MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012

WSU, Idaho to renew football rivalry in 2013 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- The Battle of the Palouse will continue in 2013. The official Twitter account of University of Idaho athletics confirmed what athletic director Rob Spear told Scout.com -- Idaho and Washington State will face each other at Martin Stadium in 2013, the...

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Mitchell to play for Calgary of CFL

Former Eastern Washington quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell has signed a contract to play football this year for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. Mitchell, who led the Eagles to a national title in 2010 and won the Walter Payton Award last year, said...

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Two negatives make a positive, right? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS There was an old song sung by The Carpenters that included the lyrics, "Rainy days and Mondays always get me down." So what happens when Monday is a rainy day? Do two downs make an up? All I know is I'm...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012


A few Cougs heading to NFL camps 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- We're back with some links for your Sunday, including some news about a trio of former Washington State football players who signed with NFL teams after the draft ended yesterday. Read on.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012

Shock hold off Sharks, 56-48

Spokane snagged its second road win of the season and evened its record at 3-3 with a 56-48 victory over Jacksonville on Saturday. Spokane led by as many as 21 points, but the Sharks rallied in the second half to close within 49-48. Beau Bell's...

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EWU's Matt Johnson drafted by Dallas

Eastern Washington strong safety Matt Johnson was drafted in the fourth round of the National Football League draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Here is Johnson's reaction to the good news: http://www.dallascowboys.com/multimedia/multimedia_center.cfm?id=FA39BF0C-A51E-FB49-370429B89D4B9678

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Could WAC get plundered again? 

Texas-San Antonio was set to join the WAC this summer. But the Roadrunners now appear headed to the Conference USA in 2013 -- along with current WAC member Louisiana Tech. And the WAC's losses might not end there. CBSsports.com reported Saturday morning that Utah State...

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Shock face Sharks

Spokane returns from a bye week with a long road trip and a key AFL game against Jacksonville tonight. Kickoff is at 4 Pacific time. Here's my preview that ran in today's S-R and another in the Florida Times-Union. In-game updates at twitter.com/SRjimm. One clarification:...

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Seahawks take Idaho LB Toomer

Korey Toomer, one the most athletically gifted players at Idaho in recent years, was selected in the fifth round of the NFL draft today by Seattle. The Seahawks, who previously took Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner and USU tailback Robert Turbin, wanted to get faster...

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More on Meikle

Well, the phone rang this morning. I wasn't able to connect with GU recruit Luke Meikle, his father Brian or his coach Bernie Salazar on Friday, but I received a call back from Brian this morning. He was en route to Portland to watch his...

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Start your weekend here

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's Saturday morning. There is a lot to digest and we're not talking about last night's dinner. The NFL draft went through two more rounds (when is Roger Goodell going to realize you can stretch the seven rounds through six days...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012

Meikle commits to Gonzaga

Gonzaga picked up a Class of 2013 verbal commitment from Lucas Meikle, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound forward at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma. Meikle's commitment was first reported by the Seattle Times. Messages left for Meikle and Bellarmine Prep coach Bernie Salazar weren't returned. I wasn't able...

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Even Roger Goodell looked surprised 

A GRIP ON SPORTS "With the 12th pick of the draft, the Seattle Seahawks make a trade." Now, those exact words were never spoken by Roger Goodell last night, but something similar was. Nothing surprising, of course, about that. Teams trade draft picks all the...

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Slowing down now

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Aside from the Pac-12 players selected in the NFL draft, there isn't much news out there for you today. But we'll soldier on anyway, because there are at least a couple stories to link.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012

Geathers back for one game

Turns out defensive lineman Jeremy Geathers will wear a Spokane Shock jersey at least one more time. Geathers will return, likely for just one game, when Spokane visits Jacksonville on Saturday, before resuming preparations for training camp with the CFL B.C. Lions. Spokane planned on...

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Live chat on Eastern football

Live chat with Jim Allen on Eastern Washington football. <a href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=064b4ae401" _cke_saved_href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=064b4ae401" >EWU football chat</a>

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Make your pick tonight 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I don't know about you, but I'll be listening to the NFL draft on the radio tonight when I drive back from Moscow. It will fill in the gap between Palouse and Garfield. Read on.

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EWU football live chat today at noon 

Please join me at noon, right here, for a live chat on Eastern football. In the meantime, here are links to some recent EWU-related stories, including last night's announcement by former SMU quarterback Kyle Padron that he has been cleared to play football this fall...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012

Rowley busy during bye week

I went to Shock practice Tuesday, but my weekly notebook was held for a day and will run in Thursday's S-R. Here's a link. One item that will be in the print edition but probably not on the link: OL Ben Ossai has signed with...

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Coeur d’Alene’s football team gathers for photos at Wednesday’s banquet. Coach Shawn Amos, third from right, was Junior Male Coach of the Year, and Chad Chalich, second from left, was Junior Male Athlete of the Year. (Jesse Tinsley)

Dream matchup

UPDATED The Coeur d’Alene football team’s 2012 schedule already was going to be the toughest in school history. Now it’s been amped up another notch. The 2011 Idaho and Washington big-school state champions will face off when the Skyline Spartans of Sammamish take on the...

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WSU Live Chat at noon

<a href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=facc1322f2" _cke_saved_href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=facc1322f2" >WSU Live Chat, noon 4/25</a>

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Lockett no longer considering Gonzaga

Arizona State transfer Trent Lockett has ruled out Gonzaga as a potential landing spot for his final season of eligiblity, according to sources. The 6-foot-4 Lockett, who led ASU in scoring last season at 13.0 points per game and rebounding at 5.8, has apparently trimmed...

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