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Zags roll in season opener

Good evening. It was a good night for Gonzaga in general, and 7-1 Polish center Przemek Karnowski in particular.

Karnowski (pictured above) poured in 22 points in his Gonzaga debut and five other Zags scored in double figures as GU crushed Southern Utah 103-65 in the season opener on Friday. The last time Gonzaga hit the century mark was two years ago in the season opener against Southern.

My game story can be found here. I'll be back in the a.m. with a day-after post.

Zags entertain Thunderbirds for opener

It's finally game time for the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Here's a short preview of GU's season opener against Southern Utah on Friday.

Nelson expects game to go on as planned

Spokane Shock majority owner Brady Nelson said he’s “100 percent” confident the Arena Football League team’s season opener Monday night will go on as planned despite threats from the AFL players union of a possible strike.


The Shock entertain Iowa on Monday, the last of six AFL games to kickoff on opening weekend. Iowa general manager John Pettit echoed Nelson's thoughts: “I have no reason to believe our players won’t step on the field and be there to play Spokane. We’re looking forward to the game, our guys have prepared hard and we've had a long training camp. We're looking forward to hitting the field.”


We'll have more here later, but some background information can be found in an Orlando Sentinel aricle. More here.


(UPDATE: I put together an article for Friday's S-R, you can read it below. Also, AFLPU executive director Ivan Soto told the Sentinel later Thursday that the possibility of a strike “has been reduced” due to progress made in negotiations).


Nelson said he isn't worried because he believes the strike talk is being generated by the union, not the players. Nelson doesn't believe there's a great deal of “buy-in” from the players with the players union.


AFL president Jerry Kurz's statement: “The Arena Football League is choosing not to discuss labor matters publicly at this time in the hopes that we can come to an accord with the union. We will continue delivering the same exciting brand of football action that we have for the last 24 seasons and we hope that the union allows the players to do the same.”

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