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A tradition like none other

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You know what day it is? Yep, it's Tax Day. Time to pay the piper. Read on.

Golf supplies its own drama

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No writer's block today. The subject of today's column is obvious. Read on.

Something just didn’t add up last night

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After watching Connecticut win another national title last night, it hit me. The Huskies' win should give seventh seeds every year the realization even they can win the NCAA tournament. Seventh seeds with NBA first-round draft picks in the backcourt and athletic, defensive-oriented big men up front. Wait, not too many seventh seeds can boast that, can they? Read on.

It’s a full-plate Sunday

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Some days there is just too much going on to focus on one event or person. Today is one of those days. Read on.

Carroll has vindication – and a new deal

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It wasn't that long ago Pete Carroll was known as a guy who was a great college football coach. A great college football coach. The NFL? He had failed at that. But today Carroll can look in the mirror and know the guy looking back at him is also a successful NFL coach. Read on.

A reunion in Pullman

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It would be so easy today to make an April Fools' Day reference in regards to a lot of items. But we will restrain ourselves. After all, there was a lot of news yesterday. Read on.

Will the M’s be lions or lambs?

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Today is lamb day. As in how March is supposed to go out. Meekly. We'll see. Read on.

We have questions … but few answers

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Reading is usually a good way to get to sleep late at night or in the early hours of the morning when your cat decides she wants to wake you up. But picking up the newspaper on-line and reading the sports section sometimes doesn't do the trick. Not when you read a story or stories that present more questions than they answer. For example, why was Jim Irsay driving around with $29,000 in cash in his car, as the police say in their report? And what would I do if I had $29,000 in my car? Heck, my car isn't worth $29,000. Read on.

As Yogi might say, it’s not over but it’s over

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The college basketball season in these parts is officially over. The ending wasn't what anyone wanted, I'm sure. For any of the area's teams. Read on.

Gonzaga’s matchup with Arizona brings back memories

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The funny thing about one of the more memorable college basketball games I ever covered? I wasn't even in the same arena. Heck, I wasn't even in the same state. Read on.

The madness begins tonight

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Thanks to the magic of the “first round,” the NCAA tournament begins tonight. Imagine, being picked on Sunday night, flying to Dayton on a Monday and then playing on a Tuesday. Lots of prep time contained in there. And lots of time for school too. Read on.

For want of a connection, a post was lost

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What was it your gramma used to tell you made up the paving material on the road to perdition? Ya, we had those today. Read on.

Idaho on the verge of Madness

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For most schools, just the idea of getting into the NCAA tournament is the Holy Grail of the season. That's why, for those schools, the conference tournament week is just as much fun – and more pressure-filled – than the rest of March Madness. Read on.

Yes, it is a rivalry – in every sense

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If you had any doubts professional sports can spawn a true rivalry, then put them away. Now. We have proof. Read on.

16 is sweet … and sublime

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It's almost a little ridiculous. Sixteen consecutive years in the NCAA tournament. For those of us who were around here in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when Dan Fitzgerald's Gonzaga teams were battling to break through and make the NCAA tournament just once, it seems a bit overwhelming that GU has earned its 16th consecutive tournament bid. Read on.

What, our guy was left off?

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There is a ritual this time of year as dependable as the first robin of spring or the swallows returning to Capistrano. People won't be happy with all-conference selections. Read on.

Las Vegas is where it’s at this week

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If you are a basketball fan, the place to be this week in this part of the country is Las Vegas. The WCC tournament. The Pac-12 tournament. The WAC tournament. Heck, even the Mountain West tournament. A lot of basketball. Or, like me, you can just watch in the privacy of your own home. Not nearly as fun but a heck of a lot cheaper. Read on.

Upsets and near-upsets highlight a busy Saturday

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Do you know what time it is? Yep, an hour earlier than it should be. But the clock didn't strike midnight for a couple of local basketball teams. And it did for others. Of course. Read on.

Our sports scene is overflowing

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When we woke up this morning, there was just a hint of the sunrise to come. Just enough light in the house that the phone/flashlight was not needed. But it will be tomorrow. Yep, we spring ahead in the wee hours of the morning (miss you Frank) as Daylight Savings Time kicks in. And you know what? It's too darn soon for that. Heck, this weekend is so crowded, we need all the hours we can get. We can't lose one. Read on.

Nothing good can come of this

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Some mornings you just feel like whining a bit. But what good would that do? The day is still going to happen. And you are going to be a part of it. It's better than the alternative, right? Read on.

Seems like a bad day to step inside

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Isn't it just like Spokane? I commit to spending most of the next three days indoors at the State 2B basketball tournament and the weather turns nice. Highs in the high 40s and low 50s and sunshine, at least Friday and Saturday. The perfect time to step outside for a long walk after the interminable 30-degree days (and lower) of winter. But basketball is basketball. Read on.

Idaho hunting proposals posted online

HUNTING — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game's proposed changes for the 2014 big game hunting seasons are available online for public review and comment.

The proposals are listed by region.

Panhandle hunters will see proposals to increase opportunity for hunting antlerless whitetails as well as proposed increases in antlerless elk controlled hunts. 

Other proposals would turn up the heat on Panhandle predators, with increases in opportunity for bears and mountain lions to reduce impacts on elk.  In Unit 4A, for example, IFG proposes letting hunters take up to two bears and use electronic calls in the process.

Only those seasons and hunts for which changes are proposed are listed.  All others will remain the same as they were during the 2013 hunting season.

Public comments received by March 9 will be summarized and presented to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission at their March 20th meeting in Boise where big game seasons will be set.

It’s time for February to go away

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All I can say is it's about darn time. Tomorrow is March 1. Today is the final day of February. Thank goodness. I don't know about you, but I'm getting tired of winter. And ready for the madness of March. Read on.

The last tear is the saddest

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You know what's sort of sad for a sports fan? When you get to the final ticket or two of a season. When you realize there are only a couple of more games left before it all ends. Read on.

It’s cold out there every day

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OK campers, rise and shine. And don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooold out there today. Read on.

It’s a great day to relax

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Sunday mornings are for a lot of things, but worrying about the Zags or the Cougars or the Eagles or even the Mariners probably isn't one of them. Read on.

The years roll by but prep playoffs remain as competitive

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Funny thing when you get into a Twitter spat with someone. They often times try to insult someone of my advancing years by exaggerating my age. Like, say, insinuating I'm 80 or something. Little do the youngsters know, when you get to these senior years, 80 starts to look really good. As in, “I hope I'm still around when I'm supposed to be 80.”  Read on.

Gonzaga game means everything for BYU

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There's a showdown tonight in the West Coast Conference. It means everything to one team. And Gonzaga is involved as well. Read on.

Is there change in the air?

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So what does the future hold in Pullman? That's the $1.7-million question, isn't it? Read on.