snap photos of the action. On some occasions, I even get to interact with fans. I like fans, and I understand that emotions can run high depending on the contest, and what’s at stake. Yet, it bothers me, whether it’s covering an event, or watching a sporting event from a local pub, when I hear folks from the comfort of their chairs insult officials. I understand the criticism, and I kn...
Combat Sports Night at a Bar Can Be Fun
a month ago
After a long day of the district softball tournament, I went to Wild Rivers Bar and Grill in East Wenatchee for a couple of cold ones and dinner to end the day. As I arrived, I noticed a few of the television screens showing the Emanuel Navarrete-Isaac Dogboe rematch, which was the co-feature bout to the Miguel Berchelt and Francisco Vargas title fight. Both the Navarrete-Dogboe, and main event were entertaining. I munched on my roast beef sandwich and consumed my Bud Light as Navarrete earned t...
Welcome to Bellator, Josh Barnett
2 months ago
Bellator MMA added another UFC champion to their ranks – this time former heavyweight titleholder Josh Barnett. In what was not an April Fools prank, Barnett signed his Bellator contract during the April 1 edition of the “Ariel Helwani Show.” Barnett’s MMA career has been on the shelf since 2016 when the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed him of a doping violation from an out-of-competition drug test. In March 2018, Barnett was cleared to fight and received a public reprimand when...
Alvarez, Johnson Will Have to Earn ONE Championship Main Event Status
2 months ago
Hardcore mixed martial arts fans kept their eyes on ONE Championships as former UFC champions Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson and Eddie Alvarez made their promotional debut on March 31. Both fighters competed on ONE's "A New Era" event in separate tournament bouts. Alvarez signed with ONE Championship back in October 2018. He was no stranger to fighting in Japan, having competed for DREAM, MARS, and at Fields Dynamite 2008. Johnson came to ONE Championship in an unusual manner. The UFC traded ...
Daniel Cormier Should Stay at Heavyweight Until Retirement
5 months ago
UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier is nearing the end of what has been an impressive UFC run. Like all great fighters, he plans to ride off into the sunset with his championship belt around his w...