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THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2011

Another two-point loss for Idaho

The Vandals have lost three games in December -- and all have been by two points. Two nights ago, it was a buzzer-beater from Wright State that sank Idaho. Tonight, the Vandals dropped a 63-61 decision at Wisconsin-Green Bay. UI is now 7-6 on the...

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Some pregame thoughts from KeyArena 

COUGARS There is a cloud of smoke descending on my computer as I write this. I know that opens up a lot of jokes, but we will refrain and hope you do too. It's for the pregame activities, I'm sure, but it is a bit...

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WSU at home in Hardwood Classic 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 1 P.M. When I awoke this morning and looked out the window I thought I was still in Pullman. There was quite a bit of ice on the car, something I wasn't expecting in Bellevue. Talk about feeling at home. Read on.

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2011

WSU in Seattle to face Pepperdine 

COUGARS In KeyArena watching Virginia and Seattle University play, but wanted to pass along another story we have for tomorrow's S-R. It's an advance for the Cougar Hardwood Classic game Thursday that pits Washington State and Pepperdine. I guarantee there will be more people, more...

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Zags, Falcons collide at McCarthey Athletic Center

Gonzaga continues its busy home schedule against visiting Air Force tomorrow. The Falcons, whose 6-2 start ties for the second best in school history, start four juniors and one senior. Junior forward Michael Lyons (18.4 ppg) leads the Mountain West Conference in scoring. Air Force...

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Leach's agreement with WSU 

COUGARS Just a quick post to link a story we did today on Mike Leach's agreement with Washington State. Leach has yet to sign a contract, but he did sign this letter of agreement with Bill Moos at the end of November. It outlines the...

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WSU has a classic matchup with Waves 

COUGARS Washington State bused across the state, over the pass and into Seattle yesterday in advance of Thursday's Cougar Hardwood Classic at Key Arena. The term classic immediately brings to mind a comment from former Cougar coach George Raveling, whose definition of a classic was...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2011


A Tuesday without snow 

COUGARS Crazy, isn't it? It's less than a week before Christmas and all through the Palouse, not a bit of snow could be seen, not even ... oh heck, I'm not a Clement Clark Moore, so we'll quit trying to be. It is kind of...

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MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2011

Close, but Cougs fall to No. 14 Cards

What a nice drive home from Pullman - hard to believe Christmas is almost here. Also hard to believe that's my last road trip for The Spokesman-Review, but that's another story. Kudos to the Washington State women's basketball team, they battled another ranked team, but...

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GU, Butler square off at McCarthey

Gonzaga's arduous non-conference slate continues Tuesday night when Butler, which has played and lost in the last two NCAA title games, visits the MAC. Butler is an enjoyable team to watch -- I recall the Bulldogs drilling seemingly 10 3s a night while winning the...

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Gonzaga women upend No. 13 Georgia

Haiden Palmer's 3-pointer with 3 seconds left gives Gonzaga a 71-68 win over 13th-ranked Georgia in Las Vegas. The Bulldogs (8-2) trailed by 15 in the first half, eight at halftime and by 10 late in the game. Palmer finished with 22 points, Katelan Redmon...

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Another Akey aide no longer at Idaho 

UPDATED: 6:25 p.m. Luther Carr, who served as Idaho wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator the last five seasons under Robb Akey, is no longer with the program. UI confirmed that Carr's departure on Monday evening, after Vandals defensive back A.J. Annelus referenced it earlier...

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So what does the future hold? 25 

COUGARS There are 14 days left until New Year's Day, so I guess it's about time I told you what the next chapter of my life is going to be. For the uninitiated (that sounds better than uniformed, doesn't it?) I will be retiring from...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 18, 2011

WSU gets past Western Oregon, 66-42 

COUGARS Western Oregon ran its offense with precision, caused trouble for Washington State on the other end by trapping out of its matchup zone and gave the Cougars all they wanted. For 20 minutes. The second half? It was 38-17 WSU. Read on.

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Day after Arizona

Here's a twist, a smooth fly-in, fly-out to the Battle of Seattle, making up for the two extra days I spent a couple years back when Sea-Tac ran out of de-icer. It's possible that I got back to Spokane before the Zags. How? Gonzaga was...

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WSU plays last game in Pullman for a while 

COUGARS Washington State will play its final Beasley Coliseum game of 2011 today, when it hosts Western Oregon this afternoon at 4:35. Yet the Cougars will host three more games, including two conference games, before the year is done. Read on.

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SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2011

Chiefs limp into break after 8-6 loss

With 15 wins and 16 losses, including some not so pretty ones recently, there could be a lot of changes in store when the Spokane Chiefs come back from Christmas break. They hit the break with a 6-2 loss in Everett and Saturday an 8-6...

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Idaho overpowers Bakersfield 

Suddenly the Idaho Vandals are playing quality basketball. They bagged their third straight win -- and fourth in five games -- tonight by steamrolling Cal State Bakersfield 72-44 at Cowan Spectrum. The only loss during that stretch: a two-point setback to Washington State in the...

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Calm in Pullman right now 

COUGARS There's only one Christmas carol appropriate for Pullman this time of year. "Silent Night." Not sure how many of you attended WSU as a student or, if you did, stuck around over Christmas break, but there is something so relaxing about the town right...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2011

GU ready for Arizona

Gonzaga returns to the court tomorrow, facing Arizona in the Battle in Seattle. Checked in with Gary Bell Jr., who is playing in front of his family and friends, and Guy Landry Edi, who will make his official season debut, for my game preview that...

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