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FRIDAY, SEPT. 15, 2006

Let your flag fly over these picks

COUGARS, PAC-10 PICKSIt's funny, but a couple of Saturdays ago, while watching ESPN's GameDay, I noticed a WSU flag waving in the background. As the GameDay crew was in some far-flung (from Washinton, anyway) locale, I thought it was weird – but interesting.So today, I…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 14, 2006

Big elk, little car. And the picture?

QUESTION OF THE DAYAnimal pictures always seem to be popular among newspaper readers, and we had one today on our hunting section. That's the subject of our question ...Did you catch the picture of the trophy elk atop the little compact car on the cover…

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Stadium land is expensive

PRO FOOTBALLThe Dallas Cowboys are getting a new stadium. The one they have isn't state-of-the-art enough for them. But at least Arlington's city officials are being good sheperds of their community's resources. Or something, as this story shows.

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Branch who? How about the Darche injury?

SEAHAWKSNow that the furor over Deion Branch has subsided (not really; here's a Oregonian story about when Branch might play), we can get back to Sunday's opponent, the Arizona Cardinals, right?Not until we cover the biggest injury the Seahawks have suffered in years. Long snapper…

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UW's season bears a resemblence to WSU's

HUSKIES, COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE 4:25 P.M.Reading Jerry Brewer's column in today's Times, it struck me how it could have been written about the Cougars as well. Read it and tell me if you don't think there aren't parallels in the two programs right now. Just…

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M's start house cleaning early

MARINERSThe firing of Ron Hassey (and to a lesser extent Dan Rohn) is one of those moves that forces you to wonder if more moves are on the way.According to this P-I story, there are more questions about this change than could be answered on…

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Defense getting better at UW

THE LATE NEWSWednesday's the day for the defense at UW to talk with the media, and the subject this week was the secondary's performance, according to Bob Condotta's blog.The thin Mariner bullpen just got a little thinner with the news Rafael Soriano will miss the…

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And the opinion is ...

SEAHAWKS UPDATED: 2 P.M.After Deion Branch met the media in Seattle yesterday, the Seattle columnists delivered their impressions.Call it a mixed bag.Take Steve Kelley's column for example. The Seattle Times columnist calls Branch the anti-T.O., and a receiver who will only make the already good…

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The Williams have a big weekend

HUSKIESThis week's visit from Fresno State brings Paul Williams back to Husky Stadium, a place that holds tough-to-face memories. And his older brother.See, Paul is a receiver for FSU. His older brother J.D. is a secondary coach with the Huskies. And the memories? Painted in…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 12, 2006

Chiefs trade ends a family relationship

CHIEFS, WHLThere was a short in today's paper about the Chiefs trading the last of the Lynch Mob, as they were affectionately known when the four brothers played in Spokane.But that wasn't the only Chiefs-related news (read Northwest WHL news) I found today.Here is an…

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Stanback on the hot seat?

HUSKIES, COLLEGE FOOTBALLIn the aftermath of the Oklahoma game, UW quarterback Isaiah Stanback doesn't feel he has to worry about his starting quarterback spot. He says he's just going to play, do his best and leave the rest up to the coaches. He is still…

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We have to talk

PREPSWe're going to start today with a sad note – and an always-needed discussion.A North Thurston high football player was killed in a one-car rollover accident early Sunday morning. Police think alcohol was involved. Kids, you are not indestructible, though you may think you are.…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 11, 2006

Seattle decides to add a Branch

QUESTION OF THE DAYThe Seahawks made a big play Monday, and it wasn't on the field. We want to know if you think it was the right call or a fumbled one. So here's our question ...Are you pleased with the Deion Branch pick up…

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Seahawks makes a deal

SEAHAWKS UPDATED 2:55 P.M.; UPDATED 7:40 P.M.So Seattle has decided to part with a (reportedly) first-round pick in next year's draft for one of the league's better receivers.How will Deion Branch do in Seattle? And who will be dropped to make room (my guess, Bobby…

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A split decision

COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATED 2:15 P.M.So how did I do with my first Pac-10 picks?Well, here they are. You decide ...Oregon State over Boise State in a close one.Oklahoma over Washington, but closer than people think.Stanford barely over San Jose State.Arizona over LSU. The Wildcats are…

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 10, 2006

Answers to the morning's question

We received two comments after the Battle of the Palouse, and both made some decent points.Jimmy understands why both sides would want to take a hiatus in the rivalry. He's right, the games do to seem to be pretty similar, though I think that will…

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A day later

COUGARS, VANDALSSaturday, WSU put a whipping on the University of Idaho.There’s no way to deny it.You watched it, either in person or on TV. So did a large group of reporters. This morning, I’m going to go over how they saw it.Let’s start with the…

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Battle of the Palouse - Final

FINAL UPDATE: 6:35 P.M.This was a rout. In every way.The Washington State Cougars showed there is a lot more than an 8-mile divide between themselves and their Palouse neighbors from the University of Idaho.A divide that no matter how long the Vandals left their starters…

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Battle of the Palouse - Quarterbacks

First-half version ...Alex Brink showed his performance at Auburn was an abberation. He hit 10 of his 12 passes for 192 yards, though some 65 of them can be attributed to Jason Hill's legs. Speaking of legs, Brink, taking up the slack with DeMaundray Woolridge…

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