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FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017

FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017, 7:02 P.M.

Area Sports Menu for Saturday, January 14

BasketballCollege men: Pac-12: Washington State at California, 1 p.m.; Washington at Stanford, 5. WCC: Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga, 7 p.m. Big Sky: Eastern Washington at Weber State, Idaho at Idaho State, both 6:05 p.m. NWC: Pacific Lutheran at Whitworth, 6 ...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017, 6:56 P.M.

Western Michigan hires Tim Lester as new coach

Western Michigan has hired former Purdue assistant Tim Lester as its football coach. The school announced the move Friday night on Twitter. Lester takes over the Broncos after P.J. Fleck left to become Minnesota’s coach earlier this month.

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Washington State coach Ernie Kent talks to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Stanford on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Stanford, Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

UPDATED: FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017, 11:36 P.M.

Cougars hope to salvage Bay Area trip at Cal on Saturday

Washington State can still salvage a split from its Bay Area road trip and emerge from the third weekend of Pac-12 play with a winning conference record. But to do so the Cougars will have to play immeasurably better in Saturday’s 1 p.m. game at California than they did in Thursday’s 84-54 loss at Stanford.

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In this Aug. 6, 2014 file photo, WSU defensive line coach Joe Salave’a congratulates Kache Palacio after a play during fall football camp in Lewiston. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017, 3:54 P.M.

Oregon paid big bucks to get Joe Salave’a from WSU

Poaching assistant football coach Joe Salave’a from Washington State was a splurge, even by nouveau riche Oregon’s standards. According to a report by The Oregonian, the Ducks will pay Salave’a $550,000 each year of a three-year deal to get Salave’a ...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2017

Saint Mary’s coach Randy Bennett has raised his program to a level that can challenge Gonzaga in the WCC. (Steve Dykes / Associated Press)

UPDATED: FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017, 12:59 A.M.

Blanchette: Main event has arrived, Gaels vs. Zags on Saturday

As a culture, we are death on warmup acts, no matter how earnest the artist or how eager to entertain. It starts as soon as the tickets are in our hands. The giddy anticipation that comes with seeing the name of your favorite rock band – “Mattress Stain” – and the dread of the words printed directly below.

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Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth visits along the sidelines before the LMU game, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2107, at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2017, 11:20 P.M.

Humble Mike Roth oversees remarkable Gonzaga story

The world is watching now. But it wasn’t always that way. There was a time – and it really wasn’t all that long ago – when Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth remembers looking around the Martin Centre and wondering if there were more people on the team benches than there were in the stands.

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John Blanchette

John Blanchette


SportsLink1965 Harrington Basketball

The Harrington High basketball team was on a mission for the 1964-65 season. It had just missed winning the state B championship the prior year, losing in the final seconds ...

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