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Blanchette: Sensational game makes QB talk of town

PULLMAN – Look, it isn’t as if Paul Wulff pulled a guy out of the stands at Martin Stadium in desperation and hustled him into a uniform to save the …


Got plans for Halliday?

Connor Halliday, a redshirt freshman, came in and strafed the Pac-12’s No. 4 pass defense for 494 yards and four touchdowns in WSU’s win over Arizona State late Saturday. And …


Blanchette: We can hardly wait for sequels

Boise State to the Big East Conference. Really, that’s all we need to read to understand that when it comes to the shuffle of college football’s backstabbers and soul-sellers from …


This tale has a familial feel to it

Among the hazards of being in the storytelling business is the inevitable feeling that you’re telling one that you’ve told before. But this time, it’s more than a feeling.


One school’s team spirit is another’s broken trademark

It hasn’t been the football season at Eastern Washington University that most anticipated. The defending national champions lost their first four games, the lineup has been gashed by injuries and …


Blanchette: Spokane quickly mobilizes to honor Fitzgerald

Of all the many descriptives applied to Dan Fitzgerald over his lifetime, one was invoked too seldom: Indispensible.


Blanchette: Tofflemire paid ultimate price to play in NFL

Revel in your football today. Throw on your replica NFL jersey, invite some friends over, wolf down some wings. Meticulously add and project your fantasy league points. High-five your buddy …


Blanchette: WSU’s progress breeds excitement, confidence

PULLMAN – To borrow shamelessly from YouTube’s Greatest Coaching Rants, they are who we thought they were. Oh, not Washington State. The Cougars’ first two opponents.


Blanchette: Laying egg not part of grand plan for UI

MOSCOW, Idaho – Say, any way that mass exodus from the Western Athletic Conference can be accelerated?


EWU’s Williams proves speed is of the essence at any size, or position

Speed guys? Easy to spot. They wear single-digit jerseys, or maybe something in the 20s or 80s. Wide at the shoulders, narrow in the hips – they’re A-list mesomorphs. Almost …


Shock thought process confusing

The players do get paid so it is professional football, but frankly speaking when it comes to the Arena Football League and the Spokane Shock there’s still a lot of, …


Shock thought process confusing

Consider that not even five months ago, the man announced Monday as the Shock’s newest field boss had never coached before and was paying the rent pouring concrete. Just what …


Venue changes Shock fan base, game for one sunny evening

From the moment the Spokane Shock announced they would play a game outdoors at Albi Stadium this summer, there was one image that was hard to shake. It’s of the …


Welliver draws crowd of worshippers in China

Chauncy Welliver knows three expressions in Chinese: nín hão (hello), xiè xiè (thank you) and something he called a “native word” for “you’re welcome,” which frankly sounded more Tongan over …


Blanchette: WSU’s Anderson prepares to cap marvelous career

The first couple of hurdles aren’t the ones that vex him – the minor intrigue of the staggered start, who might be tracking you from behind or whether you’re making …


CCS track coach retiring after collecting 33 conference titles

The story begins, as it so often does, with how it almost wasn’t a story at all.


Blanchette: Chiefs, Cowen glad he’s still around

Whatever tonight brings for the Spokane Chiefs – one more game to play or none at all – it’s good to remember that hockey in May seemed the least likely …


Cougars’ crimson and gray will all look alike now

So now it’s “Win the day for Pantone Matching System 19-1543 TC and 14-1159 TC?” Damn, that screws up the rhyme in the fight song. In the color-by-numbers nitty-gritty of …


Blanchette: No feeling cold M’s can heat up

SEATTLE – After each home game, the Seattle Mariners media relations staff issues a page of notes, statistical curiosities mostly – RBI streaks, a hitter who owns opponent pitching, season …


Blanchette: GU’s Standish shines at right time

One thing about basketball this time of year: There’s always room for another somebody special. For all the milestones passed, records set, poster poetry inspired and oohs aahed, Courtney Vandersloot …


Monson comes full circle (nearly)

After stops at Gonzaga, Minnesota and now Long Beach State Dan Monson has a keen perspective on things as a coach and a father.


John Blanchette: This team deserves celebration

The Gonzaga Bulldogs celebrated Monday night in a way they haven’t in at least a decade. They celebrated like it mattered, because it did.


Blanchette: Not surprisingly, Zags find way to win

LAS VEGAS – Among all the streaks, chokeholds and assorted algebraic proof of Gonzaga’s sway over the West Coast Conference lo these many years comes more: The last time the …


Blanchette: Academy overlooks fine sports films

Watched the Oscars last night and was terribly disappointed that no awards were given to my favorite movie of the past year, “Carrie II – The Ballet.” Then someone told …


Blanchette: Academy overlooks fine sports films

Watched the Oscars last night and was terribly disappointed that no awards were given to my favorite movie of the past year, “Carrie II – The Ballet.” Then someone told …


Bouldin worries most about reputation after suspension

Matt Bouldin took in the Gonzaga- Memphis game from a courtside seat at the Spokane Arena – or pretty much the last place he expected to be the first Saturday …


Bouldin worries about reputation after suspension

Matt Bouldin took in the Gonzaga-Memphis game from a courtside seat at the Spokane Arena – or pretty much the last place he expected to be the first Saturday in …


Blanchette: Sankey’s reversal stokes rivalry

Perhaps the mutually damning part of Gonzaga Prep running back Bishop Sankey wriggling off the hook of Washington State in the most overwrought recruiting derby in our city’s history was …


Cougars join the crowd with upset, Bone’s signature victory

PULLMAN – Go ahead, storm the court. Everyone else has. Video games don’t deal in as much carnage as what occurred in college basketball’s Top 25 over the weekend. Before …


Whitworth Pirates can flat out play basketball

At the Division III end of the NCAA basketball dial, generalities come easy. Typical is the suggestion that the only slam dunks are empty gyms and the starting five making …