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TUESDAY, DEC. 19, 2006

Will he even have to move?

VANDALSThe choice has been made. It's Washington State defensive coordinator Robb Akey. Jim Meehan has the news here, and we'd like to know what you think.Is he the right choice to replace Dennis Erickson?Let us know. Click the comment link and weigh in. Follow the...

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Roundups and news from around the Northwest

PREPSThere were a few prep basketball games in our area last night – here is the Idaho roundup along with the Washington roundup we ran – but most of the high school news comes from elsewhere.The Times' prep page includes the Sideline Smitty column and...

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MONDAY, DEC. 18, 2006

No Harbaugh as the search goes on

VANDALSJim Meehan has the news on his blog that University of San Diego coach Jim Harbaugh is off the Vandals' football coaching wish list.It seems Harbaugh got a higher-paying job. He's headed to San Francisco to take the Stanford head coaching position.

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Zags drop a little in AP poll

GONZAGAThe Associated Press poll is out, and GU fell to 22nd (from 16th) after the loss to Georgia.From the West, UCLA is still No. 1, Arizona ninth, Washington 17th, Oregon 21st, Air Force 24th and Nevada 25th.Add this with the coaches' poll, and GU is...

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NBA comes down hard on Anthony, Robinson

NEWS UPDATE: 11:35 A.M.The NBA handed out the punishments for Saturday night's brawl at Madison Square Garden. Nuggets' star Carmelo Anthony was hit with the biggest suspension, 15 games, but former UW guard Nate Robinson wasn't far behind with a 10-game suspension.••••••••••USA Today has a...

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A full slate of college games on Sunday

WHITWORTH, GONZAGA, COLLEGE BASKETBALLThe Whitworth women won two games in their Ramada Inn Whit Classic over the weekend, the only school in the four-team, round-robin tournament to do that. But that's not the only news contained in this roundup, including the CCS men winning and...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 17, 2006

Marquette takes down GU women

COLLEGE BASKETBALLThe Gonzaga women, playing their second road game in three days, lost 74-60 at 21st-ranked Marquette in the first meeting ever between the schools.The Gonzaga men meet Duke this week, and the two programs share something in common. According to this Chicago Tribune story,...

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GSL basketball heads to break

PREPSThe Greater Spokane League had a rare Saturday night of basketball prior to Christmas break, with the games going mostly according to form.Mead's boys held on to second place (by a half-game over Shadle Park) with a 57-46 home win over Gonzaga Prep (you can...

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Cougars take another step toward the postseason

COUGARS, VANDALS, HUSKIESWe posted the Associated Press stories about the two Palouse schools last night (click here if you want to read them), but there's more available on the WSU win.Glenn Kasses covers it here. The victory gives WSU its best start since the elder...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 16, 2006

Celtics down Charlotte despite 16 from Morrison

MORRISON WATCH, NBAAdam Morrison couldn't duplicate the night he had Thursday when he scored 22 points in a win over Orlando. Either could the Charlotte Bobcats as they lost to the Boston Celtics, despite 16 points, three rebounds and three assists from Morrison. The Bobcats...

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GU's loss just figures

GONZAGAThis one is really hard to figure out.The good team defense we've seen most of the season? It wasn't there.The ability to get to the foul line when it's needed to stop an opponent's run? Nope, not there either.The rebounding? The ability to find an...

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Lessons being learned

GEORGIA, 85-75The road is a tough. That's the lesson GU can take out of this one. That and they have to rebound better if they want to win the tough road games. Hey, those two lessons go together.It doesn’t look like GU is going to...

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Trying to climb the mountain

GEORGIA, 72-65There have been games this year when GU has broken out to big leads and then squandered them.Can the opposite happen today?Georgia built a 16-point lead early in the second half, only to see GU get within five. To come all the way back,...

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Mind-boggling numbers in the first half

GEORGIA, 50-45Usually when a team shoots as well as Georgia has the first half, you can figure it will cool off in the second half. But the way Georgia has shot this season (see pregame post below), I'm not sure that applies.The Bulldogs from the...

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Pargo steps up

GONZAGA, 31-26Like a lot of sophomores, Jeremy Pargo can disappear some nights and be the best guy on the court others.In this 4-minute stretch he has been the former.And that's why the Zags have been able to break out in front. That, and the defensive...

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Heytvelt shows his range

GONZAGA, 10-9Versatility is such a weapon. Especially when you are 6-foot-11, like Josh Heytvelt.With the Bulldogs struggling on the offensive end, and the other Bulldogs fronting him in the post, Heytvelt stepped outside, got squared up and nailed two 3-pointers. Which seemed to loosen up...

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Just whetting your appetite

GONZAGABefore we get to our pre-game analysis, here are a couple links for you.The first comes from the Sports Network, and is a nice, concise look at the two teams. There's not much you probably don't know about GU here, but the Georgia info is...

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Holmgren tries to figure out these Hawks

SEAHAWKS, PRO FOOTBALLIt sometimes feels like Mike Holmgren is calling plays he knows will work. And they did. Last year – with last year's offensive line.This year? Not so much.In the past two games, the Seahawks have faced third-and-one or fourth-and-one down by three points...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 15, 2006

Not a good night for local teams in Seattle

THE LATE NEWSJust a couple of quick notes. The Gonzaga women lost 75-61 at the University of Washington when the Bulldogs had trouble putting the ball in the basket, especially from long range (GU was 3 of 18 from beyond the 3-point arc).The Spokane Chiefs...

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Weather takes out prep games in the Sound

PREPSMost prep events on the West Side have been canceled due to the inclement weather, but the ones in our area are still on track.The Times also has a story from this morning concerning the proposed Rep Assembly amendment concerning outside pay of coaches by...

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The road beckons again for GU

GONZAGA, EASTERN, COLLEGE BASKETBALLThe long December grind continues Saturday for Gonzaga, with a game against the University of Georgia in suburban Atlanta (2 p.m.; ESPN2; 1510-AM). The other Bulldogs are 6-1, though their schedule hasn't been as daunting at 9-2 Gonzaga's. For more information, check...

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No Kramer, no coach yet for UI

VANDALSNow you know the type of power I have. As much as was coursing through my house up until about a half-hour ago, which means none.Mike Kramer, the guy I thought UI needed to hire, has decided not to continue to pursue the Idaho football...

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