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THURSDAY, DEC. 19, 2013

Eastern and Big Sky links

The honors keep rolling in for the Eagles, especially for freshman wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who was named a first-team All-American. Here's a video of Cooper Kupp, and we also have an overall story from The Sports Network ... Of course, Towson running back Terrance...

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Thursday morning Pac-12 links 

From Albuquerque -- News broke yesterday that WSU won't have defensive lineman Kalafitoni Pole available in Saturday's New Mexico Bowl. The junior was sent home per NCAA guidelines because he is academically ineligible ... So you think you know WSU football history, huh? Test your...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18, 2013

Men's basketball: WSU 80, SFSU 50

From Albuquerque -- The Washington State men's basketball team cruised to an 80-50 win over San Francisco State on Wednesday in an, ahem, neutral arena. Kennewick was once again kind to the Cougars, who won by the largest margin since the last time they headed...

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WSU's Pole sent home for academic reasons 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Washington State defensive end Kalafitoni Pole is academically ineligible and will not play in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, the Spokesman-Review learned Wednesday evening. After traveling with the team to New Mexico on Tuesday, Pole was sent home once the team learned of...

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WSU bowl rewind: 1998 Rose Bowl

Video courtesy of jcbakkar on YouTube. Mike Price and the Cougars returned to the postseason following the 1997 season. With ultra-talented quarterback Ryan Leaf at the helm of WSU's offense, the Cougars were 10-1 and ranked No. 8 in the country. Their opponent in Pasadena...

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Kelowna moves up to No. 2

The Kelowna Rockets, who have the best record (28-3-0-2) in the Western Hockey League following a 12-game winning streak, moved from No. 3 to No. 2 in this week's Canadian Hockey League Top 10 poll. The Rockets, on the list for nine weeks, trail only...

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Idaho football adds eight JC players

After Idaho won just one game this fall in his first season as coach, Paul Petrino saw a number of holes on the Vandals' roster. He took a key step in filling a few of them today with the signing of eight junior-college players --...

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Kupp named first-team All-American

It’s been a freshman year to remember for Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp. Just two days after winning the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Kupp was named to The Sports Network All-America first team on Wednesday.

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Afternoon Pac-12 links 

From Denver -- We're taking a brief pit stop on our journey to the Great Southwest to refuel both the plane and our bodies. Since we have a little time, I thought I'd pass along some links from around the Pac-12 that we didn't get...

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WSU chat postponed

Tyler Tjomsland, our industrious photographer, and I are en route to New Mexico right now, so we'll have to take a rain check on our usual Wednesday morning chat. Join us on SportsLink tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. to talk about the Cougars, the bowls, and...

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Pangos fights through toe injury

Media day Tuesday and the primary topic was the addition of forward Angel Nunez, who transferred roughly a year ago from Louisville. Naturally, I put together a notebook on Kevin Pangos' toe, Przemek Karnowski's parents, Finals Week and Christmas wishes. You can read it here....

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Eastern and Big Sky links

I learned a lot about Vernon Adams and Cooper Kupp this week, mostly that they really mean it when they say that individual honors come after team. On Tuesday before practice, I spoke with Adams about his second-place finish in the Walter Payton Award balloting,...

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Wednesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman -- Today's morning links will be short, since I'm about to head to New Mexico for the game and will be in transit for most of the day. However, I'll try and put up some more links early this afternoon. Unfortunately, we also...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 17, 2013





Aviani earns another award

Spokane Chiefs forward Mike Aviani was named Western Hockey League player of the week on Monday. On Tuesday, the Canadian Hockey League bestowed the award on the Spokane 20-year-old player. Aviani had three goals and five assists last week as the Chiefs went 3-0. Aviani...

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WSU bowl rewind: 1994 Alamo Bowl 

The above video, courtesy of sedihawk on YouTube, is not from the 1994 Alamo Bowl. But it illustrates the dominance of the Palouse Posse, Washington State's fearsome defense that ranked No. 2 in the country, as it held Napoleon Kauffman and the No. 18 Huskies...

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Gonzaga's Sunny Greinacher, left, and Elle Tinkle, right, surround Brittany Crain, center, of UC Riverside under the basket and apply a little intimidation in the first half Monday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.   (Jesse Tinsley)

Zag women turn focus to WSU

The end score of 87-43 Monday night wasn’t able to erase the depth of the struggles that the No. 25 Gonzaga women’s basketball team endured in the first half against UC Riverside. The (9-2) Zags went one-for-eight from free-point land and numerous layups that turned...

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And some days there is nothing 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I was talking to someone the other day about this column and they asked me a question. They wanted to know how I came up with my ideas each day. I told them there is no magic formula, I just read...

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Eastern and Big Sky links

Another year, another big award for Eastern Washington football. On Monday night, wide receiver Cooper Kupp took center stage by winning the Jerry Rice Award for top FCS freshman, while quarterback Vernon Adams finished second in the Walter Payton Award balloting. A bigger prize would...

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Tuesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman -- Game week has started and that means it's time to take a First Look at WSU's opponent, Colorado State ... We relive the 1992 Copper Bowl in yesterday's bowl rewind ... WSU picked up a verbal commitment from a Herculean recruit ......

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