Alan Liere’s weekly fishing and hunting report for April 26.
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Is March about to lose some of its Madness? Eastern Washington basketball coach Shantay Legans agrees with most of the recommendations made Wednesday by the Commission on College Basketball.
Not unlike many of his peers, Ernie Kent is eager to see college basketball change for the better. But the Washington State coach is also among a small percentile of college basketball coaches with a platform significant enough to affect such reform.
Idaho men’s basketball coach Don Verlin says the issues addressed by the Commission on College Basketball align with discussions college coaches had among themselves in their annual meetings at the NCAA tournament.
Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth found few surprises in the Commission on College Basketball’s recommendations. Then again, he wasn’t expecting any.
Anyone who thinks the draft pundits and even some team general managers have no clue what will happen in Thursday’s opening round of the draft should talk to the guys likely to get selected early.
Morel mushroom permits will go on sale May for commercial harvesting of mushrooms in the Jolly Mountain fire area, according to a news release from the Okanogon-Wenatchee National Forest.
LAFC is returning home for the opening of its brand-new downtown stadium. The club had to start with six matches on the road and did surprisingly well, especially for an expansion team. LAFC collected four wins and 12 points for the best start on the road in league history. The team hosts the Sounders on Sunday night at Banc of California stadium.
Mike Zunino homered and scored twice to back Felix Hernandez in the Seattle Mariners’ 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
Jordan Spieth suspects he could be on the cusp of a banner year. That’s why he’s trying to strike the right balance of fun and focus when he teams up with good friend Ryan Palmer in New Orleans this weekend for the Zurich Classic. Spieth will try to capitalize on momentum he’s gained with top-three finishes at the Houston Open and the Masters. This is the second year of the two-player team format at the Zurich, where the field includes defending champions Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe says an injury to his left hand didn’t affect his play in the loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. Bledsoe’s left thumb and hand were wrapped after the 92-87 loss on Tuesday night in Boston. Bledsoe has told coach Joe Prunty that he’s fine and ready to go for Game 6 on Thursday. The Celtics lead the series 3-2.
Fox’s World Cup debut will have an American accent, even though the United States failed to qualify for the soccer tournament. And four of the six broadcast crews will call games from the network’s Los Angeles studios rather than Russia. Eight of 12 match commentators will be American, headed by the lead team of John Strong and Stu Holden. Aly Wagner will be the first female game analyst for a men’s World Cup on U.S. television.
Real Madrid substitute Marco Asensio scored a second-half winner on Wednesday to end Bayern Munich’s unbeaten record at home this season and give his side a 2-1 win in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal. Joshua Kimmich had put the home side in front, but Marcelo equalized before the interval against the run of play. The result puts the two-time defending champions in a favorable position before the second leg in Madrid next Tuesday.
The growing scandal at two of Argentina’s most popular and successful clubs has shocked many in this soccer-mad nation and prompted the Argentine Football Federation to order a monitoring of club boarding houses nationwide. But former players, sports psychologists and parents say that more needs to be done to protect the children who train in the hundreds of talent factories where Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and other stars polished their skills growing up.
The Penguins and Capitals say they are different teams as they meet in the second round of the playoffs for the third consecutive year. It’s still Sidney Crosby versus Alex Ovechkin, but plenty of things are different about the supporting casts. The Penguins won the previous three series, twice winning Game 7 in Washington on the way to capturing the Stanley Cup. Game 1 is Thursday night in Washington.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was criticized after Game 5 of Milwaukee’s Eastern Conference series against Boston for not doing more, particularly on the offensive end. The harshest critic was Antetokounmpo, himself. He’s vowing to be more aggressive in Game 6 on Thursday, knowing it’s win-or-go-home time for the Bucks.
The San Jose Sharks knew early on this season that the expansion Vegas Golden Knights were not a fluke. Vegas used its blistering speed to race to a Pacific Division title and first-round sweep against Los Angeles. That sets up a second-round showdown between the Golden Knights and a Sharks team playing its best hockey after sweeping Anaheim.
Midfielders Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams have played their way onto the top tier of the U.S. Soccer player pool along with defender Matt Miazga. Interim coach Dave Sarachan says the trio would receive consideration for a World Cup roster if the Americans were headed to Russia in June. But the U.S. is rebuilding following its failure to qualify for the tournament. Veterans such as Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley could return when competitive matches resume in 2019.
Reading the highlights of the report, it is difficult to know whether to laugh or cry. Let’s start with the laughs.