SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011

Answering WSU questions this fine Sunday 

COUGARS In exactly one week, the Washington State University Cougars will officially begin the 2011 football season. Seven days. In commemoration of the final Sunday before college football begins in Pullman, we offer the answers to the seven questions we received this week, along with...

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FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2011

Shock season ends in Phoenix

Turns out Spokane didn't need its 'A' game to beat No. 1-ranked Arizona on Friday night. The Shock's 'B-' game might have been enough, but they couldn't muster that, committing five turnovers and failing to take advantage of three Rattlers' turnovers in a 62-33 playoff...

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GU releases part of home schedule

Gonzaga has announced some of its home basketball schedule for the upcoming season. No surprises on the short list -- WSU, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Butler and Arizona (in Seattle) -- but maybe the most decorated group to visit the MAC. Still hearing Zags will...

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Teems not playing vs. Rattlers

Good evening from warm (105ish) Phoenix. A couple of updates on Spokane's roster as the Shock finish some of their pregame drills. DB Alex Teems (hip pointer) won't play. Newly signed Marquise Charles will start alongside Terrance Sanders and Ruschard Dodd-Masters. LB Antwan Marsh will...

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THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011

Spokane Shock's Alex Teems, left,  knocks the ball from Carlese Franklin of the Tulsa Talons. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Underdog Shock like chances

Back with my game preview for Friday's AFL playoff tilt between Spokane and Arizona. Checked in with Rob Keefe, who said he's going to wait as long as possible to determine his 21-player roster. Many of those decisions will depend on the health of DB...

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WSU will play Pepperdine in Seattle 

COUGARS We're not going to go full blog post here, because the news just isn't worth it. But Washington State did announce one of its basketball games today, the Seattle matchup on Dec. 22 in Key Arena. It will be Pepperdine, which is sort of...

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UI tabbed sixth in WAC; Akey speaks

UPDATED: 2:00 p.m. If the Idaho Vandals challenge for the conference title like they expect to, it will be a surprise to both the WAC coaches and reporters that cover the conference. UI was picked sixth in the media and coaches' preason polls, released this...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011

Spokane Shock offensive lineman Chris Pino looks like "The Rock" and plays the part. (Aaron Malmoe / The Spokane Shock)

The Shock's Rock

Back with a feature on Shock offensive lineman Chris Pino, who bears a striking resemblance to 'The Rock', wrestler/actor Dwayne Johnson. There's much more to Pino's story, which will run in Thursday's S-R, and you can access it right here. On the left-hand side of...

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Every Pac-12 football game on TV

The Pac-12 will launch national and regional conference television networks next year and every football and men's basketball game will be televised nationally. Read more about the deal here with updates coming.

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Looking back at Pac-12 media day

COUGARS We have all our coverage of the Pac-12 media day, the best of the rest from around the conference, a couple of other Washington State links and another reason to fear Twitter. All that – and maybe more – on the link, so read...

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TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011

White back, other Shock moves

The Shock were back in the transaction business Tuesday, making multiple moves in preparation for Friday's game against Arizona. Here's a recap of the moves and a couple other notes that will run in Wednesday's S-R. Arizona's doing the same, signing ex-Shock lineman Kyle Young...

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A really long Pac-12 media day post 

COUGARS We've written a couple of stories for tomorrow's S-R on the Pac-12 media day (and we'll link them as soon as we can), but there is so much more to go over, we had to put together this blog post. If you want to...

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Pac-12 ready to put on a show

COUGARS It's not often there is indisputable proof that I am working, but we have some from last night's Pac-12 rules seminar at the Fox studios in Los Angeles. And we have also have some actual items you might be interested in, so read on.

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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011

Shock losing pair to NFL

With the lockout over, it appears the Spokane Shock will lose two players to the NFL. The Shock knew defensive lineman Ayanga Okpokowuruk would leave to join the New York Giants as soon as the players and owners reached an agreement. Spokane also will be...

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We're back with WSU news 

COUGARS So where were we? Oh yes, Washington State football and basketball. That's the ticket. After some time off, we're back, so if you want more information on WSU, read on.

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FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011

THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011

QB Kyle Rowley confers with Offensive Coordinator Andy Olson in the first half, Saturday, July 16, 2011, at the Spokane Arena. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Rowley back where he started

Kyle Rowley, who led Spokane to arena football titles in 2006 and 2010 before falling out of favor this season, is back where he started -- as the starting quarterback. Read more about Rowley's rocky journey and more on the Shock's season finale against Jacksonville...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011

More on Shock moves

I put together a short article on the Shock's numerous moves (Meyer IR, Orton activated from other league exempt, signed Michale Spicer and James McClinton, released Brian Paysinger and Mel Purcell). As mentioned in the previous post, Markee White is planning on rejoining the team,...

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Meyer goes on IR, Orton added to roster

The Spokane Shock made several player moves Wednesday. They placed quarterback Erik Meyer (shoulder) on injured reserve. That means Meyer's season is over because it's a mandatory four-week stint. Spokane has one regular season game and the potential to play three playoff games. Wide receiver...

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TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011

Report: NCAA not expected to investigate

The swiftly evolving story involving college basketball coaches, including Gonzaga's Mark Few and Ray Giacoletti, caught up in an investment debacle with Houston businessman David Salinas took another turn Monday night when ESPN.com reported that the NCAA isn't planning to investigate the situation. You can...

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Report: Few invested money with Salinas

S-I.com is reporting that Gonzaga's Mark Few is among a growing list of college basketball coaches who invested money with David Salinas, the Houston-area investment adviser who also founded the Houston Select AAU team. Few reportedly invested $353,000 with Salinas, who committed suicide Sunday. GU...

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MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011

Giacoletti loses long-time friend

News reports surfaced in the last 24 hours of the suicide of David Salinas, an investment adviser and founder of a Houston AAU team. GU assistant basketball coach Ray Giacoletti is one of many coaches, possibly in several sports, who invested money with Salinas. Salinas'...

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SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2011

Shock get miraculous win over SaberCats

Welcome to Spokane, Randy Hymes. The wide receiver, who signed with Spokane last week and was playing in his first game, made an incredible catch on Kyle Rowley's 34-yard Hail Mary pass on the game's final play, handing Spokane a 63-61 win over San Jose....

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Shock, SaberCats ready to tangle 

Another key game tonight for the Shock, who entertain San Jose in just about an hour. Spokane just finished some pre-game warmups with QBs throwing to receivers (Emery Sammons, Adron Tennell, Brandon Thompkins and Randy Hymes, who is making his Shock debut). LB Antwan Marsh...

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