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FRIDAY, NOV. 24, 2006

Johnnies have a local connection

WHITWORTH, IDAHO, COLLEGE FOOTBALLWhen St. John's comes to the Pine Bowl on Saturday (noon) to face Whitworth in the NCAA Division II playoffs, one of the Johnnies will be playing a home game of sorts.As John Blanchette relates, Coeur d'Alene High graduate Phil Giesen will…

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Contrasting styles as Bulldogs meet

GONZAGA UPDATED 2:10 P.M.It will be a contrast of styles tonight in the finals of the preseason NIT at Madison Square Garden (4 p.m.; ESPN2).At least that's how GU coach Mark Few sees it, according to Steve Bergum's advance.Watching Butler play Tennessee in the semifinals,…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving. Here's your Zag feast

GONZAGAHappy Thanksgiving.The sad part about a virtual sports section – which is what I consider SportsLink to be – is there are no Thanksgiving ads or coupons.You can't sit in front of your computer and circle the toys and clothes and movies and music you're…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 22, 2006

Morrison has another good game

MORRISON WATCHCharlotte won its third win of the season and Adam Morrison is having another good game. It seems when Morrison has a strong scoring night, the Bobcats win or at least compete down to the wire.In Charlotte's 92-83 win over visiting Boston, Morrison hit…

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Lake City opens IEL play with win

PREPSA quick day with just a few notes.Lake City opened the Inland Empire League girls basketball season with a win over Post Falls.There is more information on Greg Lee's Idaho blog and Mike Vlahovich's blog.The state 4A football playoffs in Washington have been wacky, and…

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Gagliardi is the definition of longtime coach

WHITWORTHThe Pirates opponent in the NCAA Division III playoffs is St. John's. The best football-playing St. John's in the nation.It's also coached by the winningest college coach of all-time, John Gagliardi, who has coached in college football for 58 years. John Blanchette profiled Gagliardi in…

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GU and UNC have similiarities

GONZAGAIt's a mutual admiration society.Gonzaga's Mark Few says his program follows the lead set by Roy Williams at Kansas and now at North Carolina. Roy Williams loves Gonzaga, as this story from deep down Tobacco Road (from the Durham Herald-Sun) shows.Steve Bergum has more on…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 21, 2006

Vote on your favorite Zag team

GONZAGAIn our never-ending search for fun, we ran a story this morning and posted a summary and question on Steve Bergum's blog concerning the best GU basketball team of all time. You can also vote on our poll.Now I'm not going to say which GU…

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Late night means late post

COUGARSYou know you're getting started late when Ellen is on the TV, but I have a good excuse.Have you ever had a kid ride a bus home from college – or did you ever ride the bus home? For some reason they always arrive in…

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MONDAY, NOV. 20, 2006

Zags move into coaches' top 25

GONZAGAThe Bulldogs' 4-0 start was good enough to get them in the today's USA Today college basketball coaches' poll at the 24th spot.Other teams of note: North Carolina, GU's opponent Wednesday, is second; UCLA is fifth; Duke No. 8; Memphis, 11; Washington 13; Arizona 15;…

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The Apple Cup, one day later

COUGARSThe Apple Cup is over, and you weren't too happy about it.Given your opportunity to vent here, and on Glenn Kasses' Cougar blog, you took full advantage.And we'll get into that, I promise.But right now I wanted to go through the follow-up stories available, just…

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SUNDAY, NOV. 19, 2006

GU wins game, loses Downs

GONZAGAThe Zags blew out Texas San Antonio 92-48 Sunday night and you can read about it here.But GU suffered a big loss Sunday as well.Micah Downs, the transfer from Kansas who was expected to contribute immediately when he became eligible in mid-December, may not be…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 18, 2006

A Husky win

APPLE CUPThe University of Washington put together a series of big plays to stop WSU, 35-32 in the 99th Apple Cup on Saturday in Pullman.You can find the game story here.More commentary to come.

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UW at WSU: Halftime

APPLE CUPThere were four touchdowns scored in the second quarter – and only one of them would be considered of the ordinary variety.That would be the first one the Cougars scored, the one that broke the 0-0 tie. It came at the end of a…

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UW at WSU: Pregame V

APPLE CUPOne last pregame note: High schools aren't the only ones to have a Senior Day. The families and special friends of the seniors are gathered at the west 35-yard line, greeting their sons as they come out of the tunnel.There are very few things…

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UW at WSU: Pregame III

APPLE CUPIt's confession time.This is the first Apple Cup I've watched in person.Over the past 20-plus years, I haven't missed a televised Cup, but in person … sorry, I've never made the trip.So far it hasn't been what I expected.The Husky fans walked around campus…

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More than Lake City's big win

PREPSAs we linked to last night, Lake City won the Idaho 5A state football title with a second-half surge that buried Highland of Pocatello.But that wasn't the only game going on Friday night.There were a couple of state semifinal girls soccer matches, but both Spokane…

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