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TUESDAY, JAN. 8, 2013


Sarcasm is the best defense 

A GRIP ON SPORTS What a great game last night. The two best college football teams in the nation meeting for the national championship. The BCS got it right again. OK, I'm being sarcastic. But doesn't a game that bad, a game basically over in...

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WSU about to get busy 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Washington State coach Ken Bone will meet with reporters later today. He will also join the rest of the Cougars team as they board a plane for the Bay Area. We'll make the same trip on Wednesday morning. But this morning,...

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MONDAY, JAN. 7, 2013

Few exercises time management skills

Gonzaga coach Mark Few has four talented bigs, but just two positions and 80 minutes of playing time to work with. It's the luxury/downside of having quality depth. Few's not complaining and neither are the four bigs. It's a topic I addressed in a notebook...

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A few links on Monday

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Mondays tend to be slow during Pac-12 basketball season, though there were two games yesterday and some interesting football coaching news to pass along. Hint: it involves Chip Kelly. Another hint: it isn't good news for the rest of the Pac-12....

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SUNDAY, JAN. 6, 2013

Fans chanted “Get a haircut” at Kelly Olynyk. Instead he cut down the Broncos with a career-high 33 points. (Associated Press)

Day after Santa Clara

I'm thrilled to post the day-after Santa Clara because it means I'm finally home! Seven-day road trip and my longest stay in Los Angeles since the 1997 Rose Bowl. The links: My game story, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury-News and A.P. Read on for...

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All the news that fits

A GRIP ON SPORTS If you try to read every link we found on the Seattle/Washington playoff game, you probably won't be done in time for the kickoff. And it is the late game today. But it would be fun to try. Read on.

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Day after Washington links 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- The dust has settled from another tight finish between the Washington State and Washington basketball teams. And like the last three, this one went the Huskies' way, too. We have a bunch of stuff to link to, so read on for...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 5, 2013

Utah State hands UI gut-wrenching loss

In Don Verlin's word, Idaho's loss at Utah State on Saturday night is going to "stick in our hearts." The Vandals, searching for their first victory in Logan since 2003, looked like they had the game won. They were by eight with four minutes to...

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Olynyk's 33 points lift GU past Santa Clara

Junior forward Kelly Olynyk had the best game of his Gonzaga career, racking up 33 points and 10 rebounds to lift the visiting Gonzaga Bulldogs to an 81-74 win over Santa Clara on Saturday. Gonzaga improved to 15-1, 2-0 WCC. Santa Clara dropped to 12-4,...

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From Beasley Coliseum, it's UW at WSU

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Students are filing in -- just how many, well, that remains to be seen -- and we're a little more than an hour away from tipoff between Washington State and Washington. We have some thoughts and notes to pass along. Read...

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Gonzaga cruises past Santa Clara

Guards Haiden Palmer and Taelor Karr combined for 32 points Saturday afternoon as Gonzaga improved to 12-4 overall and 2-0 in West Coast Conference women's basketball play with a 79-50 win over Santa Clara at McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga scored the first eight points of...

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Gonzaga leads by 30 at halftime

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are dominating Santa Clara 47-17 after one half of West Coast Conference women's basketball play at McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs have led by as many as 33 points. Junior guard Haiden Palmer is leading the way with 13 points. Senior guard...

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Mountain returns to Gonzaga

Former Gonzaga player and assistant coach Jennifer Mountain is back in Spokane today to coach Santa Clara (9-5-1-0) in a West Coast Conference women's basketball game against GU (11-4, 1-0) at McCarthey Athletic Center. Mountain, in her fifth season with the Broncos, also coached the...

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A busy weekend ahead 

A GRIP ON SPORTS By this time Monday, the day of the BCS national championship game, you might just be burnt out. After all, the human body can take only so much blocking, tackling, long jumpers, dunks and blown calls. Read on.

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FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2013



Zags, Broncos in early WCC showdown

There can't be another D-I program that has had a three-year stretch comparable to Santa Clara's. The Broncos had one of the better seasons in school history, winning 24 games and a post-season tournament, then lost every conference game the following season. The pendulum is...

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Five questions about Washington

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- With Pac-12 play beginning this week, we dust off our five-questions-with-a-beat-writer feature to preview the Washington Huskies. Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune was kind enough to stop by this week, and we also answered five questions about WSU on...

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Gonzaga forward Elias Harris slams home two of his game-high 18 points. (Associated Press)

Day after Pepperdine

A little tardy for my day-after post, but there's a good reason. I spent about 15 minutes visiting with ex-Zag Robert Sacre at the Lakers practice facility this morning. So better late than never, here's my day-after Pepperdine post. No road venue is easy for...

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