THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2007

M's are home with a large hill to climb

MARINERS • UPDATED: 2:45 P.M.The road trip from hell is over, though the unending stretch of games continues.And the M's failed their first big test of the season. With Felix on the mound. And with the offense supplying six runs.Now Seattle comes home trailing the...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2007

This and that from around the area

EARLY AFTERNOON NEWSA couple of things to call your attention to …• With the explosive growth of ultimate fighting, boxing seems to be taking a seat further and further back. That's discouraging to Spokane's best heavyweight, Chauncy Welliver, who John Blanchette profiles in today's S-R...

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Burns out at Eastern

EAGLESDave Trimmer broke the news this morning that Eastern Washington University fired head basketball coach Mike Burns.Burns has coached the Eagles for three years, posting a 38-49 record despite the presence for the past two years of Rodney Stuckey, one of the more talented players...

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TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2007

NCAA not inviting GU surprises some

BULLDOGSThe only local news with any fire seems to be Gonzaga's baseball team being snubbed by the NCAA.Steve Bergum had this story in today's S-R which includes comment from coach Mark Machtolf.But Steve wasn't the only writer to mention the Gonzaga oversight. The State in...

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MONDAY, MAY 28, 2007

The Internet and Barry Bonds

BASEBALLI've written a column for Tuesday's paper about Barry Bonds' quest to pass Hank Aaron on the career home run list.Bonds' steroid-fueled run – since he turned 35 and began using performance-enhancing drugs, Bonds has hit 301 home runs; only two men in the history...

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SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2007

Once again Bavasi shows his ability to pick a pitcher

MARINERSWe've talked about this before, but Saturday's game just underscored it again. Bill Bavasi should not be the Mariners' general manager.How did Saturday's 9-1 win over Kansas City lead to that conclusion? Simple. Bavasi, and the organization I'm presuming, didn't think Cha Seung Baek could...

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Bulldogs one game away from NCAAs

COLLEGESOne game.Gonzaga University's baseball season may just come down to one game.Win today (3 p.m.; 790-AM), and the Bulldogs have earned their way into the NCAA Tournament, no ifs, and or buts about it. Lose, and they'll have to be given an at-large berth. Even...

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SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2007

No more Shock than this one

SHOCKJustin Rummel - who? - connected with Kelvin Dickens on a 18-yard touchdown pass as time expired, giving Spokane a wild 66-63 win over Central Valley.You can read my game story here. But I don't know if I did the crazy nature of this game...

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Shadle Park takes 4A softball title

PREPSEach year since Sam Skillingstad came to Shadle Park, the Highlanders got closer and closer to a state title. In 2005, they finished fourth. Last season it was second.Saturday they took the final step. Behind Skillingstad's arm, the Highlanders, ranked 14th nationally, defeated Mountain View...

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Seattle backs into a win

MARINERSWe wrote yesterday how Horacio Ramirez's injury wasn't too serious. Next thing we know, he's on the 15-day disabled list.So we won't write today Felix Hernandez's back problem isn't all that serious – though everyone seems to be saying that – in hopes he won't...

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From track to tennis, your links are here

PREPSThere were so many state tournaments and meets going on yesterday, it was almost impossible to keep track of them all. Though we tried. At least with the big schools.But to cover all the stories today, we'll have to be organized. So we'll divide all...

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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2007

Bobcats pick Vincent

MORRISON WATCHThe Charlotte Bobcats have named Sam Vincent head coach, replacing Bernie Bickerstaff.In his introductory press conference, Vincent stressed defense and individual player development.

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Future lines up against the past in KC

MARINERS • UPDATED 2:45 P.M.We talked about the M's shortcomings yesterday – one of those being third-base coach Carlos Garcia's decision-making – so today we will try to look forward to this evening's (5:10; FSN; 920-AM) game.The pitching duel matches the M's future (Felix Hernandez,...

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THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2007

Mariners may have won by one strand of leather

MARINERSOne play. One dive. One win.In a 162-game Major League baseball schedule, at least a few games will be decided by defense. Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Devil Rays was one of them.When Yuniesky Betancourt left his feet in pursuit of B.J. Upton's ground ball...

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Home stretch for prep sports

PREPSIt's Thursday and you know what that means …But before we go to the Prep Page stories, we have to remind you of one thing: This is the last week of the high school sports season. Next week we will have pictures of the spring...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2007

Sexson's clutch hit puts some in shock

MARINERSI know this is awful late (blowing any chance at the one proposed nickname: EarlyInfo), but it won't be complete either, so there's that.It took me more than 16 hours to get over the shock that Richie Sexson had come up with a big hit....

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Daugherty hospitalized

COUGARS UPDATED: 10:15 A.M.; NOONWhat a terrible day in Pullman.But the worst news from Tuesday for Cougar fans was the last piece, one that didn't become common knowledge until late in the evening.New women's basketball coach June Daugherty apparently suffered a heart attack and is...

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TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2007

Two Cougars, Stuckey gone

COUGARS, EAGLES UPDATED: 6 P.M.Couple of college notes breaking this afternoon ...• Glenn Kasses has the news on his blog two more Cougars, running back Derrell Hutsona and safety DeWayne Patterson, failed to meet NCAA standards and are no longer with the WSU football team.•...

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Greene leaving WSU

COUGARSGlenn Kasses has some news on his blog concerning the football coaching staff.Cornerbacks coach Ken Greene (pictured hugging a Cougar player; S-R file photo) is leaving the program due to conduct issues. Glenn will have more as he fleshes out the story. He also has...

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Only the M's bats were cold

MARINERSNo snow. No win. No chance. Seems like the last sentence has been the most common one the past week, with the M's falling behind early in games and, with their anemic offense (poster boy: Richie Sexson), failing to rally.Quick aside … how's this for...

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Cougs making one long trip but cancelled another

COLLEGESYou would think a Tuesday in late May wouldn't be filled with college sports news, but, surprisingly, this morning is pretty darn full.Starting with the Cougar basketball team, of all groups.Glenn Kasses has this story about WSU's preparations for its trip to New Zealand and...

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