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TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2012

A lazy Tuesday in the Pac-12 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- There will be plenty more to talk about on the Pac-12 basketball landscape later today. But for now, we have a few links around the conference from a pretty slow Monday. Don't worry though: there are more links after the jump...

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Moving quickly into a slow day 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • UPDATED: 11:25 A.M. When you are trying to cover the whole spectrum of the Inland Northwest sports scene, there is no such thing as a slow day. Even the sluggish ones move pretty quickly. Take today, for instance. Besides the...

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MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2012

GU gets defensive

Back from media day earlier Monday -- practice was at the Martin Centre because the floor is being re-finished at the McCarthey Athletic Center -- and I took a deeper look at Gonzaga's defense, which has been steadily improving. Since getting torched on 3s in...

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Preps this week 

The Greater Spokane League boys and girls basketball teams reach the midway point this week with games on three dates - Tuesday, Friday and Saturday afternoon. The Central Valley girls continue to rule while the GSL boys race is muddled. So the question is which...

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A championship Monday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's official. The voters have spoken. It's time to congratulate to winner, console the loser and unite as American sports fans, working together for the greater good of our community. Personally, I'm ticked. But, hey, isn't that the way the system...

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Monday morning Pac-12 links 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- There was news from WSU on Sunday, though not from the sport using the roundball. We have plenty of those kind of links from around the conference, though, so read on. ...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2012


Five-foot-11 guard David Stockton snags a rebound under Santa Clara 7-footer Robert Garrett. (Jesse Tinsley)

Day after Santa Clara 

Good morning. NFL playoffs coming up, so let’s get right to the day-after Santa Clara post. Gonzaga won its eighth straight game, routing the Broncos 82-60, last night. Here’s my game story, John Blanchette’s column on Marquise Carter and Jesse Tinsley’s photos. More from A.P.,...

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Your Sunday morning wrap-up 

TALES FROM THE GRIP It's Sunday so we slept in a bit. Heck, it was almost 7 in the morning when we dragged ourselves out of our nice warm bed. But duty called, so we slipped on our slippers and headed to the home office...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 7, 2012

Chiefs win second straight

Mitch Holmberg scored two goals and Dominik Uher added two assists in the Spokane Chiefs' 4-2 Western Hockey League victory over Seattle in their first game this season against the Thunderbirds. New Chief Todd Fiddler scored in his second straight game, and defensemen Brenden Kichton...

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Zags rout Broncos for 8th straight win 

Gonzaga spotted Santa Clara a 10-0 lead before rolling to an 82-60 win Saturday at the MAC. Sam Dower had 17 points, Gary Bell Jr added 15, Elias Harris 12 and Kevin Pangos 10 as the Bulldogs (13-2, 3-0) connected on 54.5 percent of their...

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Vandals finally win a close one

After claiming a taut win for the first time this season, Idaho coach Don Verlin walked into the interview room and said the following: "Whew. That feels good. We needed that one. Holy cow." Yes, the 63-59 victory over Fresno State was big for the...

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Eastern trails NAU 31-27 at halftime

Guard James Douglas scored 15 points to lead Northern Arizona to a 31-27 halftime lead in a Sky Conference basketball game at Eastern Washington Saturday night. Eastern led 9-2 early on a trio of 3-points by guard Cliff Colimon, but the Eagles' shooting cooled. Colimon...

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Idaho, Fresno State about to tip

VANDALS We're here in the Cowan Spectrum for a key early WAC game for Idaho and Fresno State. Both are coming off lopsided defeats, and we'll see how the Vandals respond to a long postgame team meeting on Thursday night. Read on.

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Pre-game from the Coors Event Center 

COUGARS FROM BOULDER, Colo. – We’ve arrived at the Coors Event Center. If you want a better look at it, there’s a video posted above that gives a 360-degree look inside the arena from press row. Warning: my hands weren’t steady enough to keep the...

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EWU looks to rebound vs. NAU

Yes, rebounding, which was a shortcoming in the Eagles' 76-69 loss Thursday night against Weber State. EWU was outrebounded 44-31 in a game that could have gone their way. Tonight, the Eagles (7-8 overall and 1-2 in the Big Sky Conference) face Northern Arizona (5-10...

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A big Saturday 

BUDGET BYTES There is no way today's honorary title is going to win – as I write this, it is in last place in your voting, with three lonely clicks – so we thought we would use it today before it is buried forever (BTW,...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2012

The Spokane Chiefs' relentless effort paid off on Friday, January 6th in a 5-2 victory over the East Division-leading Moose Jaw Warriors. (Chris Anderson/The Spokesman-Review). (Christopher Anderson)

Chiefs stay perfect against East

It didn’t take long to get the message. Despite being in the middle of a stretch of four games in five nights – four of which are on the road – the Spokane Chiefs looked anything but tired on Friday night when they played their...

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WSU hoops: Get to know the Colorado Buffaloes 

COUGARS FROM BOULDER, CO. -- The Colorado Buffaloes finished tied for 10th in the preseason Pac-12 media poll with Washington State. But two games into the conference season, they've registered wins of 40 and 18 points, and are playing as well as anyone in the...

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