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TUESDAY, OCT. 20, 2015

James Ruffin splits time between the Spokane Shock and U.S. Bank (Jim  Meehan)

Name change coming for Spokane IFL team

Spokane's on-again, off-again scrap with the Arena Football League over Shock trademarks didn't end well. Here's my article. The AFL's asking price kept rising and Shock majority owner Nader Naini, one of many AFL owners to help foot the bills for several struggling franchises the...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2015

Spokane Shock owner Nader Naini, left, announced that Adam Shackleford, center, will be the new Spokane Shock head football coach. (Colin Mulvany)

Shock set new course with Shack, IFL

Spokane made it official Tuesday, formally announcing it has left the AFL for the IFL and Adam Shackleford is back as head coach. Shack, popular and successful in his first stint with the Shock from 2007-09, is busy putting together an IFL roster (it probably...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 18, 2015

Spokane Shock head coach Adam Shackleford calls the plays against Boise, May 10, 2008 in the Spokane Arena.  DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Shock: Olson out as coach, Shackleford in

The headlines keep coming regarding the Spokane Shock. They are expected to leave the Arena Football League in the near future and join the Indoor Football League. Head coach Andy Olson said Tuesday he believes he's coached his last game, ending his four-year tenure. Next...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 15, 2015

Rattlers rout Spokane, 72-41

Arizona ended Spokane's season in the first round of the AFL playoffs with a 72-41 rout Saturday night in Phoenix. Spokane will probably spend the next few weeks determining its future path. Team owner Nader Naini said earlier this week that the franchise is considering...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 13, 2015

Shock’s Kevin McCullough is pumped up during Friday night’s game against the Arizona Rattlers at the Arena. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Afif, McCullough want to delay departures

Patrick Afif and Kevin McCullough are in roughly the same situation as the Shock enter the postseason. Both AFL veterans are all but certain to call it a career when Spokane's season ends. They're trying to delay their exits as long as possible, which will...

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MONDAY, AUG. 10, 2015

Shock weighing league options

The next few weeks are going to be interesting for the Spokane Shock and the AFL. The playoffs begin this weekend with Spokane taking on Arizona on Saturday, but the AFL's long-term health is under scrutiny again after a turbulent weekend in which Las Vegas...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 8, 2015

Shock defeat Outlaws, clinch third seed

Spokane got off to another slow start, but recovered quickly and handled Las Vegas 51-34 on Saturday. The third-seeded Shock (7-11) will meet No. 2 Arizona next Saturday in the first round of the National Conference playoffs. More below.

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SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2015

FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2015

SaberCats pummel Shock again

San Jose worked over Spokane again. The SaberCats rolled to a 62-27 win Friday at the Arena, sending Shock quarterback Carson Coffman to the sidelines in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. San Jose has thumped Spokane 83-28, 55-26 and now 62-27, all in...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015

Shock come up short again in crunch time

It was another frustrating night for the Spokane Shock, who continue to turn the ball over and fail to deliver in crunch time. The Shock were six yards from the end zone and an important win in the playoff picture, but they failed to score...

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Shock entertain Outlaws

Another interesting week on and off the field for the Spokane Shock, who entertain Las Vegas tonight. Spokane can bolster its playoff chances with its second win over the Outlaws. Game preview here. Tom Clouse has the latest on the legal issues facing Shock players...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2015

Shock find gem in Amos

Anthony Amos took the long road to Spokane but that's not unusual for the 6-foot, 185-pound receiver. He is one of the rare players discovered at an open tryout that becomes a key contributor. More on Amos and other items in this week's Shock notebook.

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SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015


Missouri transfer Williams picks Gonzaga

Missouri transfer Johnathan Williams announced via social media Saturday night that he will transfer to Gonzaga for his final two seasons of eligibility. I conducted a short phone interview with Williams earlier tonight and put together the story below for Sunday's S-R. Read on for...

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SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015

Spokane Shock's Rashaad Carter loses the ball after a hit from the San Jose SaberCats David Hyland. (Kathy Plonka)

Shock blown out by SaberCats

About the only thing Spokane got right Saturday was Raul Vijil's jersey retirement ceremony at halftime. Vijil gave an emotional speech and he received a standing ovation. His No. 15 now hangs next to Spokane's division, conference and league championship banners. The rest of the...

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SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015

Shock fall to Voodoo, 66-63 

Spokane fought back to tie the score with eight seconds left and it looked like overtime was imminent. But an errant kickoff helped New Orleans get into field-goal position and Garrett Lindholm connected on a 41-yarder on the final play to lift the Voodoo to...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015

Shock earn first win in overtime

There's not enough space to go through all the highlights and lowlights from Spokane's crazy 56-55 overtime victory against Orlando on Saturday. Somehow, someway the Shock came out on top, digging out the victory in overtime with a stop on Orlando's two-point conversion attempt and...

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Winless Shock face Predators

A little football, a lotta golf. The AFL season is a month old and the Shock (0-3) are still searching for their first victory. Their next opportunity comes tonight against visiting Orlando (3-1). Here's my preview. One update to the article: Orlando's three wins are...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015

Spokane’s Derrick Summers tackles Iowa’s Carson Coffman. (Dan Pelle)

Shock welcome QBs back

The AFL season is just three games old but, thanks to injuries and ineffectiveness, the quarterback carrousel has been spinning full speed for the Spokane Shock. It looks like it's about to slow down. Starter Carson Coffman (picture above shows Coffman with Iowa last season...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015

Shock drop to 0-3

Spokane blew a nine-point halftime lead with a pair of costly turnovers in the third quarter and the Portland Thunder escaped with a 47-43 AFL win Thursday in Portland. The Shock dropped to 0-3 for the first time since 2011 when Kyle Rowley was Spokane's...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2015

Southwick next in Shock QB line

Entering their third game of the season, a fourth different quarterback will be behind center for the Spokane Shock. With Carson Coffman, who suffered an MCL injury in the second quarter of the season opener, and Warren Smith mending from injuries,and Jarrett Brown and Matt...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2015

Shock sloppy in 54-43 home loss

Spokane head coach Andy Olson summarized it succinctly: "It was sloppy, from quarterback play to fumbled kickoff returns to broken coverages on defense. Everything about it was sloppy." All of those mistakes added up as Spokane dropped its home opener to Philadelphia, 54-43, Saturday at...

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MONDAY, NOV. 24, 2014

Ruffin returning to Spokane for 2015

James Ruffin, who was honored as the 2014 AFL defensive lineman of the year, will return to Spokane for the 2015 season, the team announced. Ruffin set a franchise record with 14 sacks last season and was named first-team All-AFL. The Northern Iowa product also...

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