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SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012





Sat., March 31, 2012, 7:53 a.m.

The changing of the guards 

A GRIP ON SPORTS A lot has changed since Washington State began basketball practice last October. Personally, I was a member of the working class back then, drawing a gigantic paycheck and disdaining such trivial pursuits as buying Mega Millions tickets. Most, if not all,...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

Fri., March 30, 2012, 10:13 p.m.

Sacre scores 8 points in all-star game

Gonzaga senior center Robert Sacre scored eight points for the West in the Division I College All-Star game Friday in New Orleans. The East won,103-99. The game is part of Final Four festivities. Sacre started and played 20 minutes. He hit 3 of 6 shots...

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Fri., March 30, 2012, 10:05 p.m.

Shock suffer worst loss in franchise history

Spokane was blown out by visiting San Jose 69-35 on Friday and the worst loss in franchise history is expected to prompt changes. Team and AFL sources said following the game that Spokane is in the process of bringing back former Shock quarterback Kyle Rowley....

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Fri., March 30, 2012, 8:54 p.m.

Ryan Leaf arrested in Great Falls 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- We put together a short story about the reported arrest of former WSU quarterback Ryan Leaf on Friday in his hometown of Great Falls, Mont., on charges of theft, burglary and possession of dangerous drugs. A police spokesman said more information...

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Fri., March 30, 2012, 8:12 p.m.

Video: Rahmel Dockery 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- We spoke a bit with WSU freshman receiver Rahmel Dockery after Thursday's practice. Here's the video. (And sorry for the poor audio. I think the rain/cold made it tough for him to project his voice much. If you listen with headphones,...

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Fri., March 30, 2012, 9:23 a.m.

Shock, SaberCats collide at Arena

The last time the Shock and SaberCats hooked up, Kyle Rowley threw a last-play Hail Mary touchdown pass to Randy Hymes -- it was such a crazy scene that Rowley thought Adron Tennell caught the ball -- to give Spokane a victory and a berth...

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Fri., March 30, 2012, 7:18 a.m.

Another magical day in sports

A GRIP ON SPORTS One thing I like to do before falling asleep at night is play solitaire on my iPhone. While I was somehow missing the opportunity to put the red eight on the black nine around midnight last evening (I blame fatigue), I...

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Fri., March 30, 2012, 6 a.m.

WSU's season ends today 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Who'd have thought the football team would be nearly one-third of the way through spring practices before the basketball team finished playing? WSU's long, up-and-down season will come to an end tonight, one way or the other. Read on.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012

Thu., March 29, 2012, 8:25 p.m.

Day 4 for Cougs was rainy 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- A light, steady rain fell for much of Thursday's practice -- the fourth of the spring, second in pads -- but coach Mike Leach was still pleased with what WSU got done. Read on for our observations and notes.

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Mead senior Wes Bailey plans to take summer courses to improve his GPA and earn a NCAA Division I scholarship. (Jesse Tinsley)

Thu., March 29, 2012, 12:41 p.m.

Track, golf previews

OK, it's still not spring. I don't care what the calendar says. We published our track glance with a feature on Mead sprint standout Wes Bailey (pictured above). Here's a preview of Greater Spokane League golf.

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Thu., March 29, 2012, 8:51 a.m.

M's go down in flames 

A GRIP ON SPORTS In my lifetime, relief pitchers have always been known as firemen. You know, the guys who rush into the middle of a burning building, pour water on the flames and try to save everyone? That's the usual definition, anyway. In the...

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Thu., March 29, 2012, 6 a.m.

One more time with feeling 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Pittsburgh and Washington State enjoyed the first two games they played so much, they're going to go ahead and play another one on Friday. Also, they have to. Read on for today's links.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012

Wed., March 28, 2012, 8:35 p.m.

Shock QB Froman: Smarts and athleticism

Adam Froman is the latest to take the helm of the Spokane Shock offense. After an injury riddled 2011 season at the quarterback position, 2012 got off to a rocky start when starter Erik Meyer suffered a concussion late in the season opener. Enter Froman,...

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Wed., March 28, 2012, 8:14 p.m.

Video: Logan Mayes

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- We continue our series of video spotlights with a look at WSU defensive end Logan Mayes, who spoke with us about his transition to the buck linebacker position this spring.

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Wed., March 28, 2012, 2:22 p.m.

Pacific to join WCC

Pacific will become the 10th member of the WCC in 2013, the conference announced this morning. I checked in with league sources and Gonzaga's Mike Roth, who is pleased that the WCC will have an even-numbered membership, which alleviates some of scheduling issues that came...

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Wed., March 28, 2012, 9:54 a.m.

Pacific expected to join WCC 

Numerous reports this morning that Pacific will leave the Big West Conference to become the 10th member of the WCC, effective in the 2013-14 season. The move could become official as early as this afternoon. The WCC's membership was stable for three decades before BYU...

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Wed., March 28, 2012, 7:47 a.m.

A salute to a survivor 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Yes, baseball season has started. Yes, pretty much each day for the next six months you'll be able to pick up your morning paper and peruse the box scores. And yes, your rotisserie team is going to bite it. But even...

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Wed., March 28, 2012, 6 a.m.

WSU can win a title today 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- The basketball team arrived in Pittsburgh yesterday, and it can put an end to this season's College Basketball Invitational by beating the Panthers tonight. We have a bit more on that, as well as a whole heck of a lot of...

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