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Blanchette: BYU enjoys WCC, for now

If you dialed up last weekend’s Saint Mary’s-Brigham Young basketball game to gauge what Gonzaga’s up against in the West Coast Conference’s ménage of the Id, Ego and Super-ego – …


Chiefs’ promotion packs a punch

The Chiefs will play the Portland Winterhawks at the Arena tonight and 2,000 fans and all full-season ticket holders will play with their new toys depicting Darren Kramer, their favorite …


Daugherty’s Cougars approach next hurdle

Smart coaches beg, borrow and steal from smarter coaches. June Daugherty also bought.


Daugherty’s Cougars approach next hurdle

In her fifth season, June Daugherty’s WSU women’s basketball program has made plenty of strides and the next biggest step presents itself Saturday _ beating Washington.


Blanchette: Two games isn’t enough to decide title

Someone out there in the mediaverse had a great analogy the other day as to why anybody humbugging the rematch of LSU and Alabama tonight has it all wrong, and …


BCS might as well play best-of-seven

In trying to determine a national football champion we’ve gone from the Stone Age of arguing over the legitimacy of polling writers and coaches to The Now of arguing over …


Blanchette: Marquise back on the marquee

Students are not even close to being back yet – a quirk of the calendar has second semester at Gonzaga starting in March this year – so it doesn’t seem …


Blanchette: So far, the water is just fine for EWU men’s basketball

His commute to the gym is 24 miles longer now and takes him close by his old one, a daily reminder of the plunge he’s taken. “I went from fresh …


Palmquist: Old faces in new places will keep section humming

In the past 24 years, I have had the privilege of working with some outstanding journalists in The Spokesman-Review’s sports department. Saturday was the official last day for five of …


Blanchette: Cougars welcome Moore’s leadership

All but the last three points of what once was a double-digit lead had been planed away, and time was ticking away on what was shaping up to be another …


Blanchette: ‘E’ is for Electric in Seattle faceoff

SEATTLE – No one was writing anyone off, not with a week of Christmas shopping still remaining, but the Gonzaga Bulldogs had reached a point – as they seem to …


Seahawks still have time to help selves

SEATTLE – There’s a lot of NFL football yet to be played in 2011, so maybe the Seattle Seahawks aren’t out of it yet. Maybe they can still get a …


Blanchette: Wulff’s view of his work blurs reality

SEATTLE – As the curtain fell on another Mediocrity Cup, the great disconnect of football at Washington State was again revealed. Today or Monday, Cougars athletic director Bill Moos will …


In his defense, Wulff has made progress

The record invites choler, but you know what really infuriates the football faction that demands Washington State file for divorce from Paul Wulff? He reminds them that they’re finally getting …


Blanchette: Only a snow bowl for Cougars

PULLMAN – The glass can be either half full or half empty, but the bowl, well, there are no half measures. So for the Washington State Cougars, empty.


Blanchette: GU freshmen show how it’s done

It has not been a game for the faint of heart, this Wazzu-Zag U business, nor much for freshmen. Kevin Pangos pretty much changed that Monday night. In fact, he …


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 …