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Shock finding work/rest balance

You'd never know Beau Bell has been battling a high ankle sprain. He had two sacks and three quarterback hurries in Saturday's rout over San Jose.

Watching practice at the last few media days, Bell is often by himself stretching or conditioning, or he's working with a member of the training staff. He'd prefer practicing, but the reduced workload limits wear and tear on his body and allows him to play on game day. He's been productive, despite dealing with an injury that typically sidelines players for 3-4 weeks.

More on the flexible practice schedule in my Shock notebook here.

Also, there's a note near the bottom on Raul Vijil, whose No. 15 was scheduled to be retired during Saturday's home game with Jacksonville. Vijil was in the Shock offices late last week to put his signature on retirement papers, but declined. It doesn't necessarily mean Vijil is plotting a comeback. It simply leaves the option open. 

Majority owner Brady Nelson said retirement papers aren't required by the AFL, but he wants to be certain that when a number is retired the player doesn't return two months later with Spokane or the following season with another team. Makes sense. If Vijil has any doubts, he did the wise thing. A retirement ceremony can always be held at a later date, next season, etc.

Vijil was with the team from its inaugural season in 2006 through 2011. Other than No. 9 (for the ninth man), Vijil's No. 15 jerseys are still the most popular in the stands at Shock home games.

GU trying to nail the boards

Media day today and we had a couple of topics for a notebook that will run in Tuesday's S-R. The first item is on Gonzaga being outrebounded by five of its last nine opponents, including San Diego winning the glass 38-32 on Saturday.

It took some time and research from GU's sports information department, but we think we found Mark Few's last technical foul before Saturday's against USD.

There's more, including GU moving up to No. 6 in the rankings, its highest ranking since Dec. 2008, and the Zags scheduling a two-game series with Arizona.

Gonzaga notebook

Back with the last post from Buffalo. It’s a unedited notebook. Take a look below.

Sacre leaves ‘em laughing

Back with the final post of the night. My NCAA-issued wireless connection is operating about at the same efficiency as Florida State made shots Friday — roughly 35.6 percent.

So I’ll post quickly while it’s working. Read on for an unedited notebook.

Gonzaga notes

Good evening once again. As promised, here’s an unedited notebook and Vince Grippi’s unedited column. Both will run in Friday’s S-R. Read on for more.

Zags day-after notebook

OK, a minor change of plans. The boss wanted a notebook in the aftermath of Gonzaga’s entertaining 89-82 win over Saint Mary’s on Thursday and we chose to tip it off with Elias Harris. So that’s what you’ll find below, in unedited form.

Gonzaga notebook

Back with the notebook. They’re about to shut down the media room here at the Rose Garden, so we’re heading for the shuttle bus.

Read on for the unedited version of the notebook.

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Jacob Thorpe (@JacobThorpe) Sports reporter Jacob Thorpe covers Washington State University athletics. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

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Jim Meehan (@srjimm) Jim Meehan's coverage areas include Gonzaga University men's basketball, Spokane Shock football, golf and volleyball. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

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