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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.
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.
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.
The Spokane Chiefs have experienced an interesting first half of the Western Hockey League season. Read more
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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.
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 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.
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).
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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.
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.
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).
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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.
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
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
WSU added its second junior college signee on Wednesday afternoon when Shalom Luani sent in his letter of intent.
More on Luani, after the jump.
Today is the first day that WSU can sign junior college football recruits, and Jeremiah Mitchell is the first to sign.
More on the newest Cougar, after the jump.
Idaho football coach Paul Petrino announced the signing of 10 junior college football players during the mid-year National letter-of-intent day today.
The class includes four defensive backs, three offensive linemen, two defensive linemen and a running back.
Petrino expects many of them to contribute immediately.
Read on for details and comments from Petrino.
On Wednesday we held a live chat to discuss WSU athletics. A transcription of the chat is available after the jump.
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This is a public service announcement. There is only a week until Christmas. Forget shopping days. There is only a week until Christmas. Where the heck did December go? Read on.
On Sunday the Washington State basketball team will take the court against some football players.
San Jose State has indefinitely suspended five players for violating a team rule. The benched players include the team's four leading scorers and since the suspensions are expected to last through Sunday, it's probably fair to chalk up this game as a win.
But there will be plenty of intrigue in the matchup. From Jimmy Durkin's article in the San Jose Mercury News:
The Spartans suited up just eight players in Saturday’s loss and that included two newcomers that came over from the football team to make their college basketball debut.
“I met with coach (Ron) Caragher because we were so thin and had to go get a couple football guys,” Wojcik said.
Tyler Winston is a second team All-Mountain West selection at wide receiver, while Andrew Vollert is a redshirt freshman tight end that actually ended up playing 30 minutes in the depleted team's 54-38 loss to Seattle University.
Yesterday was a big day for the WSU football team and we've got more on that, as well as some links, after the jump.
*And don't forget we'll be holding our weekly WSU football chat here on SportsLink at 11 a.m.