FRIDAY, FEB. 5, 2016

Bryan Alberts, left, helped supply the pressure when Gonzaga defeated Pepperdine in December. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Zags looking for another consistent effort

MALIBU, Calif. – The formula isn’t a secret. Repeating it is the trick. Gonzaga has put together two consecutive complete games – complete as in playing 40 minutes with stifling defense and limited turnovers. “We’re at our best when we’re ...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 2016


Balanced attack helps Gonzaga roll past LMU, 92-63

LOS ANGELES – Gonzaga hadn’t seen Loyola Marymount since before Christmas but not much changed the second time around. The Zags thumped the Lions 92-63 on Thursday at Gersten Pavilion, pretty much a replay of GU’s 85-62 victory on Dec. 23 in which it led by 32 in the second half.

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Spokane Empire coach Adam Shackleford says “I think potentially we have a heck a team.” The Empire’s first practice is Friday. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Empire primer: Here we go again with indoor football

After an offseason like no other, the Spokane Empire is ready for some actual football. Players have arrived. Practice gear has been distributed. Playbooks have been handed out. Meetings have been held. Next: A two-week training camp that begins with ...

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Denver linebacker Danny Trevathan celebrates after one of his many oustanding plays this season. (Jack Dempsey / Associated Press)

Denver’s Marshall and Trevathan bounce back from injuries

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – The Super Bowl linebackers getting all the attention this week are Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. This talented and tenacious twosome is the heart and soul of the Carolina Panthers’ stingy defense. Kuechly is the first player at his position with pick-6s in back-to-back playoff games and Davis is playing with a fractured forearm.

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In brief: Vanderbilt shocks No. 8 Texas A&M

College Basketball: Jeff Roberson scored a career-high 20 points to help Vanderbilt upset No. 8 Texas A&M 77-60 in Nashville, Tennessee, for the Commodores’ first win over a ranked team in four years. Vanderbilt (13-9, 5-4 SEC) had lost its previous 13 games against ranked opponents, including six this season. The Commodores last win over a ranked opponent was in 2012 when it upset No. 1 Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference tournament final.

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GSL boys: Down early, G-Prep rallies for win going away

Good defense is most always trumped by better offense. The Gonzaga Prep boys basketball team found that out early Thursday at Shadle Park. But the Greater Spokane League champion Bullpups’ offense started to click and, coupled with their usually energetic ...

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Balanced Eagles hold off NAU

Delaney Hodgins and Tisha Phillips each scored 15 points to lead four Eagles in double-digit scoring and Eastern Washington dispatched the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 72-65 in Cheney on Thursday night to maintain its first-place tie atop the Big Sky Conference standings.

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Ty Egbert helps Idaho beat Southern Utah 68-44

Cedar City, Utah – Ty Egbert scored 12 points with two blocked shots and Idaho surged in the second half to beat Southern Utah 68-44 on Thursday night, avenging an earlier loss to the Thunderbirds, who have now lost five straight.

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EWU wins first Big Sky road game with 84-73 victory over NAU

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Austin McBroom scored 28 points, Bogdan Bliznyuk added 22 points and 10 rebounds and Eastern Washington beat Northern Arizona 84-73 on Thursday night for its third straight victory. Bliznyuk made six 3-pointers and McBroom added four 3s. Venky Jois had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Felix Von Hofe chipped in 12 points for the Eagles (12-10, 6-4 Big Sky), who won their first conference road game in five tries.

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 file photo, Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly throws to the Baltimore Orioles during a baseball game in Baltimore. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly has won baseball's first salary arbitration case this year, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) ORG XMIT: NY176 (Patrick Semansky / AP)

Newsmakers

Agreed The Dodgers finalized their $20 million, two-year contract with free agent Howie Kendrick, bringing back the second baseman in part because of his willingness to play multiple positions. The Baltimore Orioles reached agreement with left-hander Brian Matusz on a ...

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