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John Blanchette: It ain’t the ballet …

Try this: pile the Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans on separate buses, have them meet halfway in Lind, herd them into the high school gym and lock the doors. Pair …


John Blanchette: Cut through the baloney to The Wørd

The shame of Alex Rodriguez’s soulless mea pee-in-a-culpa Monday – or one shame, since there is so much to go around – is that he spilled it (sorry) for Peter …


John Blanchette: USD reflects on hard times

Sometimes the window of opportunity is propped open with nothing more than jackstraws, and you’d better dive through before it closes like a guillotine. But, man, the degree of difficulty …


Aches gone, but memories still fresh for Hornung, Sayers

Paul Hornung and Gale Sayers share assorted memories and stories, membership in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, an agent, 40-year-old aches and duties as the featured guests at Sunday’s …


Blanchette: GU, Saint Mary’s prove patience pays

Sheesh, these Games of the Century sure come around fast. Not even 11 months have passed since the West Coast Conference staged its previous one. Now we could be looking …


Blood is back; so are Spokane’s hopes

Not quite a year ago, as Spokane and Tri-City engaged in their slippery debate as to which was the best team in the Western Hockey League, Americans coach Don Nachbaur …


Blanchette: WSU navigates toward its identity

PULLMAN – Manning the tiller, Tony Bennett will not pick a wave and navigate by that, knowing it’s merely a passage to being lost at sea. Or how is it …


Eastern’s recent stumble just doesn’t make sense

It is neither fair nor correct to suggest that what’s happened to Eastern Washington’s 2009 basketball season is subtraction by addition. But something isn’t adding up.


Blanchette: In defense of GU, its defense shines

The score crawled across the bottom of TV screens from Ocosta to Ocala, followed by the inevitable chorus. “That’s Gonzaga,” they said, “in that soft-touch league of theirs.”


Chiefs didn’t need big deal to be big deal

The Western Hockey League’s trade deadline came and went at 2 p.m. Saturday, and it likely will come as a disappointment to the vocal legion that clamored for the Spokane …


Blanchette: Zags’ meltdown came at inopportune time here

The mercury didn’t drop this fast the week before Christmas. The snow – all 80 inches of it – hasn’t fallen with such force.


Huskies expose Cougars’ flaws

PULLMAN – The sweat and grit of defense so purposefully rubbed into the finish of Washington State basketball over the past several seasons had a curious, perhaps even intentional side …


Bjorklund still belongs while Zags desire to join Vols’ club

Here’s one that got kicked around upstairs at McCarthey Athletic Center, after the introduction of an opposing player triggered the loudest ovation of the evening: Say Adam Morrison had been …


Chiefs dispatch first-place Ams without standouts

Now this was something to write from home about. Whether by cell phone or cyberspace, the Spokane Chiefs had good news – make it great news – to share with …


John Blanchette: Beau knows it takes work

There is everything to like about a press conference at which a 3-year-old girl wiggles in her front-row chair, shucks off her shoes and puts a happy headlock on two …


John Blanhcette: Gonzaga makes Bouldin move

Matt Bouldin’s first start for the Gonzaga Bulldogs was impressive enough Saturday night. But just imagine if it’s only the start.


John Blanchette: Patchwork Zags still gave Huskies fits

SEATTLE – Well, at least the students had the good sense not to storm the floor. A huge weight came off the University of Washington basketball program on Sunday night, …


John Blanchette: Gonzaga closes down The Kennel with one last hurrah

Now it can go back to being just a gym. Really, that’s all this curio known as The Kennel was on the day it opened, and most days thereafter.


John Blanchette: Gonzaga-UW will do it again here in year 2000

Say hello to Washington’s team. How long has it been since Gonzaga University beat both Washington and Washington State in basketball in the same season? Try 55 years.