SATURDAY, JAN. 9, 2016

Letters to the editor

NFL officials ruining gameThe letter in Saturday’s sports section (Dec. 26, “Mediocrity, not parity”) written by Barry Wilner is right on. He really nailed it. I have never seen so many yellow flags. It’s all you can do to sit ...

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Poor free-throw shooting dooms Cougars in OT loss to Huskies 

PULLMAN – Andrew Andrews scored 29 points, including two free throws with 3.4 seconds left in overtime, to lift Washington to a 99-95 win at Washington State on Saturday afternoon. Dejounte Murray scored 25 points for the young Huskies (11-4, 3-0 Pac-12), who remain alone in first place.

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FRIDAY, JAN. 8, 2016

Boys basketball roundup: East Valley edges West Valley

Jeremiah Hillard scored 14 points and DeVonte Gorman added 13 points, six rebounds and five assists as East Valley edged West Valley 52-49 in a Great Northern League game Friday night at East Valley. Tanner Jacobs added 10 points and Dante Clayton chipped in nine points and nine rebounds for the Knights, who held the Eagles (7-4, 1-2) to 29 percent shooting.

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Girls basketball roundup: Swannack guides LRS to seventh-straight win

Tommi Swannack led three players in double figures with 16 points and added 10 points as Lind-Ritzville/Sprague topped Davenport 45-38 in a Northeast 2B League game Friday night in Ritzville. Tessa Jantz added 11 points and Peyton Curtis chipped in 10 points and five assists for the Broncos (8-3, 5-2), who have won seven straight.

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GSL boys: Gonzaga Prep remains tied for first place

The Gonzaga Prep boys basketball team feasted on finishing. As is true with all Matty McIntyre-coached teams, everything good spawns from defense. The Bullpups coupled multiple stops with efficient transition offense in a 58-40 victory over the visiting Ferris Saxons ...

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St. George’s girls beat Northwest Christian 45-33

The St. George’s girls basketball team did not need double overtime on Friday night to take out rival Northwest Christian as the Dragons took a 45-33 victory. The Crusaders (6-6, 4-3 Northeast 2B) suffered two scoring droughts, one lasting more ...

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College basketball roundup: Cooks leads WSU women past Arizona

Mariah Cooks came off the bench to score 15 points and grab nine rebounds to lead the Washington State women to a 67-46 Pac-12 Conference win over Arizona on Friday night in Pullman. Borislava Hristova added 14 points for the Cougars (11-4, 2-2), who had 12 different players score to overcome a slow start and poor shooting from 3-point range.

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Mariners welcome back Griffey, retiring No. 24 on all levels

Ken Griffey Jr. paused and for a moment the joking stopped. Junior became thoughtful and reflective about the idea of his No. 24 hanging next to Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 as the only numbers retired at Safeco Field. “Having my number next to him, I don’t think I did half of what he did,” Griffey said.

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Idaho’s Chris Sarbaugh drives the ball down court as Northern Colorado's Jordan Wilson defends during a game on Jan. 2.

Blanchette: Sarbaugh a happy wanderer 

Let’s check out the dust jacket of the book on Chris Sarbaugh, the one titled, “Four Colleges in Five Years.” Well, that has to be an easy read, right? A basketball itinerant like that must be a hard case or ...

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Kupp wins STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year award

The most prolific receiver in Eastern Washington history capped a season for the ages Friday night, winning the most prestigious award in the Football Championship Subdivision. With his family looking on in Frisco, Texas, Kupp was presented with the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Award, emblematic of the best player in the nation.

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