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THURSDAY, NOV. 30, 2006

The bottom line: The Zags found a way to win

GONZAGAWe're going to write this slowly, in honor of the pace of the game.Let's see, Gonzaga University had one – that's 1, uno, one-more-than-zip – fast-break basket – oops, almost wrote baskets – in its 69-51 win over Portland State.So who cares?Mark Few for one."I…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29, 2006

Bruton ready to play again

CHIEFS, WHLWhen the Chiefs travel to Tri-City on Saturday (7 p.m.; Comcast channel 12; 790-AM), they'll probably have assistant captain Chris Bruton available.Bruton, who has been out two weeks following facial surgery, will probably be wearing a mask but will be ready to go.For more,…

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Cougs won't be going bowling

COUGARSThe football season is over. All hail the basketball season.Or something like that. The Cougs are sure now they aren't going to a bowl game, as Glenn Kasses' story today makes abundantly clear. The information I put up last night about ASU and the Hawaii…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 28, 2006

GSL basketball starts tonight

PREPSMike Vlahovich had his Greater Spokane League boys basketball season preview today, centering around Shadle Park's Nick Gaebe, along with this quick look at the league.The team-by-team capsules are here, part of Mike's Prep Report blog.The league schedule kicks off tonight, and I was wondering…

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MONDAY, NOV. 27, 2006

Eastern faces Titans from So Cal

COLLEGE BASKETBALL With the Seahawks on Monday Night Football – and Hasslebeck and Alexander playing together for the first time in weeks – do you think the crowd at the Eastern game tonight will be affected?The Eagles host Cal State Fullerton (4-0) in a non-conference…

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Erickson mentioned for ASU opening

IDAHO FOOTBALL The reason I posted Dirk Koetter's dismissal yesterday at ASU is simple: The names that will pop up to replace him.On the list the Arizona Republic put together are two names with local ties: former longtime Washington State and current UTEP coach Mike…

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SUNDAY, NOV. 26, 2006

GU has little trouble with Vandals

GONZAGA, IDAHO UPDATED 4:05 P.M.; 5:15 P.M.The M.O. seemed familiar. The Bulldogs used a tough-to-crack defense - holding Idaho to 38 percent shooting - and strong play from Derek Raivio (24 points, six rebounds) and Josh Heytvelt (16 points, 11 rebounds) to defeat UI, 76-51.You…

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Spokane has a November to remember

CHIEFS As Jeff Bunch says in his story this morning, the Chiefs are on a roll.Spokane won its fifth game in seven starts Saturday night, defeating Kelowna 3-1, giving the Chiefs a 7-1 home record in November.You can find more on the Chiefs on Jeff's…

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Inland Northwest almost completely shut out

PREPSThere is one Inland Northwest team left in the final 10 playing high school football in the state. The St. John-Endicott Eagles.Every other team east of the Columbia (or Snake) River lost Saturday, including the top-ranked 4A team, Gonzaga Prep. Other upsets including what many…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 25, 2006

Prep stopped in semifinals

PREPSOak Harbor defeated Gonzaga Prep 14-10 to earn a spot in the State 4A football championship game next Saturday. You can find the game story here. There will also be more commentary at SportsLink soon.

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Oak Harbor has some surprises

PREPSThe weather is nearly perfect, cold and clear, with just a hint of snow in the air.The first impression: Oak Harbor's Wildcats are bigger than you might have thought.The second impression: They are also faster.This one will be tough for Prep if they fall behind…

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Whitworth a 10-tradition underdog to St. John's

WHITWORTH, VANDALS, COLLEGE FOOTBALLOn the field, there are a lot of similarities between the Pirates and their second-round NCAA Division III football playoff opponent St. John's. Both teams have double digits in wins, both have an exceptional quarterback and both play tough defense.Off the field,…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 24, 2006

Zags' defense is letting them down

GONZAGAI was wrong about Gonzaga's ability to defend in this one.After the first five games, I really thought the Zags were a better on-ball defensive team than they've been in the past few years. But Butler is making them look slow with their ball movement…

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Here's the skinny on Butler's Bulldogs

GONZAGAA couple of notes about the Butler Bulldogs.They are the winningest team in the state of Indiana in the past 10 years, averaging 21.6 wins per year in that span. … Seven of the Butler players played their high school hoops in the state of…

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