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Sparkling Chiefs line mixes vets with 16-year-old

Spokane Chiefs veteran players Adam Helewka and Calder Brooks had already formed two-thirds of a solid line when they welcomed 16-year-old Kailer Yamamoto into their midst on Saturday. The results spoke for themselves. Read story

Final thoughts from the Arizona game

If it feels like that was Washington State's worst loss of the season, well, that's pretty perceptive. The game's 2.5 line was probably a little misleading, by which I mean that with so much personnel uncertainty on the WSU defense winning this game was going to be a huge challenge for the Cougars.

But Arizona went on a 31-0 run to start the game and it did it in about 21 minutes of work. That's bad. That's really, really bad. The fact that WSU had so many players out coming off a bye week is immensely concerning with a game against USC.

The Cougars can play a lot better than this but they aren't doing it right now and with just four games left in the season they're running out of chances to prove that they're still an improving program.

More thoughts are after the jump.

Zag vets, newcomers shine in scrimmage

Gonzaga puts its 2014-15 team on display earlier today during Kraziness in the Kennel at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

More on the day's events below in my unedited article that will run in Sunday's S-R.

WSU vs. Arizona

S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered the Cougars' home game against Arizona.  Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.

Kraziness in the Kennel

S-R photojournalist Dan Pelle covered the Kraziness in the Kennel event at Gonzaga.  Check out this big picture gallery of event photos.

WSU vs. Arizona: pregame chat


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A decently early day of college football


You know what will be happening tonight in the local college football scene around 9 p.m.? For the first time this year, nothing. Nada. Zilch. Read on.

Eastern football links

Good morning from chilly Flagstaff, where it's 38 degrees outside, so I just hightailed it back to my hotel room to compile these links. First, here's my feature from yesterday on offensive lineman Jake Rodgers - a former Shadle Park star - and my preview of today's game. Want more? Here's the official release from EWU sports information director Dave Cook. … Eastern's next opponent, North Dakota, is still looking for a road win this year…. Apart from EWU-NAU, the biggest game is the Big Sky today pits Montana against Cal Poly; here's a preview from the Missoulian. … Portland State football is in crisis mode, according to these stories in the Oregonian.

Cougars play at 3 p.m. today

Washington State plays for the first time in two weeks today at Martin Stadium. Until then, we've got some links and will be holding a live chat at 2 p.m. on the blog.

Gonzaga Prep defeats Lewis and Clark 17-7

S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered the Gonzaga Prep vs. Lewis and Clark game.  Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.

Mt. Spokane defeats Rogers 43-14

S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered the Mt. Spokane vs. Rogers game at Joe Albi.  Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.

Lunchtime Pac-12 links

Many thanks to Vince for passing along my note and taking care of the morning links in his daily post so I could get to sleep before the witching hour was over. But now it's time for our daily roundup of Pac-12 news and I don't want to make you wait any longer so let's get to those links.

They're right after the jump.

All eyes this weekend will be on …


You know what happens this weekend? Summer ends, in a metaphysical way. See, this is the last weekend of baseball. The last gasp of summer's game. Of course, it won't be that big a deal. Saturday the nation's eyes will not be turned to Joe Dimaggio's successors, they will be tuned-in to Knute Rockne's descendants. And Sunday will be, as always, about the NFL. Read on.

Eagle Madness at Reese Court

S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered Eagle Madness at Reese Court at EWU.  Check out this big picture gallery of event photos.

Highlights from each school’s Pac-12 media day session

USC: The Trojans have six new players this season, including highly-touted freshman point guard Jordan McLaughlin. Head coach Andy Enfield expects McLaughlin, ranked No. 4 nationally among point guard recruits by ESPN, to contribute immediately.

“Jordan is a terrific student-athlete,” Enfield said. “He's a student of the game. He understands where his teammates need to be. He lead's by example, he's a very hard worker, he has an amazing attitude … We're expecting big things from him. I think he came to USC for that opportunity, to be relied upon as a freshman. He'll have that opportunity as a freshman.

WSU: DaVonte Lacy is known for feeling a kinship with the jungle's king. He has a huge lion tattoo on his left arm that reads “Soul of a Lion” and his philosophy on social media is that a “lion does not concern himself with the opinions of sheep.”

It sounds like new Cougars coach Ernie Kent may have found his spirit animal as well.

“Having been out of (coaching) for four years, the definition I use, I feel like I've been a big bear in hibernation and now you get a chance to come out and eat!” Kent said.

We have more Pac-12 media day highlights after the jump.

Ambassadors of the Game premieres tonight at 7 p.m.

Ambassadors of the Game, a documentary about the Pac-12 All-Stars trip to China last summer, premieres on the Pac-12 Networks tonight at 7 p.m. We just got done watching an advance screening, and it was pretty cool. Washington State's DaVonte Lacy was on the team and is the most prominently featured player in the documentary. Highlights for WSU fans are lots of Lacy cameos, a few dunks and an impromptu singing of “I believe I can fly.”

However, you're not going to like what happens after he loses a game of H-O-R-S-E to Washington's Andrew Andrews.

Ewu sports chat Oct. 23 (noon)

Read the transcript for today's chat on the extended portion of this post.

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Jim Allen (@srjimallen) Sports reporter Jim Allen's primary coverage areas are Eastern Washington University football and men's basketball, and college and high school soccer. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

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