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FRIDAY, DEC. 21, 2012

Pregame from KeyArena

COUGARS FROM SEATTLE -- Have to admit, I was dreading the commute from Greenwood into Seattle Center at 5 p.m. on a Friday night. But the drive was pretty smooth, and I was even able to find a parking spot on the street just outside...

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Hard to put a number on siblings' success 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Numbers are a key aspect of any sport. From batting average to touchdowns scored, players are evaluated based on their numbers. It's serious business. But numbers can also be fun. And can lead to some odd occurrences. Such an odd occurrence...

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WSU finally back in action 

COUGARS FROM SEATTLE -- After a 7-day layoff, the Washington State men's basketball team takes the court again today for its annual game at KeyArena. We have links and notes after the jump.

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Bone says Cougars understand Motum's value 

COUGARS FROM SEATTLE -- Ken Bone met with a couple of reporters yesterday after WSU's practice at KeyArena. He had some noteworthy things to say. We recount them below. --- Asked to assess his team at this point in the season, Bone said the most...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2012


Vandals falter late in loss to Boise State

Idaho led by as many as 11 points Thursday night against rival Boise State at CenturyLink Arena in Boise. But the Vandals' most glaring weakness this season -- an inability to lock down defensively late in games -- was their undoing again. The Broncos shot...

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Zags zip past Idaho

Balanced scoring and superb passing led Gonzaga's women to a 97-62 nonconference win over visiting Idaho on Thursday night. Both teams now take a holiday break until Dec. 29. Story to come.

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Gonzaga leads by 22 at halftime

The Gonzaga women have used their passing game and advantage inside to take a 48-26 lead over Idaho at halftime of nonconference play at McCarthey Athletic Center. Centers Shelby Cheslek and Stephanie Golden and forward Sunny Greinacher have eight points apiece for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga...

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Gonzaga welcomes Vandals

It's 15 minutes until tipofff for the Idaho Vandals (3-7) against Gonzaga (9-3) in nonconference women's basketball at McCarthey Athletic Center. Idaho leads the all-time series, but Gonzaga has won 10 of the last 12 encounters. The Vandals' last win in the series came during...

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Gonzaga coach Mark Few, conversing with officials Wednesday, says his team did a good job getting to the holiday break with only one loss.

Day after Campbell 

Yes, I'm a little cranky this morning. No, it wasn't because I watched a replay of the lackluster last 10 minutes of GU's 74-52 win over Campbell. I wisely stopped the DVR at the end of the first half. It's obviously because I shoveled a...

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This and that on a Thursday 

COUGARS FROM SEATTLE -- The football team added a few new players yesterday, while the basketball team will practice today on the same court the Sonics used to practice on. Too soon? Read on.

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012

Zags go into break with 11-1 record

Gonzaga thumped Campbell 74-52 Wednesday in its final game before the Christmas break. Now the Zags will take a few days off, travel home to be with their families and return for practice on Christmas Day. My unedited game story is below. Check back in...

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Calgary fans have concerns

The Calgary Hitmen have one of the best records in the Western Hockey League (23-8-1-3), but their fans are worried about their 11-7-3 home mark. Calgary's lone trip to Spokane is on Feb. 13. Read story

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WSU football team adds five

COUGARS As expected, the Washington State football team signed three junior-college transfers to letters of intent on Wednesday, and also signed two players to financial aid packages. JUCO transfers Lyman Faoliu (defensive end, College of San Mateo), Ivan McLennan (linebacker, El Camino Junior College) and...

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It's almost time for a visit from Santa 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Sometimes the days just fly by. Not the ones in late winter when baseball season is just around the corner and the snow stands as high as Barry Bonds' head. No, those drag along. But around this time of year, when...

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Bone, Tuel and a live chat 

COUGARS FROM SEATTLE -- We trekked across the state last night and are in Seattle a few days ahead of WSU's game against Buffalo here on Friday. But that doesn't mean there wasn't any work to be done yesterday. Read on.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012

Winterhawks hold on to defeat Chiefs

The Portland Winterhawks have won 25 of their last 27 games after Tuesday night's 4-3 win over the host Spokane Chiefs at the Arena. Portland had a much different look from its 9-1 win over Spokane five weeks ago. Read story

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Winterhawks edge Chiefs 4-3

Adam De Champlain's third-period goal gave the Portland Winterhawks a 4-3 win over the host Spokane Chiefs on Tuesday night in the final Western Hockey League game before the holiday break. More to come.

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Chiefs rally for tie after one period

Todd Fiddler scored his team-high 24th goal and Mitch Holmberg followed with his 23rd as the Spokane Chiefs, trailing 2-0 midway through the first period, rallied to tie the Portland Winterhawks after 20 minutes at the Arena on Tuesday night.

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