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Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp earns first Big Sky weekly honor

Another first for Cooper Kupp.

Eastern Washington’s junior wide receiver, who had career highs with 15 catches for 246 yards in the Eagles’ 61-42 nonconference football loss at Oregon on Saturday, earned his first Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week honor.

Kupp, who also had three touchdown catches, shared the honor with Northern Arizona receiver Emmanuel Butler. Kupp raised his career touchdown total to 40, second in school and Big Sky history and 12th all-time in FCS.

IFL

The Spokane Shock have signed three offensive linemen, two of whom will be rookie professionals, for the 2016 Indoor Football League season.

Malcolm Speller, 6-foot-3, 305 pounds from Massachusetts, played last season for the Trenton Freedom in the PIFL.

Ahongalu “Ngalu” Fusimalohi (6-3, 330) from Kansas and Michael Boyefio (6-2, 330) from Texas A&M Commerce, will be in their first pro seasons.

Women’s soccer

Chloe Williams and Delaney Romero scored 63 seconds apart midway through the first half and Eastern Washington made the goals stand up for a 2-1 nonconference victory over Idaho in Cheney.

Williams sent a through ball that Romero converted. Williams scored off a Devan Tally through ball.

Kavita Battan scored for Idaho (2-3) at 60:28 to spoil a shutout bid by Mallory Taylor of Eastern (3-1-1), who made five saves.


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