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THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2017


Washington State head coach Mike Leach, center, and special teams coach Eric Mele speak before an NCAA college football game against Idaho in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. (Young Kwak / Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017, 11:16 P.M.

Washington State overcomes late chaos to sign impressive class

In recent years college football recruits have committed to programs earlier, only to change their minds at least once before signing their letters of intent. That trend might have even reached its zenith with the 2017 signing class, that saw every Pac-12 school lose longtime commits and scramble to fill their spots.

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Idaho head coach Paul Petrino has the Vandals pointed in the right direction. (Geoff Crimmins / Moscow-Pullman Daily News)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017, 11:14 P.M.

Idaho Vandals fill pressing needs on signing day

MOSCOW, Idaho – There are few guarantees when courting high school and junior college football players, but Paul Petrino feels pretty good about his chances when he and his staff can convince a recruit – and even better, the recruit’s ...

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Emerald High wide receiver Andrew Boston sign a letter of intent with Eastern Washington on Wednesday. (Joshua Bessex / Joshua Bessex/

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017, 11:13 P.M.

Eastern Washington signs 19 to letters of intent

Despite losing almost half its staff in the offseason, Eastern Washington didn’t miss a beat during recruiting. The payoff came Wednesday morning, when the Eagles brought one of the best classes in school history. Most of the 19 players signed ...

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Washington Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, shoots the puck in front of New York Islanders’ Adam Pelech (50) for a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, in New York. (Frank Franklin II / Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017, 11:09 P.M.

NHL Capsules: Backstrom has 3-point night as Capitals beat Bruins 5-3

WASHINGTON – Nicklas Backstrom had three points and Alex Ovechkin continued to climb the NHL’s goal-scoring charts as the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 5-3 on Wednesday night. The Bruins’ winning streak ended at three, and they got a scare when center Patrice Bergeron took a slap shot off his right leg. League-leading Washington extended its winning streak against Boston to eight.

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SportsLinkGirls’ Basketball Tournaments

In 1974 many schools were still in the process of starting their girls basketball programs. In spite of that, the first WIAA girls state tournament was held. Central Washington University ...