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FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2013

It's just so tiring 

A GRIP ON SPORTS At about 9 p.m. last night, I knew exactly what I was going to be writing about today. This. But then it hit me. I'm tired of it all. And if I'm tired of it, you folks must be exhausted. Read...

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Day-before-Washington links 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Good news: only three more days without cable and wired Internet. Bad news: Three more days without cable and wired Internet. Ah, the joys of moving. Anyway, we at least have a company-issued MiFi card to get us through these oh-so-trying...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2013

Vandals clamp down on San Jose State

Kyle Barone has been a consistent force inside, Mike McChristian looks more comfortable away from the ball and Robert Harris continues to give Idaho a lift at point guard. Those are three reasons why the Vandals won for the third time in four games on...

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Daugherty's Cougars ready for Pac-12

Washington State begins Pac-12 women's basketball play Friday night at home against Arizona. Sixth-year coach June Daugherty sees progress in the program after big nonconference wins this season and last year's strong showing in the conference tournament. Read story

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Karr carries Gonzaga in WCC opener

Senior guard Taelor Karr had a career night for Gonzaga on Thursday, hitting 8 of 9 3-pointers and finishing with a career-best 27 points during a West Coast Conference-opening win over visiting San Diego. Karr missed the school record for 3-pointers by one. The Bulldogs...

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Zags grind out 78-62 win

It was far from pretty, but the Gonzaga Bulldogs pushed their winning streak to five with a hard-fought 78-62 road victory over improving Pepperdine on Saturday night. Elias Harris had 18 points and six rebounds, Kelly Olynyk added 16 points (14 in second half) and...

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Karr's career night drives Gonzaga

Senior guard Taelor Karr scored a career-high 27 points, hittiing 8 of 9 on 3-pointers, to lead Gonzaga to a 77-57 win over San Diego on Thursday in a West Coast Conference opener at McCarthey Athletic Center. Story to come

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Karr ignites Gonzaga in first half

Senior guard Taelor Karr has already eclipsed her season high Thursday by scoring 15 first-half points as Gonzaga leads San Diego 41-23 in a West Coast Conference opener at McCarthey Athletic Center. Karr has hit 4 for 4 on 3-pointers and the Bulldogs have six...

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Gonzaga women begin WCC with USD

The Gonzaga women, playing at McCarthey Athletic Center, are 20 minutes away from opening the West Coast Conference part of their 2012-13 schedule. San Diego, the first opponent for the eight-time WCC champion Bulldogs, is anything but a pushover. The Toreros (8-4) finished 26-9 last...

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There are two sides to the WCC

A GRIP ON SPORTS You are a college basketball fan living somewhere in Middle America, say Davenport, Iowa. You have a good satellite package and you really enjoy watching the best that college basketball has to offer. So whenever the Gonzaga Bulldogs play on TV,...

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Live chat on a Thursday, plus links

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- With WSU holding its media availability yesterday afternoon, we decided to postpone this week's live chat to this afternoon at 1 p.m. Hope you all can make it. We also have a few stories to pass along, so read on.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2, 2013


GU wants to avoid falling into trap

Situated between Monday's win over No. 22 Oklahoma State and Saturday's contest at Santa Clara, Gonzaga will try to stay on task against Pepperdine on Thursday in Malibu. It has all the makings of a trap game, facing a squad picked to finish last in...

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Wednesday with Ken Bone

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Ken Bone met with the media today to discuss Washington State's Pac-12 opener against the Washington Huskies on Saturday. We have a recap of his comments below. Read on.

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Central Valley’s Madison Hovren, right, battles Skyview’s Katie Swanson for a rebound. (PATRICK HAGERTY)

GSL basketball scoring leaders 

Beginning today and running each Wednesday here and Thursday in the newspaper are the Greater Spokane League boys and girls basketball scoring leaders. Click the tab below to see the leaders. Pictured above is the girls leader, sophomore Madison Hovren of Central Valley.

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Zags team to beat in WCC 

For the umpteenth straight season, Gonzaga is the team to beat in the WCC. For the first time in a dozen seasons, the Bulldogs are not the defending champions. Saint Mary's broke through last year and snapped Gonzaga's WCC title streak at 11. The Gaels...

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It seems like only yesterday 

A GRIP ON SPORTS The headline hit me like a Montee Ball run up the middle. "41-year wait is over; Stanford gets Roses." It has been 41 years since Stanford won a Rose Bowl game? Really? It seems like only yesterday. After all, the last...

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Back to the grind 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- The new year also signals the beginning of Pac-12 play, with Washington State playing is conference opener against Washington on Saturday. WSU coach Ken Bone and players are available to the media later this afternoon, and we'll have more then. But...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 1, 2013

Eastern's Ojeda lives for the blocks

Eastern Washington senior Carrie Ojeda is moving up the school's all-time chart for blocking shots. Ojeda, a criminal justice major, is hoping to play for another Big Sky Conference champion and to make the all-conference team. She leads this week's women's notebook: Read story

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Day after Oklahoma State

Back with my day-after post following Gonzaga’s 69-68 win over Oklahoma State on Monday. The victory moves Gonzaga to 13-1, its best start since joining D-I. We’ll get right to it with the links: My game story, Daily Oklahoman gamer, A.P., and ESPN.com’s recap. Read...

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Celebrate today

A GRIP ON SPORTS When I was younger (and by that I mean in my 30s or so), I used to hate New Year's Day. After all, it was the last holiday for a while (and the last big day of college football). From the...

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