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Zag roundup

Here's a roundup of the S-R's coverage of Gonzaga's 81-72 win over San Francisco last night: my game story, John Blanchette's column and Colin Mulvany's photos.

And here's a gamer from the San Francisco Chronicle.


Zags roll past USF

Kevin Pangos had 17 points, Przemek Karnowski 16 and Kyle Wiltjer 15 as Gonzaga hammered San Francisco 88-57 on Thursday.

My unedited game story is below. Day-after post in the morning.


Zags down Dons, advance to semis

Gonzaga's top-seeded women withstood a spirited effort from No. 8 San Francisco, posting a 81-68 victory that moves the Bulldogs into Monday's semifinals against No. 4 Saint Mary's, which rallied from 17 down to edge No. 5 San Diego.

Here's my game story and John Blanchette's column on Sunny Greinacher, who led GU with 22 points.

Four men's games today at Orleans Arena, beginning with No. 6 San Diego vs.. No. 3 San Francisco (upset alert) at noon. Gonzaga takes on Santa Clara at 6 — updates on twitter @SRjimm.


Day after San Francisco

The Leavey Center in Santa Clara and War Memorial Gym in San Francisco haven’t been easy on the Gonzaga Bulldogs in recent years, but they found a way to win in both venues this week without their best fastball.

GU blew a 10-point lead Wednesday before Sam Dower Jr. drained a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left to spark a 54-52 victory. The Bulldogs downed USF 75-65 on Saturday with Dower scoring a team-high 24 points and the defense more than doing its share of the work. That was the trend of the week.

Here’s my game storyA.P. and the S.F. Chronicle. Read on for my day-after post.


Zags ride defense past USF again

Gonzaga capped a 2-0 trip to the Bay Area with a 75-65 victory over San Francisco on Saturday night. This one, much like the 69-41 rout over USF in Spokane a month ago, came courtesy of Gonzaga's defense, which limited the Dons to 34.5-percent shooting.

The road sweep puts Gonzaga (20-3, 10-1) three games ahead of USF and BYU. Those two share second place with 7-4 WCC records.

My unedited game story is below. Check back tomorrow, hopefully in the morning, for a day-after post.

Day after San Francisco

The Zags' injury list continues to grow, as does the list of players who have stepped up to replace the walking wounded.

Drew Barham led Gonzaga with 15 points and nine boards and Gerard Coleman chipped in 10 points in a 69-41 rout of San Francisco on Monday night.

Here's my game story and a short update on Gary Bell's broken hand. Jesse Tinsley has the picture story.

More below in my day-after post.


Short-handed Bulldogs rout USF

Gonzaga was down another starter — Gary Bell Jr. is out 4-6 weeks with a broken right hand — but the Bulldogs didn't miss a beat in thumping San Francisco 69-41 on Monday. Sam Dower Jr. (back) didn't play for the second straight game.

Drew Barham had 15 points and nine rebounds as Gonzaga improved to 12-2, 2-0 in the WCC. USF dropped to 8-6, 1-1.

My unedited game story is below. I've also posted a short update on Bell below.

Banged-up Zags face USF

It's probably a good thing I don't predict WCC games because I would have gone 1-3 on opening night. I would have correctly predicted Gonzaga to defeat Santa Clara, but I would have taken BYU over LMU, Portland over USF and San Diego over Pepperdine.

Now it's on to Monday's games and Gonzaga, which hasn't lost to San Francisco in Spokane since 1989, entertains the Dons at 6 p.m. It's anybody's guess who will be in Gonzaga's starting lineup, though it's probably a safe bet Kevin Pangos, David Stockton and Przemek Karnowski will be with the first unit. After that, it depends on the health of Sam Dower Jr. (lower back) and Gary Bell Jr. (right hand).

My game preview here.


Holy Smokes!

San Francisco left its heart with a small child who has already fought a great enemy: leukemia.  Miles Scott charmed the city as he “fought” crime and enjoyed the privilege of “saving” the city during his day as his favorite superhero: Batman.

Thousands of people put their routines and politics aside to empower this little boy for one day, bestowing the title “Bat Kid” on him. No more leukemia treatments, the end of a journey and the beginning of dreams coming true. Nice work, San Fran.

(S-R archive photo: John Ewing waits outside of City Hall for the Batkid, Miles Scott, 5, to make an appearance at a rally in San Francisco on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.)

Tuesday Video: Love letter to San Francisco’s fog


I love San Francisco- and I love it's fog. 

This gorgeous video titled Adrift, is a “love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area” that shows a whole different side of the famous weather pattern. 

The video was made by photographer Simon Christen. He explains to Treehugger what it took:

The weather conditions have to be just right for the fog to glide over the hills and under the bridge. I developed a system for trying to guess when to make the drive out to shoot, which involved checking the weather forecast, satellite images and webcams multiple times a day. For about 2 years, if the weather looked promising, I would set my alarm to 5am, recheck the webcams, and then set off on the 45-minute drive to the Marin Headlands.

Day after San Francisco

Feels strange to wake up in my own bed on a Sunday morning after a Saturday road game. With Gonzaga's 1:30 Saturday matinee against San Francisco, I was able to catch a flight to Seattle — where I filed my game story around 8ish — and then on to Spokane about midnight.

Interesting game at USF's War Memorial Gym as Gonzaga put on a clinic early, endured a Dons' rally and put the game away with a solid final 7 minutes. The result, a 71-61 victory at a building where Gonzaga had dropped its last three games vs. USF.

We'll begin my day-after post with links: My game story, San Francisco Chronicle and AP.

More below.

Zags pull away for 71-61 win over USF

Gonzaga built a big early lead, watched USF pull even in the second half, then regrouped to claim a 71-61 victory at War Memorial Gym on Saturday. Kelly Olynyk poured in 26 points and Elias Harris added 17 points and 13 boards.

My unedited game story is below. Check back tomorrow for a day-after post.

Zags turn page to USF

Gonzaga didn't have much time to celebrate its big win over Saint Mary's. The Bulldogs left McKeon Pavilion around 11 p.m. Thursday and will be back on the floor against San Francisco at 1:30 Saturday for a rare afternoon game, roughly a 38-hour turnaround.

The fifth-ranked Zags are the highest ranked team to play at San Francisco since No. 3 Santa Clara visited the Hilltop on Feb. 15, 1969. GU has lost its last three games to USF at War Memorial Gym, two in overtime.

Read on for my unedited game preview.

Day after USF

Good morning. We'll get right to it because I get to be a fan of my kid's games today!

The links: My game story, John Blanchette column, Tyler Tjomsland's photos and AP here and here.

Read on for my day-after San Francisco post. 

GU’s quick start buries another WCC foe

Gonzaga got off to another quick start, endured another somewhat sloppy second half and won another WCC home game. The Bulldogs knocked off San Francisco 66-52 on Saturday, following a similar pattern to their two previous conference home games.

GU outscored Saint Mary's, BYU and USF 129-70 in the first half. The Bulldogs have been outscored 123-103 in the second half of those three games — Saint Mary's by 13, USF by 8, after scoring the game's final 9 points in the last 1:45. The Dons never seriously threatened the Zags, whose lead never dropped below 15.

My unedited game story is below. Day-after post coming Sunday morning.

GU beats San Francisco 66-52

S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered GU's win over San Francisco.  Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.

Restaurants Duck Foie Gras Ban

Karlene Bley of Los Angeles spreads her torchon of foie gras onto bread during lunch at the Presidio Social Club restaurant earlier today in San Francisco. California's new ban on the production and sale of foie gras took eight years to go into effect, but restaurants have wasted little time in finding creative ways to duck the law. Presidio Social Club, a restaurant located on a former military base owned by the National Park Service, put foie gras back on its menu on Saturday. Its owners claim the state ban does not apply to them since the eatery is on federal land. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Question: Have you ever eaten foie gras?

Help for Cda city officials?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco supervisor says he consulted a Ouija board before city leaders voted on whether to recommend naming a Navy ship after slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk.

Supervisor John Avalos tells the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/KnVnbu ) that he believes he made contact with Milk's spirit and that Milk spelled out letters indicating: "Good riddance to don't ask, don't tell."

The Board of Supervisors approved the non-binding resolution Tuesday on a 9-2 vote.

Have you ever used a Ouija board?

Little Souvenirs

Preparing to take a taxi to the Brussels airport, I’ve removed everything from my suitcase and spread it across the bed in my hotel room and I am, one by one, refolding and repacking each piece. Looking at the things I’ve gathered, even though I was trying to be prudent and to remember the charges the airlines level against heavy bags, I realize again how difficult it is for those of us who are susceptible to the romance of ordinary objects. Much more than the expensive souvenirs, we know the little things carry with them the most evocative memories of the places we explore.

Other cities and other countries haunt my house.  I can pull a book of matches out of a drawer in my kitchen and be instantly transported back to a cafe in a faraway place; strong coffee, conversation and an unfamiliar view through the window. Matchbooks are not so common these days and most I find were brought home years ago, but I occasionally still run across one and a tiny flame from Prague or Pennsylvania, will light the barbecue on my very American patio.

I frequently, if I like the scent, slip hotels soaps into my luggage between sweaters or folded pajamas to keep them fresh. When I unpack at home the fragrant soaps go into the linen closet. Again, when I least expect it, I’ll come across a bit of Paris or Brussels or Zurich or San Francisco tucked between pillowcases or folded into sheets.

At each museum I visit I purchase a postcard of the painting or sculpture I loved the most and the cards become bookmarks in whatever book I was reading on the plane or are slipped into travel guides. Some escape the pins on the cork board behind my desk and turn up when furniture is rearranged.

A bottle of wine, wrapped and slipped into a boot in my suitcase, is opened later bringing with it a reminder of a special meal or a special moment in Tuscany. Or Napa.

Now, after a week traveling across Belgium, my bags are full of such odds and ends. The silk scarves I collect as I go, gifts and souvenirs for my family, maps, travel guides and destination pamphlets picked up along the way are added to a few favorite hotel lotions and soaps. Finally, when it is all done I pull out the practical gift given to me last Christmas by my youngest daughter and prepare for the worst. Slipping the portable travel scale over the handle of my luggage I lift it, biting my lip as the numbers flash and then finally stop. Good news. For all my worrying, I am a pound or two under the limit.

That means there is just enough room for the big box of Belgian chocolate.

Cheryl-Anne Millsap is a freelance writer based in Spokane, Washington. In addition to her Spokesman-Review Home Planet and Treasure Hunting columns and blogs and her CAMera: Travel and Photo blog, her essays can be heard on Spokane Public Radio and on public radio stations across the country. She is the author of “Home Planet: A Life in Four Seasons” and can be reached at catmillsap@gmail.com

The game that was, CBI edition: WSU 89, San Francisco 75


FROM PULLMAN — We're back at the apartment after spending the last two-plus hours at Applebee's, where we watched the Cougars beat San Francisco, 89-75, in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational. And just because we're not on the road with the team doesn't mean we can't pass along our postgame review. Read on.

Cougs will travel to San Francisco for CBI game


FROM PULLMAN — The Washington State men's basketball team will continue its season with a first-round game in the College Basketball Invitational on Tuesday at San Francisco. We've posted a short story below.

GU Stops San Diego, St. Mary’s Wins Title

Guy Landry Edi scored 13 points and Gonzaga kept its hopes alive for a share of its 12th straight West Coast Conference regular-season title by defeating San Diego 65-57 Saturday.The Bulldogs (23-5, 13-3) can tie St. Mary's (Calif.) for the league crown if the Gaels (13-2) lose to San Francisco in a late game Saturday night.Robert Sacre and Kevin Pangos added 11 points each for the Bulldogs, who pulled ahead 59-57 on a jumper by Sacre with 1:51 remaining and closed the game on an 8-0 run. Elias Harris had 12 rebounds for Gonzaga/AP. Story & boxscore here.

St. Mary's 67, San Francisco 60: Rob Jones had 14 points and 14 rebounds, Clint Steindl added 16 points and Saint Mary's beat San Francisco 67-60 on Saturday night to clinch the Gaels' first outright conference title in 23 years. Story here.

Question: Despite the end of Gonzaga's WCC title streak, do you enjoy watching a conference that's more competitive than ever?

Day after San Francisco

I wrote nearly all of this before 10 a.m, but tight connections kept me from posting it until now.

Entertaining game last night with a closing stretch that pretty much went opposite of the first 36 minutes.

Gonzaga and San Francisco weren’t any trouble scoring – outside of the Bulldogs’ season-high 22 turnovers obviously – as GU took a 65-64 lead with 3:45 left. Both teams were shooting in the mid-50 percent range before defenses took over late, with the exception of Rashad Green’s game-deciding 7-footer in the lane with 3.3 seconds left.

You know the day-after drill.

The links: My game story, San Francisco Chronicle and A.P. Elsewhere, Saint Mary’s lost again in a non-conference matchup with Murray State, but GU’s loss leaves the Gaels alone in first place and two wins from ending the Zags’ run of WCC titles at 11. BYU joined Gonzaga in second place at 11-3 with a road win over Santa Clara.

Read on.   

Taking the Bay View

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)


A bridge is more than a way to physically cross from one side to another. Many are works of art, sculptures of steel and wire. And the image of a bridge is a good metaphor for change, for leaving one state and entering another.

As someone crossing into new territory, bridges have been on my mind a lot lately especially as I sit down to write my next Home Planet column. So when I was looking at photos to post on my CAMera travel blog, I came across this image of the Oakland Bay Bridge. It was taken at the end of a June weekend spent exploring San Francisco, on the evening before I was to fly back home.

Like most everyone who flirts with the City by the Bay, I'd fallen under it's spell.

Although I love to travel, I'm willingly grounded for the next few months. My suitcase is in the closet and my passport is put away until spring or even summer. My next big adventure is closer to home, but that doesn't stop me from daydreaming. But I'll write more about that later.

Cheryl-Anne Millsap is a freelance writer based in Spokane. Follow her on Twitter at @CAMillsap

GU-USF tipoff coming up in 40 minutes

The commute from my doorstep to the McCarthey Athletic Center took exactly an hour, essentially double what it usually takes. Unofficial count of rigs in the ditches: six, three on I-90, rest on side streets. We'll see how the storm impacts attendance, but the Kennel Club is close to full while the rest of the sections are sloowwlllyyyy filling up.

Follow me on twitter.com/srjimm for in-game updates. I'll post my game story here (and there) at about 10:30.

How many more people will fill up North American cities?

A recent survey tried to identify the "greenest" cities in North America.  Produced by the Economist magazine's "intelligence unit,"  the recent list said San Francisco, Vancouver, New York, Seattle and Denver lead that list. It's based on nine criteria: carbon emissions, energy usage, land use, green buildings, public transportation, water use, waste management, air quality and environmental governance.

Here's for me the interesting piece of data. Citing a United Nations population study, the report offers a view of the continuing urbanization of the planet:

According to the United Nations Population Division, 82% of Americans and 81% of Canadians lived in cities in 2010 and these proportions are set to continue rising, reaching 90% for the US and 88% for Canada by 2050. This is not a new phenomenon. As early as 1955, two-thirds of the populations of both countries lived in cities. Urbanization, though, has now reached a stage where rural America has begun to shrink.  In absolute terms, the rural US population dropped by 12% in the last 20 years and the UN predicts it will decline another 14% in the next two decades, even as the overall national population rises. A similar trend is expected to emerge in Canada around 2020.

Greening the schoolyard

In the new book Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation, Berkeley-based environmental planner Sharon Danks looks at the methods in which landscape design, architecture, child development, and nutrition converge in the schoolyard. 

Shanti Menon, from OnEarth, interviewed her recently
. Danks' firm, Bay Tree Designs, Inc, is helping redevelop roughly thirty San Francisco schoolyards, to talk about how communities are transforming the asphalt playgrounds of the past into green spaces conducive to better learning, eating, and playing.



How have playgrounds changed since we were kids?

Playgrounds these days are influenced largely by liability concerns. Swings are disappearing, bars are getting lower, structures are becoming less challenging.

My 4-year-old recently broke her arm on a play structure meant for 2- to 5-year-olds because she found it so boring. She was walking on the outside of the bridge and sliding down the handrail and fell off. These structures are so unchallenging that kids are making up their own activities, which are often 10 times more dangerous.

S.F. To Vote On Circumcision Ban

Benjamin Abecassis rests on a pillow surrounded by family members, immediately following his Bris, a Jewish circumcision ceremony in San Francisco. San Francisco voters in November will be asked to weigh in on what was until now a private family matter: male circumcision. City elections officials confirmed today that an initiative that would ban the circumcision of males younger than 18 in San Francisco has received enough signatures to appear on the ballot. The practice would become a misdemeanor. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Question: Would you vote for or against this initiative?

S.F. Mulls Male Circumcision Ban

Item: San Francisco male circumcision ban has enough signatures for ballot, backers say/San Francisco Examiner.

More Info: The measure has gained nationwide attention since it was first reported six months ago, and is the latest much-talked about ban proposal to come out of San Francisco — since the Board of Supervisors banned toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals backed in November. The measure has also thrust the debate on circumcision into the spotlight. It has drawn sharp criticism from religious groups who say it violates religious freedom, and been ridiculed on “ The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

Question: Do you consider the circumcision of a male baby to be harmful or cruel?