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We’re backing out of our daily grind


I don't want to sound like a wuss, but this isn't easy today. Read on.


• We tweaked our back Sunday and made it worse yesterday. Today, had trouble getting out of bed. Felt like a turtle stuck on its shell, legs flailing here and there but nothing getting done. So we're typing leaning back, a belt cinched tight around our waist and a heating pad in the small of the back. No chit-chat. Let's get to the links.


• Washington State: Christian Caple has a blog post this morning, which takes care of your Cougar and Pac-12 news. … Oregon State is making some basketball roster moves.

• Gonzaga: Sean Woods played his college basketball at Kentucky, one of the nation's most stories programs. But when he took over at Morehead State, Woods didn't use Kentucky as his model. No, he said he wanted to make Morehead State “the Gonzaga of the South.” … Courtney Vandersloot and her Chicago Sky concludes WNBA preseason play tonight vs. Minnesota, which cut Kayla Standish last week. … Finally, thanks to an alert reader who passed along this link, we can give you an update on Robert Sacre.

• Preps: Jim Allen has soccer news and a Vidal Sasson report.

• Mariners: OK, so Jason Vargas' road to the Cy Young Award hit a pothole last night and he lost a hubcap. He, and the M's, also lost the game 6-1. Jeez, if the Mariners had just scored one more run, the final could have been 6-2 for the fourth day in a row. That would have been something. … Jon Lester was something for the Red Sox, who need everything they can get, especially from their young guys. … Kevin Millwood looks back at his 2,000 strikeouts and Felix Hernandez proves once again he's the M's conductor. … Eric Wedge is being challenged this season.

• Sounders: A beat up Seattle squad travels to Vancouver this weekend for the first game of the expanded Cascadia Cup. The Sounders are no longer the MLS attendance leader.

• Horse racing: Jim Price has a Then and Now feature on Playfair's most successful jockey. Playfair then: a race track; now: a vacant lot.


• Sorry we don't have more. We're headed to see the doctor at some time today and hope to have more tomorrow. Until then …

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Jim Meehan (@srjimm) Jim Meehan's coverage areas include Gonzaga University men's basketball, Spokane Shock football, golf and volleyball. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

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