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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 …


Blanchette: Ex-GU assistant took reins of Broncos 10 months ago

Sitting atop Willy, a buckskin paint, on the sidelines at a Boise State football game, Leon Rice could imagine only two things going wrong. First vision: He would end up …


Rice, Broncos will ride into Moscow

Former GU assistant Leon Rice brings his Boise State basketball team into Moscow to play Idaho on Saturday.


Blanchette: Chiefs lit the fuse on perfect outdoor outcome

The definition of an unqualified hockey success? When you run out of cannonballs for goal celebrations – and beer. As long as you can radio for backup beer, of course.


Outdoor hockey about spectacle

One of the unex- pected sidelights to outdoor hockey? Wildlife. As the Spokane Chiefs broke in the constructed-at-great-cost-man- it-better-hold-up-in-this-heat- wave rink with a practice Thursday afternoon at Avista Stadium, a …


Blanchette: Eagles get their own nation

Connecting in the Denver airport for a flight to Dallas last week, D.J. Sigurdson – attired in Eastern Washington University red – passed by one of those snug-but-soulless concourse lounges …


Blanchette: No epitaph just yet for QB

SEATTLE – Never before has a shovelful of dirt fit a man better than tailored Armani. We keep trying to bury Matt Hasselbeck, but he will not go quietly, like …


One thing is for sure, Eagles have the title

FRISCO, Texas – So here it is, Eastern Washington football redefined, by the Eagles themselves: The unlikely is humdrum.


John Blanchette: Eastern never blinked

Let’s be real: the Blue Hens blinked. Eastern never did, all year.


EWU players see the big picture

You don’t find a lot of gratitude in college athletics here in the Age of Entitlement. But there is an unmistakable air about the Eagles that their achievement this season …


John Blanchette: Colonial knows football

The best thing about Eastern Washington playing for a national championship is … well, Eastern playing for a national championship. There doesn’t even have to be a second-best thing. But …


Whitehurst won’t be the answer

So the story goes that Matt Hasselbeck was still in coach Pete Carroll’s ear to start Sunday’s playoff-for-the-playoffs even as the Seattle Seahawks made their way through the tunnel canopy …


Blanchette: Let’s build time machine for 1997 Eagles

After review, could we go back 13 years for even further review? Just for the what-if fun of it?


Zags draw energy from Baylor win

The exhale in Spokane would have registered 13 on the Beaufort Scale if it went that high. In any case, Marquise Carter felt it – heard it – all the …