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Charity game off; GU scheduling update

Sounds like Dan Dickau's charity basketball game in Spokane has run its course. More on that and a GU scheduling note or two below.


It appears the final buzzer has sounded on Dan Dickau's charity basketball game in Spokane. The game had a four-year run under a couple of different titles.

"It's probably not going to happen again," promoter John Hines said. "We're going to stick with the poker (tournament), that's gone over really well and the same guys come in for that. The expenses are a touch less and I think it'll actually do better for the charity.

"I think the game has just run it's course. We were getting a lot of the same guys and there are a lot of NBA rules and insurances to deal with."

The celebrity poker tournament is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 7th, Hines said.

 --I checked with Hines on the rumor that Navy was a likely opponent for the 2009 Battle in Seattle. Hines is the promoter of the event.

"I think that has stopped," he said. "Navy probably isn't going to do it because it's finals week that same week and they don't want to travel across the country."

As for lining up another opponent, Hines said he has "some other irons in the fire."

Future Battles: Illinois (in 2010) and probably Arizona (in 2011).


--Gonzaga might face West Virginia in Morgantown, W.V., in one of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-off Marathon games this season. More here. CNN-SI's Luke Winn has West Virginia No. 9 and Gonzaga No. 12 in his early rankings for next season.






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Jim Meehan
Jim Meehan joined The Spokesman-Review in 1990. Jim is currently a reporter for the Sports Desk and covers Gonzaga University basketball, Spokane Empire football, college volleyball and golf.

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