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GU, Pitt in 2015 Armed Forces Classic

We interrupt Sunday NFL football for a bit of basketball news.

Gonzaga, which opens the 2014 season against visiting Sacramento State on Friday, has lined up a big game for the 2015 season. The Bulldogs will face Pittsburgh in the 2015 Armed Forces Classic next November at a U.S. Marine Corps base in Okinawa, Japan. The game is tentatively set for Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. An official announcement is expected later this week.

This year's Armed Forces Classic features Louisville, coached by Rick Pitino, and Minnesota, coached by Pitino's son, Richard, on Friday in Puerto Rico. Minnesota is a potential GU opponent this season at the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York City.

Gonzaga's 2015 schedule will be challenging in terms of travel and opponents. In addition to Pitt, the Zags play in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas, entertain UCLA and Arizona and visit SMU.

Spokane falls to Pittsburgh, 52-41

Spokane made it interesting until the final seconds but came up short against the visiting Pittsburgh Power 52-41 on Friday night at the Arena.

Spokane's Dononvan Porterie, signed earlier this week and operating with just three practices, had five touchdown passes but committed four turnovers, including three interceptions.

The Power's Tommy Grady tossed seven touchdown passes and was intercepted twice, one of which was returned for a touchdown by James Ruffin.

My unedited game story is below.

Spokane entertains Pittsburgh

Spokane takes the field tonight for the first time in 28 games without Erik Meyer as its starting quarterback. Meyer was placed on injured reserve earlier this week and the Shock will rely on Donovan Porterie or Dennis Havrilla or both — or possibly even another appearance from pinch-QB Rashaad Carter, who replaced Meyer last Sunday.

Here's my game preview. Here's more on the Power.

Pittsburgh has several former Shock players, including WRs Shaun Kauleinamoku (50 catches, 567 yards, 9 TDs) and recently acquired Hank Edwards (3-12-1), DBs Virgil Gray (six interceptions) and Sergio Gilliam (two ints.) and linebacker Arvell Nelson (27.5 tackles, three fumble recoveries, one int.). Nelson backed up Meyer last season and showed promise as an AFL quarterback.



Shock rally to shut down Power, 61-43

A wild day and wild night in the Arena Football League.

Spokane sleep-walked through the first half, falling behind by nine points, before rallying for a 61-43 win over Pittsburgh on Friday night.

My unedited game story is below.

Earlier, I put together a story on the suddenly not-so-clear National Conference playoff picture. It can be found beneath the game story below.

Shock close regular season vs. Power

Spokane, riding a four-game winning streak, concludes the regular season against the Pittsburgh Power tonight at 7 at the Arena.

Here's my game preview.

One more time with feeling


FROM PULLMAN — Pittsburgh and Washington State enjoyed the first two games they played so much, they're going to go ahead and play another one on Friday. Also, they have to. Read on for today's links.

WSU can win a title today


FROM PULLMAN — The basketball team arrived in Pittsburgh yesterday, and it can put an end to this season's College Basketball Invitational by beating the Panthers tonight. We have a bit more on that, as well as a whole heck of a lot of spring football news, after the jump.

Cougs fly to Pitt, spring ball continues


FROM PULLMAN — If a charter flight leaves Lewiston at 8 a.m. heading east carrying two basketball teams, will Brock Motum play on Wednesday? Read on.

The game that was, CBI edition: WSU 67, Pittsburgh 66


FROM PULLMAN — The dust has settled from a wild finish, one that saw the Cougars hold on for a 67-66 win over Pittsburgh in the first game of the CBI's 3-game championship series. We have an overview of the game after the jump.

Motum’s in a suit, but not suited up


FROM PULLMAN — We're on press row preparing to cover WSU's final game at Beasley Coliseum this season (for real, this time). And, as expected, the Cougars will be without leading scorer Brock Motum.

Championship Monday in Pullman


FROM PULLMAN — Didn't realize until I pulled out the record books yesterday afternoon just how rare it is for a Big East team to come out here. In fact, Pittsburgh is about to become the first team to face WSU in Pullman as a member of the Big East. Ever. That counts former members, too. Read on for more.

Getting to know Pittsburgh


FROM PULLMAN — With the rare occasion of a Big East team coming to town, we decided to ask Ray Fittipaldo, the Pittsburgh beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, to answer a few questions about the Panthers. He obliged.

Shock fall apart in second half

An article on the Spokane Shock posted earlier today on the AFL website had the following headline: 'Are the defending champs back?' Later Saturday, the Shock took a big step backward, falling to Pittsburgh 51-41 to drop to 3-5.

You can read the S-R game recap below.

Shock, Keefe take on former coach

Spokane has won two straight after a 1-4 start. The Shock will try to keep their momentum going against the Pittsburgh Power, coached by ex-Shock coach Chris Siegfried. Here's my preview that will run in Saturday's S-R.

We mentioned Thursday that Pittsburgh put DL Terrence Carter on league suspension. Turns out that suspension lasted 24 hours. He's back on the active roster. 

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