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SATURDAY, DEC. 28, 2013

Christmas break is a time to reconnect 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Isn't Christmas time supposed to be a time of cheer and good will toward men? Always thought so. But I'm not so sure everyone does. It's also a time of being with family, no matter what form that takes. Read on.

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FRIDAY, DEC. 27, 2013



Hughson gives Chiefs solid backup in goal

The Spokane Chiefs returned from their holiday break tonight (Friday) for a road game against the Kootenay Ice at Cranbrook, British Columbia. The Chiefs are also hosting the Ice on Saturday night. Here's a feature on Chiefs backup goalie Garret Hughson in preparation for the...

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Friday morning Pac-12 picks 

From Pullman -- With no football or basketball games in the Pac-12 yesterday, it was what we in "the biz" like to call a "slow news day". Still, we managed to scrounge up a few links: Three newcomers will need to continue to improve for...

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My jaw is also really sore 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Boxing Day is over. And I survived with just one black eye. What do you mean you're not supposed to box on Boxing Day? What are you supposed to do, put all your Christmas stuff away in boxes? No? It's a...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 26, 2013

Dower "day to day"

Gonzaga returned to practice on Christmas Day and it was Media Day on Thursday at the MAC. Sam Dower Jr.'s health was the main topic of discussion but it's still not clear if the senior forward will be able to play in the WCC opener...

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WCC race about to begin

In a couple of days, Gonzaga will open its WCC schedule against Santa Clara. It seems odd that GU will be playing two WCC games before New Year's Eve, but that's how the 18-game schedule shakes out with 10 members. The WCC started off white-hot...

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Thursday morning Pac-12 links

The Cougars must have been nice this year, picking up Christmas commitments from a highly-regarded defensive tackle as well as a receiver from Texas (both stories are behind a paywall). On the basketball side of things we have our first Four Corners of the season,...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 24, 2013



Tuesday morning Pac-12 links 

Our photographer, Tyler Tjomsland, and I spent all day yesterday getting back to the Evergreen State from New Mexico. So of course, all heck broke loose. First, Colorado State forcefully massaged assistant coach Greg Lupfer's wrist for his homophobic outburst directed at Connor Halliday on...

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MONDAY, DEC. 23, 2013

WSU may be losing a linebacker

The Spokesman has learned that there is a strong possibility that sophomore linebacker Feddie Davey will not return to Washington State next semester. The school is currently between semesters and the students are on break. Davey saw most of his action on special teams, and...

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Colorado State coach suspended for two weeks 

Early in Saturday's New Mexico Bowl, Colorado State defensive line coach Greg Lupfer launched a tirade (scroll down) at Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday. It appeared during the replay that one of his profanities was a gay slur. Today, the school decided to suspend Lupfer...

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Unit Grades: New Mexico Bowl

From Phoenix Airport -- It's that time again. Time to take an analytical eye and breakdown the performance of WSU's individual units in the New Mexico Bowl. While there were lots of impressive individual statistics for the Cougars, to give great grades after a 48-45...

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Monday morning Pac-12 links 

From Albuquerque -- Fun fact: It's actually cheaper to stay an extra day in New Mexico than it is to fly out the day after a bowl game with Christmas right around the corner. I guess there was a demand for Southwest Airlines' supply of...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 22, 2013

Vandals 'out-toughed' by Northridge

Idaho's top two rebounders in a 79-69 loss to Cal State Northridge on Sunday night were small forward Stephen Madison and guard Connor Hill. Together they had more rebounds (13) than all of the Vandals' big men combined (seven). That's an indication of Idaho's struggles...

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Day after Kansas State

Gonzaga received some good news in the aftermath of its 72-62 loss to Kansas State. According to GU, X-rays on Sam Dower Jr.'s lower back were negative and he's heading home for Christmas with his family. Here's my game story. More on Dower's nasty fall...

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It was a day we will not soon forget 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I really wanted to wait until later to begin writing today. I wanted to make sure the sun was going to come up. I had my doubts after Saturday, a day that probably should have its own wing in the Inland...

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Sunday morning postgame links 

From Albuquerque -- Well, Washington State certainly provided a memorable start to the 2013 bowl season, even it was due to an 18-point collapse in the fourth quarter. The Cougars lost, 48-45, and we've got a game story for masochistic WSU fans and Rams who...

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