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Iupati living large in Idaho

MOSCOW, Idaho – Mike Iupati wants to clear up one misconception right away: Back in American Samoa, most people aren’t huge. Quite the opposite, actually. They do hard, physical labor. …


Pac-10 picks

One bad bounce cost Arizona a win, and cost us a winning week. My guess is the pain was a lot more intense in Tucson than here. So now we …


Sports in brief: Big Sky suspends Eastern’s Wilkins

Football: The Big Sky Conference announced Wednesday that it has suspended Eastern Washington University senior linebacker Kyle Wilkins for a late hit in last Saturday’s 31-13 loss to Weber State. …


UW’s win tops list of wild rallies

PULLMAN – Mike Riley’s seen some strange things coaching football. But the Oregon State coach – and most of his Pac-10 brethren – has never seen anything like what happened …


Alabama says penalty for textbook infraction excessive

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama contends the NCAA wrongly forced the football program to vacate 21 victories, describing it as an “unprecedented penalty” in cases involving abuse of …


Sarkisian’s Huskies big surprise

SEATTLE – As the Washington Huskies hit the midway point of their schedule this week, Steve Sarkisian remarked that for coaches, this is the time when the season becomes a …


UW’s start is all about the finish

SEATTLE – It was one of those coach-speak talking points that Steve Sarkisian repeated constantly when he took over as coach at Washington: No matter the situation, his team would …


Cougars’ bye week timely

PULLMAN – A day later Paul Wulff’s thoughts hadn’t changed. The defense had played pretty well in the 27-14 homecoming loss to Arizona State on Saturday, Washington State University’s football …


Arizona State 27, Washington State 14

High point There can be only one choice. Trailing 27-7, the Cougars were backed up against their end zone, with the ball barely outside the goal line. Facing a second-and-14, …


UI needs improvement from one unit

MOSCOW, Idaho – They seem a lock to finish with the most wins of any Idaho football team this decade, and a bowl berth appears to be a solid bet. …


Florida State enters chase for Leaf trophy

How can Florida State fans complain that Bobby Bowden’s team is never ranked anymore? Why, just this week the ’Nuls checked in at No. 7 in the Bottom Ten. Of …


Johnson nearly dismissed UW

SEATTLE – Now that he’s wearing the purple and gold of Washington, James Johnson can recall his moment of dismissal with a chuckle. Last fall, as a promising high school …


John Blanchette: Cougar losses go down better this way

Bluto’s cinematic counsel to Flounder – “My advice to you is to start drinking heavily” – has seen the American male through countless crises, to say nothing of an average …


Smith, Jones anything but common

The two most productive running backs in the Big Sky Conference will share center stage at Woodward Field on Saturday, when 21st-ranked Weber State and 14th-ranked Eastern Washington square off …


ASU’s Sullivan ducks detractors

PULLMAN – Arizona State quarterback Danny Sullivan waited patiently for three years. He did the things people ask of a backup, holding on placements, protecting the fort when there were …


Pac-10 picks

One of these weeks I’m going to learn to quit listening to those voices in my head. Last week I was all done, having picked Stanford to run over UCLA …


Switch turns on EWU

It was with a great deal of anxiety that Brynsen Brown made his initial appearance earlier this fall at a position meeting of Eastern Washington University’s defensive linemen. These were, …


EWU will play Huskies in 2011

Eastern Washington University, in keeping with its recent trend of playing non-conference football games against Pacific-10 Conference teams, has agreed to open its 2011 season with a Sept. 3 matchup …


Polk takes charge

SEATTLE – Keeping promises, it turns out, is not one of Steve Sarkisian’s best personality traits. The University of Washington football coach has promised time and again this season that …


Cardinal get no respect in poll

PULLMAN – Take a quick look at the Pac-10 football standings after five weeks of the season. Atop the list sit the Stanford Cardinal, the only 3-0 team in conference …


First look: WSU vs. Arizona State

Time: 2 p.m. Saturday. TV: None Site: Martin Stadium, Pullman


Cougars try to regroup

PULLMAN – Five games into his second season, coach Paul Wulff had to stand on the sideline at sold-out Autzen Stadium on Saturday night and watch as his Washington State …


Oregon 52, Washington State 6

High point As Reid Forrest’s 45-yard punt seemed to drift back toward the Oregon goal line, inexperienced punt returner Scott Grady made the wrong decision. He tried to gather it …


UW’s Locker, Notre Dame’s Clausen share tales as QBs

As a high school quarterback, he turned down USC’s Steve Sarkisian to accept an offer to attend a once-proud program that had fallen on hard times. He entered the college …


Vandals’ O-line matures together

MOSCOW, Idaho – A mere four Saturdays into the season, Dan Finn has gathered enough evidence to be certain of one thing. This is the finest batch of linemen he’s …


Duck has bit of Coug in him

PULLMAN – Carson York grew up a Cougars fan. In fact, the last time he saw Washington State play Oregon was in 2001, when the Ducks were en route to …


Spokane area produces unusual crop at WSU

PULLMAN – There have been many years when you could peruse the Washington State University football roster and rarely see a player from the Inland Northwest. One, maybe two, seemed …


Clot ends Johnson’s season

The blood clot that forced Eastern Washington University’s Zach Johnson into the unfamiliar role of sideline spectator this fall officially put an end to his 2009 football season earlier this …


Pac-10 picks

I would have lost the house, the car and quite possibly the dog last week. It wasn’t good. Luckily, it’s not real.


Big game at different venue

PULLMAN – This was supposed to be “Showdown Saturday” in the Pac-10. When the schedule was released, it was obvious the conference’s really, really big game was set for the …