Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano is greeted by Washington State linebacker Logan Tago during the Cougars 37-34 win last September. (Rich Kane / Associated Press)

Speed defines Cougars’ linebacker corps

During the one and one half seasons Peyton Pelluer has started in the middle of Washington State’s defense, the middle linebacker has seen plenty of new faces line up alongside him. Lately, the mugs have pretty similar to the guys who used to line up about seven yards behind him.

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On the air

Wednesday’s TV highlightsBaseball, Little League World Series Noon: TBA ... ESPN 4:30 p.m.: TBA ... ESPN Baseball, MLB 12:30 p.m.: Cleveland at Oakland ... MLB 12:30 p.m.: N.Y. Yankees at Seattle ... Root 7 p.m.: San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers ...

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Area Sports Menu for Wednesday, August 24

BaseballNorthwest League: Spokane at Hillsboro, 1:05 p.m.MotorsportsStateline Speedway: Roadrunner, Mini Stock, Full Contact, Figure 8, 6 p.m.SoccerHigh School Boys: Idaho: Inland Empire League: Moscow at Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene at Sandpoint, both at 4 p.m. High School Girls: Idaho: Inland ...

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California Golden Bears head coach Sonny Dykes, right, and Hawaii Rainbow Warriors head coach Nick Rolovic, left, accept gifts of surfboards from New South Wales state Minister for Trade and Tourism, Stuart Ayres, in Sydney, on Tuesday. (Rick Rycroft / Associated Press)

Cal, Hawaii having fun Down Under

With the usual touristy things – Opera House, Harbour Bridge and meeting mascot-sized koalas – out of the way, the California Golden Bears and Hawaii Rainbow Warriors were set to continue their practice sessions in Australia on Wednesday ahead of the opening college football game of the season.

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Seattle Mariners
Yankees’ CC Sabathia turns back clock to slow down Mariners 
Hernandez, Zunino lead Mariners past Brewers 8-2 
Edwin Diaz, Mariners bullpen deliver a lot of drama in 4-3 win over Angels 
MLB Notes: MLB owners set to approve Mariners sale 
Angels rough up Mariners bullpen to snap 11-game slide 
Spokane Indians
Spokane Indians lose sixth straight after 8-1 loss to Hillsboro 
Untimely hitting dooms Spokane Indians in 5-2 loss 
Spokane Indians lose second straight Northwest League game to Vancouver Canadians 
Vancouver Canadians blank Spokane Indians 4-0 
Indians right ship against Canadians, end five-game skid with 4-2 win 
College baseball
TCU loses 7-year-old fan Micah Ahern to cancer 
Coastal Carolina wins College World Series 
Digest: Breanna Stewart scores career-high 38, Storm beats Dream 84-81 
Surprise, surprise: Chanticleers, Arizona set for CWS finals 
Digest: Texas Tech hangs on, knocks out top seed Florida 3-2 at CWS 
WSU football
Speed defines Cougars’ linebacker corps 
Idaho and WSU agree to play in 2020 
WSU position preview: Defensive line has skills to make up for lack of size 
WSU position preview: Maturity on offensive line provides opportunity to build depth 
WSU Cougars receive 29th-most votes in AP poll 
EWU football
Eastern Washington secondary is growing, maturing 
Most EWU football games to begin in late afternoon or evening  
EWU’s young offensive line is making progress 
Eagle practices looking more like game week 
Gubrud solidifies chances to start EWU opener 
UI football
UI spring football: Deon Watson gives Vandals options at receiver, tight end 
Paul Petrino opens camp with focus on the field, not conference affiliations 
Spotlight will be on Vandals’ other receivers against New Mexico State 
Arkansas State beats Idaho
Eagles-Vandals capsule 
Spokane Empire
Quarterback Charles Dowdell re-signs with Spokane Empire 
Empire signs defensive lineman 
Area roundup: Chiefs sign pair of Czech forwards 
Spokane Empire sign quarterback Austin Trainor 
Spokane Empire fade and fall to Sioux Falls in IFL’s United Bowl  
Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin ready for encore season 
Michael Bennett schools new Seahawks O-linemen 
For Seahawks and rest of NFL, training camp isn’t what it used to be 
Seahawks deal with old issues again in loss 
Pete Carroll hedges on Jimmy Graham playing in Seahawks’ opener 
GU men's basketball
GU’s Przemek Karnowski ‘ahead of schedule’ in recovery from back surgery  
Best in Show: Ex-Zags to meet in charity game to kick off Hoopfest  
Gonzaga sources: Domantas Sabonis will declare for NBA draft  10 
Blanchette: Other WCC schools must make effort beyond cashing Gonzaga’s checks  
NCAA calls Zags to admit officiating error in Syracuse game  15 
College basketball
GU’s Przemek Karnowski ‘ahead of schedule’ in recovery from back surgery  
Alabama coach Avery Johnson gives supplies to flood victims 
Verlin’s participation in Coaches vs. Cancer is personal 
Digest: Prince Fielder ends career after neck surgeries 
OSU officials: Tyrek Coger died after 40-minute outdoor workout 
Women's basketball
Good as gold: US women win 6th straight Olympic hoops title 
Olympic Roundup: U.S. beats France 86-67, advances to women’s basketball final 
Grizzlies tab Shannon Schweyen as women’s basketball coach 
Newsmakers: NZ Formula One driver Chris Amon dead at 73 
Digest: Tina Charles, U.S. women’s hoops beat France 84-62 
Seattle Sounders
Sounders hope to begin playoff push against Real Salt Lake 
Orlando City coach Jason Kreis once thought contender for Sounders’ position 
Versatile Brad Evans fills in as best he can with Sounders 
Seattle dominates, but settles for 1-1 draw with Los Angeles 
Sounders sign Alvaro Fernandez for second stint with club 
Spokane Chiefs
Chiefs hope to turn last season’s struggles into future success 
Letters to the sports editor 
John Blanchette: Tim Speltz was rudder that steered Chiefs to success 
Tim Speltz leaving Chiefs to work for Toronto Maple Leafs  
Area roundup: Chiefs sign pair of Czech forwards 
Whitworth Pirates
Gonzaga, Whitworth baseball teams hope postseason awaits 
Freshman Justin Blatner delivers on mound for Gonzaga 
Area roundup: Vandals women win Wyoming Cowgirl Classic 
Bulldogs fail to solve Huskies’ Nesbitt 
College baseball notes: Whitworth Pirates pick up where they left off 
Youth notebook: Rehkow commits to BYU 
Youth notebook: Spokane-based Pixies fare well at nationals 
Youth notebook: NCAA-sanctioned girls basketball tourney this weekend 
Ferris’ three-sport athlete Bria Bowton resisted urge to specialize 
CV’s Ben Craig headed to Russia before landing at BYU 

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