SATURDAY, DEC. 30, 2006

EWU gets a weekend split

EAGLESBehind Rodney Stuckey's 28 points and seven assists, Eastern Washington earned a split Saturday night of its Big Sky-opening homestand. The Eagles rallied from a halftime deficit to top Montana 74-71. Eastern had lost its conference opener to Montana State on Thursday night.You can read...

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Zags collapse against Nevada

WOLF PACK 82-74There have been some memorable collapses by Gonzaga over the years, but Saturday's in Seattle was - well it was another one.Here is the game story. We'll be back later for more commentary on those last few minutes.

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The end is near but will seem a long way away

WOLF PACK, 58-57The last eight minutes of this game may take a while. After spending three-quarters of the game not calling much, the three officials have decided to blow their whistles.Maybe not for the right calls, but they are blowing them.Which will make the final...

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Raivio finding holes as tempo speeds up

ZAGS, 43-40The tempo is changing, It's getting more up and down and there's no way that is bad for GU, no matter who they are playing.Add that to Raivio heating up and this is more of a GU-preferred game than the first half was.The rebound...

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A run for GU

ZAGS, 30-18The game plan defensively for Gonzaga is working well, though Kuso is in foul trouble, Mallon is coming off a concussion, according to the TV guys, and Pendergraft is one missed call away from being on the bench as well.Maybe we will see David...

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Couple of early surprises

ZAGS, 9-5The first surprise was starting Abdullahi Kuso instead of Sean Mallon.The second surprise was Matt Bouldin scoring GU's first five points.Sorry, surprise isn't the right word to use in conjunction with Bouldin. Nothing Bouldin does is really a surprise anymore.We saw, right off the...

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Nevada has a big man; Gonzaga has a big game

ZAGSAs Steve Bergum noted in last night's blog post and today's story, when GU scheduled the Battle in Seattle with Nevada (3 p.m.; ESPN2; 1510-AM), it looked like Wolf Pack (11-1) big man Nick Fazekas would be going to the NBA.That didn't happen, so another...

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Second conference game is a must win for EWU

EAGLESEastern Washington hosts Montana tonight (7:05; 1050-AM) in what has become, already, a must-win Big Sky basketball game.The Eagles are in turmoil after Thursday's home loss to lowly Montana State and probably no amount of player meetings will cure what ails them – unless they...

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Akey makes another addition to staff

VANDALSWe start this post with football news.New coach Robb Akey is starting to fill out his staff, with the latest addition not really an addition at all. It's current Vandal coach Johnny Nansen, who has coached Vandals linebackers the last three seasons. You can find...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 29, 2006


GSL back in action tonight

PREPSOur prep roundup with Thursday night's games is here today, mixed in with results from the Community Colleges of Spokane mens' win.The Greater Spokane League returns to action tonight, with the key games at Shadle Park (where Mead visits) and Ferris (where G-Prep will challenge...

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Spokane moves into second place

CHIEFSMake it two in a row. That's how Spokane has opened the post-Christmas segment of its schedule following a 6-2 win over Prince George.The win sends the Chiefs home for a Saturday night game (7; 790-AM) with Tri-Cities in a tie for second place in...

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Eastern falls flat in Big Sky opener

EAGLESThere's something missing in Cheney. It's hard to figure, but there has to be something.Because games like Thursday night are causing Eagle fans everywhere to pull out their hair. Playing at home, where it hasn't lost all season, against a Montana State squad that came...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 28, 2006

Eastern falls at home

EAGLESDespite 26 points and seven assists from Rodney Stuckey, Eastern dropped its Big Sky Conference opener at home to a four-win Montana State team.You can read the Associated Press story here.

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Cougars don't wilt under Bruin pressure

UCLA, 48-45No matter what happens down the stretch, this WSU team is for real.Many teams would have folded when UCLA gained the lead and put the pressure on. But this Coug team didn't. This team has staying power.That's not to say there won't be bumps,...

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WSU leads but Bruins are lurking

WSU, 28-24The tempo is good. The defense is nearly impregnable. The turnovers non-existent.So why are the Cougars only up by four? Two reasons. They are playing the No. 1 team in the country, which means that even its worst game will still be pretty darn...

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No turnovers means no problems for Cougs

WSU, 19-12The bad news first: Low has two fouls, both of the ticky-tack variety (that doesn't mean they shouldn't have been called, but just means they were not hard, "worth it" fouls). The good news: The Cougars' offense is running smoothly, with everyone coming open...

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A start that wasn't unexpected

UCLA, 4-3The game started just like we expected, with neither team scoring for more than 2 minutes. The Cougars had good looks, including two open jumpers for Daven Harmeling, who came in shooting better than 52 percent from the floor, but couldn't cash in.In fact,...

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Zito to sign with Giants

NEWSLooks like the M's are out of the Barry Zito sweepstakes. The left-hander has reached a preliminary agreement with the Giants on a seven-year, $126 million contract. Sorry, but $18 million a year is a little out of the M's range.So is Randy Johnson, and...

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Almost ready to get back to normalcy

PREPSThe Christmas break means just that: A break from the regular schedule of games and coverage.But there were a few prep contests in the area last night, and they are covered in this Idaho edition roundup and the one from the Washington edition. And there...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27, 2006

All I want for Christmas is ...

ZAGSHere's an interesting post from Gary Parrish of CBS Sportsline.com on what five teams - including Gonzaga - needed Santa to bring.The Zags' entry is right below Memphis' Christmas list. The Tigers are the last of GU's high-profile non-conference games.

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What was the top sports story of 2006?

STORIES OF THE YEARNot only do you get to share your opinions about 2006's Best Player, Best Team, Best Coach, Best Game and Best Bad Move, now we want to know what you think was the one overriding local sports story of 2006.You can see...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 26, 2006


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