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Former Gonzaga forward Sam Dower Jr.’s career sidelined by another knee surgery

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 23, 2018, 5:29 p.m.

Former Gonzaga Bulldog Sam Dower Jr.’s professional basketball career appears to be over. Dower said in an Instagram post Sunday that it “may be time for the basketball chapter of my life to come to an end.” The 6-foot-9 forward, who signed in August with MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in Poland, explained that he needs another surgery on his left knee, the third in the last 2½ years.

Gonzaga basketball in wait-and-see mode with NCAA rules changes

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Four Zags – Rui Hachimura, Killian Tillie, Zach Norvell Jr. and Brandon Clarke – have tested the NBA waters after the program’s second trip to the Final Four in three seasons. Hachimura leads the way as a projected lottery pick and Tillie is considered a late first-round selection.

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura scores 25 points in Japan’s World Cup victory

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 7:58 p.m.

Rui Hachimura led the way Monday, scoring 25 points as Japan picked up another huge win, 75-60 over Iran, in the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers. Hachimura, Gonzaga’s 6-foot-8 junior forward, filled out the stat sheet with seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals at sold-out Ota City General Gymnasium in Tokyo.

Gonzaga returning to Bahamas for 2019 Battle 4 Atlantis

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 6:14 p.m.

Gonzaga has essentially adhered to a tournament rotation schedule for more than a decade, often visiting the top holiday basketball events once every four years. That rotation will continue in the 2019-20 season, with the Zags venturing to the 2019 Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.

Washington State basketball to play 11 games inside state lines during nonconference season

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 5 p.m.

The Cougars will play eight true home games at Beasley Coliseum – including an exhibition –but 11 total in the state of Washington, with a road game against Seattle U at Key Arena on Nov. 14 and neutral-site games against Montana State at the Toyota Center in Kennewick on Dec. 9 and against Santa Clara at Spokane Arena on Dec. 29.

Loyola celebrity nun Sister Jean celebrating 99th birthday

Sister Jean is celebrating her 99th birthday months after gaining national attention as chaplain of the Loyola-Chicago basketball team that reached the NCAA Final Four. The university was holding a campus party with students and school staffers on Tuesday for Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt. The Catholic nun says her health is better some days as others as she’s been recovering since last year from a broken hip.