THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014

Indians use second half to try new looks

Admittedly, some Spokane Indians fans are concerned about the way the team has played in the last 2 1/2 weeks. Spokane owns the worst record (3-7) in the Northwest League during the early stages of the second half. The Indians have also lost 12 of...

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UPDATE: Drew Loftus arrested for assault 

(This post was updated at 11:03 to include information from the police report.) Washington State wide receiver Drew Loftus was arrested for assault in the fourth degree early Thursday morning, his 21st birthday. Officers responded to a call at Domino's Pizza on Northeast Monroe Street...

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WSU fall practice schedule

The Cougars will head to Sacajawea middle school in Lewiston, Idaho on Saturday for their first practice of the 2014 season. These practices are open to the media and public, although WSU will not be in full pads until Aug. 6, the fourth day of...

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Is the future now? 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Today is the day. The day the Mariners let their fans know how they feel about this season. Or maybe it's just the day they decide to continue to build for the future. Read on.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014

Looking at the WSU pre-camp depth chart 

I was handed a media guide recently and inside was an updated depth chart. I've taken the liberty of scanning that page (Thanks, Cam Scanner!) and posting it below. Here are a few items of interest I saw while perusing: -- Freshman receiver Calvin Green...

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Mike Washington, left, leads Shock with 106 receptions, 1,356 yards and 23 touchdowns. (Colin Mulvany)

Washington works on body, mind

Shock coach Andy Olson probably has a long list of worries when it comes to his team, but Mike Washington isn't one of them. He knows the 5-foot-8 receiver is going to eat right, take care of his body, study film, practice hard and then...

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TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014

Catching up in time for fall camp

Well, summer is almost over. What's that you say? It's still as hot as a feverish St. Bernard outside and the kids won't be out of your hair for another month? Sure, I guess it's still summer for those of you who base your seasons...

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EWU sets 2017 game at Texas Tech

In a repeat engagement of Beau Baldwin’s head coaching debut at Eastern Washington, the Eagles will play at Texas Tech on Sept. 2, 2017, the school announced Tuesday afternoon. The game will come nine years after the Eagles lost to 49-24 in Lubbock, Texas, to...

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Something just clicked last night 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It hit late last night. No, not the muscle soreness from playing golf in almost 100-degree heat. That was expected. No, it was an unexpected reaction I had while watching, of all things, a professional soccer match. Read on.

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MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014

Depth gives Indians an edge

Seth Spivey was joking Monday when he said that the entire Spokane Indians lineup could have been selected to the Northwest League All-Star Game. But Spivey, one of eight Indians named to the team last week, wasn't too far off. Just about every player on...

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Fast forward: Arizona

There was a time when the Texas coaches thought Connor Brewer could carry the Longhorn's weighty legacy. That the high school All-American had the talent and poise to start at quarterback for one of the country's most prestigious programs. So too, the LSU coaches once...

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Is the M's season slipping away?

A GRIP ON SPORTS Why do I have the feeling the best of the Mariners' season just might be over? Maybe it's because they are unable to win consistently at home. Or it may be because they can't seem to score consistently. Or because the...

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Indians improve to 5-2 against Vancouver

What separates the Spokane Indians from the Vancouver Canadians so far this season isn't their records. Both teams are 27-17 overall in the Northwest League, better than the league's other six teams. But Spokane is guaranteed a postseason berth because it defeated North Division rival...

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SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014

SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2014

Shock win fifth in a row

Spokane closed the regular season with a 45-40 road win over Portland on Saturday. The Shock (11-7) won their fifth straight. They'll visit San Jose in the first round of the playoffs next Saturday at 7. Quarterback Brian Zbydniewski tossed five touchdown passes. Both teams...

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Shock close regular season at Portland

Spokane would like to keep its late-season roll going when it closes the regular season tonight at Portland. The Shock are looking for their fifth straight win and want to avoid new entries to the injury list as they point to their Saturday, Aug. 2,...

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WSU gets a kicker, announces fall practice dates

The Washington State football team didn't just get a football operations building out of all that construction going on by Rogers Field last year. The Cougars also found a new August home in Lewiston, Idaho. Because WSU's practice fields were temporarily unavailable the Cougars spent...

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FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014

Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday is forced out of bounds against Stanford during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at Quest Field in Seattle, Wash. Stanford led 17-3 at the half. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Flashback: Stanford

Merrily, the 2013 Cougars rolled through their first four games, emerging from the season's first chunk of games 3-1 with a surprising win over. Mike Leach's offense had started to match the hype, putting up 90 points in wins over Southern Utah and Idaho after...

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No shirt, no helmet, no problem

Washington State football coach Mike Leach likes to exercise. He walks to work every day, and can often be spotted on one of his various constitutionals around Pullman. So it makes sense why he spends his downtime in the offseason in Florida's Key West. Not...

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