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A GRIP ON SPORTS • UPDATED: 8:50 A.M.
Tuesday is the day the local college basketball coaches talk with the media, from Mark Few at Gonzaga to Ken Bone at Washington State. That results in stories from the S-R staff concerning those coaches' teams. A pretty simple cause and effect really. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS
Really thought I would wake this morning to a covering of snow. And yet, nothing. I know 80 miles south of here, in Pullman (my home away from home the past five years), there is a covering of the white stuff (how do I know? Christian Caple passed on the news in his blog post, plus I can look at Martin Stadium on the Cougars' construction camera), but here in beautiful Spokane, nothing yet. At least where my home is located (and no, we don't have a construction camera link to pass along). Anyhow, the lack of snow sort of mirrors the lack of links to pass along today. OK, I know. That was a long way to go for a short, poor metaphor of sorts, but it was all we could cobble together today. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS
Can't say I joined what was probably most of you in your main activity yesterday. Nope, I didn't get to watch the NFL playoffs, most notably the game of the century – as of now, anyway – in San Francisco. Missed that one and the rout in the nightcap. Had other obligations. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS
It was a big day in the Northwest yesterday and the biggest aspect of it didn't hit until late afternoon. That's when news began to leak about the Mariners' trade of Michael Pineda to the New York Yankees for catcher/designated hitter Jesus Montero. There were others involved in the biggest trade of the offseason thus far, but those are the main characters in this Hot Stove play. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS
I was really looking forward to watching a couple of basketball games last night, one of which was tight, the other not so much. But sandwiched in between were a very interesting few minutes down in Tucson, a few minutes that might have ramifications this weekend. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS
Some days you guys surprise me. Other days you don't. Yesterday was of the latter variety – and the former as well, actually. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS
It was pretty obvious no one was real enamored of Alabama and Louisiana State meeting again in the BCS championship game. Heck, nearly two-thirds of the readers here would rather have watched LSU and Oklahoma State play. Well, it seems as if you are not alone. The BCS commissioners aren't all that thrilled with their system anymore either. Read on.
A GRIP ON SPORTS
It's official. The voters have spoken. It's time to congratulate to winner, console the loser and unite as American sports fans, working together for the greater good of our community. Personally, I'm ticked. But, hey, isn't that the way the system works? Someone wins, someone loses and Tim Tebow captivates. Read on.
TALES FROM THE GRIP
It's Sunday so we slept in a bit. Heck, it was almost 7 in the morning when we dragged ourselves out of our nice warm bed. But duty called, so we slipped on our slippers and headed to the home office and our computer. And what a bounty awaited. Stories from Gonzaga's slow-starting-but-ultimately-easy win over Santa Clara. More on WSU's defeat in Colorado. The Vandals, the Eagles and the Pirates. What fun. And, lest I forget, almost 500 votes on our reader survey. Read on.
There is no way today's honorary title is going to win – as I write this, it is in last place in your voting, with three lonely clicks – so we thought we would use it today before it is buried forever (BTW, we moved the poll up to this post; voting will end today). But it really has no correlation to the theme of today's post, which revolves around the importance of today's basketball games for area teams. Read on.
GRIP IT AND RIP IT • UPDATED: 3:30 P.M.
In the spirit of today's honorary title – and check back a bit later today because we are going to run our first poll and it will be on the name of this feature – we're going to do a bit of ripping. And we're not talking about coupons from today's S-R. Read on.
• UPDATE: As promised, we want to know which of the many names we were offered we should call this daily feature. More than a dozen were suggested, but we had to winnow down the order some. So here you go.
VG'S SPORTS NUGGETS
It's a big day today in about 55 different ways. It all starts this morning with this post. Being it's a Thursday in basketball season, there is more to read from around the Inland Northwest than even I have time for – and I'm semi-retired. But if you want a quick overview of college and prep sports, this is the right place to be. We have links and notes from everything from Washington State basketball to prep wrestling, from the Zags to the Eagles. BTW, the headline refers to today's guest title. Read on.
TALES FROM THE GRIP
Went through some training yesterday, attending a class on the Net tools available for us. Unlike most of our college classes, we had to attend this one. Now we know how to put up surveys, hold live chats, post video, a whole bunch of new-fangled things – none of which we will use today. Read on.
MORNING CUP OF JOE • UPDATED: 4:30 P.M.
College football's New Year's Day – this year on Jan. 2 – was much more fun than the real New Year's Day, especially from about 2 p.m. on. The Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl were worth every second of the seven hours spent in front of the big screen, though it never fails to amaze me when coaches put the entire game on the foot of a kicker, especially a freshman kicker. Read on.
It's been a long time since I've written a morning post from Spokane. But that's where we find ourselves on this nicer-than-average Sunday in early December. We only have one question for you. Is your Christmas shopping done? Read on.
On Wednesday, Washington State pounded a Grambling team that had seven players on the bench. On Saturday afternoon, the Cougars pounded Eastern Washington, but this time it was WSU that was short-handed. Read on.
Trying to keep track of about three games on my computer while also attempting to get ready for a Washington State basketball game is not the easiest juggling act. But it's fun. It's a Saturday with college football and basketball going on. Pretty fun time of year. Read on.
Back with my game story from Gonzaga's 77-69 victory over EWU. The Eagles hit 13 3-pointers, led by Collin Chiverton's six 3s, while GU did much of its damage at the foul line. The Bulldogs were 36 of 51 (five Eags fouled out). Robert Sacre and Marquise Carter combined to make 26 of 36 FTs.
I'll be back tomorrow with a day-after post.
We gave our college basketball previews a facelift. Click below to see our special section on the men’s and women’s basketball programs at Gonzaga, Washington State, Eastern Washington and Idaho.
Back with an unedited game story from Gonzaga’s 94-52 win over EWU on Monday night.
Come back tomorrow for a day-after post.
Back from a furlough week and I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Below is an unedited advance of Monday’s Gonzaga-EWU game, as well as some notes that didn’t make the preview.
COUGARS • UPDATED: 11:12 A.M.
We’ve got basketball games to go over, including a huge upset in the Pac-10. Football, that’s still going on. There is a lot of stuff on the link. Read on.
Washington State played well in spurts Monday night. Eastern Washington played hard all night long. And the two combined to keep the nonconference battle between two schools separated by about 75 miles interesting until the end. On the link we have some notes and the unedited version of our game story. Read on.
What did WSU learn in the first half? The most important lesson might have been how to play when Klay Thompson can’t buy a basket. It’s something that shouldn’t happen all that often this season, but when it does – and it certainly did early in the game with EWU Monday – the Cougars are going to have to find offense somewhere. It was Reggie Moore, who had 11 first-half points, in this one. … The Eagles took advantage, running out to a 17-9 lead with tough defense and offensive execution. And they did it with their starting posts on the bench, Brandon Moore with foul trouble and Mark Brunell with a gimpy left ankle that was retaped. Plus Benny Valentine did not score. … Another thing they should have learned is defense can ignite an offense, something the Cougars exhibited the past few years. It was the WSU defense that caused the late-in-the-half comeback, closing the nine-point lead, and pulling away to lead by five. … Another lesson, this one Thompson showed he’s learned. If your shot is not falling – Thompson was 0 for 6 at one point – then you can always get to the line. Thompson was 4 of 6 from there before getting going from the field. He hit his last two 3-pointers and finished with 10 points.
Before the basketball game gets going – you can watch it live on FSN – we have our first look at Oregon State and a short on Jason Stripling. And, oh ya, some basketball notes. By the way, Glenn Johnson is back. Read on.
We have an eclectic mix of links for you this morning, ranging from football to volleyball to basketball, past and present. Read on.
Chris Busch, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound junior forward, who averaged 4.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and just over 15 minutes of playing time per game for Eastern Washington’s men’s basketball team last winter, has decided to transfer.
“It was just a mutual thing between Coach (Kirk Earlywine) and me,” Busch said of his decision. “We both felt this wasn’t the right fit.”
Busch, who missed Eastern’s first nine games because of academic issues, played at both Merritt College and Santa Rosa Junior College in his home state of California prior to coming to EWU. Because he will be a fifth-year senior next fall, he plans to transfer to either an NCAA Division II or NAIA school and already has recruiting visits planned to Colorado State-Pueblo and Alaska-Anchorage.
According to police reports, Earlywine was arrested near Brown and Sprague at 1:55 a.m. Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was released on bond later that morning and appeared in municipal court for arraignment on Monday afternoon.
When reached by phone on Wednesday in
“I wish I could say more, but I can’t,” he said. “I’ve got to kind of just work through this issue, and it’s going to be a process. And until that process runs its course, I can’t say much.
“I do, however, understand the gravity and seriousness of it. But until the next step of the process takes place, I’ve got to devote my time and full attention to doing what I love, which is coaching these players and this basketball team.”
Earlywine said he was scheduled to appear back in court in early February, but did not recall the exact date. Efforts to reach his attorney were unsuccessful.
EWU athletic director Bill Chaves said university officials were aware of Earlywine’s situation, but declined, as well, to offer further details on how the process might play out.
“We’re in the process of addressing it internally right now,” he said, “and that’s where I’ve got to leave it. It’s a personnel issue, as well, which precludes me from further comment.”
A statement issued by the university during Monday night’s game – a 58-47 loss to the Broncos – said Earlywine was not available to coach because he was attending to a “personal matter.” Neither Earlywine, who watched the EWU-BSU game via a Boise State Web cast, nor Chaves would comment on the matter at the time.
The Eagles coaching staff and team flew directly from
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