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TUESDAY, JAN. 12, 2010


Shock learn divisional alignment

Spokane is one of three teams in the National Conference West Division. The Shock are joined by Utah and Arizona. Chicago, Cleveland, Iowa and Milwaukee form the National Conference Midwest Division.It's believed that the National Conference and American Conference champions will have first-round byes in...

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WSU's work week begins 

COUGARS Another basketball week begins in Pullman, with coach Ken Bone meeting with the media, practice for a key weekend with the Northern California schools and the Pac-10 media call. Read on for links.

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MONDAY, JAN. 11, 2010

Vandals lose 3rd straight

This wasn't the start to the WAC season that Idaho envisioned. The Vandals stumbled again down the stretch Monday night, falling to New Mexico State 75-72. Read on for a story I just filed for tomorrow's S-R.

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Half: NMSU 36, Idaho 34

The Idaho Vandals trail New Mexico State 36-34 at halftime here in Moscow. A very spotty crowd inside Cowan Spectrum watched the Vandals build an eight-point lead, at 30-22, after seven straight points from Mac Hopson and a nice three-point play from Kashif Watson. But...

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WSU's spring semester starts with news 

COUGARS The second semester started at WSU on Monday. The football team welcomed three new players, but said goodbye to a walk-on and lost another hoped-for grayshirt. Plus, two suspended players are close to being reinstated. Read on.

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Zags move up in polls

A quick roundup of GU-related news. The Bulldogs climbed to No. 17 in A.P. and No. 14 in ESPN/USA Today top 25 polls. More here. Saint Mary's received enough votes to be 29th in the ESPN/USA Today poll, but didn't receive a single vote in...

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ASU defeat, the day after 

COUGARS Talk about a late night, well a really early morning. Got out of Phoenix at about 8 p.m. last night on the same Alaska flight with the WSU basketball team. Also made the same connection to Spokane in Seattle, which ran about 20 minutes...

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Katie Baker out for season 

Word from Montana, freshman Katie Baker (Lake City) is out for the season after suffering a knee injury late in the Lady Griz overtime loss at Eastern Washington Friday night. Baker had a double-double when she went down near the end of regular, her third...

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No deal for Chiefs

The Chiefs stood pat and then fell flat on Sunday.The Western Hockey League trade deadline came and went Sunday afternoon and the only move Spokane made was to reassign excess defenseman, 18-year old rookie defenseman Grant Leedahl. Then, in a battle with Everett, which is...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 10, 2010

Eags stun MSU on the road

Since taking over the Eastern Washington University men's basketball program almost three years ago, Kirk Earlywine has labeled several of the Eagles' victories "huge," or "big."And considering the state of EWU basketball when he took over, he was spot on with his assessments.But on Sunday...

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WSU shows its inexperience 16 

COUGARS For once this season, the Washington State Cougars played their age. And an experienced Arizona State team did as well. It all added up to a 71-46 beating for the Cougars, snapping a six-game winning streak against the Devils. You can read the unedited...

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WSU loses 71-46 

COUGARS The poor early stretch – a 16-0 ASU run – was too much for WSU to overcome. The Cougars got as close as six at one point in the first half but could get no closer. The second half was a series of poor...

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WSU trails 33-25 after disruptive start 

COUGARS Some of the WSU players were late to team events on the trip, so they either were not in the starting lineup (Marcus Capers and DeAngelo Casto) or have yet to come off the bench (James Watson). Add to that Klay Thompson picked up...

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WSU, ASU pregame post 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 11:20 A.M. As I walked into the Wells Fargo Arena, the Sun Devils were running through a pretty spirited workout. It was what most coaches call a walk-through, but I didn't want to label it that because ASU was going too hard....

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Day after Portland

Back at it after Gonzaga's entertaining 81-78 win over Portland on Saturday. It didn't seem like this one was going to be quite so close at the end, but the Pilots refused to crumble and gave themselves one shot, albeit a tough one, to tie...

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WSU preps for ASU 

COUGARS One thing about traveling to the Phoenix area for a Washington State basketball game, you run into a lot of people with Northwest ties. This trip was no different, with time spent talking with former coaches and area residents. With the weather as nice...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 9, 2010

Gonzaga takes WCC opener, 81-78 

It wasn't decided until the last shot in the final seconds. Portland's Jared Stohl missed an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer and Gonzaga held off the Pilots 81-78 at the Chiles Center. Unedited game story below and come back for a day-after post tomorrow.

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Chiefs rebound to beat Tri-City

The Spokane Chiefs showed what a little pride can do, upending the Tri-City Americans 2-1 before more than 10,000 fans at the Arena Saturday night, one day after a dimsal performance.There was no magic, just effort.The unedited game story is below. As for the looming...

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Idaho falls apart in crunch time

Seven turnovers in 10 possessions and 2 of 9 made free throws. That's pretty much all you need to know about the second half of Idaho's loss to Louisiana Tech. It was an ugly final 10 minutes for the Vandals. My game story is below...

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Zags hang on, 81-78 

Gonzaga was seemingly in control, leading by 11 with 4:05 remaining, but Portland chipped away and eventually got a last-gasp shot at tying the score. After Bol Kong missed a pair of free throws with 4.6 seconds left, Jared Stohl's turn-around 3-pointer from in front...

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Bulldogs up 6 at break

Gonzaga overcame some early foul trouble to starters Steven Gray and Robert Sacre, built an 11-point, saw it dwindle to two before settling for a 42-36 halftime lead. Gray picked up two fouls in the first 90 seconds and Sacre went to the bench with...

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Vandals fall to LTU, 77-71

Idaho squandered an eight-point second-half lead, as Louisiana Tech came roaring back on the shoulders of dynamite wing Kyle Gibson for a 77-71 WAC win at Cowan Spectrum. Gibson finished with 28 points -- 15 coming in the final 6 minutes.Back with the game story...

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Zags await tip

The Chiles Center is filling up -- there's a sizable number of Zag fans, as usual. It's already been an eventful day. I had the obligatory wireless problems at the arena. Those are fixed, as of this second, but we'll keep this post short. Saw...

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