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Seahawks’ win makes our days a bit brighter

A GRIP ON SPORTS

I don't know about you, but today seems a little brighter to me. There seems to be a bit more sunshine. And it JUST seems as if it will be lighter, longer. Do the Seahawks really have that much power, or is it just a quirk of the calendar? Read on.

Morning links: that was Sparta

The Washington State men finished out the semester on a high note, handily beating a depleted San Jose State squad.

Here are postgame videos of Ernie Kent and some players.

There was more that happened yesterday, and I'm assuming you were all caught up in the Seahawks game. But don't worry, there are some links below to help you catch up.

WSU to play in 2015 Diamondhead Classic

ESPN Events released the field for the 2015 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.

Washington State, along with Auburn, BYU, New Mexico, Northern Iowa, Oklahoma will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii to compete in the tournament, which is hosted by Hawaii and runs from Dec. 22-25 at the San Sheriff Center.

We have more on WSU's new tournament after the jump.

Day after Cal Poly

Got some driving to do so we’ll get right to it.

Here’s my game story.

Read on for my day-after post.

Seahawks, Cardinals a nice present for all of us

A GRIP ON SPORTS

If you have a lot to get done today, what with Christmas just around the corner, make sure you get it done in the morning or early afternoon. After all, you are going to want to sit down this evening and watch the NFL, right? Read on.

Morning links: WSU women win again

The Washington State women's basketball team is off to its best start in nearly 20 years.

With yesterday's win the Cougars improved to 8-2 on the season, which is their best record through 10 games since 1995-96.

After the jump we've got a couple more Sunday links to pass along.

Zags hold off Cal Poly

Gonzaga certainly didn't have its 'A' game, and probably not even its 'B' game, but still managed to win its fourth straight, a 63-50 victory over Cal Poly in front of 11,741 Saturday at KeyArena.

Here's a link to my game story. Day-after post coming in the a.m.

 

Chiefs in good shape for second half

The Spokane Chiefs have experienced an interesting first half of the Western Hockey League season. Read more

Ski season may be a bit late, but bowl season is right on time

A GRIP ON SPORTS

For some folks there are five seasons. Winter, spring, summer, fall and bowl season. We're about to begin the last one – with the first one just around the corner. Read on.

Morning links: bowl season begins

Bowl season begins today and the first team up from the Pac-12 is Utah.

The Utes are two-point Las Vegas Bowl favorites over a Colorado State team Washington State fans will remember, even if they'd rather not. If you plan on watching Utah in the Vegas Bowl, check out this viewer's guide put together by ESPN Pac-12 Blog. Matt Piper and Kyle Goon advance the game and Kurt Kragthorpe's column asks if this is Travis Wilson's Utah finale.

We've got a few more Pac-12 links to pass along on this fine Saturday morning, after the jump.

Gonzaga, Cal Poly battle in Seattle

Gonzaga has put Finals Week in the rear-view and has one more task, Cal Poly in the 12th annual Battle in Seattle, before the players take a few days off prior to Christmas. Game time tonight is 7 at KeyArena.

Here's my game preview.

Shock open against 3-time champs

The AFL released the 2015 schedule and Spokane's first game will be on the road against three-time champion Arizona. The lid-lifter is Saturday, March 28, at 6 p.m. Pacific.

Spokane has three matchups with Portland, San Jose, Las Vegas and Arizona during the 18-game regular season. Spokane will host Arizona on Saturday, May 30, and Friday, July 17. San Jose visits the Shock on Saturday, May 16, and Friday, June 26. Spokane makes two trips to Portland before entertaining the Thunder on Saturday, July 25. Two of the Spokane-Las Vegas games are in Las Vegas.

Shock bye weeks fall on Week 4 (April 17-18) and Week 15 (every team has a bye on the July 4th holiday weekend). The ever-changing AFL is down from 14 teams to 12 (added Las Vegas, subtracted San Antonio, Pittsburgh and Iowa).

Schedule here.

It’s time to level the playing fields

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Want to perpetuate a two-tiered system in college sports, a system with haves and have-nots? Then just keep the rules the same. Want to promote more parity, lo level the playing field a bit? Then let's make some changes. Read on.

Morning links: Washington State snags a Sweet receiver

As the clock struck midnight last night, the news trickled out that Kyle Sweet committed to play football at WSU.

The 6-foot, 183-pound receiver from Santa Margarita, California, was offered a scholarship by the WSU coaching staff late Thursday night and didn't take long to accept it.

Britton Ransford of WazzuWatch.com first reported the news.

Sweet's teammate, Austin Maihen, is expected to play offensive tackle for WSU and current Cougars Nick Begg, Riley Sorenson and River Cracraft all played at Santa Margarita High.

He had a productive senior season for the Eagles, catching 89 passes for 1,341 yards. More than just a two-way player, Sweet played cornerback, kick-returner and kicked extra points, in addition to playing receiver.

As it currently stands, WSU's recruiting class consists of 24 players. Expect the Cougars to add a couple, focusing on offensive lineman as well as wide receiver and possibly running back.

We've got links after the jump.

Global game for ex-Zags

My computer is off the DL and officially upgraded to day-to-day. Weird being without my computer for 24 hours but hoping it makes it through Saturday night and the Battle in Seattle.

I caught up with former Zags' Ira Brown and Josh Heytvelt, now teammates on a professional squad in Tokyo. Here's a link to my article on Ira and Josh. Here's a link to the list of ex-Zags playing professionally as well as some additional notes.

The Zags face Cal Poly on Saturday at KeyArena. Mustangs coach Joe Callero joins us on KGA 1510-AM today at 4:25 (listen live here).

 

The South gives college football two thumbs up

A GRIP ON SPORTS

You like watching college football on TV? Me too. But we don't seem to like to watch it as much as those folks south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Read on.

Chiefs reach break on hot streak

The Spokane Chiefs head for home on a nine-day holiday break after Wednesday's shutout at Prince George gave them a fourth straight win. Read story

Four WHL teams hold down spots

The Western Hockey League's Kelowna, Brandon, Medicine Hat and Everett have all been ranked among the CHL's Top 10 for 11 weeks or more. Read story

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