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Thompson, U.S. win gold


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A quick Sunday morning post before we head out to breakfast. The U.S., with Washington State’s Klay Thompson starting again and scoring 10 points and grabbing four rebounds, won the gold in the U19 World Championships thanks to a 88-80 win over Greece. Australia, with Brock Motum also scoring 10 points, finished fourth. Motum shot almost 61 percent from the floor in the tournament and led the Aussies with a 13.6 scoring average. You can read more on the U.S. win here.

U.S. in final as Thompson scores five


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There aren’t a lot of links for this morning, but we do have a couple things to share, with the U19 world championships tops on our list. Read on.

Getting back into the WSU links habit


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Is there anything better than an Inland Northwest summer? No humidity, bright sunshine, cheap golf. Well, we’re taking advantage of all three of those things this morning, so this post will be short. Read on.

Budget decisions come into focus at WSU


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After a month of doing no typing – or very little – we get hit with a story on our first day back. WSU’s athletic department put out a short release today concerning budget cuts made to close a revenue shortfall that was close to a million bucks. We talked with athletic director Jim Sterk this afternoon and put together a story, the unedited version of which you can read on the link.

So what happened while we were gone?


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Well, I’m back. Physically, if not mentally, just yet. Still in that would-rather-be-on-vacation mindset. So where were we? Anything happen while I was playing hooky? I guess a few things. Read on.

WSU writer taking a hiatus in the East


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Not much in the way of links for you today, but we do have news about the next month. Read on.

WSU assistants get raises


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We have a short story for tomorrow concerning the salaries of Ken Bone’s three main assistants, Jeff Hironoka, Ben Johnson and Curtis Allen. The group is making quite a bit more than Tony Bennett’s three main assistants made last year. For the unedited version, read on.

No June doldrums at WSU


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Isn’t this supposed to be the quiet time in college athletics? Ya, right. No matter that it’s June. There’s still a bunch of stuff going on. For links, read on.

Looking at WSU’s basketball changes


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The basketball roster news that was announced at Washington State yesterday gives us an opening to exam a couple aspects of last year’s team that we haven’t written about before in depth. If you’re interested, read on.

Roster changes for WSU basketball


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Some news we’ve had before on the Washington State basketball roster is going to be made official today, with one surprise. For that information, read on.

Budget decisions postponed at WSU


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Yesterday was June 1, the day Washington State University President Elson Floyd had originally earmarked for the school departments to submit budget cuts. But last week Floyd gave everyone an extension, so don’t expect anything to happen for a week or two. For more on the upcoming athletic department cuts, read on.

Catching up with WSU news midweek


COUGARS• UPDATED: 8 P.M.

Want an interesting way to start your Wednesday? Sit down, make sure no one will disturb you for an hour or so and then just read on for Washington State links.

A newsy day for WSU

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There is plenty of Washington State news to pass on this morning, thought not all of, heck most of it, would never be considered positive. Of course, very little Ryan Leaf news has been, since he left the Palouse. Read on.

WSU links from here to Sunday


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Haven’t seen this many stories to link since the middle of the basketball season. Instead of wasting your time with inane chatter, let’s get right to it. Read on.

WSU, Bone agree on contract

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Washington State University president Elson Floyd signed off on new basketball coach Ken Bone’s contract Monday and the university released it today. Read on for the unedited version of our story for tomorrow’s S-R.

WSU’s Thompson may have summer plans


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Just a quick post on a note that appeared last week on a Big East-oriented blog while I was out of contact. Seems this poster knows the list of players who will be trying out for the U19 World Championship team. His list includes WSU’s Klay Thompson.

A couple Tuesday morning WSU links


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A couple of football-related links to pass on, one of which is pretty funny. Read on.

Summer starts for WSU


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School’s out, but sports teams still carry on. There’s the WSU baseball team finishing up the Pac-10 season en route to its first NCAA berth in almost 20 years. And the track teams are competing in the conference championships. Read on.

We’re back with WSU news


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Where were we? Right. Going off the grid for a few days. Of course, when you do that, big things happen. Read on.

Shadle’s Rodgers commits to WSU


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Just got finished talking with Shadle Park High’s Jake Rodgers, who decided Thursday he is going to accept a football scholarship from Washington State. The 6-foot-7, 245-pound senior-to-be said he like the WSU atmosphere and how everyone seems so close knit, among other reasons for picking the Cougars. Read on for the unedited version of the story that will be in tomorrow’s S-R.

WSU rugby to play in Final Four


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Did you know there is a team representing Washington State that is playing in the national semifinals this weekend? Read on.

Simon recommits to WSU


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Just got off the phone with Patrick Simon, the senior-to-be at Ephrata High. He made a visit to WSU today and decided to recommit to the Cougars. Read on for an unedited version of what will appear in tomorrow’s S-R.

April’s shower of WSU news finally ends

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Let’s catch up with April here. WSU is about a week away from the end of the school year. The state legislature has cut millions from every school budget and athletic departments are feeling the pinch. There has been more than one spat between UW and Washington State. New Cougar basketball coach Ken Bone, who came aboard early in the month, has filled out his fall recruiting class. The WSU baseball team is in second place in the Pac-10. Spring football drills are over. Anything else? Were we fools to believe April would be a quiet month? Read on.

WSU signs guard


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Just when we thought basketball news was settling down, Washington State goes out and signs another point guard. For the unedited version of our story, read on. There is also a note at the bottom.

Where is WSU headed in the fall?

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We’ve got a bunch of stuff for you. There’s a football note, a basketball note and, most importantly, the rough draft of our fall outlook, based on the recently completed spring practices. Read on.

Politics and WSU football


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An interesting morning, which probably portends another interesting day. We have links that lead into a discussion, so read on.

WSU and the morning links


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Not a lot to pass on this morning, but we do have a couple stories. Read on.

WSU hires Hironaka


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There are now more former Seattle Pacific University head men’s basketball coaches on WSU’s staff than any other college in America. New head coach Ken Bone made that official Wednesday by hiring his former SPU assistant – and SPU’s head coach the past seven years – Jeff Hironaka. The staff now how its full compliment of three assistants and needs just a director of basketball operations to be complete. For more on Hironaka’s hiring, read on.

Year winds down at WSU


COUGARS • UPDATED: 2:45 P.M.

Let’s see. There is this week of class. Then next week is a dead one. Then finals and graduation. The academic year in Pullman is winding down quickly. As is spring football, with only Thursday’s practice and Saturday’s morning scrimmage left. For the latest, read on.

• UPDATE: The basketball staff at WSU is complete, with another former Seattle Pacific head coach joining Ken Bone. The university is announcing Bone has hired his former assistant, and successor at SPU, Jeff Hironaka. We’ll have more in a bit.

Nice warm day for WSU practice


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The last week of spring football began under sunny skies and record heat. A perfect day to stand on the sidelines and watch practice. And a perfect day to practice in helmets, T-shirts and shorts, as the Cougars did. For a look at practice, and a basketball note, read on.