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TUESDAY, DEC. 23, 2008

Unpredictable is predictable 

The unpredictable is the norm in Greater Spokane League boys basketball. In tonight's final games before a 10-day break, Shadle Park lucked out thanks to clutch shooting by Luke Jordan in a 62-61 escape at home against Central Valley. Mead and LC moved up with...

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No. 7 Bulldogs stunned at home by PSU 

Back with the game story from Portland State's 77-70 upset over No. 7 Gonzaga at the McCarthey Athletic Center.Gonzaga couldn't contain 5-foot-6 guard Jeremiah Dominguez, who had 25 points, made seven 3-pointers, and grabbed six rebounds. He added five assists. Read on for the unedited...

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Vikings pull stunner  19 

The Portland State Vikings had trouble just getting to Spokane -- arriving via a charter bus trip that was split over two days after their flight was canceled Monday -- but that didn't stop them from pulling off one of the biggest upsets in college...

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Zags, Vikings hook up at the MAC 

Like many who went to the Battle in Seattle, I returned home on four wheels instead of an airplane. Got back early evening Monday. Gonzaga's opponent tonight, Portland State, is taking a similar path. Their flight was a snow-related cancel Monday, so they've opted to...

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Snow slows GSL pace 11 

Last week's snowtorm stranded me on my street and forced delays for Greater Spokane League baskeball. Tonight's games will precede a 10-day winter break that hopefully will mean cleaner streets and parking lots, easier access to games and smoother sailing for the rest of the...

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Hate to see him go 

Browsing through the Seattle Times today I saw Craig Smith's last Sideline Smitty column. He took a voluntary buyout the current sign of the times in the newspaper industry. His columns were always entertaining and it was fun getting together at the various state meets...

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Two games, two outcomes 

COUGARS Isn't college athletics fun? Last Friday, WSU's women's basketball team handed the University of Hawaii an 18-point defeat. The two teams played again Monday. Read on to find out what happened this time.

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MONDAY, DEC. 22, 2008

Eagles edge pesky Geoducks

Kirk Earlywine did his best to convince his Eastern Washington men’s basketball team that Evergreen College was a special kind of NAIA Division II opponent.But once again, the Eagles failed to get the message.

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Former Coug Haskins lives his faith 

COUGARS A Monday evening in Spokane. It's beautiful. Plus the ride from Pullman wasn't too bad. There's nothing like a day when 195 blends into the surrounding fields, and only the grooves in the snow tell you where to go. We have a story to...

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Planes, Trains and WSU 13 

COUGARS Got back to Pullman last night around 9 p.m. after writing my story, posting it to this blog and driving slowly down the highway. Come to find out an hour or so later that I beat the Washington State team bus back to town....

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SUNDAY, DEC. 21, 2008

WSU pulls away late to stop UI 15 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 10 P.M. With Aron Baynes dominating inside – 18 points and nine rebounds – and Taylor Rochestie controlling the perimeter on both offense and defense – 11 points, five assists and limiting Mac Hopson to 10 points – the Cougars raised their...

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WSU tops Idaho, 55-41 

COUGARS WSU gutted out a 55-41 win behind the inside play of Aron Baynes and the outside shots of Taylor Rochestie. We'll be back in about 90 minutes with a game story.

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WSU leads by two at half

COUGARS Halftime in the Cowan Spectrum and this one isn't going according to plan. It's being played at a slow pace and Idaho is staying close. A big reason is WSU is shooting so poorly. The shots are there, the Cougars are just not knocking...

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Snow be darned, this one's on 

COUGARS Good evening from snowy Moscow ... and snowy Pullman … and snowy just about anywhere in the Palouse. I'm hoping I'll be able to get back to Pullman after the game, but who knows? As long as the snowplows are working, I'm OK I...

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Huskies too much for Eags

As promised, I've posted links to several accounts of Eastern's 83-50 men's basketball loss to Washington in Seattle on Saturday.The Associated Press game story that ran in Sunday morning's S-R is here; the gamer published by the Seattle Times is here, and the game story...

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WSU fans will be seeing red tonight 

COUGARS We're still searching for the best way to present our posts on this new SportsLink site, so we're back to leading off with the Cougar label. Hope that helps you find each individual WSU post. We have a few story links for you on...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 20, 2008

Watching the Eags go down -- hard

Just finished watching the Washington Huskies dismantle Eastern Washington in Seattle, and I will link to stories as soon as they become available.I would like to say I wish I had been there, but after witnessing the way the Eagles played and the nastry weather...

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Gonzaga guard Micah Downs, left, steals the ball from Connecticut center Hasheem Thabeet, of Tanzania, right, as Gonzaga's Josh Heytvelt, second from left, looks on in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday at KeyArena in Seattle.  (The Associated Press)

Battle in Seattle game story 13 

Gonzaga couldn't finish off what it started Saturday. The Bulldogs overcame a double-digit deficit in the first half and appeared to be on their way to a win over second-ranked Connecticut, but guard A.J. Price's 3-pointer put a hold on Gonzaga's plans. Connecticut won 88-83...

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Zags can't hold lead, fall to UConn 33 

The Gonzaga Bulldogs had an 11-point lead near the midpoint of the second half. They led by four with 2 minutes left and three with 24 seconds remaining. But Connecticut's A.J. Price hit an off balance 3-pointer with eight seconds left to tie it and...

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Gray's 13 keep GU on Huskies' heels

Connecticut raced out to leads of 13-2, 24-13 and 33-23 before Gonzaga roared back to move in front, 37-36, late in the first half. A.J. Price's two free throws with 4.1 seconds left that gave UConn a 38-37 edge at halftime in the Battle in...

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Blanchette on Calhoun 

Already checking weather forecasts (supposed to be high winds here later today, which probably means another fun day of air travel), but thought I'd post John Blanchette's column on UConn coach Jim Calhoun. It might already be pasted on the Zags' locker room wall.

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