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Wave of talent

GU knew it was involved in the 2015 Battle 4 Atlantis. On Friday, the Zags found out the rest of the field, and it’s an impressive group.

The eight-team tournament includes GU, Michigan, Syracuse, Texas, Texas A&M, Connecticut, Charlotte and Washington, organizers announced. Gonzaga and Washington are scheduled to renew their rivalry for four straight seasons, beginning in 2016-17. There’s a chance the teams could meet in the Bahamas next November.

No. 2 Wisconsin defeated Oklahoma on Friday for the 2014 Atlantis title.

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Former Gonzaga forward Sam Dower Jr.’s career sidelined by another knee surgery

UPDATED: 5:29 p.m.

Former Gonzaga Bulldog Sam Dower Jr.’s professional basketball career appears to be over. Dower said in an Instagram post Sunday that it “may be time for the basketball chapter of my life to come to an end.” The 6-foot-9 forward, who signed in August with MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in Poland, explained that he needs another surgery on his left knee, the third in the last 2½ years.