FRIDAY, JAN. 1, 2016

Area Sports Menu for Saturday, Jan. 2

BasketballCollege men: WCC: Gonzaga at San Francisco, 8 p.m. Big Sky: Eastern Washington at North Dakota, 12:05 p.m.; Idaho at Northern Colorado, 1. Nonconference: CC Spokane at Everett, 7 p.m. College women: Pac-12: Washington at Colorado, noon; Washington State at ...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 31, 2015

Second-ranked Alabama knocks out No. 3 Michigan State 38-0 in Cotton Bowl

ARLINGTON, Texas – Jake Coker played the game of his career, hooking up with Calvin Ridley for two touchdowns, as second-ranked Alabama aired it out to beat No. 3 Michigan State 38-0 Thursday night and advance to the national championship game. Alabama (13-1) will face No. 1 Clemson (14-0) on Jan. 11 in Arizona looking for its fourth national title in nine seasons under coach Nick Saban.

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Delaney Hodgins’ hot hand propels Eagles

Sophomore Delaney Hodgins poured in a career-high 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds to power the Eastern Washington Eagles (6-6) to a 59-55 victory over the Northern Colorado Bears (5-6) in a Big Sky Conference opener on Thursday in Cheney.

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Tom Coughlin won’t commit to Giants return

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Tom Coughlin isn’t saying whether he wants to return as coach of the New York Giants. The 69-year-old coach on Thursday sidestepped a direct question whether he wanted to come back for a 13th season.

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Klay Thompson scores 38 as Warriors beat Rockets

HOUSTON – Klay Thompson scored 38 points and the Golden State Warriors overcame star Stephen Curry’s absence to beat the Houston Rockets 114-110 on Thursday night. Golden State was blown out by Dallas on Wednesday night for just its second ...

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Source: Bills planning to cut Mario Williams in offseason

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – It’s going to be game over for Super Mario in Buffalo after the Bills play their season finale on Sunday. High-priced defensive end Mario Williams will be cut by the Bills this offseason, a person with direct knowledge of discussions told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team does not publicly discuss its player personnel plans.

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Josh Perkins helps Zags hold off Broncos

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Welcome to the Leavey Center, where the odd, unusual and unpredictable happen, at least when Gonzaga walks through the front doors for its annual visit. It’s never easy for the Zags here and that was the ...

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Eagles waste hot start, lose to Bears in Big Sky opener

For the first 13 minutes, things went according to plan in the Big Sky Conference opener for the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team. But the defending champions couldn’t keep the Bears caged, and Northern Colorado exploded for 78 points ...

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Clemson pounds Oklahoma, proves doubters wrong

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Dabo Swinney was in no mood to talk about Clemsoning. “Next question,” the coach snapped. No problem. It’s time to put that term to rest. Clemson, a team once known for such inexplicable stumbles that a ...

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On the air

Friday’s TV highlightsBasketball, college men 4 p.m.: North Texas vs. UTSA ... SWX 6 p.m.: Utah at Stanford ... ESPNU 6 p.m.: USC at Washington St. ... Pac-12 Wash. 6 p.m.: Rice at UTEP ... SWX 8 p.m.: UCLA at ...

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John Blanchette

John Blanchette


SportsLinkDay after Pepperdine

Back with my day-after Pepperdine post. The Zags held off the Waves 69-66 to remain a half-game up (tied in the loss column) with Saint Mary’s atop the WCC standings. ...

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