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FRIDAY, JAN. 7, 2011


Vandal men stifle Hawaii  

Hawaii came into last night 8-1 at home and as the WAC's best 3-pointing shooting team. But Idaho squelched the Warriors' long-range attack and came up with a satisfying 59-44 road win. The Vandals moved to 8-6 and 2-1 in the WAC after holding their...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 6, 2011

Subtle change helps WSU hold off OSU 

COUGARS It happened against Baylor in Hawaii, but WSU was able to hold on. It happened against Butler and the Cougars couldn't. It happened against UCLA in the Pac-10 opener for another defeat. But Thursday, when it looked as Washington State might cough up a...

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WSU leads 42-30 at half 

COUGARS The Cougars are wearing their gray uniforms tonight, a color usually reserved for the road team – in baseball at least. And WSU is shooting as if it's on the road, and for the Cougars this year, that's a good thing. As we documented...

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Ralph Walter, left, and Jess Walter plan their attack on a huge El Jefe Grande at Kennys Burger Joint.
  (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Countdown to the big one 

FRISCO, TEXAS, US of A -- All day long, the anticipation weighed on us. Would we be ready? Were we up to the challenge? Not the big game. That's tomorrow, when our beloved alma mater, Eastern Washington University plays the University of Delaware in the...

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WSU vs. OSU in about an hour 

COUGARS We have some news in our pregame post – I know, a shock, huh? – so we won't waste any time. We already have wasted enough catching up with some old sports writing friends. Read on.

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No match

Dinner: The El Jefe Grande from Kenny's Burger Joint in Frisco, Texas. Seven pounds, 7,000 calories and still the champion. (Here's what's left of it.)

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Lopina signs with AFL San Jose

Former Washington State University quarterback Kevin Lopina has signed with the San Jose SaberCats of the AFL. Lopina will likely back up AFL veteran Mark Grieb, a two-time ArenaBowl MVP. In 2008, Lopina completed 87 of 153 passes for 841 yards, with 11 interceptions and...

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EWU's Sherritt captures Buchanan Award

Eastern Washington University's senior linebacker and two-time All-American J.C. Sherritt has been named the winner of the 2010 Buck Buchanan Award as the Football Championship Subdivision's top defensive player. Sherritt, who finished second in last year's Buchanan voting, was to be honored at a banquet...

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Breaking news from Dallas

While crashing in our room snacking on Cheetos, these reporters learned (by way of ESPN) that the Dallas Cowboys might retain interim coach Jason Garrett. (Actually I'm not 100 percent sure ... Jess changed the channel to Judge Joe Brown.)

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Harris, Gray trimmed from Wooden list

Gonzaga's Elias Harris and Steven Gray made the Wooden preseason Top 50 watch list, but they weren't on the mid-season Top 30 list, which was released today. Find the Top 30 here. WSU's Klay Thompson made the Top 30, as did Washington's Isaiah Thomas.

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Women's basketball & the Walter brothers

It's time to prepare you for the first full weekend of women's basketball conference games, but I'm going to take a detour first. What a great morning to wake up to the first installment of the Fabulous (not) Baker Boys trip Frisco, Texas, as they...

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View from Portland, around the WCC 

The start of the WCC season means a wider selection of stories around the conference. My WCC preview ran in today's S-R (uncut version is in the previous post). Elsewhere, Portland, Gonzaga's opponent on Saturday, won 12 pre-conference games; Saint Mary's, which ranks in the...

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Earlybird special

Hooked up with real sportswriters last night, but in this town, bars close at 11, convenience stores quit selling beer at midnight and, as our friend Steve Bergum said, "How could George Bush have gotten a DUI in this place?" Thrilled to not be hung...

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Brothers save school spirit for big game 

By Jess and Ralph Walter Correspondents CANTINA GRILL, DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – This fall, my brother and I had a secret. We were in love. Uh … not with each other. Or at least no more than usual. No, we were in love with our...

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A quiet morning at WSU 

COUGARS There's a reason we rarely tweet about upcoming radio interviews and the like. You just never know if it's going to work out. Take today for instance. We were supposed to be on a Seattle station at 7:30 a.m. If we had tweeted that...

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Waking up in Frisco without a hangover

Arrived in Frisco, Texas, last night about 11:15 and went straight to the hotel to check in. Big mistake. Huge! Because after dropping off our bags in our rooms we headed back out to find a burger and beer -- only to learn that every...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5, 2011

GU: Nothing easy about WCC grind

With Gonzaga a few days away from its conference opener against Portland, I put together a look at the WCC for the debut of the Four Corners page that will run every Thursday in the S-R. Gonzaga has won 10 straight WCC titles, tied for...

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The Spokesman-Review Charles Dillon has scored 12 touchdowns and leads the Shock with 15 yards per reception. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Dillon returns to Shock 

Charles Dillon, the former Washington State Cougar receiver who helped Spokane win the 2009 arenafootball2 title, is back with the Shock. Dillon was with the Green Bay Packers, registering eight receptions in preseason games, before being released. Dillon will be reunited with former WSU teammate,...

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